We are continuing to raise funding for expenses associated with On the Third Part of the Secret of Fátima. My publisher has begun a Kickstarter campaign with some nice perks. From the Facebook page of the publisher:
$100 gets you a free book shipped anywhere in the world – and, it’ll be signed by the author and include a free ePub file for your iReader or Kindle or Nook. In addition, we’ll print a limited number of posters of this book cover if we reach our $6,000 goal and send you one. Finally, if we hit the $6,000 goal, we will host a drawing among the donors and fly you out for dinner with Kevin Symonds for him to hand you a copy of his book in person.
What are some of the expenses? From the Kickstarter campaign page:
This project has had a number of parts moving all at once – a translation of two never before released [documents], an imprimatur from the Archdiocese of St. Louis, a graphic design of the cover and interior file. Our plan is to bring all that together before May 13, which is the 100th anniversary of Fatima. I know we’ll reach our goal, but the costs are high.
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Pope Francis has approved as a miracle an intervention of Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta Marto!! From Catholic News Agency:
.- On Thursday Pope Francis approved the second and final miracle needed to canonize Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto, two of the shepherd children who witnessed the Fatima Marian apparitions.
The Pope approved the miracle in a March 23 audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, during which he advanced six other causes, approving one other miracle, two causes for martyrdom and three of heroic virtue.
I am away on retreat this upcoming week. If there is any need to contact me, I will be slow to respond.
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Over at Lettera43, Cardinal Muller (the Prefect of the CDF) has referenced in an interview the recent comments from Bishop Peric on Medjugorje.
«Non si tratta di vere apparizioni della Beata Vergine Maria», ha ribadito mons. Peric. Il cardinal Mueller non commenta queste affermazioni, ma sottolinea: «So che la Chiesa locale ha assunto questa decisione. Dobbiamo comunque dire che il futuro della Chiesa non dipende» né da Medjugorje né «da conosciuti santuari come Fatima o Lourdes: aiutano, possono aiutare a fare più presente il messaggio della penitenza per il mondo di oggi» ma la fede è quella che si vive nella vita quotidiana «nella famiglia, nel lavoro, nella parrocchia».
“These are not true apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” reiterated Msgr. Peric. Cardinal Mueller does not comment on these allegations, but stressed: “I know that the local Church has made this decision. In any case, we have to say that the future of the Church does not depend” either on Medjugorje or “from known shrines such as Fátima or Lourdes: they help, they can help you make more present the message of repentance to the world of today” but the faith is the one that you live in daily life “in the family, at work, in the parish.”
The Cardinal does not comment on the merits of the statement. Meanwhile, Cardinal Muller seems to lament that there is too much hype (troppe esagerazioni) on Medjugorje.
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