Standing in circles marked to keep a social distance and donning masks, thousands of faithful gathered and held candles at one of Catholicism's most famous holy sites in Portugal on Monday evening (October 12): The Fatima Sanctuary.
Many- like worshipper Antonio Pinto- were praying for the end of the coronavirus pandemic.
"This year I pray for doctors, nurses, security forces, for journalists, who are also fighting which is not easy and to pray for all those who work against the coronavirus, which has been very hard, and for the government leaders, for them to say no to corruption, hate, violence, wars."
Every October, around 100,000 people head to the Fatima Sanctuary to mark the third and last reported vision of Christianity's Virgin Mary -- the mother of Jesus -- more than 100 years ago.
But, this year, only 6,000 people were allowed to attend.
The Catholic Church teaches the Virgin Mary appeared to three Portuguese children in 1917 in Fatima, which was then an impoverished farming village.
It believes the Virgin Mary gave the children three messages, the so-called secrets of Fatima.
The pandemic is set to leave long lasting scars on Portugal's tourism-dependent economy, including in places like Fatima, where businesses are highly dependent on foreign visitors to survive.