Pope Francis touches the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima after entrusting the world to Mary at the end of a Mass in her honour at the Vatican Oct. 13.

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Pope Francis touches the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima after entrusting the world to Mary at the end of a Mass in her honour at the Vatican Oct. 13.

October 21, 2013

Before a congregation of more than 100,000 in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis formally entrusted the world to Mary.

“We are confident that each of us is precious in your sight,” the pope said Oct. 13, facing the statue of Mary that normally stands in the shrine at Fatima, Portugal.

“Guard our lives in your arms, bless and strengthen every desire for goodness.”

In his homily during the morning’s Mass, Pope Francis celebrated Mary as a model of docility, fidelity and gratitude to God.

“Let us invoke Mary’s intercession,” he said.

“May she help us to be open to God’s surprises, to be faithful to him each and every day, and to praise and thank him, for he is our strength.”