Village in central Portugal, site of a Catholic shrine and pilgrimage center, and place associated with the cult of Our Lady of Fátima. Near this small village in the so-called "Cove of the Lions," the Virgin Mary reportedly appeared before three peasant children, on the 13th of each month, from May to October 1917. The children were told that they were being addressed by Our Lady of the Rosary, and that a chapel should be built there in her honor. Fátima soon became, in effect, the Portuguese Lourdes, one of the great Catholic shrines and pilgrimage centers. In 1932, the Catholic Church authorized devotion to Our Lady of Fátima, and a large shrine and basilica were constructed near the site of the incidents. In 1967, Pope Paul VI visited Fátima. Fátima has become a center of devotion for millions of persons in recent decades, as well as the topic of a continuing controversy between believers and skeptics and critics. Debates about the significance of what happened at Fátima in 1917 and the aftermath will continue, but it is a fact that the development of Fátima as a Catholic shrine and pilgrimage center occurred amidst a Catholic revival in Portugal during the first third of the 20th century.

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