Fátima shrine of popular faith
Fátima is the altar of the Catholic people. Every year thousands of pilgrims visit one of the most important Marian shrines in the world
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Fátima was from the beginning, popular Christianity signal. On the 13th of the months of May, June, July, September and October 1917, Mary the mother of Jesus, appears in the Cova da Iria; on August 19, appears in Valinhos. And it appears to whom? Three children, three cousins ​​shepherds, Lucia de Jesus, Jacinta and Francisco Marto. In the previous year, appeared to them an angel. The dates chosen by divine will are uniquely coordinated with earthly dates: in addition to the clashes between the Catholic Church and the Portuguese First Republic, 1917 is the year of the Russian Revolution led by Lenin.

Never Bolshevism ghost abandon the Shrine of Fatima in 1952, Pope Pius XII consecrated the peoples of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Latin people always left fascinated by these meetings
direct with divinity; encounters in this case are humanized by
intermediation of the Mother. It was so, so and will continue to be so in an increasingly less spiritual world. Pope Paul VI visited Fatima in 1967 and John Paul II in 1982 and 1991.

Text by Torcato Sepúlveda