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"Wherever the Pilgrim Virgin goes, there is no longer the divisive antagonism of nations and races; there are no longer the barriers of frontiers; there are no longer the self-interests that separate her children. All, at that moment, experience the joy of being brothers. This manifestation of the Pilgrim Virgin gives rise to great hopes."
-His Holiness, Pope Pius XII, in a radio-message to a million pilgrims gathered at the site of the Fatima apparitions, October 13, 1951.
At Fatima, in 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared to three little shepherds Francisco, Jacintha and Lucia. "I am Our Lady of the Rosary" she told them on October 13 - forewarning them also that great evils were threatening humanity because of sins of men, and to ask for prayers and penance for their conversion.
Following the requests of Mary at Fatima, that her statue be carried in procession by men dressed in white, a pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima traveled around Portugal in 1947, showering many graces on her path.
Then, on May 13, 1947, anniversary date of the first apparition, another pilgrim statue started out on what was called the "European Tour": Spain, France, Belgium, etc. Everywhere she went, the hearts of people were enlightened with a renewal of Marian devotion and filial love for Our Lady of Fatima, Queen of Peace.
On November 13, 1947, five new statues blessed in Fatima (one for each continent) were sent out as part of a "World Tour". Enthusiasm reigned everywhere, attracting not only Catholics but Protestants, Moslems, Hindus alike, as She brought them innumerable spiritual and corporal graces.
THE PILGRIM VIRGIN WANTS TO VISIT EVERYONE
The pilgrim statue of the Virgin of Fatima wants to visit not only different countries but also each home, school, shop, office, hospital... People and families that welcome the Pilgrim Virgin benefit from the many graces she promises through this very special "presence" (even if for a short stay).
Numerous are the testimonials of people returning to God, of healings, etc. that give credit to the extraordinary mission of Mary and of her mercy to all who put their confidence in her.
MESSAGES OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA
1st Apparition, May 13, 1917: "Are you willing to offer yourselves to God and bear all the sufferings He wills to send you, as an act of reparation for the many sins which offend His divine Mercy? Are you willing to suffer in order to obtain the conversion of sinners, to make reparation for the blasphemies, as well as for all the insults, against the Immaculate Heart of Mary?...The grace of God will be your comfort."
"Pray the Rosary everyday, in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war (W.W.I)."
2nd Apparition, June 13, 1917: "Pray the Rosary everyday."
To Lucia: "Jesus wishes to make use of you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. To those who embrace this devotion I promise salvation. God will love their souls as flowers placed by me before His throne...I will never abandon you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God."
3rd Apparition, July 13, 1917: "Continue to pray the Rosary everyday in honour of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war, because only she can help you..."
"In October I will tell you who I am and what I want, and I will perform a miracle for all to see and believe."
The children have a vision of hell - Mary tells them:
"You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end (1914-1918); but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light (on the night of January 25 to 26, 1938, there was an aurora borealis which Lucia believed to be that "unknown light"), know that this is the great sign given you by God that He is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation of the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated... In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world..."
"When you pray the Rosary, say after each mystery: 'O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Your mercy."
4th Apparition, August 19, 1917: "Continue praying the Rosary every day... Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to hell, because there are none to sacrifice themselves and to pray for them."
5th Apparition, September 12, 1917:
"In October Our Lord will come, as well as Our Lady of Sorrows and Our Lady of Carmel. Saint Joseph will appear with the Child Jesus to bless the world. God is pleased with your sacrifices..."
6th Apparition, October 13, 1917: "I am Our Lady of the Rosary."
"Continue always to pray the Rosary everyday. The war is going to end..."
"Do not offend the Lord our God anymore, because He is already so much offended."
Francisco, Jacintha and Lucia along with an estimated crowd of 70,000 witnessed on this day as the newspapers also reported - the promised miracle happened, the sun danced in the sky.
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On July 13, 1917, the Blessed Virgin said to the children, "I will come to ask the conversion of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the Communion of reparation on the first Saturday of the month." She kept her promise during two subsequent apparitions to Lucia, who at that time belonged to the community of the Sisters of Saint Dorothy.
DEVOTION OF THE FIRST SATURDAYS
On December 10,1925, the Most Holy Virgin appeared to Sister Lucia, and at her side, elevated on a luminous cloud, was the Child Jesus. The Lady of the vision rested one hand on her shoulder showing her at the same time a heart encircled by thorns, which she was holding in her other hand. She said:
"Look my daughter, at my Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least, try to console me, and say that I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me."
On February 15th 1926, the Child Jesus appeared to her again. Sister Lucia expressed to Jesus the difficulties people have about confessing on Saturday, and asked if it would be valid to go to confession within a span of eight days. Jesus answered:
"Yes, and it could be longer still, provided that, when they receive Me, they are in the state of grace and have the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary."
THE CONSECRATION OF RUSSIA TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
On the eve of the first Friday of June 1929, Sister Lucia in prayer near the tabernacle, saw a supernatural light which lit up the whole chapel, while a cross of light rising right to the ceiling, appeared on the altar. She saw a more intense light, at the upper part of the cross, God the Father and His body down to the waist, a luminous dove (the Holy Spirit) on His breast and the Lord Jesus Christ nailed to the cross. A chalice was seen above His waist, surmounted by a large host suspended in midair and drops of blood fell from His face and from the wound on His side upon the host and from there into the chalice. Our Lady was under the right arm of the cross. In her left hand was her Heart encircled with thorns and surmounted with flames. Under the left arm of the cross large letters, made of crystalline water flowing down upon the altar formed the words, "GRACES AND MERCY".
Lucia understood this to be the mystery of the Blessed Trinity. Our Lady then told her, "The moment has come when God is asking the Holy Father to consecrate Russia to my Immaculate Heart, in union with all the bishops of the world. He promises to save it by this means."
- The Third Part of the Secret of Fatima.
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