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Around 80,000 faithful flock to Fatima shrine in Portugal

Around 80,000 pilgrims gathered at the Roman Catholic shrine of Fatima in central Portugal on Thursday to mark the anniversary of what is said to be the final apparition of the Virgin Mary to three shepherd children in 1917. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, presided over the open air mass held on the shrine's vast esplanade, which comes ahead of a visit by Pope Francis in May 2017 for the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of the Virgin.
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