UFO? Aliens? God? A “miracle” where the sun began to strangly spin and dance across the sky assumed by the townsfolk to be the work of Virgin Mary was witnessed by 30,000 people.
In 1917, 30,000 people witnessed what they claimed to be the sun spin and dance across the sky in what would later officially be recognized as a miracle.
According to the story, nine year old Lucia, and her younger cousins Francisco & Jacinta, were herding sheep in a field known as Irene’s Cove, in Fatima, Portugal, when they were visited by The Angel of Peace. He taught them to pray, and prepared them for a Holy Visitation from Mary, the Mother of Jesus. She appeared in the sky above a tree, glowing “brighter than crystal… pierced by the sun.”
When Lucia asked if they were going to heaven, Saint Mary replied “Yes, I shall take Francisco and Jacinta soon, but you will remain a little longer, since Jesus wishes you to make me known and loved on Earth.”
Little Jacinta was excited to tell her parents that she was going to heaven soon. They laughed and told some neighbours and soon the entire village had heard the story. Mary visited the children again on the 13th of June, July, August and September, and told them three prophetic secrets, only to be revealed when the time was right. She would give the people a sign at high noon on October 13th, “So that all may believe.”
On the rainy day of the miracle, tens of thousands of people showed up in the wet field, including many curious journalists and photographers, scholars and clergy, skeptics and believers. At precisely noon, the sun broke through the heavy dark clouds, but appeared dim, like a spinning disc in the sky. A rainbow of multi colored lights were flashing all over it and radiating out in all directions.
The disc swooped about and danced through the sky in a zig zag pattern, radiating a comforting heat that instantly dried the soggy field and all the spectator’s wet clothes. The localized event was witnessed by thousands more up to 25 miles away, and was officially accepted as a miracle by the Catholic Church.
Francisco & Jacinta died just two years later in a Spanish Flu epidemic. Decades later, Lucia eventually revealed the first two secrets, that accurately foretold the start of the second world war, and the fall of the Soviet Union.
Just what happened in Fatima, Portugal around 100 years ago? Who were the children visited by…and what happened that 30 to 40,000 people can proclaim witness to? An event with so many witnesses is a hard thing to overlook.
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Manuel González Olaechea
José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro
Ruben JC Furtado
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