May 20, 2013

Entrusting Pope Francis’ pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima, Cardinal Jose da Cruz Policarpo of Lisbon, Portugal, asked Mary to give the pope courage and strength, particularly as he moves to renew and reform the Catholic Church.

On May 13, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, Policarpo said the new pope had asked him twice to consecrate his pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima.

He also asked Mary to give Pope Francis “the desire to be a pilgrim to this shrine.”