VISIT THE SHRINE OF FÁTIMA
In 1916, on three separate occasions, Lúcia Santos and her two cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, began witnessing apparitions of an angel. These visitations persisted until the 13 May 1917 when, while tending their family’s sheep in Cova da Iria, Fátima, they witnessed the apparition of what they later assumed was the Virgin Mary. Many flocked to Fátima to witness these apparitions along with the children. These visitations culminated in the public Miracle of the Sun event, even as the apparition of Mary divulged three secrets to the children. Although the last apparition occurred on 13 October 1917, the region of Fátima has continued to be a destination of pilgrims, and as a result the Sanctuary was built in order to tend to the devotees’ needs.
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