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9 things to know and share about Fátima

Monument of the Guardian Angel of Portugal apparition to the three little shepherd children of Fatima. / Daniel Ibanez / CNA.

National Catholic Register, May 13, 2024 / 14:09 pm (CNA).

May 13 is the optional memorial of Our Lady of Fátima, arguably the most prominent approved apparition of the 20th century.

How the ‘miracle of the sun’ in Fátima helped to end an atheist regime

Crowds looking at the Miracle of the Sun, occurring during the Our Lady of Fatima apparitions in 1917. / Credit: Public domain

Fatima, Portugal, May 13, 2024 / 04:00 am (CNA).

Oct. 13, 1917, marked the last Marian apparition in Fátima, a day on which thousands of people bore witness to the miracle of the dancing sun.

LEGO announces Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral set

Lego announced on May 7, 2024, a set of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, joining the ranks of LEGO’s models of world-famous monuments including the Taj Mahal and the Great Pyramid of Giza. / Credit: LEGO Group

CNA Staff, May 11, 2024 / 07:00 am (CNA).

LEGO announced on May 7 a Lego set of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral alongside a set of the Mona Lisa as part of the LEGO Architecture Collection.

The best gift to give to our heavenly mother, according to St. John of Avila

Virgin Mary by Sassoferrato. / Credit: Public domain

ACI Prensa Staff, May 10, 2024 / 16:45 pm (CNA).

Along with other saints, every May 10 the Church honors St. John of Avila, the patron saint of the Spanish clergy.

Brussels archbishop apologizes amid priest election scandal

Archbishop Luc Terlinden attends a hearing session of the special commission investigating abuse in Church and other situations of power at the Flemish Parliament on Jan. 26, 2024, in Brussels. / Credit: ERIC LALMAND/Belga/AFP via Getty Images

CNA Newsroom, May 10, 2024 / 10:45 am (CNA).

Archbishop Luc Terlinden apologized to abuse survivors for the inclusion of reportedly three perpetrators of abuse on an advisory council.

Pope Francis on record-low fertility rate: ‘Human life is not a problem, it is a gift’

Pope Francis greets a young girl at a conference on Friday, May 10, 2024, on the state of birth rates in Italy and the wider West at the Auditorium della Conciliazione in Rome. / Credit: Vatican Media

Rome Newsroom, May 10, 2024 / 10:00 am (CNA).

“The problem of our world is not the children that are born — it is selfishness, consumerism, and individualism, which make people full, lonely and unhappy.”

PHOTOS: Former Byzantine Church converted to a mosque in Istanbul is reopened

Kariye, the former Byzantine Church of St. Savior in Chora in Istanbul in 2020. / Credit: Nathalie Ritzmann

ACI MENA, May 9, 2024 / 06:00 am (CNA).

The Church of St. Savior in Chora was converted into a mosque in 1511, then became a museum in 1948 for 72 years before being reopened this month.

Cause for canonization of quadriplegic lay evangelist advances 

Servant of God Nino Baglieri. / Credit: ANS/Salesians

ACI Prensa Staff, May 8, 2024 / 17:53 pm (CNA).

The diocesan phase of the cause of beatification of the Servant of God Nino Baglieri has been closed in Modica, a town in southern Sicily.

Pope Benedict’s pectoral cross still missing as thief faces prison sentence

Pope Benedict XVI on April 21, 2007, in Vigevano, Italy. / Credit: miqu77/Shutterstock

CNA Newsroom, May 8, 2024 / 11:07 am (CNA).

Addressing the court, the defendant said he knew that he did not appear credible but promised that the cross “would come back to Traunstein.”

Ireland’s March for Life draws thousands amid ‘soaring’ abortions

Thousands of pro-life activists participate in the Ireland March for Life on May 6, 2024, marching from St. Stephen’s Green in central Dublin to the Irish Parliament. / Credit: Courtesy of Pro Life Campaign

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, May 8, 2024 / 07:00 am (CNA).

Ahead of Ireland’s elections, speakers urged march attendees to “think pro-life” this year.