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NEWS: 97 year old Fatima Nun dead

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posted on Feb, 14 2005 @ 04:38 AM
Sister Lucia Marto died Sunday at the Convent of Carmelitas in Coimbra, 120 miles north of Lisbon. Marto was the last of the three children who claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary in a series of 1917 apparitions in the town of Fatima. Marto had been ill for the last 3 months.
Lucia and two of her cousins, siblings Jacinta and Francisco, said in 1917 that the Virgin Mary had been appearing to them once a month and predicting events, such as world wars, the reemergence of Christianity in Russia, and one that Church officials say foretold the 1981 attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II. The appearances took place on the 13th day of each month in Fatima, a town about 70 miles north of Lisbon.

The first sighting was May 13, and the appearances took place for another five months, ending abruptly in October of that year.

The pope has visited three times since becoming pontiff in 1978, spending a few minutes with Lucia during a 1991 trip to the site. He has claimed the Virgin of Fatima saved his life after he was shot by a Turkish gunman in St. Peter's Square in 1981. The attack, on May 13, coincided with the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima, and John Paul credits the Virgin's intercession for his survival.

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Whether true or not that she saw apparitions of the Virgin Mary, this is indeed a sad event for the Catholic Church. She was indeed a very dear woman. Over 100,000 people from dozens of countries annually visit the shrine that was errected in Fatima to commemorate the sightings.

posted on Feb, 14 2005 @ 01:15 PM
Will she now be beatified like her cousins I wonder ?

posted on Feb, 14 2005 @ 09:54 PM
It's significant that she passed on a Sunday...

I have followed the Fatima story closely over the years, I love it and believe it to be the last great miracle of God!

Even though I'm not very religious...

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