MARY WAS HERE

PhotographerCESC GIRALT
PrizeSilver in Press / General News
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According to the Catholics, the Mother of God is also the mother of each of us. In the Sanctuary of Fatima, in central Portugal, believers cry and shout “My Mother!, My Mother!” as the statue of Our Lady passes in front of them during the main processions. In Fatima it all started almost a hundred years ago, on Sunday, May 13, 1917, when three shepherds between 5 and 8 years old had an encounter -or so they claimed- with a Beautiful Lady who was “more brilliant than the sun”. The kids met Mary five more times, the 13th of every next month. The day of the final apparition, tens of thousands gathered in Fatima.  And when Lucia Santos -the main visionary- instructed the crowd to watch the sun, it is said the sun began to dance and change colors. Nowadays more than four million pilgrims visit the basilica every year.