Thousands of pilgrims have been taking part in the closing ceremonies at the Fatima shrine.
GV Gathering of pilgrims, priest at the Holy Shrine of Fatima, idol of the Virgin Mary being carried at shoulder level.
GV & SV Church leaders move into the shrine followed by the idol of the Virgin Mary. (2 SHOTS)
SV Pilgrims approach the shrine on their knees, including a young woman holding a baby in her arms. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Priests assemble inside shrine. (2 SHOTS)
SCU & GV Pilgrims watch the service with some sheltering under umbrellas. (4 SHOTS)
SV Woman on stretcher being taken away from the shrine.
GV PAN International flags hanging outside the shrine, crowd continue to shelter under umbrellas from the rain.
SV Pilgrims receiving communion.
GV PAN Pilgrims wave their handkerchiefs at the figure of the Virgin Mary as it passes through the crowd.
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Background: Thousands of pilgrims have been taking part in the closing ceremonies at the Fatima shrine. The shrine was built in 1917 after three shepherd children had seen a vision of the Virgin Mary - the last time she appeared was on October the 13th in that year, and the opening and closing ceremonies have been celebrated ever since. The vision appeared to the children regularly every month since May the 13th and this year Pope John Paul II visited the shrine to give thanks for his recovery from an assassination attempt in Rome. He found himself the victim of another attack from an extremist Spanish Priest, but he escaped unhurt. Many of the pilgrims taking part in this year's procession through the streets of the Portuguese town crawled on their knees, and hundreds of sick people - some on stretchers - were allowed into the shrine to watch the service and take communion.