Portugal was very excited about the Pope coming to celebrate the centenary of the Fatima apparitions and the canonization of two saints.
For those who could not or chose not to make the pilgrimage, many churches were broadcasting the event live.
Surprisingly, the square outside the Shrine wasn’t very crowded when we arrived. We came around the circular Basilica of the Holy Trinity, inaugurated in 2007, because the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary was not big enough for all the visiting pilgrims.
Once, we turned the corner into the Shrine plaza, we observed a sea of people.
The crowd was festive. Kids were singing and clapping.
These women donned clothing made from Fatima-inspired fabrics.
We were fortunate to have received approval for press passes.
This allowed us into the designated press office where we could relax and hook up to wifi.
Our designated press area was just outside. Press from around the world were in Fatima to cover the Papal visit.