Centennial apparition of Fatima commemorated by PHLPOST

Our Lady of Fatima is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary ; Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta near the town of Fatima.

In the Philippines, the National Pilgrim Image of the Our Lady of Fatima is one of the original statues blessed by Pope Paul VI. It was later brought to the country by the late Jaime Cardinal Sin and was crowned as the National Pilgrim Image during the launching of the National Marian Year on December 8, 1984.

Out Lady of Fatima 2

Our Lady of Fatima image that became the forefront of the EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986 where Our Lady, through the statue, showed her maternal protection to the people.

It was permanently handed to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in 1999 .

Patroness of Valenzuela

The image of Our Lady of Fatima is considered as the Queen of Peace. Our Lady of Fatima was also declared as the Patroness of Valenzuela City in celebration of the Golden Anniversary of the parish in 2011.

Our Lady of Fátima (Portuguese: Nossa Senhora de Fátima, formally known as Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Fátima,  is a Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary based on the famed Marian apparitions reported in 1917 by three shepherd children at the Cova da Iria, in Fátima, Portugal. The three children were Lúcia Santos and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto.

Bishop José Alves Correia da Silva declared the miracle worthy of belief on 13 October 1930, officially permitting devotion within the Catholic Church.   The event is commemorated each year on that same date. On 13 May 1946, Pope Pius XII granted a canonical coronation to the venerated image enshrined at the Chapel of the Apparitions of Fátima via his apostolic legate, Cardinal Benedetto Aloisi Masella. On 11 November 1954, the same Pontiff later raised the Sanctuary of Fátima to the status of Minor Basilica by his Papal brief Lucer Superna.

Issuance and Significance of the Stamps

The issuance of PHLPOST is very significant for this occasion. Aside from commemorating her centenary of apparition , Many Catholic countries also issued stamps commemorating the event. This is called an omnibus collection.

Fatima stamps

Technical Description

Se-tenant Blocks of Four  (20,000 pieces)

12 pesos  The First Apparition

12 pesos  Our Lady of Fatima Portrait

12 pesos  The Last Apparition (The Miracle of the Sun)

12 pesos  Three Shepherd Children:  Lucia de Jesus de dos Santos, Francisco Marto, Jacinta Marto

Designer:  Eunice Beatrix Uy Dabu

 Stamps are available at the PHLPOST post shop and major post offices centers, nationwide.

Rence Chan

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