The anniversary international pilgrimage in May marks 96 years since the first apparition of Our Lady to the seers, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta and will be presided over by the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Orani Tempesta.
In his opening speech of 181st Plenary Assembly of the Portuguese Episcopal Conference,José Policarpo Francisco revealed that the Pope had asked him twice, that consecrate his Petrine ministry to Our Lady of Fatima.
At the time of the announcement, José Policarpo said that could accomplish this mandate alone, "in the silence of prayer," but that "it would be indeed good if all the Bishops associated themselves with the accomplishment of this request."
Cathcon- hopefully the Pope will also clear up the obscurities surrounding the Third Secret of Fatima and (finally!) consecrate Russia to Our Lady of Fatima. The Russians could dedicate the West to Our Lady of Vladimir so as not to upset ecumenical relations.
As stated before on this blog, this Marian Pope is going to be full of surprises.