Our Lady of Fatima

May 13th is the 100th anniversary of the first apparition to the 3 shepherd children. Mary appeared to three peasant children near Fatima, Portugal, six times between May 13 and October 13, 1917, and asked for prayers for world peace and an end to World War I, for sinners, and for the conversion of Russia. She entrusted the children with three secrets, regarding devotion to her Immaculate Heart, a vision of hell, and a “bishop in white” shot by soldiers firing bullets and arrows.

People asked the children for a “sign” that she was appearing, so on October 13th, 1917 the Miracle of the Sun happened. It was raining and there were 70,000 people there and all of a sudden, the sun came through the clouds and it started pulsating and came thrusting toward the earth. The people thought they were going to die. Then, it stopped and went back into the sky, in it’s normal appearance and everyone was dry, as was the earth, like it had not rained at all.

Many connect the third secret to the attempted assassination of St. John Paul II on May 13, 1981; the pope thanked Mary for guiding the bullet and saving him. At the Vatican on October 13, 2013, Pope Francis stood before the statue of Our Lady from Fatima and formally entrusted the world to Mary.