With the approach of the centenary of the Fatima phenomenon, the CTS have issued a small booklet to accompany it. To compress the story and message of Fatima into 20 short pages requires little short of genius, but these two old experts from the World Apostolate of Fatima have succeeded brilliantly.
They begin by emphasising the importance for the Church of the beatification of Francisco and Jacinta by St John-Paul II in 2000, who may in due course become the first child saints in history who did not die as martyrs. They will be models for both children and adults. The authors tell the account, so well recalled twenty years later by Sr Lucia, of the the three apparitions of the Angel of Portugal in 1916, the six apparitions of Our Lady in 1917, and the two final revelations to Sr Lucia in 1926 and 29 concerning the Devotion to Mary's Immaculate Heart and the First Saturdays. The importance of acts of reparation in combatting the coming rise of Marxist Communism and in particular the daily Rosary are stressed, as is the role of the Devil. Perhaps rather more might have been made of events in 1917; for example there is no reference to the taking of Jerusalem by the British Army in October, after 600 years in Turkish hands, leading to Palestine being offered as a home for Jews by the Balfour Declaration. This has caused almost as much political turmoil as the rise of Communism.
The following 40 pages are filled with all the prayers associated with Fatima, a big section on the Rosary, Acts of Consecration and Reparation, and other Marian Prayers, Litanies and Hymns. It will be an essential handbook for those celebrating this dramatic intervention by Heaven in human affairs next year.
Martin Blake September 2016