MANUEL CARVALHO


Nossa Senhora de Fátima Na Terra Nova



E m 1955, por ocasião da celebração do seu centenário, a Catedral Românica Católica de St. John, foi elevada a Basílica.

O ponto alto das celebrações foi a procissão que atravessou a cidade, na qual se incorporaram devotamente milhares de pescadores portugueses da "White Fleet" que, à chegada à Basílica, ofereceram ao povo da Terra Nova um conjunto de belas imagens de Nossa Senhora de Fátima.

(Tradução livre de texto inserido na brochura "Historic- Newfoundland and Labrador")

Basilica of St.John

Shrine of our Lady of Fatima

Beyond the Sacred Heart Altar stands the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, comprising a group of nine statues, of poly chromed and gilt plaster. A gift of the Portuguese people, whose ties with Newfoundland are well-documented, the statues were presented to the Basilica during the Centenary Celebrations in 1955. On May 27 that year the statues were borne in procession by thousands of Portuguese fishermen from their ships on the waterfront to the Basilica. Following a special ceremony, they were transferred to their present location. This shrine is visited regularly by the Portuguese fishermen when their vessels are in port, and is held in high esteem by the Catholic population of St. John's.