• Short Summary

    Roman Catholic pilgrims from throughout the world gathered in the village of Fatima in central Portugal on Thursday (13 May) to celebrate the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three shepherd children in 1917.

  • Description

    Roman Catholic pilgrims from throughout the world gathered in the village of Fatima in central Portugal on Thursday (13 May) to celebrate the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three shepherd children in 1917. Pilgrims visit the shrine twice a year, many with the hope of being cured of their illnesses.

    The police estimate that tens of thousands of visitors were in Fatima on Thursday to join tin a procession and attend a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Sebastion Baggio of Italy.

    Many of the pilgrims had walked from all over Portugal to attend one of the holiest events in the Roman Catholic calender. However, the visitors had difficulty finding lodging, as most of the hotels were filled with settlers from the former Portuguese African colonies.

    The first national pilgrimage to Fatima took place in 1927, and on the 50th anniversary of the vision over 1,000,000 pilgrims heard Pope Paul VI say Mass.

    In Fatima the Virgin Mary appeared to the shepherd children in a series of visions, recognised by the Catholic Church as miracles. During the ceremonies, Cardinal Baggio showed the symbolic relic of the visions - a gold sunburst. The sunburst recalls the solar phenomenon reported by the village people just after the visions.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA703GSU5NKXITYIXJMTAIMPOIQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA703GSU5NKXITYIXJMTAIMPOIQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/05/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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