Q. 1. What can you tell me about Our Lady of Fatima?
A. 1. Our Lady of Fátima is the title that was given to the Blessed Virgin Mary after she appeared to three shepherd children at Fátima in Portugal. These apparitions occurred on the 13 th day of six consecutive months in 1917, starting on May 13. The three children were Lúcia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto.
The title of Our Lady of the Rosary is sometimes used to refer to the same apparition (although it originates from 1208 for the reported apparition in the church of Prouille), because the children related that the lady in the apparition called herself the "Lady of the Rosary".
The events at Fátima gained particular fame due to their elements of prophecy and eschatology, particularly with regard to possible world war and the conversion of Soviet Russia. The reported apparitions at Fátima were officially declared "worthy of belief" by the Catholic Church.
On July 13, 1917, around noon, Our Lady is said to have entrusted the children with three secrets. Two of the secrets were revealed in 1941 in a document written by Lúcia, at the request of José da Silva, Bishop of Leiria, to assist with the publication of a new edition of a book on Jacinta. When asked by the Bishop of Leiria in 1943 to reveal the third secret, Lúcia struggled for a short period, being "not yet convinced that God had clearly authorized her to act." However, in October 1943 the bishop of Leiria ordered her to put it in writing. Lucia then wrote the secret down and sealed it in an envelope not to be opened until 1960, when "it will appear clearer." The text of the third secret was officially released by Pope John Paul II in 2000, although some claim that it was not the entire secret revealed by Lucia, despite repeated assertions from the Vatican to the contrary.
The Fatima apparitions are now known as and referred to as "Our Lady of Fátima."
According to the official Church interpretation, the three secrets involve; Hell, World War I and World War II, and the shooting of Pope John Paul II.
NOTE: While the Catholic Church has officially recognized the apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes and those of Our Lady of Fatima, it has not recognized the alleged apparitions of Medjugorje. Hundreds, possibly thousands of documents have been authored by deceivers who have placed Medjugorje on an equal footing as Lourdes and Fatima, indicating that Medjugorje is the fulfillment of Fatima. Such is not the case. The Catholic Church has never approved Medjugorje, nor elevate it on an equal footing to Lourdes and Fatima.
Medjugorje cannot be compared to Lourdes and Fatima, the two later ones having proven beyond a doubt that they are from Heaven through the unexplainable signs, miraculous and physical in nature, that were witnessed by thousands of Catholics. Medjugorje has not produced one such sign so it could obtain the seal of approval of the Catholic Church.
Lourdes and Fatima have united the Catholics. Medjugorje has divided Catholics! As Catholics, we are obligated to defend Lourdes and Fatima, ensuring that no one places Medjugorje on an equal footing.