Called Pope of Fatima, Holy Father John Paul II, visited the Sanctuary of Cova da Iria for the first time on May 13, 1982. This was the most important stage of his pilgrimage to Portugal because he wanted to thank Our Lady for saving his life.
At that time, the Polish Pope expressed his thanks "...because exactly on the same day of the month, last year, in St Peter's Square in Rome, there was an assassination attempt on the life of the Pope, which mysteriously coincided with the anniversary of the first apparition of Fatima, on 13 May 1917".
On the 10th anniversary of the 1991 attack on St. Peter's Square, the Pope returned to Portugal. Faced with the changes in Central and Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, he pointed out his desire to "build a world with a human face, a society founded on respect for God and neighbor".
During the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, the third and final pilgrimage of John Paul II to Fatima took place. The Pope was already weakened by then and was soon to turn 80. During this visit, the Holy Father beatified Jacinta and Francis Marto, the Little Shepherds of Fatima, who experienced the apparitions and offered Our Lady of Fatima a ring with the motto of his pontificate: "Totus Tuus". During the same visit, he revealed the Third Mystery of Fatima and linked it to the attack on his life.
Source of photos: Archive of the Sanctuary of Fátima