- Hand Painted and Hand Decorated
- Made in Portugal
- Made of Polystyrene Resin
- Since These Figurines Are Handmade And Painted Some Pieces May Be Slightly Different Than The Pictures Posted
- Measurements: 7" x 4.5" x 8.5" (L x W x H) Inches
- SKU: 796
Our Lady of Fatima (Portuguese: Nossa Senhora de Fatima) is a title for the Blessed Virgin Mary due to her reputed apparitions to three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal on the thirteenth day of six consecutive months in 1917, beginning on May 13. The three children were Lucia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto.
Francisco and Jacinta Marto succumbed to the flu epidemic of 1918. Francisco Marto died at home on 4 April 1919, at the age of ten. Jacinta died in hospital, at the age of nine on 20 February 1920. They are buried at the Sanctuary of Fátima, and were beatified by Pope John Paul II on 13 May 2000. Olímpia Marto said that her children happily predicted their own deaths many times to her and to curious pilgrims.
At the age of fourteen, Lúcia was sent to the school of the Sisters of St. Dorothy in Vilar. In 1928 she became a postulant at the Dorothean convent in Tui, just across the border. Lúcia continued to report private visions periodically throughout her life. She reported seeing the Virgin Mary again in 1925 at the Dorothean convent at Pontevedra, Galicia (Spain). This time she said she was asked to convey the message of the First Saturday Devotions. By her account a subsequent vision of Christ as a child reiterated this request. In 1929, she reported that Mary returned and repeated her request for the Consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart. She also reported an apparition in Rianxo, Galicia, in 1931, in which she said that Jesus visited her, taught her two prayers and delivered a message to give to the church's hierarchy.
In 1947, Sister Lúcia left the Dorothean order and joined the Discalced Carmelite Order in a monastery in Coimbra, Portugal. Lúcia died on 13 February 2005, at the age of 97.
In 1936 and again in 1941, Sister Lúcia said that the Virgin Mary had predicted the deaths of two of the children during the second apparition on 13 June 1917. According to the Lúcia's 1941 account, on 13 June, Lúcia asked the Virgin if the three children would go to heaven when they died. She said that she heard Mary reply, "Yes, I shall take Francisco and Jacinta soon, but you will remain a little longer, since Jesus wishes you to make me known and loved on Earth. He wishes also for you to establish devotion in the world to my Immaculate Heart."