Kyra Lerner Photo: National Catholic Register

How Many People Visited the Fatima Shrine in Portugal in 2023? Record Numbers Are Released

The data presented on the afternoon of February 8, at the 45th Meeting of Hoteliers and Managers of Religious Houses that Welcome Pilgrims in Fátima, are in line with what was recorded before the pandemic. The number of countries from which the pilgrims come is the highest since 2017. The Sanctuary welcomed people from 94 countries, a figure that was only higher in the year of the Centenary of the Apparitions, with 109 different nationalities present in Cova da Iria.

Virgin of the migrants: the Mexican virgin (who is not Guadalupe) to become an international shrine in the Philippines

The proclamation of the title of an international sanctuary took place on January 26 during a solemn Eucharistic celebration presided over by the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Charles John Brown, along with the Bishop of Antipolo, Bishop Ruperto Santos, and 80 other bishops from across the country. Among the numerous faithful present was also the First Lady of the Philippines, Louise Araneta-Marcos.