Our Lady of Fátima is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed
Virgin Mary based
on apparitions reported to have been experienced in 1917 by three
shepherd children at Fátima, Portugal. Pope Pius XII granted a Canonical
the venerated image enshrined at the Chapel of the Apparitions on
13 May 1946 via his Papal Legate, Cardinal Benedetto
Aloisi Masella. The
reported apparitions at Fátima were officially declared worthy of belief by the Catholic Church, which commemorates the event on the same date.
The events at Fátima gained fame due partly to elements of the secrets, prophecy and eschatology, particularly with regard to the Second World War and possibly more global wars in the future.