Capt. Ron Howard, a pilot for Qantas Airlines, poses with the Our Lady of Fatima statue in Perth, Australia, in 2013. When the statue travels by air, it must sit in a window seat so it does not block passengers from getting to the aisle, custodian Patrick Sabat says. (World Apostolate of Fatima)

By Jane Donahue
Chicago Tribune/Naperville Sun

Thirty years after the Virgin Mary appeared six times to three young children in the mountains of Fatima in 1917, two statues based on the description of one those children were carved from mahogany.

One has a permanent home in the Chapel of Apparitions in Fatima, Portugal.

The other – known as the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue – travels the world and is currently in a 21-month World Apostolate of Fatima USA’s Fatima Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace, which started in March and will end in December 2017. The statue will visit more than 100 dioceses in 50 states, including stops at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Naperville on Sept. 8 and 9, Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia on Sept. 14 and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntley on Sept. 15.  Read more…

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