The Catholic Church greeted May 13, 2017 with great celebration as Pope Francis traveled to Fatima for the 100th anniversary of Mary’s first apparition in 1917. My hope is that we will celebrate Fatima throughout the following six months since Mary appeared also on the 13th of June, July, September and October. In August the apparition was delayed due to the imprisonment of Francisco, Jacinta, and Lucia. As you can imagine during a year of jubilation, many Catholic publishers are renewing their Fatima literature and releasing new books. Here are the latest books I’m aware of, feel free to add more in the comments.
Fatima Mysteries: Mary’s Message to the Modern Age
by Grzegorz Gorny and Janusz Rosikon
Ignatius Press released this book with beautiful photos adorning each page. More akin to a coffee table book due to its size, readers will encounter the history of Fatima and examine the controversies surrounding the apparitions. The message of Fatima, while given in 1917, continues to speak to us in the third millennium. This book will help us delve deeper into the mystery of Fatima and its meaning for our world today. Available from Ignatius Press or Amazon.
Fatima: The Apparition that Changed the World
by Jean Heimann
The apparitions in Fatima changed the life of the three children: Francisco, Jacinta, and Lucia. They responded to Our Lady’s request to pray the rosary every day. It changed how they lived their faith as they offered sacrifice and prayed for the conversion of sinners and made reparation for sin. But the message in Fatima also changed the world and is still changing the world today. Noted author Jean Heimann breaks open the Fatima story and challenges us to allow the story of Fatima to change us. Read more about the book on Jean Heimann’s blog tour. Links archived here: http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/05/fatima-apparition-changed-world-blog-tour-day-2/
Vision of Fatima
by Fr. Thomas McGlynn
Sophia Institute Press released an unique book on the Fatima story. Many of the new books seek to tell the Fatima story again and in a new, creative way, 100 years later. But this book details the experience of the Dominican priest who crafted the statue of Our Lady of Fatima under the direction of Sr. Lucia. A fascinating account of this untold story.
Available from Sophia Institute Press
Our Lady of Fatima: 100 Years of Stories, Prayers, and Devotions
by Donna Marie Cooper O’Boyle
This book by Donna Marie Cooper O’Boyle is a Fatima devotional, helping people to learn the story and incorporate it into their daily living. It is an aid to help us live the message of Fatima. For those looking to be introduced to the story of Fatima need to look no further than this book.
On the Third Secret of Fatima
by Kevin Symmonds
In recent decades two major controversies have emerged around the Fatima apparitions. The first: Did the Holy Father fulfill Our Lady’s request to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart? The second, deals with the subject of Symmonds’ new book—Has the third secret been fully released? In this groundbreaking book, Symmonds takes on those who argue the secret has not been fully revealed. Symonds spent time in the Fatima archives and worked in several languages to produce this book. Hopefully this study will finally put to rest, in this 100th year since the apparitions, the claims the secret has not been released.
Children’s Books on Fatima
If you would like to share the story of Fatima with the children or grandchildren in your life, there are two children’s book you need to know about. The first is from Donna Marie Cooper O’Boyle titled Our Lady’s Message to Three Shepherd Children and the World. The story of Fatima, which is beautiful in itself, is accompanied by beautiful illustrations, telling the story of Our Lady to another generation of Catholics. The best children’s book, in my opinion, is one that successfully tells the story not only for children but also the adults who might read it. This book does just that! Available from Sophia Institute Press.
Angela Andrejcuk’s Lucia and the Immaculate Heart is a children’s book like I’ve never seen before on Fatima, because she goes beyond the story of the six apparitions, and shares the story of Mary and Jesus’ appearances to Sister Lucie while in the convent. Additionally, she gives an excellent teaching about the lives of Francisco and Jacinta, the other two visionaries. This book will share the story of Fatima in its entirety. Available from Vesuvius Press.