Fourth Apparition - August 13, 1917

Procession with Our Lady of Fatima Statue at the Basilica in Fatima, Portugal

Fourth Apparition at Fatima of the Virgin Mary

There has been disagreement over exactly when the August apparition took place, since the children were in jail on the 13th.  It is now more commonly held to have taken place on the 19th.  This time, the apparition was at Valinhos, near Aljustrel.

Thousands of pilgrims gathered and the children have been under going persecution, questioning and city officials wanted to know about the secrets the Lady told them. Their life was threatened and they were taken to prison. After a couple of days of imprisonment and threatened to be boiled in hot oil, the Mayor left eh children off at the priest's house.

Francisco and I saw a flash of light, which we called lightning at the Cova da Iria. Jacinta arrived, and a moment later, we saw Our Lady on a holm oak tree.

"What do you want of me?"

"I want you to continue going to the Cova da Iria on the 13th, and to continue praying the Rosary every day. In the last month, I will perform a miracle so that all may believe."

""What do you want done with the money that the people leave in the Cova da Iria?"

""Have two litters made. One is to be carried by you and Jacinta and two other girls dressed in white; the other is to be carried by Francisco and three other boys. The money from the litters is for the 'feast' of Our Lady of the Rosary, and what is left over will help towards the construction of a chapel that is to be built here."

"I would like you to cure some sick persons."

"Yes, I will cure some of them during the year." Then looking very sad, Our Lady said: "Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to hell, because there are none to sacrifice themselves and to pray for them."

And she began to ascend as usual towards the east.