Why does the Portuguese village where the 1917 apparitions took place bear the name "Fátima"?

Why does the Portuguese village where the 1917 apparitions took place bear the name "Fátima"?


The apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima are traditionally commemorated on May 13. Some might be surprised at the not-very-Catholic name of the Portuguese village where the Blessed Virgin appeared.

Indeed, “Fátima” is an Arab name. Why does the little Portuguese village where the 1917 apparitions took place bear this name? History tells us. During the 7th and 8th centuries, the Arabs advanced irresistibly. In 711, the Iberian Peninsula succumbed to the invading Moors, after the bloody Battle of Guadalete, where the Umayyads defeated the Visigoths.

In the 11th century, Christian princes resumed the fight against the Muslims, who had not managed to gain complete control over the Iberian territories. It was the dawn of the Reconquista that began in Navarre and Asturias and ended in 1492. During a battle waged by the Count of Ouré m, located near where the Marian sanctuary stands today, an Arab princess named Fátima was captured. She soon converted to Catholicism, took the name of Oureana , and married the count in 1158. The town kept the memory of this princess.

Pope Francis has decided to grant a plenary indulgence to the pilgrims who go to the sanctuary of Fátima. It is granted on the usual conditions laid down by the Church and lasts for the entire jubilee year of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions. This indulgence can also be obtained by Catholics who assist at the celebration of a Mass or a prayer in honor of Our Lady of Fatima in any other sanctuary where the image of the Virgin is exposed on the anniversary of each apparition, the 13th of every month from May to October 2017.

Lastly, for the 100th anniversary of the Blessed Virgin’s first apparition in Fatima, on May 13, 2017, the Holy See has granted all the priests who celebrate the Mass of St. Pius V the permission to celebrate on this day a votive Mass of the second class in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This is the Mass of August 22 in the traditional Missale Romanum.

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 22:12
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