The Story of Fatima: Installing the corner stone for the new Basilica of the Holy Trinity. 2004


Stained glass window of Mary and the three shepherd children, Fatima (Compass News, Wikimedia CCA 1.0)


June 6, 2004

The first stone, laid by Serafim Ferreira e Silva, retired bishop of the Diocese of Leiria-Fátima, was blessed and donated by Pope John Paul II on 9 March 2004. It came from a marble fragment of Apostle Peter’s tomb, located under the basilica in Rome. The placing of the cornerstone was a symbolic act, as the marble stone was later placed on display within the finished church for visiting pilgrims.




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