First released to positive reactions in August 2020, Fatima will be rereleased across the country Friday, May 7, 2021, exclusively at AMC Theatres. As the nation begins to open up, and this re-release is well-timed for both Mother’s Day and the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, we are offering another look at Word on Fire Fellow Andrew Petiprin’s earlier review.
Venerable Fulton Sheen described October 13, 1917, as “the birthday of the modern world.” He noted, “It was on that day that the forces of good and evil seemed to reach their peak.” As the Bolshevik Revolution began in Russia and World War I raged on, a ten-year-old Portuguese girl named Lúcia dos Santos, along with her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto, led tens of thousands of people to witness “the Miracle of the Sun,” the last in a peculiar series of Marian apparitions. There are countless testimonies about the event, leading Archbishop Sheen to quip that even atheistic journalists admitted, “This actually happened, but we hope no one will interpret it in a divine way.”
Many people, including the Church itself, did indeed interpret it in a divine way. In 1930, the Fatima visions and Our Lady of Fatima were declared “worthy of belief.” Francisco and Jacinta died of influenza in 1918 and were canonized by Pope Francis in 2017. Lúcia lived a long life as a nun and died in 2005. Her canonization process began after Pope Benedict XVI waved the usual five-year waiting period. Untold millions have been nourished by the graces dispensed by Our Lady of Fatima and millions of pilgrims visit the site each year.