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U.N. Pilgrim Statue of Fatima at St. Anthony’s, New Bedford
St. Anthony of Padua Parish in New Bedford will host the United Nations Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima on the weekend of September 29 and 30. Eucharistic Adoration will begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. and continue throughout the weekend. Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 4 p.m.; and on Sunday, at 6, 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. Please visit the parish website at www.saintanthonynewbedford.com for details.
The historic statue was sculpted in 1947 by Jose Thedim. The image reflects the description of Sr. Lucia, the oldest of the three Fatima seers. On October 13,1947, more than 150,000 Fatima pilgrims witnessed the blessing of this image of Our Lady by the Bishop of Leiria at Fatima, Portugal as he commissioned it to serve as the Pilgrim Virgin who would carry the blessings of Fatima and Our Lady’s message throughout the world to the many millions of her children who would never have an opportunity to visit Fatima. The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue has traveled the world many times visiting more than 100 countries bringing the great message of salvation and of hope, “the peace plan from heaven,” to countless millions of people. It was last in St. Anthony Parish, New Bedford, in April 2017.