Nine-year-old Lúcia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto were herding sheep at the Cova da Iria near their home in Fátima, when they were visited three times by an apparition of an angel, who identified himself as “The Angel of Peace”. He taught them prayers, to make sacrifices, and to spend time in Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. On May 13, 1917, the children saw a woman “brighter than the sun. The woman wore a white mantle edged with gold and held a rosary in her hand. She asked them to devote themselves to the Holy Trinity and to pray “the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world.” They had 5 more consecutive visits on the 13th of each month, ending on October 13th, 2017, where more than 30,000 people were present and witnessed the Miracle of the Sun spinning in the sky and looking as if it was falling. It instantly dried the soaking wet ground and the clothes of everyone who had been standing in the preceding downpour of rain. Our lady also revealed to the children a vision of hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. She asked them, “to pray and sacrifice for sinners, many souls perish in hell because no one is praying or making sacrifices for them.”
Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto at Mass during his visit to Fatima May 13, 2017, making them the youngest non-martyrs to ever be declared saints.