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Our readers asked:

Do Catholics have to go to Marian shrines like Fatima once a year?

Ginny Kubitz Moyer Answers:

There’s zero obligation for Catholics to go to Marian shrines. The decision to visit them is totally voluntary. Many shrines do attract large numbers of pilgrims; the Marian apparition site at Lourdes, France, for example, attracts about five million pilgrims a year. Some come in hope for healing (the spring at Lourdes has been associated with miraculous physical cures), while others come hoping to enrich their prayer lives, while others come out of curiosity. But Catholics are not required to visit any shrine, Marian or otherwise, during their lives.

The Author : Ginny Kubitz Moyer
Ginny Kubitz Moyer is the author of the award-winning book Mary and Me: Catholic Women Reflect on the Mother of God. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area and blogs at randomactsofmomness.com.
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