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The apparitions occurred during a period when Freemasons had gained influence in Portugal and attempted to limit the power of the Catholic Church following the republican revolution of October 5, 1910.
Secularists may have viewed the apparitions as an attempt by the Church to reassert political control. The detention of the children by the provincial administrator reflects this concern.
Following the rise of the counter-revolutionaries in the military revolution of 1926, under General Óscar Carmona, the newly re-established government, and especially that of Prof. António de Oliveira Salazar, devotion to Our Lady of Fatima was no longer semi-forbidden. In fact, it became rather encouraged, being one of the three anecdotal elements of popular Portuguese nationalism: "Fado, Fatima, and Futbol"
My opinion that there wasn't a second Sister Lucia, only one, is just based on the photos and on the fact that I do not see the need for something like that.
Originally posted by jbondo
No offense intended at all but are you all sure your not just accepting this because you don't want to believe that it's possible. Your beloved Catholic church deceiving you like that?
Originally posted by jbondo
Pal, as a Christian I believe in healing and the possibility you suggest is...well, possible I guess.
My problem is that if her jaw and face were divinely altered don't you think her teeth would be a bit more, how shall I put this....attractive? I mean, if I was doing the healing I would utilize the same teeth and just fix the whole shebang, but that's just me. Although misplaced; if you look at them individually her original teeth are much more attractive than the new ones.
I can go with you to a point here but the teeth are still a sticking point with me and quite frankly to get that chin I can see nothing less than an implant.
Are there any records of anyone talking about her having maxillofacial problems in her early years?
Originally posted by cloakndagger
I read some of the Fatima story and the miracle that suppose to have happened that day. All these people were looking at the sun as instructed. They then saw an orb and then lots of lights. I would suggest not looking right into the sun because you will damage your eyes. If you are curious about what they saw that day then go stare at the sun for a minute. I dare ya.
Originally posted by Palasheea
[those who were describing the 'miracle of the sun' said that it was not the same kind of brightness that one see's in a regular sun. It had its own unique kind of brightness and special effects that allowed everyone to look at it directly, if that makes sense.
Characteristic signs of facial aging include:
Greater visibility of tiny blood vessels in the skin, due to thinning of the dermis
Greater visibility of bony landmarks, like jutting cheekbones or chins, secondary to facial fat involution
Hollowing of the cheek and mouth area due to bone and dental loss, as well as volume depletion (loss of fat)
Descent of facial fat pads due to gravity and deepening of the lines on the sides of the nose (nasolabial folds), and jowling
Thinning lips and flattening of the central part of the upper lip (philtrum)
Drooping corners of the mouth leading to loss of structure to support lip edges
Drooping of the nasal tip
Decreased support of the lower third of face