Centenary of the apparitions of Fatima
On October 12, 2017 An Post issued a stamp for the Centenary of the apparitions of Fatima.
100 years ago, three children from Fátima, Portugal reported that an angel had come to Earth to visit them at the nearby Cova da Iria. These shepherd children – Lúcia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto – claimed that the Virgin Mary had visited them six times in total between May and October 1917.
The first visitation occurred on May 13, 1917. The children were tending their parents’ sheep when the Virgin Mary appeared and said she had been sent by God with a message for every man, woman and child, requesting prayer, especially that of the Holy Rosary, reparation and consecration. During the six visits, she revealed herself to be “Our Lady of The Rosary” and imparted three “secrets”.
The first of these was a brief vision of hell. Lúcia Santos wrote “we saw something like an ocean of fire. Immersed in the fire were the demons and the souls (of the damned), that were like transparent embers, black or bronze, that had human forms.”
The second “secret” was that World War I would soon end but another world war would break out if people did not stop offending God and Russia was not converted. These first two “secrets” were made public in 1941, but the third was only revealed in 2000 at the behest of John Paul II. This “secret” predicted the persecution of the church and the assassination of “a bishop dressed in white”.
The Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima is celebrated each year on May 13. The stamp was designed by 2b:creative and features a statue from Fatima of the Virgin Mary. This stamp was designed by Red&Grey Design.