OUR LADY OF FATIMA
In Portugal in 1917 something extraordinary happened. In Portugal in 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared to two shepherdesses and one shepherd . The three children were Lucia dos Santos,and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Mary appeared to the three children on the thirteenth of six consecutive months, and many thousands of people came to the spot in Fatima to pray, despite the fact that only the children could see and hear Mary.
The authorities of Portugal believed that the apparitions were disturbing the peace and had the children arrested for a time in August. Our Lady told the children three secrets that they were not allowed to divulge for many years, it was these secrets that the government of Portugal tried to learn from Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco.
During her last appearance in October, Mary announced the coming end of world war one. Francisco died in 1919, a victim of the great Spanish flu epidemic, as was his sister Jacinta who died in 1920.
Lucia survived the epidemic and joined a Carmelite convent, she reportedly had visions of Mary throughout her entire life, she died on February 13 2005. ~ Thomas