Some of the comments about my most recent post here have turned into debates about (a) what, if anything, is "mainstream" Catholicism? and (b) the authenticity of certain of Our Lady's visits to her flock, including those to the children of Fatima.
One commenter used the term "the legend of Fatima," so it occurred to me to go to the Website of the World Apostolate of Fatima (click on this post's title). There, among many interesting things, I found the above oft-reproduced photo of Pope John Paul II, who, like his immediate predecessors in the Chair of Peter, thought Fatima no legend.
(I do not want to get into any debates here about the consecration or the secrets. I just want to reaffirm my belief in Our Lady of Fatima, in the little shepherds and in the message of Fatima.)
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for each of us and for all the Church, especially here in our Archdiocese of Los Angeles, which is beset by many an ill and needs your intercession.