Our Lady of Fatima
2017 is the centennial of the Fatima apparitions (May 13 - Oct. 13).
The apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima took place between May 13 and October 13 in the year 1917. Our Lady appeared to three Portuguese children at Cova da Iria, near Fatima, a city 110 miles north of Lisbon, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, and Lucia dos Santos. During these apparitions, Mary asked the children to pray the rosary for world peace, for the end of World War I, for sinners and for the conversion of Russia. Three "secrets" were revealed to the children, which were recorded by Lucia and revealed by her later: The first two in 1927, and the last was withheld until 2000.
Pictured left to right are Lucia dos Santos and Francisco and Jacinta Marto.
The Miracle of the Sun
Below is pictured the crowd of more than 30,000 people gathered near Fatima on Oct. 13, 1917 to witness an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who promised to appear there on that day. What they witnessed is called the "Miracle of the Sun."