Our Lady of Fatima: 100 years of grace
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Mary to three young visionaries in the town of Fatima in Portugal.
Special Report from May FAITH Grand Rapids
This report is excerpted from Fatima, 100 years of grace by the World Apostolate of Fatima, U.S.A. – Our Lady’s Blue Army. If you would like to read an in-depth account of the miracle, its history and the lives of the children, accompanied by historical photography, visit giftshop.wafusa.org.
During World War I, Pope Benedict XV made repeated, but forlorn, pleas for peace. Finally, in May 1917, he made a direct appeal to the Blessed Mother to intercede for peace in the world. Just over a week later, Our Lady began to appear at Fatima, Portugal, to three shepherd children: Lucia dos Santos, age 10, and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto, ages 9 and 7. However, it was in the previous year, 1916, that the children had their first supernatural encounters with an Angel as a means of preparing them to receive the Queen of Heaven.
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Mass with Bishop Walkowiak - May 13 at 11AM
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
1935 Plymouth Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Join Bishop Walkowiak at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Grand Rapids, for a Mass to mark the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima. A reception will be held following the Mass.
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