A 400 Year Old Cathedral, With an Astronaut Carved on the Exterior?

Stephanie EngelmanMarian Shrines of Europe, Upcoming Pilgrimages

In Salamanca, Spain, the “New Cathedral” – built from 1513 to 1733 – has a carving of a modern day astronaut on its exterior. One might wonder if the original architect received a prophetic vision. No, it was the work of a renegade artist who decided to carve strange figures into the stone. Apparently, the same artist also carved a … Read More

Pilgrims Experience at Fatima

Andrea JoinesMarian Shrines of Europe, Spiritual Reflections

Thousands of people travel to Fatima each year. During this, the 100th anniversary year, this number is expected to increase. Tekton Ministries has been coordinating pilgrimages to this venerated site for over 20 years. Some pilgrims have shared their experiences via video interviews, survey responses, Facebook posts, or written reflections. Below are some collected from pilgrims who travelled to Fatima … Read More

3 old-school photos of Marian Shrines worth seeing

WebmasterFrance, Marian Shrines of Europe

1) Our Lady of Lourdes At the time of Bernadette, the Grotto was a dirty, hidden, damp and cold place. The Grotto was called the “pigs’ shelter” because that was where the pigs feeding in the area usually took shelter. It was there that the Virgin Mary, dressed in white, a sign of total purity, the sign of the Love … Read More