On October 13, 1917, 70,000 people gathered at Fatima, Portugal, to witness a miracle. They testified that the sun became detached from the sky, rolling right and left as if it were falling upon the earth. Lucia Santos and her two cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto testified that five months earlier the Virgin Mary appeared to the three young children; the only ones to witness her that day. During this solar phenomena Father Ignatius Pereira, then, 9 years-of-age, reported that objects around them reflected colors of the rainbow. Ten minutes later, the sun returned to its original location, without the same brilliance. Monsignor Quareman also reported that white flower petals appeared to be falling and disappearing before landing.