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We believe it’s important to foster compassion, respect and love for one another - especially in these times of crisis where the coronavirus pandemic prohibited travels and large gatherings. 
 

Around The World Highlights

Below we honor some of the largest yearly gatherings and most visited pilgrimage sites

Our Lady devotion in Belém, Brazil

Recognized by UNESCO as one of humanity's greatest intangible cultural heritages, Cirio attracts millions of believers every October, since 1793 in Belém and its nearby cities, in the heart of Amazon. During the course of twelve processions over four days, two millions of devotees follow the statue of Our Lady by feet, car, boat and even motorcycle processions.

 

It is not uncommon to see pilgrims carrying plaster pieces representing a vehicle, a home, a book or even a body part. Such objects represent for the beholder a tangible proof that Our Lady's intercession was fundamental in achieving such an object, such cure or personal achievement.

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Every second Sunday of October Belém celebrates the 2.2 miles Círio Procession, with 2 million+ pilgrims

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Our Lady devotion in São Paulo, Brazil

Since the 19th century, the Feast Day of Our Lady Aparecida is celebrated on October 12. The date coincides with the foundation of the Empire of Brazil in 1822, and is regarded in Brazilian culture as Children's Day. In the Roman Rite Catholic Liturgical Calendar approved for Brazil, the day of Our Lady Aparecida ranks as a solemnity, and is a holy day of obligation. The feast day of Our Lady of Aparecida has been a National Holiday in Brazil since 1980. The federal statute declaring October 12 a national holiday in honour of "Our Lady of Aparecida", Patroness of Brazil, was passed by Congress and signed into law on June 30, 1980, during Pope John Paul II's first visit to the country; that was also the first visit by a Pope to Brazil, and during that visit the "New Basilica" of Aparecida was consecrated.

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Every October 12 São Paulo celebrates the Aparecida Procession

Our Lady devotion in Fátima, Portugal

The Shrine of our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima is the answer to the call of Our Lady of the Rosary, already alluded to on August 13, 1917 and expressly asked in the apparition of  October 13, of that year to Lucia de Jesus, Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto: «I want to tell you that a chapel is to be built here in my honour. I am the Lady of the Rosary» (Fist Memoir of Sister Lucia). The little chapel was constructed in 1919 in the place of the apparitions of 1917 at the Cova da Iria and, since then, the place of the Shrine was built up, in response to a significant inflow of pilgrims.

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Candle procession in Fatima, Portugal

Since the 19th century, the Feast Day of Our Lady Aparecida is celebrated on October 12. The date coincides with the foundation of the Empire of Brazil in 1822, and is regarded in Brazilian culture as Children's Day. In the Roman Rite Catholic Liturgical Calendar approved for Brazil, the day of Our Lady Aparecida ranks as a solemnity, and is a holy day of obligation. The feast's rank as a day of precept was established by the Holy See at the request of the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops.

The feast day of Our Lady of Aparecida has been a National Holiday in Brazil since 1980. The federal statute declaring October 12 a national holiday in honour of "Our Lady of Aparecida", Patroness of Brazil, was passed by Congress and signed into law on June 30, 1980, during Pope John Paul II's first visit to the country; that was also the first visit by a Pope to Brazil, and during that visit the "New Basilica" of Aparecida was consecrated.

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