VATICAN CITY, APRIL 1, 2007 ( Benedict XVI named Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, as the pontifical legate to the celebrations marking the 90th anniversary of the Virgin Mary's appearance at Fatima.

Mary's apparitions to three shepherd children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta, began on May 13, 1917, and occurred five more times, the last on Oct. 13 of the same year.

The celebrations of the anniversary will take place May 12-13 at Fatima.

Benedict XVI will be in Brazil at that time to open the work of the 5th General Conference of the Episcopate of Latin America and the Caribbean.


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