Some 300 thousand Roman Catholics form all over the world gathered in the village of Fatima in Central Portugal on Monday (13 October) to celebrate the appearance of the blessed Virgin Mary to three peasant children in 1917.
GV & SV People singing during mass.(3 shots)
SV Pilgrims gather for service.(2 shots)
SV PAN UP FROM Worshippers to church steeple.
GV & SV People listening to prayers.
GV AND SV Pilgrims buying souvenirs.(4 shots)
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Background: Some 300 thousand Roman Catholics form all over the world gathered in the village of Fatima in Central Portugal on Monday (13 October) to celebrate the appearance of the blessed Virgin Mary to three peasant children in 1917.
Pilgrims visit the Fatima shrine twice a year, many with the hope of being cured of their illnesses.
The first national pilgrimage to Fatima took place in 1927/ On the 50th anniversary of the vision, more than a million people visited the village and heard Pope Paul VI saying mass.
The vision first appeared to the children on May 13 and again on the 13th of each month afterwards until October, (except in August when the date was the 19th).
Since 1927, a pilgrimage has been held in Fatima on the 13th of every May and October.
This October, the officiating priest called for a solution of the difficulties facing Portugal.
SYNOPSIS: Over three hundred thousand Roman Catholic pilgrims form all parts of the world attended the traditional bi-annual festival in the village of Fatima in Central Portugal on Monday. The ceremonies marked the anniversary of the last apparition of the virgin Mary to three peasant children near Fatima in 1977. Since then, the Fatima pilgrimage has become a major event on the Portuguese religious calendar.
The Fatima basilica which was consecrated in 1953 has a tower two hundred and thirteen feet high. It is flanked by hospitals and retreat houses and faces a vast square where the Chapel of the Apparitions is located.
In his sermon this October, the officiating priest called on all parties concerned to work harder to solve the many problems facing Portugal. He said the key word in any negotiations should be reconciliation and exhorted all to pray for peace.
At the end of the religious part of the ceremonies, pilgrims took the opportunity to buy souvenirs from the village.