Since the Apparitions of Fátima, at 13th of May 1917, where now stands the Sanctuary, this region brings together manifestations of devotees from all over the world. It converted into one of the largest centers of religious Cult, recognized worldwide by the Catholic Church.
Every year on May 13th, Believers come to pray and to pay their promises, where once emerged the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fátima, (Nossa Senhora de Fátima), to the Pastors. Fátima is a place filled with symbolism, of which results sacred rituals,practiced by those who seek a Divine connection, a way of spiritual purification.
In places marked by the apparitions, chapels were built – 15 in total – in memory of the Lord’s Passion and Resurrection – forming a “Via Sacra,” a path taken by many faithful, until reaching the Sanctuary.
The faith that encourages them is strong. Is possible to feel their devotion to comply the final part of the journey of sacrifice. They come on their knees, accompanied by family, friends or alone.
Now there are pathways of promises, in which the knees rub against the worn stones of endless pilgrimages.