100 Years of Fatima | Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation
On May 13th, we celebrated the hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the apparitions of Our Lady to the three shepherd children of Fatima, Portugal in 1917. The three children were Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto and, their cousin, Lucia dos Santos. Lucia was the eldest of the three children and the youngest of seven siblings. Following the apparitions and the deaths of her cousins, at 14 years old, she was sent to the Dorothean Sisters of Villar and in 1928 became a sister of St. Dorothy. In 1946, she entered the convent of the Carmelite Sisters of Coimbra and was known as Sister Maria Lucia of the Immaculate Heart. Following her death in 2005 at the age of 97, Pope Benedict XVI in 2008 waived the normal five-year waiting period before the start of a canonization cause.Francisco and Jacinta were beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1984 and were canonized by Pope Francis on May 13, during the 100th anniversary Mass.There were six Marian apparitions to the shepherd children from May 13 to Oct. 13, 1917. Read more about these apparitions below: