In the year when Communism sought to overthrow Christian Russia with the Bolshevik Revolution, and Freemasonry was subverting western, Christian civilization with impiety like "separation of Church and State", Almighty God sent His Blessed Mother to warn in advance of coming dangers. The greatest and most bloodthirsty revolution the world had ever known since the godless French Revolution of the 18th century was soon to fall upon man, and as then the divine King of kings stepped down from Heaven to warn the kings of France of impending events if France was not publicly consecrated to His Most Sacred Heart, so now God sent the Queen of Angels to warn that unthinkable disaster would come to pass if Russia was not consecrated and the world at large did not take refuge in the Immaculate Heart of Mary. To the amazement of the Marxist press, God worked a public miracle seen by 70000 eyewitnesses at a foretold time to confirm the truth of His holy Mother's message, and the saintly children of Fatima, who were victim souls consecrated to God, confirmed the truth of the divine message by their saintly life and heroic Christian virtue. 100 years later, the manifest heroic virtue of the children is to be officially recognized.https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2017/04/20/official-pope-francis-canonize-fatima-visionaries-may-visit/
Francisco and Jacinta “practiced Christian virtue in a heroic way,” Martins said, explaining that among other things, one of the most obvious moments in which this virtue was apparent for him was when the three shepherd children were arrested and intimidated by their mayor on August 13, 1917.
Government stability in Portugal was rocky following the revolution and coup d’état that led to the overthrow of the monarchy and subsequent establishment of the First Portuguese Republic in 1910.
A new liberal constitution separating Church and state was drafted under the influence of Freemasonry, which sought to omit the faith - which for many was the backbone of Portuguese culture and society - from public life.
It was in this context that, after catching wind of the Virgin Mary’s appearance to Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia, district Mayor Artur de Oliveira Santos had the children arrested on the day Mary was to appear to them, and threatened to boil them in hot oil unless they would confess to inventing the apparitions.
At one point in the conversation at the jailhouse, Jacinta was taken out of the room, leaving Francisco and Lucia alone. The two were told that Jacinta had been burned with hot oil, and that if they didn’t do as told, the same would happen to them.
However, instead of caving to the pressure, the children said: “You can do whatever you want, but we cannot tell a lie. Do whatever you want to us, burn us with oil, but we cannot tell a lie.”
“This was the virtue of these children,” Martins said, noting that to accept death rather than tell a lie is “more heroic than many adults.”