St. Jude Catholic Parish - South Bend, Indiana

On August 13, 1917, the day of the fourth apparition of Our Lady of Fatima was to take place. However, the children could not go to Cova da Iria, as they had been abducted by the mayor of Vila Nova de Ourém, who wanted to force the secret from them. The children held fast.

At Cova da Iria, thunder followed by lightning was heard at the usual time. The spectators noticed a small white cloud that hovered over the holm oak for a few minutes. Phenomena of coloration were observed on the faces of the people, the clothing, the trees, and the ground. Our Lady had certainly come, but she had not found the children.

On August 19, at about four o'clock in the afternoon, Lucia was with Francisco and another cousin at Valinhos, a property belonging to one of her uncles, when the atmospheric changes that preceded the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima began to occur: a sudden cooling of the temperature and a waning of the sun. Feeling that something supernatural was approaching and enveloping them, Lucia sent for Jacinta, who arrived in time to see Our Lady appear–heralded as before by a bright light–over a holm oak slightly larger than the one at Cova da Iria.

Our Lady asked the children to continue to go to Cova da Iria on the thirteenth of each month and to continue to pray the Rosary every day. She continued to say any money left at the apparition sight should be used to build a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary. Finally, she told the children, 'Pray, pray much, and make sacrifice for sinners, for many souls go to hell because there is no one to sacrifice and pray for them.'

If you would like to know more about Our Lady of Fatima, you can watch the award winning film The 13th Day, on Formed.org. Also on Formed is Finding Fatima, a powerful and in-depth documentary that combines archival footage, dramatic reenactments used from the film The 13th Day, original interviews with Fatima experts, and stunning visuals to tell the whole story of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.

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