In 1916, three children in Fatima, Portugal, reported apparitions of an Angel. Then, on 13 May of the following year, Our Lady appeared to them, and on that day for six consecutive months up till October. On 13 October, the final apparition, an event occurred which became known as the ‘Miracle of the Sun’.

The message Our Lady brought was one of peace, and the need to do penance. She asked that this prayer should be inserted at the end of each decade of the Rosary: ‘O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy’.

Here is the pardon prayer she taught them: ‘My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I beg pardon for all those that do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee’.

This day, may we enter more deeply into the mystery of Fatima. May the three children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta pray for us, and may God bless you this day.