Portugal pilgrimage & why 4 million people can’t be wrong
Portugal is home to one of the most important Catholic shrines in the world: Fatima, the "Capital of Peace" where Mary appeared to the three shepherd children.
Pilgrimage to Fatima—Our Lady & the 3 children
Once a sleepy little town, Fatima now welcomes over 4 million pilgrimages a year to its Basilica of Our Lady of Fatima, the Chapel of Apparitions, the Berlin Wall Monument, and the Hungarian Stations of the Cross. The story goes that Mother Mary appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. Our Lady confided "secrets" to the children and urgent pleas to pray for sinners. You can learn more about the events through this article.
Other Catholic sites for pilgrims in Portugal
However Fatima isn't the only reason to go to Portugal: The Eucharistic Miracle of Santarem, Braga's Our Lady of Sameiro Shrine and the chapel of Good Jesus of the Mountain, and the Church of St. Anthony of Padua in Lisbon (St. Anthony's birthplace) all offer powerful experiences to the spiritual traveler! Not to mention the Alcobaça Monastery, which was (and still is) the largest church in the country. Walk through the arches of the ruined Convento do Carmo, once the largest convent in Lisbon!
How to get around—sample brochures
While Canterbury Pilgrimages is happy to tailor your itinerary to meet your needs, reading some samples can help generate those ideas of where you'd really like to go or bring your group! For instance, view our sample pilgrimage to Fatima that includes an excursion to Spain! Or, see the preview below to get an idea of an Our Lady of Fatima pilgrimage. (Clicking on the actual link will bring you to our Scribd page.)