January 9, 2013. (Romereports.com)
Already considered as one the most visited site of Catholicism outside the Vatican, 2012 brought record-breaking crowds
to the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
near Sao Paulo, Brazil. According
to the Brazilian Conference of Bishops, a whopping 11,114,639 people
the Marian shrine in 2012, besting the previous year's
numbers by nearly 215,000.
The Basilica of Our Lady of Aparecida, the patroness of Brazil
, consistently ranks as a top destination for world pilgrims.
Outside Rome, only the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City surpasses those numbers with an estimated 20 million visitors. Meanwhile the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes sees approximately 6 million visitors per year.