Thursday, May 20, 2010

Pope Benedict’s Visited Portugal

I wasn't expecting for this card. It was sent by Dúlio "luso" as a thank you for the meetings cards he've received. I've a few cards from Fátima but didn't have this with the old basilica and the new church.
Dúlio used, on the front, a new stamp to commemorate the Pope's visit to Portugal lask week.

Pope Benedict's trip to Portugal, from May 11 to May 14, 2010, included visits to the cities of Lisbon, Fátima and Porto.
The highlight of the trip was the visit to Fatima. Fátima is famous for the shrine called the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, built to commemorate the events of 1917 when three little shepherds claimed to have seen the "Virgin of the Rosary", Our Lady of Fátima. Since then the town attracts a large number of Catholics, and every year pilgrims fill the country road that leads to the shrine with crowds that approach one million on May 13 and October 13, the significant dates of Fatima apparitions.
The Pope’s visit was timed to coincide not only with the first of the annual pilgrimages, but with the 10th anniversary of the beatification of the shepherd children Francisco and Jacinta, and the fifth anniversary of the death of Sister Lucia. She was the third of the children, and later became a nun.
This was Pope Benedict's first visit to Portugal.

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