The Press: The Miraculous Pictures

As evidence of the 34-year-old "Miracle of "Fátima" in Portugal, the Vatican's newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, recently printed Page One pictures which were reprinted by newspapers and magazines around the globe (TIME, Dec. 3). The pictures showed the sun darkened near the horizon, supposedly shortly after noon on Oct. 13, 1917. Thousands of people who had gathered that day, on the same spot where three Portuguese children said they had seen visions of the Virgin Mary, declared that they had seen the noonday sun swirl and dip. The pictures were evidence of the miracle, said L'Osservatore, since they were of "rigorously authentic...

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