Fatima Sanctuary welcomes back sick people and pilgrimages on foot

The International Anniversary Pilgrimage in May will be presided by the substitute of the Secretary of State of the Vatican, Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra.

Newsroom – Portugal – Fatima (April 28, 2022, 12:20 PM, Gaudium Press) This coming May will mark the return of a number of initiatives typical of summer pilgrimages to the Shrine of Fatima in Portugal, such as the welcoming of the sick and pilgrims on foot, both activities interrupted in the last two years because of restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Foreign pilgrims

Foreign pilgrims visiting the Portuguese shrine will also have the opportunity to participate in Holy Masses celebrated in the Chapel of the Apparitions in one of the seven official languages of the Shrine of Fatima: Portuguese, English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Polish.

So far 65 groups have registered: 23 from Portugal, 11 from Italy, 5 from Brazil, 4 from the USA, 3 from Mexico and 3 from Germany, 2 from Poland and two from Spain, and then 1 each from Austria, Cape Verde, South Korea, El Salvador, Ecuador, Gibraltar and Panama.

International Pilgrimage in May

The International Anniversary Pilgrimage in May will be presided by the substitute of the Secretary of State of the Vatican, Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra. On this occasion, there will be a Mass for the sick and a vigil on the night of the 12th to 13th, in addition to the traditional celebrations of the Candlelight Procession and the Farewell Procession.

Monsignor Edgar Peña Parra, 62 years old, a diplomat of the Holy See since 1993, is of Venezuelan origin and is the current substitute of the Secretariat of State. He served as Apostolic Nuncio in Pakistan from 2011 to 2014 and then in Mozambique from 2014 to 2018. (EPC)

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Compiled by Zephania Gangl

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