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Our Lady of Fatima statue draws hundreds to Newry

By Staff Reporter

Hundreds of Catholics have flocked to Newry Cathedral to say the Rosary before a statue of Our Lady of Fatima blessed by the Pope.

It was to mark the centenary of three shepherd children reporting apparitions of the Virgin Mary at the Cova da Iria, in Fatima, Portugal.

Parishioners of the Archdiocese of Armagh welcomed the statue of Our Lady of Fatima Centennial Pilgrim yesterday.

The statue will leave Newry Cathedral today before travelling on to Londonderry.

Pope Francis blessed six statues of Our Lady of Fatima in January to be taken to six continents.

He appealed for prayers for world peace and to promote the sanctity of family life in our world.

Mass was celebrated in the cathedral last night, followed by a short candle lit procession.

The events are part of a centennial celebration that will tour Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

It will then move on to Letterkenny Cathedral from Derry.

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