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Fatima Facts

Did you know . . .An angel appeared to the three children at Fatima in 1916 to prepare them to meet the Blessed Virgin Mary the following year. The angel deepened the children's faith, increased their love of God, and enlivened their prayer life. He told them they must pray and sacrifice in reparation for the sins of men which offended God, and for the conversion of sinners.

Did you know . . .There is a "Miracle of the Doves" associated with the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima?

Here is an excerpt from the story:

"During the days that followed, midst ever-changing crowds, moving from one town to another night and day for almost two whole weeks, the doves did not leave the statue. They remained there at the very base of the statue, as though vying one with the other actually to stand on Our Lady's feet. Yet bands played, people shouted, the bier on which the statue was mounted moved and swayed, rockets exploded at night and cascaded fire, while giant searchlights burned at them. They were constantly buffeted by flowers tossed to the statue from the surging crowds.

"But they did not fly. They blinked, shook off flowers that hit them, occasionally stretched their wings to keep balance. But they remained there at her feet during the entire two-week journey. They refused food or drink."

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Did you know. . .There are many miracles (besides the Miracle of the Doves) associated with the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima?

Louis Kaczmarek tells this story . . .

Springfield, MA, 1977. A distraught mother carrying a little boy approached the Pilgrim Virgin. "My son cannot walk," she told me. "The doctors say he has a tumor on the brain. It affects his equilibrium; he is so sick."

She touched the boy's hand to the foot of the statue.

Ten days later in another church, the same woman came to me with tears of joy and said, "Praise God! My boy is cured! The doctors say the tumor is gone!"

Did you know . . . 

On the day of the great MIRACLE OF THE SUN at Fatima, October 13, 1917, some 70,000 people gathered: men and women from all walks and stations in life; believers and nonbelievers stood side by side. At this time, the Queen of Heaven displayed her awesome power. She directed her hands streaming with light towards the sun, and the sun was darkened. 

Then the sun began to rotate at a furious speed wrenching itself from its axis. Colors spun off the surface – red, blue, green, lighting the earth beneath. It began to zigzag, to dance; it stopped, and then plunged madly toward the crowd like a giant fireball, obliterating all else from view! People screamed for God’s mercy, convinced that they were witnessing the last days. 

Later the sun returned to its place, and there was great rejoicing in this great sign, confirming the message that had been given. But even after this miracle, the world as a whole did not believe.