Places of formation and pastoral
Pastoral Centre of Paul VI
The Pastoral Centre of Paul VI owes its name to the first pope who came as pilgrim of Fatima, in May 1967. It is located on the western edge of the Shrine of Fatima, beyond the avenue D. José Alves Correia da Silva.
The inaugural stone was blessed on May 13, 1979, by the Cardinal Franjo Seper, then Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and was inaugurated by John Paul II on May 13, 1982.
The Centre, a project conceived by José Carlos Loureiro, has 4 levels and an area of 1, 4 hectares. It has a large amphitheater with 2124 seats, meeting rooms, a chapel, a dormitory and self-service cafeteria.
The Center was enriched with several works of art: "Little Shepherdess", conceived by José Rodrigues; "Risen Christ", by Lagoa Henriques; "Mother of the Good Shepherd", by Graça Costa Cabral; "Crucified Christ", by Maria Irene Vilar; a stain-glass window representing the Good Shepherd by Júlio Resende; and outside a sculpture of Our Lady, by Domingos Soares Branco.