The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will visit the holy shrine of Fátima, Portugal, on 12 and 13 May 2017.
The office of Portugal’s president confirmed that Pope Francis is to travel to the Catholic shrine at Fátima in May for events to mark 100 years since three child shepherds reported seeing the Virgin Mary there.
Following the invitation made by the President of the Republic at the time of his trip to the Holy See, the first foreign trip after his inauguration, his Holiness Pope Francis will come in pilgrimage to the Fátima Shrine on 12 and 13 May, 2017, for the centenary of the apparitions at Cova da Iria
Portugal’s president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, made his first foreign trip to the Vatican a week after taking office. He met Pope Francis alone for about half an hour. During the meeting, de Sousa formally invited the Pontiff to visit Fátima next May. Pope Francis will be the fourth Pope to visit Portugal.
Other visits were Pope Paul VI, for the 50th anniversary of the apparitions ,Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI .