On October 13, 1917, at Fatima, Portugal, the Miracle of the Sun happened. Thousands of people witnessed the sun appear to rotate in the sky, becoming blue, then yellow, and changing size for nearly 10 minutes. The devout who had gathered at Fatima expecting a prophesied miracle regarded it as confirmation of their faith.
The appearance of the sun at Fatima was no ordinary sunburst or sunset glow; rather, it was an actual rotation that could be seen from deep within Portugal. The event was so strange that many historians have doubted its authenticity until now. However, new evidence has come to light that verifies the story of the sun dancing at Fatima.
On April 6, 2000, Pope John Paul II declared that the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima occurred as described. In his letter to faithful around the world, the pope said: "I am praying for the repose of all those who might have been affected by this extraordinary manifestation of God's love."
Since its discovery in 1957, thousands of photographs have been taken of the scene near where the vision appeared. None of them show anything other than fields of sunflowers with no signs of human intervention. Even when the photographer tried to capture the moment visually, he or she failed to do so.
Furthermore, scientists have confirmed that there were no clouds in the sky during the sun dance at Fatima.
The Miracle of the Sun (Portuguese: Milagre do Sol), also known as the Miracle of Fatima, is a series of events reported to have occurred miraculously on October 13, 1917, in response to a prophecy made by three shepherd children, Lucia Santos and Francisco, in response to a prophecy made by three shepherd children, Lucia Santos and Francisco, in response to a prophecy made by three shepherd children, Lucia Santos and Francisco, that Jesus would come to Earth at midnight on May 13, 1927. The event has been popularized through photographs taken by Lewis Enríquez and others.
In 1917, Portuguese peasant girls Lucia Santos (18) and Francisco Marto (17) saw in their dairy farm's cows' milk an image of Jesus Christ suffering. The next day, they repeated this vision in front of more than 100 people, including their parents. Then they said that Jesus would come down to Earth at some time between May 13 and 19th. When these dates passed without any sign of Jesus, they updated their prophecy to June 29th and then until now. Many people believe them to be real prophets because they were able to predict such events years in advance!
Many historians argue that the images seen by Lucia and Francisco were caused by lightning. However, this theory cannot explain all the details observed by witnesses at the time or later. For example, one could argue that the color of the photo taken by Lewis Enrique was influenced by the fact that it was early morning and therefore there was less dust in the air to reflect light from the sun.
"We saw the Sun, big and bright," said one witness. "It was yellow like gold, but not cold like ice." Another reported that "a great light appeared in the sky and a sound like a bell" went out over the fields where the children were playing.
The witnesses were not alone in seeing this phenomenon. On several other occasions between 1917 and 1920, similar reports came from all over Europe and North America. It has been suggested that an eclipse may have hidden the sun from view but this idea is now considered unlikely. Instead, it is believed that some kind of natural event was responsible for the sightings. It is possible that there was actually no sunlit part of the moon during these events because the witnesses were only seeing shadows or reflections of the real thing on Earth's atmosphere.
Did you know that the sun can appear red during a total solar eclipse? During a total solar eclipse, the only parts of the sun that are visible are its outer edge (the corona) and the Moon itself. Because the Moon is dark, anything it reflects comes off as if it were still night.
The Miracle of the Sun (Portuguese: Milagre do Sol), also known as the Miracle of Ftima, is said to have taken place on October 13, 1917, in Ftima, Portugal, in response to a prophesy made by three shepherd children, Lcia Santos, Francisco, and Jacinta Marto. The children had reported that they had seen a vision of Jesus Christ in the sky and were told that He was looking for them. When the children reached age 7, their parents invited Pope Benedict XV to visit them in their home town of Fatima, which he did on May 13, 1918.
In addition to Jesus appearing in their dream, the children also reported that before they died they would see his face again when praying at night under the moon. These events are said to have been witnessed by hundreds of people, including some prominent Catholics such as Cardinal Gil Van Rossum.
Although not all major Catholic leaders accept this event as a true miracle, it has been the focus of many popular articles, books, and films. It has been cited as evidence that God still speaks with us today through dreams, visions, and prophecies.
At May 1917, three youngsters (ages 7, 9, and 10) claimed to have met the Virgin Mary on their way home from tending a herd of sheep in Fatima, Portugal. Mary's final visit, on October 13, 1917, became the most well-known. She instructed the children that she had chosen Portugal because it was in need of help. Then, according t o the children, she gave each of them a rosary and told them to give them away so that many people would pray to her.
According to reports, hundreds of people were waiting when the children arrived in Fatima on October 14, some even sitting in the rain for hours just to see them. The children said Mary appeared to them in visions over the next few months and told them to say five prayers for peace every day. On January 2, 1918, the children again met with Mary at Cova da Iria in the hills outside of Fatima. Here is an excerpt from their testimony:
"She showed us two roses and told us to go tell the world about Jesus."'—Cecilio Rodrigues dos Santos
It wasn't long before newspapers across the world were reporting on the events in Fatima. Religious leaders were skeptical at first but soon enough they too began seeing and hearing things they couldn't explain.