Skip to comments.Virgin Mary Child Dies (Lucia of Fatima)
Posted on 02/13/2005 3:46:33 PM PST by Cincinnatus
Sister Lucia Marto, the last of three children who claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary in a series of 1917 apparitions, has died, Portuguese media reported today. She was 97.
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One can almost hear the angels sing.
Another thread has noted that she died on the 13th of the month. The Fatima equivalent of 7/4/1826 for those seeking the approval of the Almighty!
'Lucia and two of her cousins, siblings Jacinta and Francisco, said in 1907 that the Virgin Mary had been appearing to them once a month and predicting events, such as a world war, the fall of Russian communism, and the eventual persecution of Catholics and the Pope. The appearances took place on the 13th day of each month in Fatima, a town about 70 miles north of Lisbon.
The first sighting was May 13, and the appearances took place for another five months, ending abruptly in October that year.
Shortly after, both Jacinta and Francisco died of respiratory diseases. But Lucia became a nun and penned two memoirs while living in convents.
The Catholic Church later built a shrine in Fatima, which is visited each year by millions of people from around the world. More than 100,000 people from dozens of countries routinely attend the annual commemorations of the sightings.
Pope John Paul II has visited three times since becoming pontiff, spending a few minutes with Lucia during a 1991 trip to the site. He has claimed the Virgin of Fatima saved his life after he was shot by a Turkish gunman in St Peters square in 1981. The May 13, 1981, attack coincided with the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima, and John Paul credits the Virgins intercession for his survival.
In 2000, he visited Fatima to beatify Jacinta and Francisco.
A funeral was scheduled for Tuesday, TSF reported. '
She Out-lived the U.S.S.R.and saw it crash and burn, how fitting. R.I.P.
I forget, what was the last message that was supposed to have been revealed, wasn't, then finally was?
but it is Sooooo confusing......
Pope very sick last week and now this.
Im glad she passed away peacefully.
Rest In Peace
Interesting that she died on the 13th.
It's not on Drudge yet.. pinged him..
Guess I don't need drudge anymore, just check FR first !
"Saint in waiting."
What a stupid headline for this story.
'The third part of the secret revealed at the Cova da Iria-Fatima, on 13 July 1917.
I write in obedience to you, my God, who command me to do so through his Excellency the Bishop of Leiria and through your Most Holy Mother and mine.
After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: Penance, Penance, Penance! And we saw in an immense light that is God: "something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it" a Bishop dressed in White "we had the impression that it was the Holy Father". Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God.'
I don't write 'em, just report 'em! (Actually I found the story precisely because the headline made no sense to me and it aroused my curiosity. I added 'Lucia of Fatima' so the rest of the world would get it.)
I would say Go With God, but she already has.
I would be surprised if our present Pope delays too
long in nominating her for canonization, which
surely would be granted an immediate affirmation.
Pope John Paul II has canonized over 120 mortals