Apparitions of Fatima
It is almost certain that we would not be celebrating the beatifications of Jacinta and Francisco Marto...

It is almost certain that we would not be celebrating the beatifications of Jacinta and Francisco Marto were it not for the apparitions which they experienced. Yes, every Catholic has the possibility to attain to the measure of sanctity which this honor represents. However, in practical terms it was the tutelage of an angel and the Blessed Mother that led these two young children to holiness in just a few short years. That tutoring began in the spring of 1916 with three visitations of the Guardian Angel of Portugal, apparitions which served as preparation for the visits the following year of the Mother of God.

The Theology of the Apparitions

The appearances of God, the angels and the saints to human beings on the earth fall into two general categories, apparitions and mysticism.

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1916 - Apparitions of the Angel of Portugal

In rural Portugal of 1916 it would not have been unusual to see children leading their family flocks to pasture.

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1917 - Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Almost eight months had passed since the last apparition of the Angel. Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta continued to practice what the Angel had taught them, praying and offering sacrifices to the Lord.

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