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Fatima statue draws parishioners, prayers to La Jolla

Mary, Star of the Sea volunteer Marie Hemming prays with a church-goer at the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, on display Feb. 22.
Mary, Star of the Sea volunteer Marie Hemming prays with a church-goer at the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, on display Feb. 22.
(Ashley Mackin)

The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima was a guest of Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church on Girard Avenue, Monday, Feb. 22, when hundreds of parishioners, students and guests stopped in throughout the day to see and pray. Masses were offered at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. with rosaries being said until the 8 p.m. closing. Sculpted in 1946, the statue travels to cities and parishes around the world. When the statue first visited the United States in 1947, a reported 200,000 people lined the streets.

Mary, Star of the Sea church fills quickly, as parishioners arrive to see the Our Lady of Fatima statue.
Mary, Star of the Sea church fills quickly, as parishioners arrive to see the Our Lady of Fatima statue.
(Ashley Mackin)

According to thefatimastatue.org: “Fatima is a city in Portugal where the Virgin Mary appeared in 1917 to three shepherd children. These apparitions continued on the 13th day for six consecutive months from May through October. … The apparitions of Fatima became very popular not only for their strong message of peace and healing but also for elements of prophecy.”

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