The Children of Fatima


Photo from EWTN.

Joshua Chin Lee, VOX Reporter

The children of Fatima are known for their involvement with the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and for the miracle of the sun.

These three children, Lucia Santos, Francisco Marto, and Jacinta Marto, lived in a little village in Portugal; they were simple children and would spend most of their day in a field watching over sheep.

They were all related to each other; Francisco and Jacinta were the last two of their family, and Lucia was their cousin.

During the year 1916 the children were visited by the Angel of Fatima who was sent to prepare them for the visitation of Mary, who would later be known as Our Lady of Fatima.

The angel appeared to them teaching them a special prayer; on the third and final time the angel appeared he gave them a special Eucharist which bled real blood, and he gave them a chalice filled with the blood of the bleeding Eucharist.

The next year the Blessed mother would appear to them seven times, starting from May to October, and she would appear on the 13th of every month.

She would come to tell the children to continue to pray for the end of the war, and on her last appearance she would tell the children to build a church in her honor as the Lady of the Rosary.

Jacinta and Francisco would soon die after the last appearance of Mary; Jacinta would die February 20 1920, and Francisco would die in June 1919.

Lucia would live till her 90s as Mary had told her she would stay on earth longer to make people know and love Mary.