The Golden Book of Fatima

Readers' Comments

Thank you very much for The Golden Book of Fatima.

It was good to see Pope Francis at the beginning of The Golden Book of Fatima, with his prayer to Our Lady. The book is comprehensive on all aspects of Fatima and invaluable as an introduction as well. And the pocket size is convenient for the visitor or pilgrim.

- Paul Macleod. Australia.



The Golden Book of Fatima is a beautiful work and a treasury of information on Fatima and the Shrine.

– J.H. Maryland. U.S.



This book contains the latest information about Fatima and events relating to it, making it an excellent companion for those travelling to Portugal to make a pilgrimage to the shrine.

Included are a handy map of the shrine, a brief history and numerous accompanying photographs ?some taken at the time of the apparitions of Our Lady in 1917.

Some of the commonly?used Portuguese nouns associated with the shrine are explained, e.g., the name of the shrine itself ? Fatima. It was named after a young Moorish woman with whom a Christian knight fell in love in 1158. The knight asked permission to marry Fatima. Permission was granted provided Fatima became a Christian ? to this she agreed.

The description of the sanctuary is quite detailed, examining the history and significance of this main area of the shrine with its many statues and beautiful gifts from various parts of the world. Interesting facts are pointed out, e.g., that a wall on the south side of the sanctuary contains a block from the Berlin Wall, the collapse of which in 1989 indicated the fall of Communism. This was promised by Our Lady following the renewal of the consecration of the world to her Immaculate Heart by Pope John Paul 11 in Rome in 1984.


The Fatima statue on the exact spot where Out Lady appeared to Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia in the summer of 1917.

The official program of the sanctuary is provided outlining the schedule for ceremonies at the shrine during ordinary time and also during special seasons such as Easter, or the period from May to October, in commemoration of the apparitions. Mass times are given and times for recitations of the Rosary and other popular events such as the Candlelight Procession. Also to be found are hymns, prayers and devotions and the entire text of the Mass of Our Lady of Fatima, as well as the text of the long-awaited Third Secret, released by John Paul 11 in May 2000.

Other interesting places to visit, such as the homes of the three seers, Lucia, Francesco and Jacinta, and the local parish church they attended, are briefly mentioned, as are some tourist attractions not necessarily associated with the shrine.

There are many fascinating facts of how Portugal and the area of Fatima has been connected with devotion to Our Lady for many centuries. In1646 King Joao of Portugal declared the Blessed Virgin to be the Queen of Portugal and from that time until 1910 no monarch of Portugul wore a crown.

This is a very useful book for those travelling to Fatima. Such an experience would be greatly enriched by reading a guide such as this. It is also valuable as a brief history of Fatima and of the shrine.


Australia’s AD2000 on the original version of The Golden Book of Fatima – The Fatima Handbook.



The Pilgrim Statues

In addition to the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in the Chapel of the Apparitions there appeared, in the 40s, another by the same sculptor which, as it was made under suggestions from Sister Lucia, is considered more in accord with the apparitions of 1917. Beginning from the moment it started out on its world travels (in 1947, from the city of Maastricht in Holland, passing through Spain, France, Belgium, and Luxembourg) this statue came to be known as the Pilgrim Virgin. Already it has passed through almost all the world including, during these latter years, the countries of Eastern Europe, and notably Russia. From the beginning of the journeys the statue was copied and enthroned in thousands of churches the world over. he original is the statue now prominent in the sanctuary area of the Basilica of the Most Holy Rosary.


The Statue on the apparition site. (Photo: Leo Madigan)
The Statue on the apparition site.

Extract from unpublished writings on the Peregrinatio Mariae by Fr Mario Mason, an Italian Jesuit:

“In 1942 I saw, as in a dream, the statue of Our Lady going through all the country, as a missionary, and remaining two or three days, according to the importance of the centres. From May 1947 to October 1949, in Milan and surrounding dioceses it was received as if it was truly alive, as both Mother and Queen. All the organizational difficulties were overcome as if by enchantment, and the flood of worshippers grew. The holy Cardinal Schuster himself was moved to say: “Here is the hand of God!”


This initiative passed from Milan to the whole of Italy. To prepare souls for the solemn act of the consecration of Italy to the Blessed Virgin Mary, which was made in Catania on 13th September 1959 by Pope John XXIII, I proposed to the National Marian Committee that the statue of Our Lady of Fatima should pass though all the dioceses of Italy, by helicopter, for 150 days or more, without interruption: it was like a live Rosary of the Virgin among Her sons. All the regions competed to outdo each other with manifestations of love and deep piety; the evocative scenes of welcome, the continuous pilgrimages and the vigils in all parts transformed the towns into so many shrines; this caused me to live those 150 days in an anticipated vision of the Paradise.


As a remembrance of that itinerary the National Temple of Mary, Mother and Queen, came into being in Mount Grisa, in Trieste, to unite and protect all the peoples of Europe and of the world.”


Many had been “touched”. We remember how the holy Padre Pio, leaned out of the window of his cell to look at the statue moving in the sky and, in anguish, asked for a cure... and was cured!



Author’s Note:

The Golden Book of Fatima is the third version of a guide book to the shrine and places of religious interest in the area. The first, Fatima Handbook, was printed by Gracewing in the UK. It was short on illustrations and the layout was not particularly convenient to a pilgrim on the move, but its local sales showed that such a book was needed. In 2007 I adapted it to a format more in line with conventional guides, well indexed and illustrated on every page. I called it The Fatima Guide which, though those who obtained a copy still speak glowing of it, was perhaps unwise as many assumed that its pages contained lists of hotels, restaurants, car hire, time tables and the like. One Fatima shop-keeper dismissed the book without even opening the cover with the words, “You can find all that on the internet.”


But The Fatima Guide, and it’s current – cheaper, more compact though possibly more informative mutation – is precisely the material that a searcher cannot find on the internet. The accent is not on those things that concern tourists because it is aimed at a particular type of traveller, the pilgrim, and it is a text-book to the treasures which make Fatima the spiritual experience it is - and that is why it is called The Golden Book of Fatima.


The Index gives an idea of the scope of the book.


Administration Offices



Alexandrina da Costa


Alvaiázere, Baron


Angel of Portugal

Angel, Guardian

Artes do Mosteiro

Artur Santos

Asilo de Vilar

Bala, North Wales

Balasar 244ff,

Basílica, Most Holy Rosary

Basilica, Most Holy Trinity


Battle of Britain

Beckford, William

Benedict Labre Shelter

Berlin Wall

Bishop of Leiria-Fatima

Blessed Sacrament

Blessing of Automobiles

Blessing of the Sick

Blue Army


Byzantine Chapel


Candlelight procession


Carmelite Nuns

Carreira, Maria

Carvelheira da Silva, Marie-Amélia

Casa Alta

Caves, The

Cerejeira, D. Manuel, Cardinal Patriarch

Chapel of Perpetual Adoration, the

Chapel of Reconciliation (Confessions), the

Chapel of St. Joseph, the

Chapel of the Apparitions, the (see Capelinha)

Child Jesus

Coglan, Monsignor Harold



Convento de Cristo, Tomar


Cova da Iria

Crown, The

Dinosaur’s Footprints, The

Dominican Fathers

Dona Estefânia Hospital


Dorothean Sisters


English Chalice, The

Eucharistic Miracle Church, Santarem

European Union Flag

Farewell Procession


Fernando Pessoa

Filhas da Igreja Sisters


First Saturdays

Fischer, Father Ludwig


Formigão, Canon



Fulton Sheen, Bishop

Gilberto Fernandes dos Santos

Grace and Mercy

Guerra, Monsignor Luciano

Haffert, John Mathias


High Cross, The


Holy Cross Convent

Holy Father


Hungarian Calvary

Immaculate Heart

Information Office

Irish Centre

Irish Monstrance, The


José Alvares Correia da Silva

Karwowski, Waldermar

King Afonso Henriques

King João IV



Love of God Sisters, The


Lucia’s House

Marto House, the

Mary, Lady of the Rosary

Mary, Most Holy Mother

Mary, Most Holy Virgin

Mary, Our Lady of Carmel

Mary, Our Lady of Fatima

Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows

Mary, Our Lady Queen of Portugal

Masella, Cardinal




Miracle of the Sun


Monastery of Pius XII

Museum of Aljabarrota

Museum, Fatima Light and Peace

Museum House of Aljustrel

Museum:Life of Christ

Museum of Sacred Art and Ethnology

Museum, Sister Lucia’s Memorial (Coimbra)

Nativity Sculpture

Norton, Mabel





Ourém Castle

Padre Pio

Parish church

Paul VI Pastoral Centre

Penitential Way, The

Perpetual Adoration

Phone numbers


Poor Clare Nuns

Pope Benedict XV

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Francis

Pope John Paul I

Pope John Paul II

Pope John XXIII

Pope Paul VI

Pope Pius XII



Presentation of Mary Sisters Press Room


Pyre, The



Reguengo do Fetal


Retreat House of Our Lady of Carmel

Retreat House of Our Lady of Sorrows Rosary


Sacred Heart


Scalabrini Sisters




Spanish flu

St. Marta Hermitage

St. Thérèse

Stations of the Cross

Statue, Immaculate Heart Statue, Cristus Rei

Statue, Pilgrim Virgin


The World Apostolate of Fatima Thedim, Jose


Thomas McGlynn O.P.


Torres Novas

Tuy 28, 58, 66,

Tzar Nicholas II


Vila Nova de Ourém

Voz de Fátima

Well of Arneiro, the



Father Edwin Gordon. R.I.P.

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