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Fatima - half day
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We leave Lisbon towards North through Estremadura province enjoying a landscape of vineyards, cork trees,
pine and eucalyptus forests on the way up to Serra de Aire mountain to reach Fatima at the top. Fatima is
becoming the most famous pilgrimage shrine in the world dedicated to Marian devotion. Our Lady appeared
6 times to 3 shepherds in 1917 telling them 3 secrets about world policy performance.

We stop close the huge sanctuary where you can visit:
-The Basilica with the tombstones of the shepherds witnessing the apparitions of Our Lady - Lucia, Jacinta,
Francisco.
In the Basilica and side chapels or in the new church you can confess, as there are priests in several languages.

The Apparitions’ Chapel - heart of the shrine, built on the place where Our Lady appeared to the shepherds.
It’s here that most masses are commonly held in several languages. There’s the statue of the Virgin made at
her likeness, according to Lucia's description.
Fatima pilgrimage excursions

Right in front of the Chapel, a source of water came to light. There's a tap near the monument to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, where you can
get the pure water to be blessed by a priest.
To the left side of the chapel, in the exterior, there is a stone column that points out the place where there the holm oak tree where Our Lady
appeared to the shepherds was before. Nevertheless, we can still see a tree from the time of the apparitions, under which the shepherds waited
the Virgin.  

Also, to the left of the Apparitions’ Chapel, you’ll find a spot full of candles where you can light a candle and make a vow to Our Lady; not
far, is the main Office of the Information Service, where you can get all the information you want about Fatima.
House of Our Lady of the Pain - Situated behind the Chapel of Apparitions, it is destined to receive the Sick during the great pilgrimages.
On the floor of the vast square, there is a marble passage crossed by pilgrims on their knees until they reach the Apparitions’ chapel to ask
physical and spiritual heal from Our Lady or fulfill a promise.

Aljustrel - 3 Km away from the sanctuary there is the house of Marto family, where Jacinta and Francisco were born. Lucía's house is close by,
next to the well where the angel appeared for the second time. We’ll stop nearby and you can go inside the 2 houses and see how the shepherds
used to live.
 
Fatima private tour - half day.
 
...The Catholic Church regards the three parts of the Fatima Secret and the total Fatima
message to be important and of great value to the spiritual lives of its people. It consists
only of prophecies about the new condition of the Church in the world....  Fatima and its
Secret do present us with something deeply serious, for they bring us face to face with the
mysteries of eternal life. Fatima is undoubtedly the most prophetic of modern apparitions.
Faith and prayer are forces which can influence history and that in the end prayer is more
powerful than bullets and faith more powerful than armies...On the 13th of October of 1917,
Our Lady of Fatima told the 3 little shepherds 3 secrets, after what was called the Miracle of
the Sun, an alleged miraculous event that was witnessed by as many as 100,000 people.
According to many witness statements, after a downfall of rain, the clouds broke and the sun
appeared as an opaque, spinning disk in the sky. It was said to be significantly less bright
than normal, and cast multicolored lights across the landscape, the shadows on the landscape,
the people, and the surrounding clouds. The sun was then reported to have careened towards
the earth in a zigzag pattern. Witnesses reported that the ground and their previously wet
clothes became dry…The 3 secrets from Our Lady of Fatima: 1-the first war would finish but
if people didn't stop offending God, another worse one would come. 2-That there would be a
revolution in Russia and persecutions against the church; everyone should have faith to
withstand the advance of evil (showing the vision of hell, a lot of fire that seemed to be under
the earth where demons and souls were put in human forms burning among screams and
wailings of pain. 3- The Pope revealed partially the third secret on his visit to Fátima on the
13th of May of 2000: after Our Lady said the two secrets, we have seen an angel a little farther
up with an incandescent sword on the left hand that seemed to set the world on fire. But the
flames of the sword went out with the shine coming from the Virgin's right hand, pointed in its
direction. Several Bishops, priests, religious and nuns going up a mountain, at the top of which
there was a big cross. The Pope, before arriving there, crossed a city in ruins and he went
praying for the dead bodies that he found on the road. Arriving to the top of the mountain he
was shot by soldiers and likewise were also shot religious people and several people of several
social classes…
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