This year, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of Mary’s apparitions at Fatima, which occurred from May to October 1917. On May 13th, 1917, the three dos Santos siblings were playing outdoors when they saw a beautiful lady appear in a flash of light. She said, “Do not be afraid, I come from heaven. Come back here on the thirteenth day of every month.” All three siblings could see Mary, and Lucia and Jacinta could hear Mary, but only Lucia could speak to her. Lucia asked, “Will we go to heaven?” Mary replied, “Yes, but first you must pray the Rosary frequently.” Thinking of some recently deceased friends, Lucia asked whether they were in heaven. Mary replied, “Mary is, but Amelia will be in purgatory until the Last Day.” Mary then asked Lucia, “Are you willing to offer up all the sufferings which God will give you for the reparation of sins and the conversion of sinners?” Lucia agreed. Mary then said, “Go, you will suffer much, but God’s grace will console you.” The children saw God, and Mary told them to pray the prayer revealed by the Angel before, saying, “Pray the Rosary daily for world peace and cessation of war.” The message of the apparitions was to pray and sacrifice for the reparation of sins and for world peace.