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MAY 13, 2015   /    FEAST DAY

The Story of Our Lady of Fatima

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The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, appeared six times to three shepherd children ("The Three Seers") near the town of Fatima, Portugal between May 13 and October 13, 1917. Appearing to the children, the Blessed Virgin told them that She had been sent by God with a message for every man, woman and child living in our century. Coming at a time when civilization was torn asunder by war and bloody violence, She promised that Heaven would grant peace to all the world if Her requests for prayer, reparation and consecration were heard and obeyed.

"If My requests are granted ... there will be peace"

Our Lady of Fatima explained to the children that war is a punishment for sin and warned that God would further castigate the world for its disobedience to His Will by means of war, hunger and the persecution of the Church, the Holy Father and the Catholic Faithful. God's Mother prophesied that Russia would be God's chosen "instrument of chastisement," spreading the "errors" of atheism and materialism across the earth, fomenting wars, annihilating nations and persecuting the Faithful everywhere.

"If My requests are not granted, Russia will spread its errors throughout the world, raising up wars and persecutions against the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will suffer much and various nations will be annihilated."

In all Her appearances at Fatima, the Blessed Mother repeatedly emphasized the necessity of praying the Rosary daily, of wearing the Brown Scapular of Mount Carmel and of performing acts of reparation and sacrifice. To prevent the terrible chastisement at the hands of Russia and to convert "that poor nation", Our Lady requested the solemn public Consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart by the Pope and all the Catholic bishops of the world. She also asked that the Faithful practice a new devotion of reparation on the first Saturday of five consecutive months ("The Five First Saturdays")

The heart of Our Lady's Message to the world is contained in what has come to be called the "Secret" which She confided to the three child seers in July 1917. The Secret actually consists of three parts, the first two of which have been publicly revealed. The first part of the Secret was a horrifying Vision of hell "where the souls of poor sinners go" and contained an urgent plea from Our Lady for acts of prayer and sacrifice to save souls. The second part of the Secret specifically prophesied the outbreak of World War II and contained the Mother of God's solemn request for the Consecration of Russia as a condition for world peace. It also predicted the inevitable triumph of Her Immaculate Heart following Russia's consecration and the conversion "of that poor nation" to the Catholic Faith.


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Mass of Installation: Bishop McElroy
Location: St Thérèse of Carmel, San Diego
Time: 1:00pm


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April 13, 2015
Rodrigo Valdivia, Office of the Chancellor /

Bishop Robert W. McElroy will be installed as the Sixth Bishop of San Diego on April 15, 2015 during a 1:00 pm ceremony that will be held at St. Therese of Carmel Church, 4355 Del Mar Trails, San Diego, CA 92130.

On March 3 Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States, publicized that Pope Francis had named Bishop McElroy to San Diego. Bishop McElroy has served as an auxiliary bishop of San Francisco since 2010. He succeeds the late Bishop Cirilo Flores, who died September 6, 2014.

Archbishop Viganò will be joined by Cardinal Roger Mahony, Cardinal William Leveda, Archbishop José Gomez (Los Angeles) , Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone (San Francisco), Archbishop Blase Cupich (Chicago), and retired Archbishop Vlasny (Portland, 1997-2013), at the installation ceremony. Also in attendance will be retired Bishop Robert Brom (Bishop of San Diego from 1990-2013) and Bishop Gilbert Chavez (Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego 1974-2007).

Several hundred Priests, Permanent Deacons, Religious Men and Women, cultural group representatives and parish representatives will be on hand to witness the reading of appointment letter signed by Pope Francis, the act that officially places Bishop McElroy in charge of the diocese.

The Diocese of San Diego includes 98 parishes in San Diego and Imperial counties, covers 8,852 square miles, and has a total population of 3,236,492 people, of whom 998,127, or 31 percent, are Catholic.

The ceremony will be live streamed at beginning at 12:30 pm.

Bishop McElroy will hold a press conference at St. Therese of Carmel Church at 10 am and be briefly available for individual questions. Contact Kimberly King for details. Journalists are requested to remain outside of the church during the 1 pm. ceremony.

An SDI audio/video feed and an internet feed will be available from Boris Volbeda of The New Catholic Evangelist. The online feed will be active no later than 12:30 PM. Boris would like to include a camera feed from one of the outside cameras so it can be switched for the internet broadcast. Boris can be contacted at or 858-484-8936 (Office and Cell).

Media coordinator:
Kimberly King
(858) 519-2684 (C)



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