A Visit to Fatima

Fátima is a central Portuguese town that’s home to the Sanctuary of Fátima, a Catholic pilgrimage site.  While neither Kathy or I are Catholic, we were very moved by our visit.

There is a breathtaking basílica as well as many other religious buildings. Fátima was an easy bus ride from Lisbon and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there, walking through the little town and seeing the sights.

There is a glass enclosure marking the sight where Mary, mother of God, appeared in 1917 to three shepherd children.  The three children were Lúcia dos Santos and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto.

We were especially moved by all the people who were lighting candles. I did so and sent up my prayers for peace and healing in the world.

If you are visiting Lisbon, a day trip to Fátima is a lovely way to spend the day.