At least 200,000 people were present at the Sanctuary of Fatima, Portugal on Monday for a candlelight procession and a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, President of Caritas Internationalis. It was followed by a prayer vigil that lasted until day break. Read Cardinal Rodríguez’ Homily in Portuguese or listen to the Cardinal’s interview with National Radio Antena 1.
Cardinal Rodriguez spoke about the importance of Fatima today, as the Church marks 92 years since the first of Our Lady’s apparitions there.
The Virgin Mary keeps alive attitudes that combat the economic crisis and the lack of values in the world, said the Cardinal.
He said, “Our world finds itself immersed in deep crises of faith, ethics and humanity, and it seems to have lost its moral orientation. The financial crisis that we are living is just one sign of that.
“The “invisible hand that supposedly had to guide the market has become a dishonest hand, full of greed. We no longer know where the limit is between good and evil.
“Mary helps to keep alive the attitudes of attention, service, gift and gratuitousness.
“With the example and the help of the Virgin, Christian communities continue the mission of bringing people to an encounter with Christ, and because of this, we invoke her again as the Star of the new evangelization.
During a press conference earlier, he said, “Solidarity is a value that is especially necessary in these times.
“We are aware that only with dialogue is it possible to avoid reducing globalization to its economic aspect. A globalization that excludes is an evil for society.”
Cardinal Rodríguez also spoke about the economic crisis at the Catholic Unversity of Lisbon and went on to visit the local Caritas Setúbal to meet with staff and people they were supporting.