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Our Lady of Fatima (May 13)

In the spring and summer of 1916, nine year old Lucia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto were herding sheep at the Cova do Iria near their home village of Fatima, Portugal. They claimed to have experienced the visitation of an angel on three separate occasions. The angel taught them prayers to pray, to make sacrifices, and to spend time in adoration of the Lord. On May 13, 1917, Lucia described seeing a lady "brighter than the sun, shedding rays of light clearer and stronger than a crystal goblet filled with the most sparkling water and pierced by the burning rays of the sun." Astonished they ran back to their village and told everyone. Further appearances were reported on June 13 and July 13. In these, the lady asked the children to do penance and Acts of Reparation and to make personal sacrifices to save sinners. According to Lucia's account, the Lady also confided to the children three secrets, now known as the Three Secrets of Fatima. Thousands of people flocked to Fatima in the following months, drawn by reports of visions and miracles.