|Credits: Ana Figueiredo|
On May 13, 1917, Lúcia described seeing a lady "brighter than the sun, shedding rays of light clearer and stronger than a crystal goblet filled with the most sparkling water and pierced by the burning rays of the sun". While they had never spoken to anyone about the angel, Jacinta divulged her sightings to her family despite Lucia's admonition to keep this experience private. Her disbelieving mother told neighbors as a joke, and within a day the whole village knew. Further appearances were reported on June 13 and July 13. In these, the lady asked the children to do penance and Acts of Reparation and make personal sacrifices to save sinners. According to Lúcia's account, the lady also confided to the children three secrets, now known as the Three Secrets of Fátima.
Pope Francis is in Portugal for the centenary celebration of the Marian apparitions of Fátima, which wouldn’t be complete without the presence of the Pope as he is part of the message of Fátima. Francisco and Jacinta, two of the childrem who saw Our Lady, will be canonized today, during Pope Francis's mass at the Santuary.
|Credits: Santuário de Fátima|