In Portugal, panic broke out among a crowd of nearly half a million pilgrims attending a religious ceremony in Fatima on Sunday (13 May) when a mass of molten wax ???
In Portugal, panic broke out among a crowd of nearly half a million pilgrims attending a religious ceremony in Fatima on Sunday (13 May) when a mass of molten wax ???ght fire and exploded. The pilgrims had gathered in the village to celebrate the sixty-second anniversary of the Miracle of Fatima. In 1917, a vision of the Virgin Mary was said to have appeared to three shepherd children and pilgrims traditionally visit the shrine twice a year.
SYNOPSIS: The Cathedral of Fatima is founded on the spot where the vision, who reportedly revealed herself as the Lady of the Rosary, asked for a chapel to be built. The pilgrimage is one of the holiest events in the Roman Catholic calender and thousands of worshippers, including many sick and disabled, flocked to the Cathedral, where Brazilian Cardinal, Don Avelar Vilela was to celebrate mass.
The ceremony was disrupted when the thousands of candles placed by the pilgrims in the chapel caught fire. Panic spread among the huge crowd when firemen sprayed the blaze with water and an explosion occurred. Families were separated in the ensuing disturbance and officials tried to move stretcher cases and people in wheelchairs away from the fire. No serious injuries were reported among the pilgrims.
The traditional act of worship then continued, with the pilgrims making their way around the shrine on their knees. Since the visions were first reported, the village of Fatima has become a major tourist attraction. For many years the Vatican was reluctant to acknowledge the vision as genuine but in 1930, the church granted the Miracle of Fatima official recognition.
The thousands of worshippers took part in the "farewell procession", waving hankerchieves as the statue o the Virgin Mary was carried in procession to the holy shrine. There have been numerous reports of miraculous cures at the shrine during the past celebrations of the festival. More than a million people gathered at Fatima in 1967 when Pope Paul the Sixth celebrated the mass.