The pilgrims have returned to Fatima. “We didn’t expect so many people”

At the Order of the Order of Malta in Condeixa, nurse Amelia rubs Fatima’s feet. The pilgrim has been walking around Viseu for several days, and only now are the first signs of disintegration visible in his body. Like the thousands who fill you these days – especially the IC2 coming from the north of the country – he (who even inherited the name of the virgin who takes so many to the shrine) spent two years without making a pilgrimage. The pandemic has removed thousands of believers from Fátima’s shrine who have returned to the site these days, a long-awaited return not only to the church but to the entire city: the hotel is virtually 100% booked and prices are above 2019, a pre-pandemic.

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