Portugal – Freemasonry – Fatima. On the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima (part I)

Author: Grzegorz Kucharczyk

It would seem that the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima took place at the least favorable time. Meanwhile, owing to the political context, they showed ever more clearly that God acts through historical events and that the ultimate victory is his.

Beginnings of an anticlerical Republic

In 1910, a Republican takeover put an end to monarchy in Portugal. Power was grabbed by Republican factions, deeply infiltrated by freemasonry who were long known for their anti-Catholic phobias and prejudices. Already during the takeover, which forced King Manuel II (Oct. 5, 1910) into exile, anti-monarchy demonstrations were accompanied by assaults (often instigated by Masonic lodges) on members of the clergy and churchgoers. These acts of aggression left two Lazarist priests dead, and by the end of that year at least 15 priests and religious men were murdered. Furthermore, bands of populares (made up of Republican street rabble) had badly beaten up over one hundred members of the clergy at the same time.


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