Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_Fátima
This, i.e., the Centennial, was why Pope Francis was in Fatima to canonize the two younger cousins who died in 1918. Click image to access “The New York Times” original.
100-years ago today!
‘Our Lady of Fatima‘ has figured prominently in World history and culture since then — especially in the last 30-years, with all three of the popes during that period being avid fans.
Today’s canonization was timed to coincide with the anniversary. Neat.
The reason that only two, of the three, were canonized was because Lúcia Santos, the oldest, did not die until 2005 — aged 97. The canonization process can’t start until you die! Hence the delay. Her canonization has been fast-tracked — as was the case for Pope John Paul II, a huge Fatima fan. She will be canonized in a ‘few’ years.
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Amtrak cancelled service around Philadelphia for a week!
Ended up having to go to New York by Amtrak and then taking a Greyhound to Philadelphia. That actually turned out to be quite a fun trip.
But, Amtrak 188 and Brandon Bostian became etched into my life.
I had been wondering what would happen to him.
Read the story. Quite interesting. The ‘authorities’ were NOT going to press charges — willing to concede that it was an unfortunate accident. However, families of those affected had the option to insist. Neat.
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