Holy Father Pope Francis sent a video message to the faithful gathered in Fatima to mark the closing of the Centenary of the Fatima Apparitions. In his video message, His Holiness Pope Francis encouraged the faithful to be hopeful and reminded them of the true love of God and asked them to be closer to Mother Mary in faith.

As reported by Vatican radio, Holy Father Pope Francis remarked that “Never be afraid, God is infinitely greater than all of our problems and He loves us very much.” Further, His Holiness added, “Go forward in your journey without losing sight of the Mother, like a child who feels safe when close to his mother, we too are safe when close to Our Lady.”

His Holiness concluded his message by recalling his own pilgrimage to Fatima in May and the blessings received and he urged the faithful to never put the Rosary aside but to continue to recite it as Mother Mary asked.