comfortable walking shoes, you will be standing for quite a while especially if you are in line for the Fatima Film!bring lots and lots, it wasn't cheap there! our video camera died(figures!) so we didn't think we would need camara film..wrong! took us forever to find a store that carried the drop in film for our camera and when we did Ouch it wasn't cheap! lots and lots of tacky little stores around selling religious paraphernalia, but this is the place to find that special something to bring back home for souveniers..I bought my mom a wall/tile plaque of Mary, can't remember exactly how much it cost but it wasn't too expensive :)
Light a candle
Near the Chapel of the Apparitions is an area where you can buy and light candles. Unfortunately, the heat from all of the candles is so high that many of the tall, thin candles melt and get distorted. However, it's the thought (and/or prayer) that counts, so go ahead and light a candle in memory of a loved one.
Fatima - Faith and Business
In only one century, a nowhere land became one of the greatest meeting points of the world. Religion, business and curiosity gather in Fátima, each day of the year, with a special peek in each 13th from May to October. The whole area from Fatima to the sea has developed lots of attraction, providing alternatives or complements to all the wishes and tastes, so, any visit must include a planned tour in the surroundings.
The seers of Fatima
LÚCIA DE JESUS
The principal seer of the Apparitions, she was born on 22 March 1907, in Aljustrel, in the parish of Fatima. On 17 June 1921, she entered the college of Vilar (Porto), directed by the religious of Saint Dorothy. Later she went to Tuy, where she received the Habit and the name Maria Lucia of Dolours. On 3 October 1928 she made religious profession of temporary vows. and on 3 October 1934, perpetual vows.
On 25 March 1948 she transferred to Coimbra, entering the Carmel of Saint Teresa, and taking name the of Sister Maria Lucia of the Immaculate Heart. On 31 May 1949 she made profession of solemn vows. Sister Lucia has come to Fatima several times, on May 1946, 13 May 1967, in 1981 to direct, in Carmel. a series of paintings on the Apparitions, on 13 May 1982 and 13 May 1991.
He was born on 11 June 1908, in Aljustrel. He died a saintly death on 4 April 1919, in his parents house. Very sensitive and contemplative, he directed all his prayer and penance towards "consoling Our Lord".
His mortal remains were buried in the parish cemetery until 13 March 1952, on which date they were translated to the Basilica. on the eastern side.
She was born in Aljustrel on 11 March 1910. Her holy death took place on 20 February 1920, in the Hospital of D. Estefania, in Lisbon after a long and painful illness, offering all her sufferings for the conversion of sinners, for peace in the world and for the Holy Father.
On 12 September 1935 her body was solemnly translated from the family tomb of the Baron of Alvaiazere in Ourém, to the Fatima cemetery, and placed beside the mortal remains of her brother Francisco. On I May 1951, the translation of Jacinta's mortal remains took place, with the greatest simplicity, to a new tomb prepared in the Basilica of Cova da Iria, on the western side.
The process of beatification of the Seers of Fatima, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, after the first steps taken in 1945. was opened in 1952 and concluded in 1979.
On 15 February 1988, the final documentation, which could lead to the Holy Father proclaiming "blessed" the two little seers of Fatima, was given to the Holy Father, John Paul 11, and the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Meanwhile, they were declared "venerable" by a Decree of that Sacred Congregation on 13 May 1989. The last step will be, as we hope, their canonization, by which they will be declared "saints".