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Our Lady of Fatima (Portugal 1917)

Updated on August 17, 2013

The Three Children

Lucia dos Santos and her cousins Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto in 1917
Lucia dos Santos and her cousins Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto in 1917

In May 1917 in Fatima, a small town in Portugal, three shepherd children, Lucia dos Santos, 9 years old and her cousins Francisco Marto, (eight years old) and Jacinta Marto (six years old) claimed to have seen an apparition of luminous lady who stood on a cloud in an evergreen tree in a pasture called the Cova de Iria, near the village of Aljustrel about a mile from Fatima.

Although all three children saw the vision, only Lucia and Jacinta heard the woman speak. She asked the children to return to the site on the thirteenth of each month until October.

The local authorities and some Church leaders made every effort to bring the children's story into disrepute. Despite this, on the 13th of October thousands of people came to Cova de Iria, hoping to share the vision.

They experience a dramatic solar phenomenon however, the woman was visible only to the children. She appeared on the 13th day of six consecutive months in 1917, starting on 13 May, the Fatima holiday.

She called herself "Our Lady of the Rosary" and requested that the children pray the rosary everyday erect a chapel at the site of the visions and proclaim the need for a moral life.

In 1930 the church approved devotion to our Lady of the Fatima and the visitors seen by the children were judged to be authentic. Twice during the 1930s and 1940s, Lucia spoke further about the apparitions. She described what is now known as the "threefold message of Fatima" that had been given to the children.

The message called for the praying of the Rosary, the practice of penance and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II visited Fatima as a pilgrims.

Fatima, Portugal more than 80 miles north of Lisbon in west central Portugal, a small town, is one of the most visited Marian shrines in the world today. Each year thousands of pilgrims visit this place every May 13, commemorating the day of the first apparition, and on October 13, the day of the final apparition, thousands of pilgrims will crowd into the great square in front of the basilica.

How to pray the rosary

  • How To Pray The Rosary

    For Catholics, the rosary is a special way of praying to God that honors the Mother Of Jesus, Mary. The rosary is about certain stories in the life of Jesus and Mary.

Basilica of Fatima, Portugal

A crowd of pilgrims at Fatima, Portugal - a major pilgrimage site for the Roman Catholics.
A crowd of pilgrims at Fatima, Portugal - a major pilgrimage site for the Roman Catholics.

Miracle Of Our Lady Of Fatima Portugal 1917

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      Enrique 5 years ago

      Our lady is the best mother I ever had

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      John 6 years ago

      Beautiful and inspirational.

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      Nancy Esther Ingunza 6 years ago

      Mary came to Fatima, Portugal for six times in 1917; but she promised to come a seventh time - that is still pending and that has been foretold by Isaiah 52:7-10. Mary came with St. Joseph, holding the Child Jesus on her sixth visit - that of October 13th, 1917; it appears that on her seenth visit she will also come with the Child Jesus; and it is he who will Give peace to the world. Mary said that she will come to give peae to the world when she sees a coommunity faithful to Jesus and that obeys the commandments of God: See Isaiah 40:3-5 "Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley (the humiliated) will be exalted; and every mountain and hill (those exalted now) will be made low; the crooked shall be made straight and the rough places plain and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together." It seems that on her seventh visit to Fatima, the entire world be able to see it via TV. Then all nations and races will beleive in Jesus Christ. Amd there will be peace in the world.

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      stars439 8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Love the Mother of God. God Bless You