Vision of Fátima: Book

Happy Feast Day of St. Scholastica!!

Back in 2008 I read a book entitled Vision of Fatima by Fr. Thomas McGlynn, O.P.

Father was the sculptor who made the statue of Our Lady of Fátima that stands on the façade of the original Basilica in Fátima. I remember being quite impressed by his book Vision of Fatima, which records his experience of working with Sr. Lúcia to make the statue as well as his interpretation of Fátima.

I am happy to learn that Fr. McGlynn’s book will be re-published this centennial year of Fátima. I encourage people to read what Father says of his experience of working with Sr. Lúcia and his take on Fátima. It is available for pre-order.*

Fun Fact:
The Carmelites revealed in their biography Um caminho sob o olhar de Maria that it was Fr. McGlynn who brought the letter of Sr. Lúcia to the Holy Father with her request to transfer to the Carmel from the Dorotheans. She asked Fr. McGlynn to keep discreet this matter of the letter. I make use of this story in my own book On the Third Part of the Secret of Fátima.

*Unfortunately, the description is mistaken. It states, “Fr. Tom remained at the Convent of Coimbra in Portugal to sculpt a new statue under Sr. Lucia s direction….” Sister was still with the Dorotheans at the time, not the convent in Coimbra.


Fátima and Scholarly Studies

When I was in Fátima last year, I had the opportunity to meet and speak with Dr. Marco Daniel Duarte who heads the Archives of the Sanctuary.

During a paper that he presented during the Congress, Dr. Duarte made reference to the criticisms of Fr. Edouard Dhanis, S.J. I do not recall the exact comment, but the impression that it left on me was that Duarte was critical of Dhanis.

A good article has appeared in Portuguese wherein Duarte continues that discussion. I offer it here for the consideration of interested readers. There is a lot about which one can question Dhanis. I am glad to see that the Sanctuary appears to be addressing his writings more directly. Below you shall find the beginning of the article.

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