Was the may 13th of 1917, when three little shepherds -Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco- who looked after their flock in Cova da Iria, in Portugal, They saw lightning on a radiant day. As they guarded their sheep, they were able to observe a cloud on which a woman stood, with a glow that seemed to come from the sun.
In her hands, which were in a prayer position, she held a rosary of pearl-shiny beads and a silver cross. Lucia and Jacinta could see and hear her; Francisco could only see her.
From that first time until October, the Virgin appeared to the pastorinhos of Fatima on the 13th of each month and left their three secrets or prophecies to the little ones. Francisco and Jacinta Martos they died soon after; Lucia Santos was in charge of transmitting them.
Lucy She entered the Order of the Barefoot Carmelites, became a nun, and became known in 1941 the first two secrets. Only the Popes had access to the third prophecy until Saint John Paul II made it known in May 2000: what Lucia had written in 1944 it was revealed 83 years later. Sister Lucia died at age 97, on February 13, 2005.
The three prophecies
The three messages were considered foreboding and, according to Vatican, its content has already been fulfilled. Saint John Paul II claimed that the visions of the Virgin of Fatima they were “Private revelations whose purpose is to help you live more fully according to the teachings of Christ”.
Lucia Santos, Francisco and Jacinta Martos, the three little shepherds who in 1917 saw the Virgin. (AP Photo / Fatima Web Site)
One of the prophecies is related to the Russian Revolution. It was 1917 and since February events were taking place in that country that ended with the October Revolution and, later, the formation of the Soviet Union.
“If my requests are listened to, Russia will be converted and they will have peace; if not, it will spread its errors throughout the world, promoting wars and persecutions of the Church ”, The Virgin told the little shepherds after demanding that both Russia and all of humanity be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Other prophecy spoke of new war times once World War I was over (which at the time was taking place and ended in November 1918) and displayed the WWII. “The war will end, but if they do not stop offending God, a worse one will begin in the reign of Pius XI … for his crimes through war, hunger and persecutions of the Church and the Holy Father” , was the message.
The last secret made reference to the Pope Saint John Paul II and anticipated the attempt suffered by the Supreme Pontiff on May 13, 1981 when he was shot in the Plaza de San Pedro. Was the same Juan Pablo who claimed to have survived the attack thanks to the intercession of the Virgin Mary and the prophecy of the Virgin of Fatima who announced that this would happen.
So much was the devotion of Juan Pablo, who in 1984 donated the bullet that was extracted from the Fatima sanctuary and that today you can see there set in the crown of the image.