May 14, 2000 |
Since 1917, Roman Catholics have been so fascinated by the tale of three Portuguese shepherd children that they have flocked here by the millions each year to the spot where the Virgin Mary reportedly appeared "dressed as the sun" and startled the youngsters with three prophecies. And since 1941, when the lone surviving shepherd revealed two of those predictions in her memoirs, the "third secret of Fatima" has become one of the most intriguing mysteries of modern times.
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February 15, 2005 |
Sister Lucia Marto, the last of three children who in 1917 claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary in a series of apparitions in Fatima, Portugal, has died, Portuguese media reported. She was 97. Sister Lucia, a Roman Catholic nun, had been ill for three months and died Sunday at the Convent of Carmelitas in Coimbra, 120 miles north of Lisbon, TSF radio reported, citing family sources.
February 19, 2008 |
The Vatican on Monday issued new guidelines aimed at making it more difficult to become a saint. The tougher standards follow the papacy of the late John Paul II, who set a record pace in nominating candidates for sainthood. Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, who heads the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints, said in a news conference that local bishops who investigate potential saints must work with "greater sobriety and rigor" to build a candidate's case.
December 15, 2010 |
Amid a patchwork of Wisconsin farmland half an hour's drive northeast of Green Bay is a modest shrine with a brick chapel, a school and a flow of pilgrims speaking of profound healing power. The power is said to come from the Virgin Mary, who appeared to a Belgian immigrant 151 years ago where the shrine now stands. But all believers had to show for it were years of anecdotes ? and the canes, wheelchairs and crutches left behind in the chapel's crypt by those who claimed they had been healed.
May 29, 1985 |
The Turk who shot Pope John Paul II refused to answer questions about the attack in court Tuesday, again proclaiming "I am Christ" and jeopardizing the state's case against him and seven co-defendants in the 1981 assassination plot. Mehmet Ali Agca, 27, enunciated his words slowly in Italian as he sat before the microphone on the witness stand and made hand gestures in an apparent imitation of the pontiff. "I am Jesus Christ reincarnated. In this generation, the world will be destroyed.
September 27, 1991 |
Had things worked out differently, Charles H. Keating Jr. might have become a movie mogul instead of a symbol of the disastrous excesses in the savings and loan industry. Keating, former chairman of American Continental Corp., spent more than $100,000 of his company's money in 1987 for a screenplay about a Soviet plot to assassinate the Pope at Fatima, Portugal, according to court records and interviews.