Pope Francis gave a message on the 11th, so that people would hear it on the 12th, just in time to be prepared for Friday the 13th, the 100th anniversary of Fatima. He is saying that it was Mary who appeared in Fatima in 1917. Although no one else but the children saw this woman and the woman seen was described as a 3.5 foot tall woman with a mantle/cloak and a skirt that went to her knees.
From Fatima Shock by Bob Thiel "Early Testimony from Lúcia Here is some of what Lúcia herself wrote about what they saw on May 13, 1917:"...we beheld a Lady all dressed in white...She... radiated a light...We stopped, astounded before the Apparition. She also wrote that it sometimes held a ball (not a heart) in her hands. Here is some of what the Parish Priest of Fatima, Manuel Marques Ferreira, wrote in 1917 that the children reported about the apparition: The clothing was a white mantle, which fell from the head to below the skirt, which was golden from the waist to below the strings...The skirt was all white and gold... [and] fell only to the knees; the coat was white...no shoes, but white socks with no gold; about the neck there was a gold chain with a pointed medallion." He goes on to suggest it sounds more like the goddess Diana who is really just another name for Semiramis in the pagan trinity and is now being shown to the public as Wonder Woman/"Diana" Prince.
Pope Francis said in his message on the 11th, "This coming Friday, October 13, we conclude the 100-year anniversary of the final Marian apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. With our gaze turned toward the mother of the Lord and queen of the missions, I invite everyone, especially during this month of October, to pray the holy rosary for the intention of peace in the world. May prayer stir the unruliest of souls, so that they banish violence from their hearts, words, and gestures, and build nonviolent communities that take care of our common home. Nothing is impossible if we turn to God in prayer. Everyone can be an artisan of peace. On the same day, October 12, we observe the International Day for Disaster Reduction. I renew my heartfelt appeal for the preservation of creation through an ever more careful protection and care for the environment. I encourage institutions and those charged with public and social responsibility to promote ever more a culture that aims to reduce exposure to risks and natural calamities. The concrete actions that are needed to study and defend our common home can progressively reduce risks for the most vulnerable populations." (Video from October 11th, uploaded to Catholic News Service on YouTube.)
Pope Francis said we should be praying to "God" but the Rosary has repetitive prayers to Mary. After you pray the Rosary, you are to recite this "HAIL, HOLY QUEEN, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!" It continues on, and you see how to pray the rosary here.
We know according to Jesus/Yehoshua that we are to NOT pray repetitive prayers.
Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
You can also check out this video concerning Pope asking for people to pray the rosary: