Pope at Fatima and Porto, links and photographs

Congregation for Papal Mass at Fatima Pic:CNS

Holy Father visits Fatima tombs Pic:CNS

Pontiff prays the rosary at candlelight vigil at Fatima Pic: CNS

POPE Benedict XVI this morning celebrated the last outdoor Mass of his visit to Portugal.

When he headed off for the northern city of Porto schoolchildren held up a yellow banner saying ‘Bon Voyage’.

In Porto he spoke of the Church’s important missionary vocation and said the Church was ‘willing to maintain a dialogue with different cultures and religions.’

He added that the Church’s mission now covered not only ‘non-Christian people and distant lands, but also socio-cultural environments, and above all the heart — which is real recipient of missionary action,’ a reference to growing secularisation in traditionally Catholic countries.

Tens of thousands of people attended the Mass today, which was celebrated by about 500 priests and bishops.

Pope Benedict visited Fatima shrine during his visit to the country. He is the third Pontiff to visit the shrine.

Official reports state around half a million people flocked to Mass yesterday to mark the 93rd anniversary of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to three shepherd children.

The Vatican said the turnout was a public response to attacks on the 83-year-old Holy Father over his handling of the abuse crisis assailing the Church.

For more on the Papal visit go to:


Portugal: 500,000 attend Papal Mass in Fatima


Pope Benedict’s Homily at the Celebration of the Word



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