Pope departs Portugal after canonization of the two “shepherds”

Pope Francis left Portugal on Saturday after canonising two shepherd siblings believed to have seen the Madonna 100 years ago in the Portuguese town of Fatima, a major pilgrimage site for Catholics. The canonization of the two “shepherds ” was full of emotion, especially at the end of the ceremony, where in a procession they they took the image of Our Lady to the place of the apparitions. Among the closing songs, the pilgrims that were present waved white handkerchiefs as a gesture of farewell to Our Lady. Pope Francis…

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Pope Francis in Fatima: a vigil for peace and conversion

Pope Francis led hundreds of thousands of pilgrim faithful in the recitation of the Holy Rosary on Friday evening in Fatima, Portugal, where the Holy Father is on pilgrimage to mark the 100thanniversary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin to three shepherd children there. After the Rosary, the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, celebrated Mass for the faithful. Chris Altieri, who is in Fatima with Pope Francis, sent this report. ******************************************************************* The Pope and the pilgrims offered the Joyful Mysteries: the five decades were offered in different languages,…

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