Saturday, July 26, 2014

PORTUGAL ~Fatima pilgrimage ~

A lovely postcard with  sentimental value❤... it brings back lots of good memories of my dear mother-in-law who passed away many years ago...she went a few times on pilgrimage to Fatima...

With great "matching" stamp and story ...Pope John Paul II credited Our Lady of Fatima with saving his life during the assassination attempt in 1981...the bullet is now applied on the crown of the Statue of the Virgin... Thanks so much Joao!!

Diocese if Funchal-500 years
(Issued 12-06-2014)

Fatima is a town located 142 km (88 miles) North of Lisbon.

It is one of the most important catholic shrines in the world dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Fatima's Sanctuary welcomes millions of pilgrims and tourists from all over the world.

Fatima's fame is due to the Apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary that appeared to three shepherd children; Lucia dos Santos and her two younger cousins, Francisco and Jacinta. Between May and October of 1917, the three children witnessed several apparitions. The last one, on October 13th, was confirmed by a miracle witnessed by 60,000 people known in the catholic world as "the day the sun danced".

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