Was Fatima a hoax? What, perpetrated on the civilized world by three mountain shepherd children? The oldest, Lucy, was about ten years old! John Haffert, who wrote the book I’m reading, Meet the Witnesses of The Miracle of the Sun (available on Amazon), interviewed witness Dominic Reis after he migrated to America. He was seventeen at the time of the October 13, 1917 apparition.
Haffert: “Was the prediction of this miracle announced in church?” Reis: “The Church said nothing at all… They were against it…”
Those three children were put in jail by the Marxist government of Portugal, and Dominic Reis himself was wounded by a National Guard bayonet, wielded by one of the the soldiers who attempted to keep the curious and the faithful from accessing the mountain meadow where the children saw their “Lady.”