Pat Shingleton: "The Sun... and Fatima."
On October 13, 1917, 70,000 people gathered at Fatima, Portugal, to witness a miracle. As noted in a previous column, they testified that the sun became detached from the sky, rolling right and left as if it were falling upon the earth. Lucia Santos and her two cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto testified that five months earlier the Virgin Mary appeared to the three young children; the only ones to witness her that day. During this solar phenomena Father Ignatius Pereira, who was age nine at the time, reported that objects around them reflected colors of the rainbow and after ten minutes the sun returned to its original location, but without brilliance. Monsignor Quareman noted that; what appeared to be white flower petals fell and disappeared before landing.