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Faithful descend on Portugal’s Fatima to pray for peace as wars rage

Fatima, Portugal Reuters As wars rage in Ukraine, Gaza and elsewhere, tens of thousands of faithful prayed for peace on Sunday at Portugal’s Fatima shrine, one of Catholicism’s most famous sanctuaries. The annual event, which brings together pilgrims from countries such as India, Canada, Brazil and Ivory Coast, marks the first of three reported visions […]

Romania’s biggest Catholic service offers faith, vaccines

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Miercurea Ciuc, Romania AP More than 35,000 Roman Catholic pilgrims congregated Saturday at an open-air shrine in Romania for a centuries-old procession that was cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The service in Sumuleu Ciuc, located in Romania’s Transylvania region, is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and dates back more than 450 years. […]