Fatima: A century of devotion

The sun rises behind the iconic Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary in Fatima, Portugal, just weeks before Pope Francis is scheduled to canonize two of the three shepherd children who Mary appeared to in 1917. ANN M. AUGHERTON | CATHOLIC HERALD
The white-washed home of Lucia’s cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, in Fatima, is open to the public. ANN M. AUGHERTON  |  CATHOLIC HERALD
As night falls over Fatima, pilgrims gather for a rosary in the Chapel of the Apparitions in front of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. ANN M. AUGHERTON  |  CATHOLIC HERALD
Shops are stocked and ready for the thousands expected for the centennial of the Marian apparitions. ANN M. AUGHERTON  |  CATHOLIC HERALD
Dominican Sister of Mary Immaculate Maria Theresa lights a candle at the Fatima candle fire pit. ANN M. AUGHERTON | CATHOLIC HERALD
Wax body parts, such as heads, limbs and organs, are popular items for the faithful to place in the fire pit with intentions for healing alongside traditional candles. ANN M. AUGHERTON | CATHOLIC HERALD
The sanctuary of Fatima is lit at night as pilgrims gather for a candlelit rosary in the Chapel of the Apparitions. ANN M. AUGHERTON | CATHOLIC HERALD
A factory worker puts the finishing touches on rosaries before Pope Francis' May 12-13 visit to Fatima for the 100th anniversary. ANN M. AUGHERTON | CATHOLIC HERALD
The esplanade, as seen from behind the papal altar facing the newer Basilica of the Holy Trinity, is twice the size of St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. ANN M. AUGHERTON | CATHOLIC HERALD
A factory worker puts finishing touches on a statue of Mary before the 100th anniversary celebration of the Marian apparitions when thousands of people are expected to come to Fatima. ANN M. AUGHERTON | CATHOLIC HERALD
A statue of St. John Paul II commemorates the pope’s visits there and his great devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. ANN M. AUGHERTON | CATHOLIC HERALD
The Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary in Fatima, Portugal, will be surrounded by thousands of faith when Pope Francis canonizes two of the three shepherd children who Mary appeared to in 1917. ANN M. AUGHERTON | CATHOLIC HERALD
Jacinta and Francisco Marto, pictured with their cousin Lucia dos Santos (right) in a photo taken around the time of the 1917 apparitions of Mary at Fatima, Portugal, will be canonized by Pope Francis May 13. CNS FILE
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