The “Camino to Fatima” is a Faith itinerary, but one which simultaneously allows the discovery of the traditions and culture characteristic of an age-old people.
Whenever Fatima is evoked, it is impossible not to mention the Apparitions of Our Lady, in 1917, to the three little shepherds: Lúcia, Jacinta and Francisco. For six consecutive months, on the 13th of each month, the one that became known as Nossa Senhora do Rosário (Our Lady of the Rosary) appeared to the three children, transmitting “a message of prayer and penitence to the world”. It called for sacrifice, daily prayer and conversion.
Our lady of the Rosary stated, “I want a chapel to be made here in my honour”. And thus, in 1919 in Cova da Iria, the Capelinha das Aparições rises (Chapel of the Apparitions).
Fatima began to edifice itself in face of the Apparition phenomenon. However, it was not until 1930 that the Apparitions of Fatima were deemed worthy of credit. Every year thousands of pilgrims make their ways to the Fatima Sanctuary in search of Renovation, inner Transformation, answers and miracles. Vows are fulfilled, and new vows are created. Faith, Religion and Devotion guide the faithful on the Camino to Fatima.
Much more than the religion that is inherent to Fatima, we can’t restrain ourselves from emphasize the Camino walked by those who seek spirituality, those who seek to find themselves, and those who walk towards Symbolism.