The annual Fatima pilgrimage which took place on Saturday, 11 May proved to be more successful than anticipated. Some 2 500 pilgrims did the walk surpassing last year’s figure of 1 500.
This is truly amazing and exciting as the messages of Fatima are spreading wider.
It was clear that there were many first-time pilgrims this year. Thanks to Radio Veritas that now reaches a broader audience on medium wave, we were able to reach more people. The assistance and support of the Portuguese media can also not go unnoticed as they too extensively published the pilgrimage.
This pilgrimage is the seventh that has taken place. The first was in 1991 with only 80 pilgrims.
The pilgrimage on foot celebrates the apparitions of Our Lady to three shepherd children in the hamlet of Fatima in Portugal.
On 13 May 1917 the Mother of Jesus first appeared to three poor shepherd children. \
Since the apparitions, millions of people have changed their lives positively and come to practice the messages of Fatima. Because these apparitions took place in Portugal, the Portuguese have a special devotion to Our Lady of Fatima.
This pilgrimage starts at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, in Malvern East, and ends after a four kilometre walk, during which the rosary is prayed. It ends with Holy Mass at the Schoenstatt Shrine in Bedfordview,