segunda-feira, 10 de março de 2014

Our Ladyof Fátima

Located in west central Portugal, in the region
of Leiria and approximately 110 kilometers
north of Lisbon, the small town of Fatima is
one of the most visited Marian shrines
(Santuários) in the world today.
But unlike many of Europe's great Marian
pilgrimage sites, the sanctity of Fatima dates
not from the Middle Ages but only from early
in the 20th century. Fatima was then a small
rural village in a rocky region whose main
product was olive oil. There are no historical
or legendary accounts of the village or
surrounding area having any religious
importance in earlier times. In the years
1916 and 1917 a series of apparitions
were seen by three young children that
were to profoundly alter both their own

lives and the atmosphere of the peasant village.

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