Busy days in Fatima, Going There
Because the 3 children saw the apparition on May 13, 1917, MAY is a busy month in Fatima. And there are also several pilgrimages during the 12th and 13th days of every month (the children witnessed the apparition every 13th of each month from May to October).
My sister and I just took an organized afternoon bus tour (with guide) from Lisbon to Fatima - about 59 Euros. However, you can also just take a bus or train to Fatima from Lisbon or Porto. There is no train station in Fatima itself, but shuttle buses connect the Caxarias station to Fatima. Taxis are also available there.
Rede Express buses run from Lisbon's Sete Rios station. The trip takes about 90 minutes.
By car, Fatima is reached through the A1 motorway, exit at Fatima and follow signs to the Santuario.
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I made a video of our trip to Fatima:
JUMPINGNORMAN AND SISTER IN FATIMA
- Budget Travel
Favorite thing: Fatima is a place that attracts millions of pilgrims every year and you will see many of them if you go to Fatima.
Some are more extreme than others and there are pilgrims who insist on crawling on their knees to the place of warship.
The catholic church of Portugal is actually against that but accept that some people do it and they have build a marble path the last few hundred meters to the little chapel where the children supposedly saw Virgin Mary.
Being agnostic myself i find it very interesting to study people who have such religious faith and i like to go there and jjust sit on a wall and watch the religious spectacle.
- Religious Travel
Favorite thing: If you want to visit the Children's House you have to go to the information centre first and ask for a map because it is not easy to get there. It takes about 40 Minutes to get there from the tourist office. The are no signs and you can easely get lost.
Fatima in a nutshell
Favorite thing: Fatima is a small town about 90 minutes from Lisbon - it's easily accissible by bus and it's a well-known pilgrimange site. It's the place where the Virgin Mary appeared 6 times and gave messages to the world. It all started on 13 May 1917, when three young shepards witnessed her first appearance. They were Lucia de Jesus, aged 10, and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto, aged 9 and 7. She appeared again 5 other times in the following months - always on the 13th day.
Fondest memory: There's not much to see in Fatima, except the the sanctuary - but it's a pretty sanctuary. However there would be much to know - if only this information was made available. The Virgin Mary is supposed to have shared with the shepards 3 misteries. The first one spoke about the end of the WWI and the beginning of WWII, the second was about the former USSR and the third... who knows? It has been said it was the attempt to kill the Pole. For the few who affirm it - thousand others deny it. Apparently the third and last secret is still unkown.
Some Dates 2
Favorite thing: 13-05-1967 - The Holy Father Paul Vl came to Fatima, for the 50th anniversary of Our Lady's 1st Apparition, to pray for peace in the world and unity in the Church.
10-07-1977 - The pilgrimage to Fatima of Cardinal Luciani, Patriarch of Venice, future Pope John Paul I
12/13-05-1982 - The Holy Father John Paul 11 came on pilgrimage to Fatima in thanksgiving for having escaped with his life, one year before, in St. Peter's Square and, on his knees, consecrated the Church, all peoples and nations, with a veiled mention of Russia, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
25-03-1984 - In St. Peter's Square in Rome, before the Statue from the Chapel of Apparitions, John Paul 11 made once more the Consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in union with all the Bishops of the world
13/13-05-1991 - The Holy Father came a second time to Fatima, as a pilgrim, on the 10th anniversary of the attempt on his life.
Favorite thing: TIMELINE
28-04-1919 - Beginning of the construction of the Chapel of Apparitions
13-10-1921 - Permission for the celebration of Mass for the first time
03-05-1922 - Provision of the Bishop of Leiria to initiate the Canonical Process regarding the Fatima events
26-06-1927 - The Bishop of Leiria presides for the first time at an official ceremony in the Cova da Iria, after the blessing of the Stations of the Cross
13-10-1930 - By the Official 1 ester "Divine Providence'' the Bishop of Leiria declares the Apparitions worthy of belief and authorizes the cultus of Our Lady of Fatima
31-05-1931 - First Consecration of Portugal to the Immaculate Heart of Mary made by the Portuguese Episcopate fulfillment of the Message of Fatima
31-10-1942 - Pius XII, speaking in Portuguese by radio consecrates the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary with a special mention of Russia according to Our Lady's request
13-05-1946 - Crowning of the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima in the Chapel of Apparitions (the crown was presented by the women of Portugal, in thanksgiving for Portugal being kept free from the 11 World War), by Cardinal Masella. Pontifical Legate
13-10-1951 - Closing of the Holy Year in Fatima, by Cardinal Tedeschini, Pontifical Legate, who revealed that Pius XII had witnessed, in the Vatican in 1950, the solar prodigy of 13 October 1917
13-05-1956 - Cardinal Roncalli, Patriarch of Venice, the future Pope John XXIII, presides at the ceremonies of the anniversary pilgrimage
21-11-1964 - Pope Paul Vl announces the giving of the Golden Rose to the Sanctuary of Fatima, which was presented on 13-5-1965 by Cardinal Cento, Pontifical Legate
Bring your own drinks & food
Favorite thing: ALthough there are literally busloads of tourists in fatima every day, you will find almost no food or drinks there. So be sure to bring your own drinks and food. You will need them on a hot summers day.
Favorite thing: In the very heart of the Sanctuary is the first edifice constructed in the Cova da Iria, at the place of Our Lady's Apparitions. A marble pillar on which the Statue of Our Lady is placed marks the exact spot where the apparition appeared. Here converge the four million pilgrims who visit the Sanctuary each year.
- Family Travel
- Historical Travel
- Study Abroad
Basilica in Fatima
Favorite thing: Fatima with Basilica and Capelinha das Aparicoes, standing in the place where it is said that Our Lady appeared to the three shepherds is one of the most important Marian centres of pilgrimage.
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