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the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima

The six apparitions of Our Lady - 1917
The little shepherds: Blessed Jacinta and Francisco
Apparitions of the Angel - 1916
Interview with Sr. Lucia
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First Apparition of the Virgin : Sunday, May 13th, 1917

Lucia narrated the following:

While playing with Jacinta and Francisco on the hill, near Cova de Iria, we were building a wall with stones around a blooming plant, all of a sudden we saw a light like lightning.
- “
It is flashing,” I said. “A storm can come. It is better to return home.”
- “Oh, yes, alright,” my cousins responded. We started to come down from the hill taking the sheep down the path. In the middle of our way on the slope, near the evergreen oak which still exists today, we saw a flash of lightning and after we took some more steps over the slope, we saw a Lady dressed in white, more brilliant than the sun, scattering clear and intense light, more than a ray of sunlight through a glass of water.
We were so close that we were in the light She irradiated. Our Lady said:
- “Don’t be afraid. I will not harm you.” I asked her: “ Where are you from ?”
- “I’m from Heaven.”
- “What is that you want?”
- “I have come to ask you to come here six consecutive months on the 13th at the same time.” Later I will say who I am and what I desire.”
- “I will return a seventh time.”
- I asked: “Will I go to Heaven?”
- “Yes, you will go.”
- “and Jacinta?”
- “She will go too”
- “and Francisco?”
- “He will also go, but he has to pray many rosaries first.” Then I remembered two of my sister’s friends who died recently.”
- “ s Maria de las Nieves in Heaven?”
- “Yes she is.”
- “and Amelia, whose between 18 - 20 years old?”
- “She will be in purgatory until the end of the world.” And then She said: “Do you want to offer yourselves to God and accept all the sufferings that He desires to send you in reparation for the sins by which He is offended and to implore for the conversion of sinners?”
- “Yes, we want to.”
- “You will have to suffer much , but God’s grace will strengthen you.” Upon saying this the Virgin opened her arms for the first time, communicating a very intense light coming from her hands penetrating deep into our chest and our hearts, allowing us to see ourselves in God more clearly than seeing ourselves in a mirror.

By an interior impulse also communicated to us, we fell to our knees, repeating humbly:
"Holy Trinity, I adore you. My God, my God, I love you in the Blessed Sacrament."

A few moments later Our Lady added:
- “Pray the rosary every day to acquire world peace and the end of the war.”
Immediately she started to elevate serenely as light surrounded her while opening her way.

Second Apparition of the Virgin: Wednesday, June 13th
After praying the rosary with people present (50) we saw again the reflection of light approaching. We called it lightning. Immediately Our Lady appeared on the oak tree, just like in the month of May.

- “What is it that you desire?” I asked.

- “I desire for you to come here on the 13th of next month, to pray the rosary every day and to learn how to read. Later, I will let you know what else I desire.”

I requested the healing of a sick person. Our Lady responded:
- “If she converts, she will be healed during the year.”
- “I would like to ask you to take us to Heaven.”
- “Yes, Jacinta and Francisco I will take soon, but you will stay some time longer. Jesus wants to use you to let others know and love me. He wants to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world . Who ever embraces it I promise salvation and their souls will be dear to God as flowers put by me to adorn his Throne. ”
- “Will I stay here alone ?” I asked with sorrow.
- “No, my daughter. Do you suffer much because of this ? Don’t be discouraged! I will never leave you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the path to lead you to God.”

At that moment she opened her hands and communicated to us for the second time the rays of immense light that surrounded her. Jacinta and Francisco seemed to be in the area of the light elevating to heaven and me; I was in the area covering the earth.

In front of the right palm of Our Lady’s hand was a heart surrounded by thorns seeming to pierce her heart. We understood it to be the Immaculate Heart of Mary, offended for the sins of humanity and desirous of reparation.

Francisco, very impressed by the vision, asked me: “ Why was the Virgin holding a heart in her hand radiating over the world the great light of God? You, Lucia, were with Her in the light coming down on the earth and Jacinta was with me in the light going up to heaven.”

Third Apparition of the Virgin: Friday, July 13th

Moments after arriving at Cova de Iria, next to the oak tree, among numerous people (4,000) praying the rosary, we saw a ray of light once more and, a few moments later, Our Blessed Mother appeared over the oak tree.

- "What do you want from me?" I asked.

- "I desire for you to come here the 13th of next month, and continue to pray the rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary to obtain the peace of the world and the end to the war, only She can obtain it."

- I said: "I would like to ask who you are, and for you to do a miracle so everyone can believe you appear to us."

- "Continue to come here every month. In October I will say who I am and what I desire, and I will perform a miracle all will see to believe."

- "Sacrifice for sinners and repeat many times, especially when you make a sacrifice: O my Jesus, this is out of love for you, for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary!"

When Mary said these words she opened her hands again. The reflection of light seemed to penetrate the earth and we saw something like an ocean of fire, and submerged in this fire were demons and souls like transparent flames, black or bronze in color, of human form, fluctuating in the fire and taken by the flames that came out from within themselves along with clouds of smoke falling on all sides, similar to the fall of ashes from vast fires, but weightless and unbalanced, amidst screams and lamentations of sorrow and desperation that horrified us and made us tremble with fear.

The demons were distinguished by their horrible and repulsive forms, like horrendous animals, but transparent as red-hot charcoal.

Frightened and asking for help we looked up to Our Lady, who with sorrow and gentleness said to us :

- "You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If you do what I tell you many souls will be saved and you will have peace. The war will end, but if you don’t cease offending God, one worst will start in the papacy of Pope Pius XI."

- "When you see a luminous night lit by an unknown light, know this is the great sign God will give as punishment to the world for its crimes by means of war, hunger, persecution of the Church and the Holy Father. To prevent this, I will ask the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and communion of the first Saturdays of the month in reparation.

If my desires are obeyed, Russia will be converted and there will be peace; if not, its errors will spread all over the world, promoting wars, persecutions of the Church: the good will be martyred, the Holy Father will suffer much, several nations will be annihilated.

At the end, MY IMMACULATE HEART WILL TRIUMPH. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia, and it will be converted, the world will be granted a period of peace. In Portugal the dogma of Faith will be preserved always. . . . ( the third part of the secret starts here, written by Lucia between Dec. 22, 1943 and January 9th, 1944). Don’t say this to anyone. You can tell Francisco."

- "When you pray the rosary, say after each decade: " O, my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of your mercy."

As usual, our Lady started to elevate towards the Orient (east) direction.

Fourth Apparition of the Virgin:

Sunday, August 19th

Our Lady appeared in the village of Los Valinhos. The apparition did not occur on August 13th in Cova de Iria because the Council Administrator captured and took the shepherd children to Vila Nova with the intention of forcing them to reveal the secret. They were imprisoned in the administration and in the municipal jail.

They were offered the most valued gifts if they would reveal the secret. The young visionaries responded:

- "We will not say it even if the whole world was given to us."

They were taken to jail. The prisoners advised: "Reveal the secret to the Administrator. Who cares if that Lady doesn’t want to ?"

- "O no, Jacinta responded with liveliness, I would rather die first!"

The three children prayed the rosary with the prisoners before a medal Jacinta hung on the wall. To intimidate them, the Administrator commanded that a pot of boiling oil be prepared, threatening the children that they would be fried in it if they did not obey him. Even though the children believed what was told to them, they were not revealing anything. On August 15th, Feast of the Assumption, they were taken out of jail and returned to Fatima.

Lucia narrates the events of this apparition

“We were with our sheep in a place called Los Valinhos, Francisco and his brother John accompanied me.

We felt something supernatural approaching and embracing us; suspecting Our Lady was about to appear and fearing Jacinta would not be present to see her, we asked her brother John to bring her. Meanwhile, Francisco and I saw the reflection of the light we call lightning and at the moment Jacinta arrived we saw our Lady on the oak tree.

- “What is it that you desire?”

- “I desire for you to continue to go to Cova de Iria on the 13th, to continue praying the rosary every day. On the last month I will perform a miracle for all to believe."

- “What should we do with the money the people leave at Cova de Iria?”

- “Make two bags, one for you and Jacinta to carry along with two other girls dressed in white; Francisco will take another bag with three other boys.”

The money collected in the bags is for the feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary, what is left over will help for the construction of a chapel.
- “ I would like to ask for the healing of some of the sick.”
- “ Yes, some I will cure during the year.”

With a very sorrowful look, the Virgin added: “Pray, pray very much and make a sacrifice for sinners, because many souls are going to hell because no one offers sacrifices for them.” The Virgin elevated towards the east as usual.

Fifth Apparition: Thursday, September 13th

As the time approached I started to go towards Cova de Iria with Jacinta and Francisco among numerous people (30,000), with difficulty we were able to go through. The path was crowded with people, everyone wanted to see and touch us.

Many people of the village came to ask us to present their needs and intentions to Our Lady. Others not able to come near us cried out from far away.

We heard . . . . . ask Our Lady to heal my invalid son . . . my blind son . . . my deaf daughter . . to bring back my husband from the war . . . for conversion of a sinner . . . for me sick of tuberculosis . . . etc. All human miseries became evident and some cried out from the trees.

We finally arrived at Cova de Iria, upon reaching the oak tree we started to pray the rosary with the people. Soon afterwards we saw a reflection of light and immediately over the tree, Our Lady said: “Continue to pray the rosary to achieve the end of the war. In October Our Lord will also come, with Our Lady of Sorrows and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, St. Joseph and the Child Jesus to bless the world. God is pleased with your sacrifices, but He does not want you to sleep with the rope on, only wear it during the day.”

( The rope was worn around the waist. It was one of the most painful mortifications the children offered for the conversion of sinners. Also, they did not eat snacks and abstained from drinking water. But the greatest sacrifices were the sacrifices the mission of Our Lady demanded: the humiliations, curiosity, annoyance of the people, unending visits, questions, persecutions, ridicule, prison, etc.)

- “I will cure some of the sick, but not all. In October I will perform a miracle for all to believe.”

Sixth Apparition: Saturday, October 13th

There was a multitude of people (70,000) under the torrential rain. The scene was similar to the previous apparitions. Neither the mud nor the rain stopped the people from kneeling and humbly pleading and supplicating.

Upon arriving at Cova de Iria, next to the tree, I asked the people to close their umbrellas and to pray the rosary. Soon after we saw a reflection of light, and immediately Our Lady was on the oak tree.

- I asked her, “What is it that you want?”

- She replied, “I want to tell you to build a chapel here in my honor. I am Our Lady of the Rosary. Continue to pray the rosary every day. The war is ending and the soldiers will return home soon.”

- I asked, “Will the sick be healed?”

- “Some yes, others no; it is necessary for them to amend their lives, to ask forgiveness for their sins,” she replied.

With a sorrowful look, Our Lady said: “May our God be offended no longer. He is already offended too much.”

Her hands opened, and off of them reflected the light of the sun. As she rose into the sky, her own brilliance continued to be seen in the midst of the sun’s light.
I cried out for all to look up towards the sun. The miracle of the sun was happening, as promised three months ago, as proof of the authenticity of the Fatima apparitions. The rain ceased and the sun rotated three times, launching variously colored rays of light all around. It seemed as if the sun was coming down from the sky toward the people.

After 10 minutes of the miracle, the sun returned to its normal state.

The three of us were favored with other visions as well. Next to the sun, we saw St. Joseph, the Child Jesus and Our Lady of Sorrows. The Child Jesus and St. Joseph were blessing the world. After this vision ceased, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel appeared.

End of the 1917 apparitions


Francisco and Jacinta were born in Aljustrel, a small district located 800 meters from the small town of Fatima. They were son and daughter of Manuel Pedro Marto and Olimpia de Jesus Marto. Lucia, their cousin, was also born here (the oldest of the visionaries).

Francisco was born on June 11th, 1908 and Jacinta two years later on March 11th.

Since an early age, Jacinta and Francisco learned to avoid bad friendships, and therefore, they preferred to be in the company of Lucia, their cousin who spoke to them about Jesus. The three spent many days together, caring for the sheep, praying and playing.

Between the dates of May 13 - October 13, 1917, Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia were granted the great privilege of seeing the Virgin Mary in Cova de Iria. After the occurrence of this supernatural experience, the three children saw themselves as more aflame for the Love of God and the love of souls, and they had only one aspiration: to pray and suffer according to the petition of the Virgin Mary.

Not only was divine benevolence on them extraordinary, but their response to these divine graces was also something incredible.

The children did not consider themselves merely messengers of the announcement of penance and prayer, but they dedicated themselves to making their lives - with their works and words - an announcement in itself. During the apparitions they resisted, with unaltered spirit and admirable fortitude, the insults, misinterpretations, slander, persecutions and even days in prison.

During this time of anguish, Francisco was threatened with death by government authorities if he refused to declare the Fatima apparitions as false. However, he stood firm and did not betray the Virgin Mary, and he encouraged his cousin and sister to do the same. Although threatened with death many times, he responded, " If we are killed, it doesn’t matter; we will go to Heaven." When Jacinta was supposedly taken to be killed, with a martyr’s spirit she said to her companions, " Don’t worry, I won’t say a thing. I’d rather die first."

Blessed Francisco (6-11-1908 / 4-4-1919)

Francisco’s character was docile and compliant. He liked to spend time helping the needy. He was known by all to be a sincere, just, obedient and diligent person.
The Angel’s words in the third apparition, “Console your God,” made a profound impression in the soul of the small shepherd boy.

He desired only to think of ways to console Our Lord and the Virgin Mary who he had seen so sad.

He said, “We were burning in that light that is God and we were not burnt. How is God? This we cannot say. But what grief. He is so sad; if only I can console Him!”
In his illness, Francisco confided to his cousin: “ Our Lord, is He still sad? I’m so heartbroken that He is this way. I offer Him all the sacrifices I’m able to.”

On the eve of his death, he confessed and received Holy Communion with the most pious sentiments. After five months of continuous suffering, on a First Friday at 10:00 am, the consoler of Jesus died a holy death.

Blessed Jacinta (3-10-1910/ 2-20-1920)

Jacinta was of clear intelligence, joyful, and agile. She was always running, jumping and dancing. She lived passionately for the conversion of sinners. The vision of hell had impressed her very much, and she did all she could to prevent sinners from going there.

One time she exclaimed: “I grieve for sinners! . . .If I could show them hell!”

She died a holy death on February 20th, 1920. Her body is buried next to Francisco in the Basilica of Fatima.

Jacinta and Francisco continued their normal life after the apparitions. Lucia started to go to school as Our Lady requested her to do. Jacinta and Francisco also went to accompany her. Before arriving at school, they would first pass by the Church to greet Jesus. When class was ready to start, Francisco, aware he was not to live long on this earth, said to Lucia, “ You go to school, I will stay with Jesus who is hidden. What good is it for me to learn to read if soon I will go to heaven?” After saying this Francisco would go to the Church to be as close as possible to the Tabernacle.

When Lucia and Jacinta returned in the afternoon, they found Francisco in the same place in profound prayer and adoration.

Of the three children, Francisco was the most contemplative and perhaps the one to distinguish himself more for his love and reparation in the Eucharist. After receiving Holy Communion from the Angel, he said: “I knew God was in me, but did not know how He was.” In his life, he had real devotion to the angels, saints and the Virgin Mary. He was amazed by the beauty and gentleness of the angel and the Mother of God, and they led him to encounter Jesus. Francisco wanted above all else to console God, Who was greatly offended by the sins of humanity. This is what most impressed him during the apparitions.

Francisco wanted to offer his life to console the Lord whom he saw so sad and offended. His desire to go to heaven was motivated only by the desire to better console God. With firm intention to do what pleased God, he avoided all sin and at 7 years old started to receive frequently the Sacrament of Penance.

Lucia asked Francisco: “ Francisco, what do you prefer the most, to console the Lord or convert sinners?” He responded: “ I prefer to console the Lord. Did you not see how sad Our Lady was when she said to us that men should no longer offend the Lord, who is so much offended?” I would like to console the Lord and then convert sinners so they will no longer offend the Lord. Soon I will be in heaven, and when I get there I will console very much Our Lord and Our Lady.”

Through graces received and the help of the Virgin Mary, Jacinta was fervent in her love of God and her desire for souls. She was consumed with an unsatiable thirst to save the poor souls in danger of hell.

The glory of God, salvation of souls, the importance of the Holy Father and priests, the necessity and love for the sacraments - all this took first priority in her life. She lived the Fatima messages for the salvation of souls around the world, demonstrating a great missionary spirit.

Jacinta had a profound devotion that took her very near to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This love always led her in a profound way to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Jacinta attended daily Mass with a great desire of receiving Jesus in Holy Communion in reparation for poor sinners. Nothing was more attractive to her than to be in the Real Presence of the Eucharistic Jesus. She said frequently: " I love to be here so much. I have so much to say to Jesus."

With immense zeal, Jacinta separated herself from the things of the world to focus her attention on the things of heaven. She searched for silence and solitude to be in contemplation. " I love the Lord so much," she said to Lucia. "Sometimes I feel as if I had fire in the heart, but it does not burn me."

Since the first apparition, the children looked for ways to multiply their mortifications for the conversion of sinners. They mortified their will and character by depriving themselves of food to give to the poor children; by not drinking water for an entire day, especially in the heat; by fasting during the Lenten season; and by renouncing their most favored games to spend more time in prayer.

They did not tire of looking for new ways of offering sacrifices for sinners. One day a short time after the fourth apparition, Jacinta found a cord and thought of putting it around her waist and tightening it as a sacrifice. Agreeing, the children cut the cord in three pieces and put it around their waists over their skin. Lucia narrates that this was a sacrifice that made them suffer terribly - so much so, that Jacinta was unable to contain the tears: "If we tried to talk her out of it, she immediately responded that by no means it would be taken off because it was for the conversion of sinners." In the beginning she wore the cord during the day and night, but in one apparition, Our Lady said to Jacinta, "Our Lord is very pleased with your sacrifices but doesn’t desire for you to sleep with the cord. Wear it only during the day." They obeyed, and with greater fervor, they persevered in this difficult penance, knowing it pleased God and Our Lady. Francisco and Jacinta wore the cord until their final illness, in which it appeared stained with blood.

Jacinta also felt the need to offer sacrifices for the Holy Father. She received the grace of a vision showing the sufferings of the Holy Father. She narrates: "I saw him in a very big house, kneeling with his face in his hands crying. There were many people outside. Some were throwing stones, others speaking blasphemy and bad words."

On another occasion, while praying the prayer of the Angel in the mountain cave, Jacinta stood up quickly and called her cousin: "Look! Don’t you see many roads, paths and fields full of people crying of hunger, not having anything to eat? . . . And the Holy Father in a Church praying next to the Heart of Mary?" After the occurrence of these events, the children always carried the Holy Father in their hearts and prayed constantly for him. They had a custom of praying 3 Hail Mary’s after the rosary for the Holy Father.

The Virgin Mary heard the fervent plea of these children, and she responded frequently to them in a visible manner. Francisco and Jacinta are witnesses of extraordinary events:

In a nearby village, a family was going through the difficult situation of having their son in jail, accused, but in fact innocent. Afflicted by the situation, his parents sent Teresa, Lucia’s oldest sister, to ask and plea to the children to obtain from the Virgin Mary the liberation of their son. Lucia, on her way to school, told her cousins about what was happening. Francisco said:

"You go to school and I will stay here with Jesus to ask Him for this grace." In the afternoon Francisco said to Lucia, "You can tell Teresa to let them know that in a few days the young man will be in his house." Sure enough, on the 13th of the following month, the young man came home.

On another occasion, a family had a son who disappeared without a trace. His mother implored Jacinta to pray to Our Lady for him. A few days later, the young man returned home, asked forgiveness to his parents, and told them of his tragic adventure. After spending all he had stolen, he was arrested and put in jail. He escaped into the woods, finding himself lost. Not knowing what to do, he kneeled and prayed. He saw Jacinta taking him by the hand and leading him to a path, which she indicated him to follow. This is how the young man reached his home. After interrogating Jacinta if she really went to find this young man, she said no. . . but she did pray to Our Lady very much for him.

All the miracles and events of which the children were a part made everyone go to them for help. But they maintained their simplicity and humility. The more people looked for them, the more they concealed themselves.

One day the children were walking peacefully on the road, and they saw a big car stop before them with a group of well dressed men and women. "Look, they are coming to visit us . . ." said Francisco. "Are we leaving?" Jacinta asked. "It is impossible for them not to notice," responded Lucia. "Lets continue walking and you will see they won’t recognize us." But the visitors stopped them. " Are you from Aljustrel?" they asked the children. "Yes, Sir," responded Lucia. "Do you know the three shepherd children the Virgin appeared to? If you know them, can you tell us where they live?" Lucia responded, "Take this road down towards the left..." and she continued to describe their houses. The visitors left, thanking them, and they happily ran to hide somewhere.

Francisco and Jacinta were very docile in obeying God’s will and also the words of Our Lady. They made significant progress in holiness in a very short time and quickly reached great and solid Christian perfection. Knowing from the Virgin Mary that their lives would be brief, they spent their days with ardent expectation of entering heaven. Their waiting was not long.

On December 23rd, 1918, Francisco and Jacinta became seriously ill with a terrible epidemic of bronco-pneumonia. However, being ill did not diminish their fervor for doing sacrifices.

Towards the end of February 1919, Francisco visibly worsened, never to leave his sick bed again. He suffered his illness and his intense pain with intimate joy and offered them as a sacrifice to God. One day Lucia asked him if he was suffering. He responded. "Very much, but I don’t mind. I suffer to console Our Lord and soon I will go to heaven."

On April 2nd his state worsened so much that the pastor was called. He had not received his First Communion and was afraid he would not be able to receive the Lord before death. He confessed in the afternoon and fasted to receive Holy Communion. The following day he received Holy Communion with piety and great lucidity of spirit. After the priest left he asked his mother if he could receive the Lord again. After this he asked forgiveness for all the problems he might have caused. To Lucia and Jacinta he added, "I’m going to Paradise, and from there I will ask Jesus and Mary to come get you too." The following day on April 4th, with an angelical smile and without agony or lamentations, he expired gently. He was not yet 11 years old.

Jacinta suffered much because of her brother’s death. Shortly after she developed pleurisy because of the bronco-pneumonia and its complications. One day she said to Lucia, "The Virgin came to see me and asked me if I still want to save sinners. I responded ‘ yes’, and she (Mary) then told me that soon I will enter the hospital and suffer much. But she said to embrace all for love of Jesus, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the offenses committed against Her Heart and the Heart of Jesus. She said ‘mama’ will accompany me but later I will be alone." And this is precisely how it did happened.

By doctor’s order she was taken to Vila Nova Hospital and was subjected to treatment for two months. She returned home the same way as she left, but with a large wound in her chest needing daily medication. But due to lack of hygiene, the wound became progressively more infected and developed into a real torment for Jacinta. It was a continuos martyrdom, but she always suffered without any complaint. She tried to hide all these sufferings in the presence of her mother to avoid giving her more sufferings. She even consoled her mother by telling her that she was better.

During her illness she confided to her cousin, "I suffer much, but I offer everything for the conversion of sinners and to repair the Immaculate Heart of Mary."

In January, 1920, a specialist doctor insisted that Jacinta’s mother take her to the Hospital of Lisboa for better care. This departure was painful for Jacinta, especially because she was separated from Lucia.

At her departure she gave Lucia these recommendations: " Soon I will go to heaven. You stay here to tell people that God wants to establish devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the world. When you say it, don’t hide. Tell all the people that God grants all the graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Ask her for it because the Heart of Jesus desires, next to His Heart, the Immaculate Heart of Mary to be venerated. Ask the Immaculate Heart for peace, for God has confided this to Her. If only I could put in the hearts of people the light that I have inside my heart; this light embraces me and allows me to taste so much the of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary."

Her mother accompanied her to the hospital, but after several days she had to return home and Jacinta stayed alone in the hospital. She was admitted and operated upon on February 10th. Two ribs were removed on the left side, leaving a wound as wide as a hand. The pain was dreadful, especially at the time of treatment and dressing the wound. But Jacinta’s patience was that of a martyr. Her only words were to call the Virgin Mary and to offer her sufferings for the conversion of sinners.

Three days before death she said to the nurse, "The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared, assuring me that soon she will come for me. Ever since then, I have had no pain." On February 20th at about six in the afternoon, she said she was feeling bad and requested the last Sacraments. That evening she had her last confession and requested the Viaticum to be given as soon as possible because she knew her death was near.

The priest did not see the urgency and promised to come the following day. But shortly after she died. She was 10 years old.

Before her death, Our Lady appeared to her several times.

The following is her dictation, given to her godmother, about sin:

- The sins of the flesh are the ones that lead souls to hell.

- If men knew what eternity is, they would do everything possible to change their lives. Souls are lost because they do not think abut death and do not do penance.

About the wars:

- Wars are the consequence of the sins of the world.

- It is necessary to do penance to stop the wars.

About Christian virtues :

- We should not be surrounded by luxury.

- Be friends of silence.

- Don’t speak wrong or bad about anyone and avoid those who talk bad.

- Have much patience, because patience takes us to heaven.

- Mortification and sacrifice please God very much.

The bodies Jacinta and Francisco were taken to the Fatima Sanctuary. The miracles that had manifested themselves during their lives continues to occur after their deaths. When Francisco’s tomb was opened, the rosary placed on his chest was found tangled up in his fingers. Fifteen years after her death, Jacinta’s body was found to be incorrupt.

On April 18th, 1989, the Holy Father John Paul II declared Francisco and Jacinta as Venerables. On May 13th, 2000 the Holy Father John Paul II beatified them.

The following is a narration of the angel’s apparitions according to Sister Lucia, the oldest of the visionaries. These apparitions occurred before the apparitions of the Blessed Mother in order to prepare the children for her coming. The narration has been summarized by SCTJM (Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary).

Apparition of the Angel of Peace

First apparition of the Angel :

It was in the spring of 1916 when the angel appeared for the first time in the cave of "Loca de Cabeco."

We went with the flock up the mountain to find shade, and after having lunch and praying our prayers, we saw in the distance, above the peak of a tree, a light whiter than snow. It had the form of a young man, and it was transparent and more brilliant than a crystal pierced by the rays of the sun.

As it came nearer, we were able to discern and distinguish the features. We were surprised and amazed.

Arriving beside us he said, "Do not be afraid. I am the Angel of Peace. Pray with me!"

Kneeling on the ground, he inclined his head to the ground. We imitated him, taken in by the supernatural moment, and we repeated the words we heard him say:

"My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love you. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, adore, hope and love you."

After repeating this three times he stood and said, " Pray like this. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications."

Then he disappeared . . .The awareness of God’s presence was so intense and profound that we did not attempt to speak with each other. We remained in the position in which the Angel had left us, repeating the prayer the angel had given us.

We did not mention anything about this apparition to others, but at the same time, we did not forbid one another to speak about it.

Second apparition of the Angel:

It happened in the middle of the summer at noon, when we were taking the flock to the house. We planned to return in the afternoon. We were in the shade of the trees surrounding the well of Arneiro’s Ranch when the angel appeared to us again.

- He said, "What are you doing? Pray! Pray very much! The Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of Mercy for you. Offer constant prayers and sacrifices to the Almighty!"

- "How are we to sacrifice?" I asked.

- He replied, "You can offer sacrifices as acts of reparation for sinners, by whom He is so much offended, and you can beg for the conversion of sinners. This will bring your country peace.

"Iam the Guardian Angel of Portugal. Above all, accept with submission the sufferings the Lord sends you." These words made a profound impression on us. They were like lights that allowed us to comprehend who God is, how much He loves us and desires to be loved, the value of sacrifice and how much it pleases Him, and how He grants the grace of conversion of sinners through sacrifice.

From that moment on, we started to offer the Lord all the sufferings possible and repeat the prayer the Angel taught us.

Third apparition of the Angel :

Around October or the end of September, we spent a day going from Pregueira to the Cave Loca de Cabeco, walking around the mountain next to Aljustrel and Casa Velha. There we prayed our rosary and the prayer the Angel taught us in the first apparition.

While we were there, he appeared the third time, holding a Chalice in his hands. A host was suspended over the Chalice, and drops of were falling from it into the Chalice.

Leaving the Chalice and the Host suspended in the air, he prostrated on the ground and repeated three times this prayer:

"Blessed Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore you profoundly and I offer the Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, present in all the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the offenses, sacrileges, and indifferences by which He is so offended. And by the infinite merits of your Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I ask for the conversion of poor sinners."

"As he stood up, the Angel took the Chalice and the Host. He gave me the Host, and the content of the Chalice he gave to Jacinta and Francisco, saying at the same time:

"Eat the Body and drink the Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly offended by ungrateful men. Make reparation for their crimes and console your God."

Again the Angel prostrated on the ground and repeated with us three times the same prayer: "Blessed Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore you profoundly and I offer the Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, present in all the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the offenses, sacrileges, indifferences by which He is so offended. And by the infinite merits of your Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I ask for the conversion of poor sinners." Then he disappeared.

During the following days our actions were driven by this supernatural power. We felt great inner peace and joy, which kept our souls completely immersed in God.

Sister Maria Lucia of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart
Visionary of Fatima
, 1907-2005

Lucia Dos Santos was born on March 22nd, 1907, also in Ajustrel. At the age of nine, she was sent with her cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Matos to shepherd the sheep as usual. It was then that they received the visit of the Virgin in Cova de Iria.

Lucia entered the Sisters of St. Dorothy in 1921. She was with them in Tui and Pontevedra, Spain. In both cities she had important visits from Jesus and Mary. She received the Promises of the First Saturdays, the Vision of the Blessed Trinity and the petition to consecrate Russia in 1929.

In 1946 she returned to Portugal, and two years later entered the Carmel of St. Teresa in Coimbra, where she professed her vows as a Carmelite in 1949.

The Virgin told Francisco and Jacinta that they would go to heaven soon, but Lucia was to stay on earth to propagate Her messages. This is precisely what happened. The Pope beatified Francisco and Jacinta Marto during the Jubilee Year 2000 in Cova de Iria, the sanctuary of the apparitions. Many people were present on one of the coldest days registered in Fatima. Next to Pope John Paul II stood Sister Lucia.

Sister Lucia wrote two volumes of her " Memoirs" and the " The Callings of the Fatima Messages."

She died on February 13th, 2005 during the novena of Blessed Francisco and Jacinta, in her dear Carmel, where many believe that our Lady still visited her and where Pope John Paul II also visited.

Interview with Sister Lucia

March 8, 1998

The monthly Catholic Portugese magazine "Christus," published in Lisboa by an editorial group "Seminary," printed the first interview ever given by Sister Lucia on March 3rd, 1998 . She was the only survivor of the three visionary children to whom our Lady appeared in Fatima, 1917.

Sister Lucia was almost 90 years old at the time of the interview. She was living in the Carmelite Convent of Coimbra for half a century and had conversed with Cardinals Anthony Padiyara of India and Ricardo Vidal of the Phillippines.

Conversion of Russia

In the interview granted by Sister Lucia, she was explicit in her allusions about the consecration and conversion of Russia. Sister Lucia did not exclude any important facts. When Our Blessed Mother asked the three children to pray for this intention, she did not know what Russia was. "We thought it was a very bad woman." With time Sister Lucia began to understand the cruelty and the dramatic history of the people of Russia.

She herself outlived communism and witnessed the dissolution of the Soviet block. Could this event be interpreted as a sign of Russia’s conversion? To this question, Sister Lucia refered to the man in Russia who "without knowing it, was God’s instrument for the conversion."
- Gorbachov?
- Yes.

The Third Secret

Many people associate the apparitions of the Virgin at Fatima with the enigma of the third secret. To the question if the secret had to do with Second Vatican Council, the religious limited her response: "I cannot respond." When she was asked where the third secret is apocalyptic she clarified: "Our Lady did not say it was in the Book of Revelation." But if she does not want the third secret of Fatima to be known, can the Pope make it known? The sister responded with simplicity that the Pope can reveal it if he wishes, "but I recommend for him not to reveal it. If he decides to, I recommend for him to be very prudent."

The interview asked is was still having apparitions of Our Lady. Sister Lucia responded, " How curious . . . . I cannot say."


The Virgin also spoke about hell, a theme that had been popular before and was now absent. Sister Lucia’s words were very clear: "Hell is a reality. It is a supernatural fire and not physical. It cannot be compared to fire that burns wood or charcoal."
She offered advice to priests on this topic: "Continue preaching about hell because Our Lord himself spoke about hell, and it is in Sacred Scripture. God does not condemn anyone to hell. God gave men the liberty to choose, and God respects this human liberty."

Atheism and materialism

Sister Lucia recognizes, "atheism is a greater instrument utilized by the devil in our days. It is a grave sin against God that rejects His own existence and allows the practice of a variety of diabolic acts like abortion."
As well, she said, "Communism ended, but materialism continues...People should desire more the things of God instead of first desiring the material things."

Final Message

The Cardinals asked her if she wanted to conclude with anything in particular, a message for the world today.
She responded: "He who is not with the Pope is not with God; and he who wants to be with God has to be with the Pope."

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