The Virgin of Fatima is an icon of the Catholic Church, celebrated every year on May 13. This religious image owns a story that relates events that took place in a small town in Portugal at the beginning of the 20th century.
The story of the Virgin of Fatima begins on May 13, 1917, when three shepherd children reported seeing an apparition of the Virgin Mary in Portugal. The children, named Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta, revealed that the Virgin spoke to them and gave them a message of love, peace and repentance for all humanity.
Since then, a few more apparitions have appeared in Fatima, ending up at an important Catholic pilgrimage center. Currently, the Virgin of Fatima is recognized by the Catholic Church as a supernatural manifestation. The message he gave to Portuguese children is the subject of study and respect for millions of people around the world.
Similarly, the so-called “Secret of Fatima”, which children received from the Virgin, has been the subject of controversy and debate. However, devotion to the Virgin of Fatima remains strong, especially in Portugal, where her image is worshiped and revered in various churches and sanctuaries.
7 Mysteries of the Virgin:
The so-called “7 Mysteries of the Virgin of Fatima” are various messages that the Virgin Mary is believed to have revealed to three shepherd children in their different guises in 1917.
The way that these mysteries were written by Lucia, the girl who would soon become a nun, remained a mystery for a long time. In 1941, the Bishop of Leiria found Lucia writing the secret in a document that was sent to Pope Pius XII. Here are those 7 secrets:
Vision of Hell: According to the children, the Virgin showed them a vision of Hell, where they saw the souls of sinners turning into flames.
World War II: The children said that the Virgin had seen them of a war that would break out during the pontificate of Pope Pius XI (which was accomplished by World War II).
Conversion of Russia: The Virgin Mary asked to pray for the conversion of Russia.
Persecution of the Church: Our Lady told them that the Church would be persecuted and that the Pope would suffer greatly.
The Assassination of a Pope: The children said that Our Mother showed them a vision of a Pope being assassinated.
The Fall of Many Souls: Our Lady told them that many souls would be lost because they would not repent of their sins.
Third Secret: The third secret was kept secret for many years and was finally revealed in the year 2000 by Pope John Paul II.
The Secret tells of a vision of a bishop dressed in white who is executed by soldiers in a ruined city, while other bishops, priests and believers are also persecuted and killed.
Pope John Paul II believed that the vision referred to the 1981 attack in St. Peter’s Square.