Centenary of the Appearance of Our Lady at Fatima

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The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, appeared six times between 13th May and 13th October 1917 to three shepherd children: Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta who lived in the small, impoverished village of Fatima. The people of this region had remained faithful to the Catholic Church during what had been the recent persecutions by the Portuguese government.

The Blessed Virgin came with a message not just for the children but for all peoples throughout our times. She promised the world would be at peace and people would be saved if her words were listened to and people turned back to the God who loved them. On the other hand war, hunger, persecution would be the consequence of our sinfulness.

On the occasion of his visit to Fatima Pope St John Paul made it clear that the message of Fatima was more relevant and more urgent in our times than when Our Lady first appeared. It is the anguished appeal of our heavenly mother who sees us in great danger and who comes to offer her prayerful guidance.