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I wonder if there is any Catholic writer so ‘forgotten’ as C.C. Martindale SJ. At least one of his many books on a wide diversity of subjects could be found on the shelves of most English Catholics 60 – 70 years ago, but today there is barely a reference to him anywhere. The Catholic Encyclopaedia has no entry, nor Britannica, nor Wikipedia. His study of St Paul brought the great apostle to life for me when I was young but now, search as I might, I can’t even find out what the initials C.C. stand for.
Perhaps his day will come again, but in the meantime here is his book on Fatima which internal evidence reveals that he wrote in London, Fatima, Sintra, Lisbon and back in London between 1947 and 1949. It was published by Burns, Oates and Washbourne in 1950 and, like most early first-hand accounts of the shrine contains much that is of interest to the enthusiast.
I am reluctant to contradict Fr. Martindale, and indeed a number of other eminent writers on Fatima of the same period, but Lucia’s father’s name was Antonio, not Abóbora as they seem to think. It was, and still is, customary for the Portuguese to be free with nicknames. Abóbora is the word for pumpkin and Antonio dos Santos was called this by his peers because he came from an area in nearby Mamede that was noted for producing pumpkins.
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