Fatima is a city in Portugal where the Virgin Mary appeared in 1917 to three shepherd children. These apparitions continued on the 13th day for six consecutive months from May through October. The three children were Lúcia Santos and her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto. The apparitions of Fatima became very popular not only for their strong message of peace and healing but also for elements of prophecy, particularly in their prediction of World War I and conversion of Russia.
In 1930, the apparitions at Fatima were officially declared valid by the Catholic Church. Although not necessary for salvation, the Church has taught that they are “worthy of belief.” Since 1930 pilgrims that visit Fatima are granted a Papal indulgence. Millions of pilgrims have visited Fatima since this time and they have experienced deep healing and peace.