>> Pilgrims lining the path to one of the most visited sites in Catholicism. Tens of thousands of worshipers greeting Pope Francis in the central Portuguese town of Fatima on Friday. The two-day visit to commemorate the first centenary of the apparition of the Madonna here. The pontiff traveling the town streets in the popemobile before arriving at the shrine of Fatima.
Up to a million people are expected to see the Pope perform a canonization ceremony on Saturday where he will make two Portuguese shepherd children saints. Francisco Malto and his sister Jacinta are believed by Catholics to have seen apparitions of the Madonna 100 years ago. Receiving messages that have become known as the three secrets of Fatima.
The Catholic Church posthumously confers sainthood on people considered so holy during their lives, they are now believed to be with God and can intercede with Him to perform miracles. Portugal has taken a number of security measures for the high profile visit. Including reinstating border controls and placing special cement blocks in the open space around Fatima.
An effort to prevent attacks with vehicles, as seen in Stockholm and Nice. For a country where 81% of the population describes themselves as belonging to the faith, the threat hasn't put a dampener on events.