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You are invited to walk with Our Lady!
Join us as we travel this The Way of Fatima, the Carmelite Route is between Coimbra and the Sanctuary of Fatima.
This walk is inspired by the life and work of Sister Lucia, one of the three visionary children of Fatima. In 1947, she entered the Carmel of St. Teresa in Coimbra and lived here until her death in 2005. This journey of 111 km will take us from the Carmel Santa Teresa in Coimbra to the Sanctuary of Fatima. We will enjoy natural footpaths in the quiet beautiful countryside of Portugal.
Our pilgrimage will start with a day of exploration in the majestic city of Porto and Coimbra. These days will give us time to rest from our travels as well as explore these amazing cities.
In 1915, on the top of Monte do Cabeço, Lucia and her three companions – Teresa Matias, her sister Maria Rosa and Maria Justino – witnessed manifestations thus described in the seer’s Memoirs:
We had hardly begun when, there before our eyes, we saw a figure poised in the air above the trees; it looked like a statue made of snow, rendered almost transparent by the rays of the sun.
– “What is that?” asked my companions, quite frightened.
– “I don’t know!”
We went on praying, with our eyes fixed on the figure before us, and as we finished our prayer, the figure disappeared”
Fatima, in Lucia’s own words, p.76
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Join us along this special pilgrimage. We will start where Sr. Lucia spent most her life in Coimbra and make our way to Fatima Shrine, the location of the apparitions.