Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Last Fatima Virgin Witness Dies

Our Lady of Fatima is very popular among Iraqi Catholics. Most Iraqi Catholic churches have a special mass on Saturdays dedicated to her. I never knew one of her witnesses was still alive until her death was reported in the news two days ago:

The last surviving witness to whom the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared in a series of apparitions in Portugal in 1917 has died aged 97.

Sister Lucia de Jesus dos Santos died at the convent where she had been living since the 1940s, the Roman Catholic Church said.
Sister Lucia was just 10 when she and her two younger cousins, Francisco Marto and his sister Jacinta, are said to have seen the Virgin Mary above an olive tree near the central town of Fatima.

She was the only one who claimed to have heard clearly what the Virgin Mary said.

While her cousins both died within three years of the apparitions ending, during the flu pandemic, Sister Lucia went on to write down what she had been told.

The first two parts of the prophecy were known for decades and interpreted as predicting the world wars.


For more information about Our Lady of Fatima, check this link.


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