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on July 16, 2012

Fatima is a small town north of Lisbon, Portugal where Our Lady appeared to three little shepherds, Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco. The Fatima message is to do the daily praying of the rosary during which one reflects upon God’s personal love for us. In 1954, Mr.  & Mrs. Walter Ciurczak donated 15 acres of their farmland as site of the Blessed Mother at Fatima, Portugal with the help of the Barnabite Fathers who are promoters of the Gospel message.

The Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima Basilica was constructed in 1963 and conferred the tittle of Basilica on October 7, 1075 by Pope Paul VI. One of the privileges accorded to a Basilica is the Plenary Indulgence to all those who gathered here for prayer according to the intentions of the Holy Father.

The National Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Fatima is found in 1023 Swann Rd. Lewiston, New York, USA. Near Niagara Falls. My family and I went there for a vacation for the first time last July 1, 2012 and found it be a holy place of worship. The Fatima Shrine looks magnificent with its inspired Dome Basilica covered with layers of glass and plexiglass with a contour of Northern Hemisphere of the globe on its ceiling. There is also a huge statue of Our Lady of Fatima standing on top of the Dome where kids and I courageously took the two flights of stairs with 63 steps. Taking the steps was at first nervous but when we reached to the top, we viewed the entire Shrine grounds and felt the graceful majesty of the Fatima, which is 13 feet high and weigh ten tons carved from Vermont granite.

What is unique about the Basilica is the impressive main altar made of Italian carrara marble and the 14 panels copper bas-relief circling the altar, which represents the mysteries of the rosary. You will find also the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament with stained glass window “Angel’s prayer before the Blessed Sacrament on the right side of the Dome while on the left side is the Immaculate Heart Chapel with stained glass window ‘Miracle of the Sun”. There is also the Shrine of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria who is the founder of the Order of the Clerics Regular known as the Barnabite Fathers. In front of the Basilica is a rosary pool shaped like a heart to symbolize Mary’s Immaculate heart. The pool is surrounded by a giant rosary consisting of 59 lights ending with a marble Corpus of Jesus nailed to a cross.

There is also the Fatima Store located on the right of the First Chapel of our Lady of Fatima Shrine. It sells different rosaries, images, photos, beads, magnets, rings, pins, candles, prayer books, crucifix (some being sold by Buenosgracia Enterprise shown on new website – http://buenosgraciaenterprisestore.WebStarts.com) and other religious collectible items.


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