Hollywood filmmaker Mel Gibson is working on the follow-up to his
controversial biblical epic The Passion of the Christ a film about three
children who claimed they saw a vision of the Virgin Mary.
In 1917, Lucia Dos Santos and her cousins, Francisco and Jacinta, became
international famous when they claimed the Virgin Mary appeared to them in a
vision in Fatima, Portugal, in which she predicted World War II, turmoil in
Russia and a Pope being shot. After the vision, Lucia became a Carmelite nun.
Gibson had long wanted to meet Sister Lucia so, when he heard she was
desperate to see The Passion of the Christ, he arranged a special screening
last year at her Rome convent.
After the screening, Gibson spoke to Sister Lucia, who died a month later
aged 98, through a metal grille about her experiences - she was not allowed to
leave her convent as part of its constitution.
An Italian film insider says, "This idea is still very much at the initial
stages, but Mel is keen to make a movie about Sister Lucia and the visions she
had at Fatima."
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