99 years ago–first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima

We are one year away from a giant centennial celebration of a famous, Church-authenticated Marian apparition. Ninety-nine years ago, Our Lady of Fatima appeared to three shepherd children in Portugal to proclaim a message of prayer and penance for the conversion of sinners and a promise of world peace. Since the first apparition on May 13, 1917, many have followed Our Lady’s requests and have even traveled on pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal. In preparation for the 100th anniversary of the apparitions,  Vatican Radio  [Free mobile app- AppleAndroidWindows Phone] recently featured a special radio report on one famous pilgrim– Saint Pope John Paul II–and his personal connection to Our Lady of Fatima.  In this report, listeners are treated to audio of one of the visionaries, Lucia, as well as Saint John Paul II as he beatified the other two visionaries. Very cool stuff.

If you are unfamiliar with the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, here’s a short video detailing the spectacular events 99 years ago.

Are you planning to travel on pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal? Here are two useful apps: Fatima Simple Guide, a free Apple mobile app and Fatima, a free Android mobile app produced by Central Portugal Tourism Board.

Of course, you should have a Rosary App on your mobile device. Check out our top Rosary App choices for a variety of formats. Some are even free.

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Author:Jennifer Kane

Content Evangelist, Jennifer Kane, is a secular Carmelite (OCDS), wife, mother, grandmother who worked for more than 30 years in marketing/communications holding degrees in Journalism/Communication (BA) and English (MA) from St. Bonaventure University. She authored the Vatican application for minor basilica status in 2016 for The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Olean, New York from which stemmed her history book of the basilica, A Place Set Apart. She previously authored the book, A Worthy and Capable Clergyman, the second part of this book in a slightly different format. She is founder and editor of the website, CatholicAPPtitude.org, the #1 English language website cataloging/reviewing Catholic apps for mobile devices.

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