115 years ago one of the seers of Fatima, Sister Lucia, was born

Jasjot Singh

A day like today 115 years ago Sister Lucia was born, one of the seers of the Virgin of Fatima who witnessed her apparitions in the so-called Cova da Iria in 1917.

The Sanctuary of Fátima in Portugal, where the remains of the nun have rested since February 19, 2006, recalls on its website that Lucia first saw the apparitions of the Mother of God when she was 10 years old.

Lucia’s mission, the Shrine points out, “consisted of spreading the devotion to the Heart of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as results from the description that she herself makes in her memoirs, from the second apparition in June” of 1917.

Sister Ángela Coelho, vice-postulator for Sister Lucia’s cause for beatification, said that “testimonies of graces granted through her intercession, spiritual graces such as conversions, and some stories of healings carried out through her intercession have come down to us.”

“Just as Pope Francis affirmed about Jacinta and Francisco about the fact that their holiness is not a consequence of the apparitions, but of the ardor with which they responded to the privilege received, of being able to see Santa María, this can also be applied to Lucia” , he added.

Born on March 22, 1907 in a town near Fatima, the seer was accompanied by her cousins ​​Jacinta and Francisco Marto during the apparitions of the Virgin. Both cousins ​​died as children and were canonized on May 13, 2017 by Pope Francis.

In 1921, Lucia entered the Dorotea Sisters school in the town of Vilar, near Porto (northern Portugal). In 1928 she moved to the Spanish city of Tui, where she lived for a few years and where she also had visions of the Child Jesus.

In 1946 he returned to Portugal and two years later he entered the Carmel of Santa Teresa de Coimbra, where he professed his vows as a Carmelite in 1949.

Sister Lucia wrote two volumes with her “Memoirs” and the “Appeals of the Message of Fatima”. She lived as a Carmelite for 57 years.

The diocesan phase of his beatification process was opened by Bishop Albino Cleto on April 30, 2008, and its conclusion was announced on January 13, 2017. The solemn closing session of the process took place on February 13, 2017. , nine years after its beginning and 12 years after the seer’s death.

The process of canonization of Sister Lúcia is currently under the direct jurisdiction of the Holy See and the Pope.

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