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Winter 1997

Fatima Crusader Special Introductory Issue

Part I - An Outline of the Fatima Apparitions

What is Fatima?

Heaven's Intervention to Save Us From Persecution,
War, Annihilation, Enslavement and Hell

Fatima is a visit by Our Heavenly Mother Mary in our time for our time. It is a Message of concern, a practical plan for world peace, a promise of Heaven. It is Heaven's interventions to save us from persecution, martyrdom, war, enslavement or annihilation. Above all it's a way to save our souls from Hell. It is meant for you. Today Our Lady, by Divine Providence, invites you to learn The Whole Truth About Fatima by giving you this opportunity to know Her beautiful message of Fatima.

The Six Apparitions of Our Lady

(May 13 - October 13, 1917)

Our Lady appeared six times at Fatima to three children. Read here what She said to them and their generous response. These apparitions and messages of Our Lady of Fatima are the most significant event in the Church and in the world in more than 100 years.

The Miracle of the Sun

October 13, 1917

As a great sign of this whole message truly coming from God, a marvelous miracle was worked in the sky above Fatima before 70,000 witnesses on October 13, 1917 at the time, date and place that Lucy and the other two children had prophesied in the name of Our Lady of Fatima. Read the many interesting eyewitness accounts of the Miracle of the Sun, which took place during Our Lady's final apparition at Fatima.

The Three Children of Fatima
This section acquaints the reader with the three children - Lucia dos Santos, Francisco Marto, and Jacinta Marto - to whom Our Lady appeared at Fatima, and describes their unique characters, family life and heroic faith. On May 13, 2000, Pope John Paul II beatified Jacinta and Francisco, raising them to the honors of the altar.

The Scapular
At Fatima, on October 13, 1917, Our Lady held out the Brown Scapular, indicating She wants us all to wear it, placing ourselves under Her special protection and thereby assuring us of salvation. Sister Lucy has said the Rosary and the Scapular are inseparable.

The Rosary

Sister Lucy of Fatima and the Rosary

The Rosary is a very important aspect of the Message of Fatima. Read here a brief reflection by Sister Lucy on the power and importance of the holy Rosary.

Dear Friend of Our Lady
by Father Nicholas Gruner

Part II - Some of the Secrets of Fatima

Hell and the Secret
The terrifying vision of Hell opens the Secret of Fatima. Through it, Our Lady leads us at the outset to the essential, to the only thing that counts: our eternity. To save sinners, God wills to establish in the world devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The Five First Saturdays:
The Apparitions of Pontevedra
Our Lady returned to Sister Lucy at Pontevedra on December 10, 1925 as She promised at Fatima that She would. She came to ask for the Communion of Reparation on the Five First Saturdays. She promised eternal salvation for Catholics who fulfill Her Five First Saturday requests. Read Sister Lucy's testimony of the event.

The Fatima Message:
Salvation and Peace through Reparation
Since God decided to manifest His plan of love, which is to grant His Graces to men through the mediation of the Immaculate Virgin, it seems that their refusal to submit with docility to that Divine Will is a sin which particularly wounds His Heart and for which He no longer finds in Himself any inclination to forgive the sin of scorning His Most Holy Mother and outraging Her Immaculate Heart. Our Lady affirms it with sadness, many souls are lost because of their scorn, their blasphemies towards Her. She intercedes to Her Son for them. May the Communions of the Five First Saturdays, offered to console Her outraged Heart, be accepted by Him in reparation for the crimes of sinners.

The International Fatima Rosary Crusade