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  • 13th October 1917: 6th and last Apparition
On 13th October 1917, the day of the last Apparition, it poured with rain on the Cova da Iria. Lucy asked the faithful to close their umbrellas to recite the rosary together and observe the arrival of the Holy Virgin.
The Virgin Mary presented herself to Lucy as Our Lady of the Rosary and asked her to build a chapel in her honour. She announced that the war was going to end and asked Lucy to "heal several of the sick and convert sinners".

The Virgin Mary then raised her eyes to heaven, the rain stopped and the sun shone brightly, radiating different coloured beams of lights. The crowd cried out in terror but after a few moments, everything returned to normal.
The Virgin Mary then disappeared into the firmament, reappeared a few moments later, under the amazed eyes of 3 shepherd children, accompanied by Saint Joseph, the Infant Jesus and Our Lord blessing the world using the sign of the cross.


During these many apparitions, the Virgin Mary announced, what is recognised today by the church as the 3 secrets of Fatima: the start of the second world war, the arrival of communist regimes and the last secret which was interpreted as the announcement on the assassination attempt against the Pope in May 1981.
The latter secret was kept by the Vatican in a sealed envelope for a long time. This manuscript was only read in 2000 when Pope John-Paul decided to make this revelation public.

Francisco and Jacinta Marto died very early in 1919 and 1920 respectively. There were beatified by Pope Jean-Paul II on 19th May 1989.
Lucy Dos Santos took her vows in 1928 and received new apparitions from the Virgin Mary in 1925 and 1929. She wrote her story herself, the official version of the Apparitions of the Virgin of Fatima. Sister Lucy, the last surviving seer of Fatima, passed from this life on February 14, 2005 at the age of 97 years.

Fatima is now a world centre of well-known pilgrimages. With Lourdes, it is one of the major sanctuaries dedicated to the Virgin Mary.


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