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Q. 1. Can you tell me, which Catholic site is visited the most on an annual basis in the world?

A. 1. Among the approved Catholic sites of pilgrimage, you will find the following estimate of pilgrims/visitors on an annual basis:

20 million pilgrims at the Shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

18 million pilgrims at the Vatican.

8 million pilgrims at Lourdes, France.

7 million pilgrims at San Giovanni Rotondo in the South of Italy, where the body of Padre Pio lies.

6.6 million pilgrims at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida in Brazil.

4-5 million pilgrims at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Fatima, Portugal.

2 million pilgrims at Saint Joseph's Oratory in Montreal, Quebec.

1.7 million participants at the World Youth Day.

1 million pilgrims at St Anne de Beaupre, Quebec, Canada. 350,000 pilgrims at the Basilica of Notre-Dame-du-Cap in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada.

[Note: If you know of any other "Church approved" famous and popular Catholic site that draws millions of pilgrims every year, please let me know by writing to the webmaster of this website. When writing, please provide: (1) the name of the Church, (2) the town/city and country, (3) how many pilgrims visit every year, and (4) where you obtained that information. If it is from a website, please provide the link to the webpage that gives the statistics.

I know that there are many other sites but I cannot find the statistics as to how many visitors they enjoy every year. Your help on this matter is greatly appreciated. It provides a list for Catholics who want to plan an annual pilgrimage to a Catholic place of pilgrimages. Thank you.]

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