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Pope Francis walks past an image of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus after laying a white rose in front of it in St Peter's Square (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

As Mary is, so all Christians should aspire to be

A detail from the mosaic (Irish Catholic Bishops/Flickr)

The mosaic depicts the apparition of the Virgin Mary to 15 witnesses in 1979

Pope Francis prays in front of the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima during a Marian vigil in St Peter's Square in 2013 (CNS)

The diocese of Leiria-Fátima says Francis’s visit will coincide with the centenary of the Apparitions of Fatima

Mother Winsome with Mgr Keith Newton on New Year's Day

This was a historic event not just for the Ordinariate but for the English Catholic Church as a whole: Catholics should give them financial help