New movie about Our Lady of Fatima

From CNA:

New movie about Our Lady of Fatima to be screened in major U.S. cities

San Francisco, Calif., Oct 1, 2009 / 06:39 am (CNA).- A new film about the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, based on the memoirs of visionary Sister Lucia and the accounts of thousands of eyewitnesses, will be holding pre-release screenings in at least seven major U.S. cities.

The 13th Day” is the first major motion picture by directors Ian and Dominic Higgins. According to the film’s U.S. distributor Ignatius Press, [!] their film tells the story of the Virgin Mary’s appearances to Lucia Santos and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto.

Over a six month period in 1917, the Virgin Mary gave prophecies and warnings to children that included a harrowing vision of hell, the spread of communism and the attempted assassination of a Pope.

The film was shot on location in Portugal and in the United Kingdom. It has a cast of hundreds and three young Portuguese actors will play the roles of the young visionaries.

Anthony Ryan, Director of Marketing for Ignatius Press, described the film as an “antidote” for our times.

“It is a reminder that a thin veil exists between our world and the next. The Message of Fatima is a relevant wake-up call to a culture torn apart by abortion, war, and injustice. Every Catholic, perhaps every person, should see this film,” he said.

Screenings of “The 13th Day” are scheduled for October 13, the anniversary of the final apparition. They will be held in Atlanta, New York City, Denver, Chicago and Oakland. Other cities with screenings include Orlando, Florida and Austin and Fort Worth, Texas.

Interested Catholic leaders can sign up for a screening in their area at the site

The movie’s website is at

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  1. capchoirgirl says:

    I”ve already got this pre-ordered on Amazon–can’t WAIT to see it. My parents brought us up with great devotion for Our Lady of Fatima, so my entire family wants to see this.

  2. seanl says:

    Our campus will be putting this on next week as the first of Ignatius’ College tour. I’m really interested to see how well it was done.

  3. irishgirl says:

    I hope that it sticks to ‘the facts’, and doesn’t ‘make up stuff’ as previous film versions did.

  4. Malta says:

    Unlike the talkative “Gospa” of Medjugorje (now going on 40,00+) messages, Our Lady of Fatima was succinct, accurate, and profound. This is similar to the also Church-approved message and apparition of Akita, Japan. At Akita, and this was back in the 1970’s, Our Lady said that if things did not improve fire would fall from the sky, the living would “envy” the dead, and it would be worse than the “deluge.”

    In fact, then Cardinal Ratzinger said that the messages of the third secret of Fatima and Akita were “essentially the same”:

  5. St. Therese and Our Lady of Fatima pretty much were my teachers in the spiritual life as a schoolkid, besides my parents. I’m glad my parochial school, with all its faults, had its head screwed on right about that.

  6. ssoldie says:

    Will reserve commenting on this one as was disappointed in the new version ‘Bernadette’. I got to thinking about 13 days ‘Fatima’ in comparison to 31 years ‘Medjgore’.

  7. trad catholic mom says:

    I can’t wait to see it.

  8. Traductora says:

    Sounds good! I am probably one of the few Catholics who liked The Nativity, a few years back, because too many orthodox Catholics got bogged down in a dispute over whether or not Mary felt pain at childbirth. I thought it was a silly dispute and that most of the movie was excellent and looked like a Spanish Nativity scene; it had some excellent visuals. It didn’t do well here (orthodox Catholics got obsessed with details, liberal Catholics were uneasy with the Virgin and the Incarnation just on principle, and Evangelicals thought it was too Catholic), but has done very well in parts of Europe, particularly Spain.

    So I hope if the movie on Fatima is not perfect in every detail,according to influential conceptions of perfect, but simply good, we don’t kill it here. I hope it’s artistic and beautiful and can provide people with images of Fatima, a visual miracle, that will impress them.

  9. Melody says:

    I will want to see it if it’s good. I was disappointed by Therese because of the acting. Otherwise, I’m a trekkie, I’m fine with low budget special effects and limited sets.

  10. Lori Ehrman says:


    I am the other Catholic who liked the Nativity and I break all the molds…I homeschool, use Seton as my curriculum, even saw the Nativity on Christmas Day. My husband is a cop and had to work at the Theatre on Christmas. So after Mass, we spent the day with him at work. Of course, I educated my kids about the errors.

    I just registered to see the 13th Day! It happens to be my 20th Wedding Anniversary. When we married on 10/13 in 89, I didn’t know anything about Our Lady of Fatima, now I know and am honored to share this special day!

  11. Laurinda1230 says:

    I’m seeing it on Tuesday! I can’t wait!

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