The Virgin Mary promised the seers a miracle would occur on her last apparition of October 13, 1917, because of rampant skepticism about the apparitions. The “Miracle of the Sun” occurred before a crowd estimated in 70,000 people, including newspaper reporters and photographers, at Cova da Iria. Eyewitnesses spoke about the sun appearing to change colors and rotating like a wheel. The phenomenon was visible within a forty-kilometer radius. Some people only saw the radiant colors, and others saw nothing. The video shows the crowd panicked during the miracle because people thought the sun would burn the earth.
Columnist Avelino de Almeida reported on “O Século,” Portugal’s most influential newspaper, pro-governmental and anticlerical:
“Before the astonished eyes of the crowd, whose aspect was biblical as they stood bare-headed, eagerly searching the sky, the sun trembled, made sudden incredible movements outside all cosmic laws — the sun ‘danced’ according to the typical expression of the people.”
The Blessed Mother assured the seers she would take Jacinta and Francisco to Heaven soon, but Lucia would stay to promote the Rosary and announce heavenly messages to the world. The Blessed Mother informed the seers the Almighty Father was deeply offended with humanity’s sins.