Fifteen Fast Fatima Facts

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1. An angel appeared three times to Francisco and Jacinta Marto and Lucia dos Santos in 1916 to teach them prayers

2. Our Lady made six apparitions in Fatima between May 13, 1917 and October 13, 1917

3. In the July apparition, the children received three secrets from Our Lady

4. In August of 1917, the children were arrested because the leaders of the community did not believe them

5. Thousands of people attended the last apparition in October 1917

6. The final apparition was accompanied by a great miracle, the Miracle of the Sun

7. Even secular newspapers reported the Miracle of the Sun

8. Francisco (d. 1919) and Jacinta (d. 1920) died in the flu pandemic in 1918

9. The Bishop of Leiria-Fátima declared the apparitions as “worthy of belief” in October 1930

10. Warner Brothers released a movie about Fatima in 1952

11. St. John Paul II credited his survival from an assassination attempt to the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima

12. Sister Lucia died in 2005, after having spent most of her life promoting the message of Fatima

13. Lucia received the title of Servant of God on February 13, 2017, the first step in canonization

14. Francisco and Jacinta were canonized on May 13, 2017, the 100th anniversary of the apparitions.

15. A new movie about Fatima is due out this year

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