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Guadalupe was most popular pilgrimage spot in 1999
   
    The Mexico City shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe was the most popular in the world last year, with a total of 14.8 million pilgrims.
   
    The second most visited shrine in the world was Santiago de Compostela, Spain, which received 10 million pilgrims, according to Retablo, a service of the Spanish bishops' conference. This figure was exceptional, because the Holy Year of Compostela was celebrated last year.
   
    The third most popular shrine was San Giovanni Rotondo in Italy, where pilgrims venerate Blessed Padre Pio of Pietrelcina. It was followed by Brazil's shrine to Nossa Senhora Aparecida. Last year, these two centers each received 7.8 million pilgrims.
   
    Fifth and sixth were the shrines of Fatima and Lourdes, which received 5.3 million and 5.2 million pilgrims, respectively.
   
    This year, the Vatican is by far welcoming the greatest number of pilgrims. The Jubilee Year tally could reach 30 million.
   
   
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20-Nov-00