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Miracle of the Sun celebrates 96th anniversary on Oct. 13
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The world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima was sculpted in 1947 by Jose Thedim, based on the description of Sr. Lucia, one of the three young seers who saw Our Lady each month from May to October 1917 in Fatima, Portugal. On Oct. 13, 1947, in the presence of some 150,000 pilgrims, the statue was blessed by the Bishop of Leiria at Fatima, to be the pilgrim, the traveler. The statue is currently in the United States, being shown at churches in East Coast states. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

Prayer for world peace planned

Everyone is invited to meet at the Barton County Courthouse Square at noon Saturday, Oct. 12, to pray a rosary for world peace. Ruth McFrederick from St. Rose said the gathering will take place by the Jack Kilby Memorial facing Main Street. “All are welcome to share our prayer for world peace.”

Next Saturday’s gathering in Great Bend to pray for world peace is open to everyone (see "Related Content," at right), but it celebrates an important anniversary for the Catholic church: The Miracle of the Sun on Oct. 13, 1917, at Fatima, Portugal.
The Message of Fatima consists of a number of predictions, requests, warnings and promises reportedly conveyed by the Virgin Mary to three shepherd children in a series of apparitions at Fatima from May to October 1917. According to The Fatima Network (, the message was confirmed by an unprecedented public miracle, the Miracle of the Sun, which occurred at precisely the moment one of the children said it would. More than 70,000 people, including Masons, communists and atheists, saw the sun, contrary to all cosmic laws, twirl in the sky, throw off colors and descend to earth. The event was reported in newspapers around the world, including the New York Times.
All of the Popes since the Fatima Miracle have recognized that the message is authentic. Several Popes have gone to Fatima in person, including Paul VI, John Paul I and John Paul II. John Paul II said at Fatima in 1982 that “the Message of Fatima imposes an obligation on the Church.”
Source: The Fatima Network – Our Lady of Fatima Online (