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  • Our Lady of Fatima

    In 1917, while the ravaging effects of the First World War were scarring Europe and Western civilization, without showing any sure sign of concluding peacefully; Pope Benedict XV, himself having served in the diplomatic corps of the Holy See, had exhausted all of the natural means in his power to bring about peace to no avail. Realizing the limitations of the tools afforded him in this world, even the power of Papal diplomacy; the exhausted Pope, humbly approached the Blessed Mother of God, sought her gracious intercession and urgently requested all Christians to beg the Queen of Heaven to obtain peace in the world. On 5 May 1917, in his letter to Cardinal Gasparri, then Secretary of State, communicating his decision to add the title “Queen of Peace” to the Litany of Loreto, Pope Benedict XV wrote:
    Our earnestly pleading voice, invoking the end of the vast conflict, the suicide of civilized Europe, was then and has remained ever since unheard. Indeed, it seemed that the dark tide of hatred grew higher and wider among the belligerent nations, and drew other countries into its frightful sweep, multiplying ruin and massacre. Nevertheless Our confidence was not lessened …. Since all graces which the Author of all good deigns to grant to the poor children of Adam, by a loving design of His Divine Providence are dispensed through the hands of the most holy Virgin, we wish that the petition of Her most afflicted children, more than ever in this terrible hour, may turn with lively confidence to the august Mother of God.
    He concluded with another plea for all Christians to invoke our Lady’s intercession:
    To Mary, then, who is the Mother of Mercy and omnipotent by grace, let loving and devout appeal go up from every corner of the earth – from noble temples and tiniest chapels, from royal palaces and mansions of the rich as from the poorest hut – from blood-drenched plains and seas. Let it bear to Her the anguished cry of mothers and wives, the wailing of innocent little ones, the sighs of every generous heart: that Her most tender and benign solicitude may be moved and the peace we ask for be obtained for our agitated world.
    Incredibly, eight days later, the Mother of God appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. She appeared to them a total of six times, on the 13th day of the month starting in May through October 1917.
    These brief video clips telling the story of Fatima and of how God hears the humble and sincere cry of His people.