On October 13th, 1917, some seventy thousand spectators in Fatima’s Cova de Iria bore witness to what Pio Scatizzi, former professor of astronomy at the Gregorian University, would describe as the “most obvious and colossal miracle of history” – the vision of the sun “dancing” in the heavens. In Fatima, the First Hundred Years, Barry R. Pearlman provides an invaluable theological and historical framework for understanding this “Miracle of the Sun,” the apparitions that preceded it, and their implications for the present day.
Drawing extensively from the personal testimony of seer Lucia dos Santos and others, this book reveals the story of three young shepherd children and the “beautiful lady from Heaven” who visited them as they tended their flocks.
Fatima, the First Hundred Years uniquely highlights an often-overlooked feature of the apparitions: the centrality of the Lady’s emphasis on her Immaculate Heart, which she described to Lucia as “your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.”
Newly revised to coincide with the hundredth anniversary of the apparitions, Fatima, the First Hundred Years is at once a comprehensive guide for the uninitiated and an invaluable resource for the historian, the skeptic, and the believer.
About the Author
Barry R. Pearlman, Ph.D., B.Th., is a Catholic apologist and writer. He was born in South Wales but grew up in Texas. He studied mathematics, social psychology, and literature at the University of Houston. Recent publications include A Certain Faith, Year of Faith Prayer Book, and Treasure in Heaven.