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The story of Fatima began in 1916 during the first World War, a resplendent figure appeared to the Children who were in the field tending the family Sheep

In Fatima, Portugal in 1917.  Our Lady appeared six times to nine Years old Lucia, and her cousins Francisco, eight and his sister Jacinta, six.

The story of Fatima began in 1916 during the First World War. A resplendent figure appeared to the three children who were in the field tending the family sheep. “I am the Angel of Peace,” said the figure, who appeared to them two more times that year exhorting them to accept the sufferings that the Lord allowed them to undergo as an act of reparation for the sins which offend Him, and to pray constantly for the conversion of sinners.

Then, on the 13th day of the month of May 1917, an apparition of ‘a woman all in white, more brilliant than the sun’ presented itself to the three children saying “Please don’t be afraid of me, I’m not going to harm you.” Lucia asked her where she came from and she responded,  “I come from Heaven.”  The woman wore a white mantle edged with gold and held a rosary in her hand. The woman asked them to pray and devote themselves to the Holy Trinity and to “say the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world and an end to the war.”
She also revealed that the children would suffer, especially from the unbelief of their friends and families, and that the two younger children, Francisco and Jacinta would be taken to Heaven very soon but Lucia would live longer in order to spread her message and devotion to the Immaculate Heart.

In the last apparition, on October 13, 1917, the woman revealed her name in response to Lucia’s question: “I am the Lady of the Rosary.”

That day, 70,000 people had come to witness the apparition, following a promise by the woman that she would perform a miracle to show the people that the apparitions were true. These 70,000 spectators saw the sun danced: it made three circles and move around the sky in an incredible zigzag manner which left no doubt in their minds about the veracity of the apparitions. 

By 1930 the Bishop had approved of the apparitions and they have been approved by the Church as authentic.

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