Brazil - Celebration of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima in the Xavante village
São Marcos, Brazil - May 2017 - In Mato Grosso, the Salesians take care of about 280 villages and 20,000 Xavantes through the three missions of San Marcos, Nova Xavantina and Sangradouro. The village of Our Lady of Fatima is one of the main villages of the San Marcos mission. Two young Salesian priests, Fr Silvio da Silva and Fr José Marcos de Oliveira, who lead the mission, celebrated the centenary of the Marian apparitions of Fatima on May 13 with a solemn Eucharist. There was a large participation of the people, and a procession rich in faith, Marian devotion and expressions of Xavante culture. The Mato Grosso mission to the Bororos (at Meruri and Rondonópolis) and the Xavantes continues to be a priority for the Campo Grande Province.