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The beginnings of the Marian pilgrimage in Fatima, Portugal, are connected with six visions of Mary experienced in 1917 by the children Lucia dos Santos (b. 1907) and her cousins Francisco (1908–19) and Jacinta (1910–20) Marto. Most of the auditions related to the appearances were published, but there is debate about the so-called Third Mystery, which is preserved as a sealed document in the Vatican archives.

After many controversies the visions were officially declared to be credible by the local bishop in 1930, but by then they had already made Fatima a pop…

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Hübener, Britta, “Fatima”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 21 April 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_F83>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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