Sr. Lucia, Dead At 97

by Jimmy Akin

in Current Affairs

Sr_lucia_and_jpii Based on Portugese press reports, the Scotsman is reporting that Sr. Lucia, the last surviving visionary of Fatima, has died at age 97.

Excerpts:

Sister Lucia Marto, the last of three children who claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary in a series of 1917 apparitions, has died, Portuguese media reported today. She was 97.

Sister Lucia, a Roman Catholic nun, had been ill for the past three months and died at the Convent of Carmelitas in Coimbra, north of Lisbon, TSF radio reported, citing family sources.

A funeral was scheduled for Tuesday, TSF reported.

GET THE (SAD) STORY.

READ MY ARTICLE ON THE THIRD SECRET OF FATIMA.

READ THE MESSAGE OF FATIMA (VATICAN DOC).

(Cowboy hat tip to the reader who sent this.)

UPDATE: Welcome Michelle Malkin readers. Sorry the occasion is such a sad one.

UPDATE: CATHOLIC WORLD NEWS HAS A GOOD PIECE ON SR. LUCIA AND HER PASSING.

Among other things, it mentions something I had been wondering about: the exact date of Sr. Lucia’s death. CWN is reporting that she passed on Feb. 13. The thirteenth of the month is significant for the Fatima apparitions. They first began on May 13 and recurred on the thirteenth of subsequent months. The assassination attempt on John Paul II also occurred on May 13.

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{ 18 comments }

Jason February 13, 2005 at 2:56 pm

A new Saint has been born to eternal life. God bless her.

Vivificat! February 13, 2005 at 4:12 pm

Sister Lucía Marto Dos Santos, Called Home to the

She was the last surviving Fátima child-seer

Michelle Malkin February 13, 2005 at 8:12 pm

CATHOLICBLOGGING: SISTER LUCIA, R.I.P.

From AP: LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Sister Lucia Marto, the last of three children who claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary in a series of 1917 apparitions, has died, Portuguese media reported Sunday. She was 97. Sister Lucia, a…

Michelle Malkin February 13, 2005 at 8:49 pm

CATHOLICBLOGGING: SISTER LUCIA, R.I.P.

From AP: LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Sister Lucia Marto, the last of three children who claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary in a series of 1917 apparitions, has died, Portuguese media reported Sunday. She was 97. Sister Lucia, a…

Hyscience February 14, 2005 at 8:25 am

CATHOLICBLOGGING: SISTER LUCIA, R.I.P.

Sister Lucia Marto, the last of three children who claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary in a series of 1917 apparitions, has died, Portuguese media reported Sunday. She was 97.

Hyscience February 14, 2005 at 8:30 am

CATHOLICBLOGGING: SISTER LUCIA, R.I.P.

Sister Lucia Marto, the last of three children who claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary in a series of 1917 apparitions, has died, Portuguese media reported Sunday. She was 97.

Hyscience February 14, 2005 at 8:41 am

CATHOLICBLOGGING: SISTER LUCIA, R.I.P.

Sister Lucia Marto, the last of three children who claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary in a series of 1917 apparitions, has died, Portuguese media reported Sunday. She was 97.

Hyscience February 14, 2005 at 8:43 am

CATHOLICBLOGGING: SISTER LUCIA, R.I.P.

Sister Lucia Marto, the last of three children who claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary in a series of 1917 apparitions, has died, Portuguese media reported Sunday. She was 97.

Amos February 14, 2005 at 8:53 am

Check out the link (when you click on “Get the [sad] Story”) on the Scotsman entitled ‘Mary’. It appears to be an evangelical apologetics piece. In my protestant days I would have called this fair and balanced.

Amos February 14, 2005 at 9:15 am

Nevermind. I tried to link back to it and it was changed but it was http://www.evangelicaloutreach.com

Laura Yantsos February 16, 2005 at 7:08 am

Dear Sir: Do you know anything about Sr. Lucia’s funeral.
It was reported that she died in the convent (no outside witnesses) and was buried on Tuesday.
Do you recall Mother Thersa’s funeral. Innumerable people attended. Was her funeral televised. Did anyone go? Was she buried, as she died, in obscurity?
It’s all very disturbing and I would like to see some sign of a body. Some visible sign that she has died. Laura Yantsos

Jimmy Akin February 16, 2005 at 7:41 am

Laura, stop this line of thought immediately.
Sr. Lucia has not been secreted away somewhere by people with evil designs and passed off to the world as dead.
All of this conspiracy talk around Sr. Lucia has gone on for far too long.
Living and dying in obscurity is what it means to embrace the life of a cloistered nun. If you’re cloistered, you’re not going on the lecture circuit.
So the saintly woman has at last gone to her final reward. Her funeral was held in public (see the photo I posted of it and read the linked story).
Countless people attended. And we don’t need video of a body (which kooks wouldn’t accept anyway; “It only looked like her” or “It was a mannequin,” you see) to show that she’s dead.
She is dead. Don’t sour her memory by positing that she is alive and kidnapped somewhere.
Pray for her soul and move on with life.

Ali February 20, 2005 at 12:13 pm

Do you know where Sr. Lucia will be barried? I heard she wanted to be next to Jacinta… if so when will this take place?

Jimmy Akin February 20, 2005 at 2:22 pm

It’s already taken place, but I can’t don’t know where.

BillyHW February 20, 2005 at 2:41 pm

EWTN has been rerunning the funeral all week.

Michael Illuitok February 20, 2005 at 5:22 pm

Pray for her from all of my family she in haven now god bless

Connie February 24, 2005 at 7:26 pm

My worst fear is that the pope will die without announcing the true meaning of the third secret. Let’s remember…..OurLady wanted the third secret announced upon Lucia’s death!!! Well she died and now the pope has been hospitalized twice this month. Maybe he should read the thrid secret before it’s too late. He should keep his promise to Our Lady.

Edward Curtis February 24, 2005 at 9:10 pm

Connie,
I have not heard before that Our Lady wanted it announced upon Lucia’s death. Source for this, please? And are you one of those people who believe that the Vatican hasn’t yet revealed the “real” third secret?

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