Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima

Sunday May 13, 1917 three children Lucia 10, Francisco 9, and Jacinta 7, cousins from the small village of Fatima, Portugal are visited in a small cove in the countryside by Mary the Mother of Jesus. In 1916 Germany had declared war on Portugal. Democrats, Centrists, Sectarianism, Evolutionists and Atheists abound in 1917 Portugal, and The Red Army in Russia has overthrown their monarchy and introduced Communism as the Party of the People. The entire World is at War.
In 1952 Warner Brothers under the production of Bryan Foy (yes one of the seven little Foys), brought the story of the three children and their heavenly sent visitor to the silver screen. Crane Wilbur and James O’Hanlon wrote the screenplay, which was highlighted by spectacular Warner Color, Norman Luboff was vocal arranger and Max Steiner provided the dramatic Oscar nominated score which emphasized the religious and steadfast belief in Mary by the young children. Lucia was played by actress Susan Whitney, Francisco by actor Sammy Ogg, and Jacinta was played by actress Sherry Jackson. The children were visited on the 13th day of the month from May until the final spectacular apparition in October. Gilbert Roland rounded out the cast as the slightly shady champion of the children.
What makes this classic movie a recommended movie to watch is that it is a true story. 100 years later on May 13, 2017 Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto who died in 1919/1918 in the great flu epidemic were canonized as Saints of the Catholic Church by Pope Francis. Lucia dos Santos became a Carmelite Nun, she died in 2005 at the age of 98 and is in the process of being canonized by the church as a Saint.
Prayer given by Mary to the children:
‘O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy. Amen’

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