Our Lady of Fatima

Our Lady of Fatima is a title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary with respect to reported apparitions of her to three shepherd children at Fatima in Portugal on the 13th day of six consecutive months in 1917, starting on 13 May. The three children were Lucia Santos and her cousins, siblings Jacinta and Francisco Marto. The title of Our Lady of the Rosary is also sometimes used in reference to the same apparition, because the children related that the apparition specifically identified herself as the "Lady of the Rosary". It is also common to see a combination of these titles, i.e. Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima. The events at Fatima gained particular fame due to their elements of prophecy and eschatology, particularly with regard to possible world war. The reported apparitions at Fatima were officially declared "worthy of belief" by the Catholic Church.

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Syro-Malabar Church

The Syro-Malabar Church is an Apostolic Church which traces its origin to the Apostolate of St. Thomas who, according to the tradition, landed at Cranganore in 52 AD and founded seven Christian communities at Palayur, Cranganore, Kokkamangalam, Kottakavu (Parur), Quilon, Niranam, and Chayal. It is one of the 22 sui iuris Oriental Churches in Catholic Communion with its own particular characteristics expressed in worship, spirituality, theology and disciplinary laws. The early Christian community in India was known as St. Thomas Christians.

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Arch Diocese of Thrissur

According to strong and living tradition, St. Thomas the Apostle of Christ landed at Kodungalloor (Cranganore), the capital of the then Chera Empire in the year 52 A.D. Persians, Greeks and Romans found Kodungalloor, which was also known as Mussiris or Mahadevarpattanam, at present situated in the District of Trichur, as an important centre for their trade.

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