Fatima. Apparition of Our Lady. July 13, 1917
The third Apparition of Our Lady was on Friday, July 13, 1917. Our Lady asked the children again to sacrifice themselves for sinners. It was the key apparition as would be discovered later. Namely during that day children got revelations that later on will be called as the Secret of Fatima. One part of the Secret was the vision of hell, where the souls of poor sinners go, as Our Lady said. She told the children that to save the sinners, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to Her Immaculate Heart. Our Lady said, that She will come later to ask for the consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. It was the other part of the Secret.
From the Fourth Memoir (1941-12-08)
13 July 1917
A few moments after arriving at the Cova da Iria, near the holmoak, where a large number of people were praying the Rosary, we saw the flash of light once more, and a moment later Our Lady appeared on the holmoak.
— Your Grace, what do you want of me? — I asked.
— I want you to come here on the 13th of next month, to continue to pray the Rosary every day in honour of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war, because only she can help you.
— I would like to ask you to tell us who you are, and to work a miracle so that everybody will believe that you are appearing to us.
— Continue to come here every month. In October, I will tell you who I am and what I want, and I will perform a miracle for all to see and believe.
I then made some requests, but I cannot recall now just what they were. What I do remember is that Our Lady said it was necessary for such people to pray the Rosary in order to obtain these graces during the year. And she continued:
— Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say many times, especially whenever you make some sacrifice: O Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation (порт. reparação) for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
As Our Lady spoke these last words, she opened her hands once more, as she had done during the two previous months. The rays of light seemed to penetrate the earth, and we saw as it were a sea of fire. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke now falling back on every side like sparks in huge fires, without weight or equilibrium, amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. (It must have been this sight which caused me to cry out, as people say they heard me). The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, black and transparent like burning coals. Terrified and as if to plead for succour, we looked up at Our Lady, who said to us, so kindly and so sadly:
— You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion (port. a devoção) to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end; but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father.
— To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation (port. a Comunhão reparadora) on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world. In Portugal, the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved; etc… Do not tell this to anybody. Francisco, yes, you may tell him.
— When you pray the Rosary, say after each mystery: O my Jesus, forgive us, save us from the fire of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are most in need.
After this, there was a moment of silence, and then I asked:
— Your Grace, is there anything more that you want of me?
— No, I do not want anything more of you today.
Then, as before Our Lady began to ascend towards the east, until she finally disappeared in the immense distance of the firmament.
War will break out during the pontificate of Pius XI
Pius XI — Pope from 6 February 1922 to 10 February 1939.
13 July 1917
… The war is going to end; but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the pontificate of Pius XI.
The Church is the centre of the universe, the sphere in which its destinies are determined.