Chronology and Important Dates in Relation to the Apparitions and History of Our Lady of Fatima
©Recompiled by SCTJM

Coronation of Our Lady 1946

May 13, 1917 - First apparition of Our Lady to the three little shepherds in Fatima

October 13, 1917 - Last apparition of Our Lady to the three shepherds and the miracle of the sun.

April 28, 1919 - Construction begins on the Chapel of the Apparitions.

October 13, 1921 - Mass is allowed to be celebrated in the Chapel for the first time.

May 3, 1922 - The Bishop of Leiria begins the canonical process on the events of Fatima

June 26, 1927 - The Bishop of Leiria presides for the first time over an official ceremony at the Cova de Iria after the blessing of the Stations of the Cross from the town of Reguengo do Fetal (11 Km).

October 13, 1930 - By (precaution) "Divine Providence", the Bishop of Leira declares worthy of faith the apparitions and authorizes devotion to Our Lady of Fatima.

May 13, 1931 - First consecration of Portugal to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, done by the Portugese Episcopate according to the message of Fatima

October 31, 1942 - Píus XII, speaking in Portugese on the radio, consecrates the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, making veiled mention of Russia, following the request of Our Lady

May 13, 1946 - The statue of Our Lady of Fatima in the chapel is crowned by Cardinal Marsella, a pontifical delegate. The crown was offered by Portugese women in thanksgiving for having freed Portugal from the Second World War.

October 13, 1951 - Closing of the Universal Holy Year in Fatima by Cardinal Tedeschini, a pontifical delegate, who reveals that Pius XII testified in the Vatican in 1950 to the miracle of the sun on October 13, 1917.

May 13, 1956 - Cardinal Roncalli, Patriarch of Venice, future Pope John XXIII, presides over the ceremonies of the Anniversary Pilgrimage

November 21, 1964 - At the closing of the third session of the Ecumenical Council, Pope Paul VI anounces before 2,500 concilar fathers, the granting of the Golden Rose to the Sanctuary of Fatima, which would be given by Cardinal Cento, a pontifical delegate, on May 13, 1965.

May 13, 1967
- The Holy Father Paul VI travels to Fatima on the 50th anniversary of the first apparition to ask for world peace and unity of the Church.

July 10, 1977 - Pilgrimage of Cardinal Luciani, Patriarch of Venice, to Fatima (future Pope John Paul I)

May 12-13, 1982
- The Holy Father John Paul II travels to Fatima as a pilgrim to thank Our Lady for having survived the brutal attempt on his life suffered exactly one year before in St. Peter's Square. Kneeling, he consecrated the Church, humanity and peoples to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, making a veiled mention of Russia.

March 25, 1984 - In St. Peter's Square, before the image of Our Lady, John Paul II again consecrates the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary together with all the bishops of the world who had previously been notified to unite themselves with His Holiness in this consecration. Lucia later confirmed that this consecration satisfied the petition made by Our Lady.

May 12-13, 1991 - The Holy Father John Paul II returns to Fatima for the second time as a pilgrim on the 10th anniversary of the attempt on his life.

June 4, 1997 - The Assembly of the Portugese Republic raises the town of Fatmia to the category of 'city'.

May 13, 2000
- The Holy Father John Paul II, in his third visit to Fatima and before more than a million pilgrims (we being among them), beatifies Francisco and Jacinto and reveals the third part of the "secret of Fatima." A historic moment of great transcendence. The Pope confirms one more time the importance of the messages and the heroic holiness of the visionary children. He presents them as very important examples of prayer, love and penance. He recognizes the transcendence of the messages the Virgin communicated to them.

February 13, 2005 - Sr. Lucia dies in the Convent of St. Teresa in Coimbra

April 2, 2005 - John Paul II passes away

February 19, 2006 - The body of Sr. Lucia is moved to the Basilica of the Sanctuary of Fatima

February 13, 2008 - The cause of canonization for Servant of God Lucia dos Santos is opened.

May 12-13, 2010 - Apostolic Visit of H.H. Benedict XVI to Fatima. Consecration of Priests to the Immaculate Heart

May 13, 2017 - Centenary of the Apparitions of Our Lady

"May the seven years which separate us from the centenary of the apparitions hasten the fulfilment of the prophecy of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to the glory of the Most Holy Trinity."
(H.H. Benedict XVI, May 13, 2010)

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