The statue of Our Lady of Fatima is being flown from Lisbon to Rome today, where it will arrive at Fiumicino airport at 14h00 local time. From there it will be taken to the Vatican, where it will be greeted by pope Francis.
The statue will spend the night in the church of Our Lady of Divine Love, a popular place of pilgrimage just outside Rome. Sunday morning the statue will be taken to St Peter’s square, where it will be at the centre of pope Francis’ consecration of the world to Mary’s Immaculate Heart. In the afternoon Our Lady of Fatima will be flown back to her Portuegese hometown.
The high altar of the Servite church of Santa Maria in Via, Rome.
The church houses the miraculous image of the Madonna del Pozzo (Our Lady of the Well) and is one of Rome’s most popular Marian shrines. All day long devotees are found in the small side chapel, drinking water from the well in which the image was found.