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World Youth Day pilgrim regains sight at Fátima shrine following Mass

Jimena, a 16-year-old Spanish pilgrim at World Youth Day (WYD) in Fátima, Portugal, shared her remarkable experience of recovering her sight after receiving the Eucharist during a Mass in Fátima. Jimena, part of a group from Opus Dei that traveled from Madrid to Lisbon for WYD, had been suffering from a loss of sight for two and a half years due to severe myopia, which had led to a 95% vision loss. In the days leading up to the events, her relatives and acquaintances organized a novena, praying to Our Lady of the Snows, whose feast day is August 5th—the very day when Jimena’s miraculous recovery took place. On the morning of August 5th, while Pope Francis was praying the Rosary at the shrine in Fátima, Jimena received what she described as a “great gift” from Mother Mary.

National Catholic Register reports:

“I opened my eyes and I could see perfectly,” said Jimena, a 16-year-old Spanish World Youth Day (WYD) pilgrim who said she miraculously recovered her sight after receiving the Eucharist at Fátima, Portugal, during a Mass there.

This possible miracle has moved hearts and filled with hope all those who have been following the events at WYD, which brought together more than a million young people in the Portuguese capital last week.

Jimena traveled to Lisbon from Madrid with a group from Opus Dei. During the days prior, relatives and acquaintances of the young woman organized a novena to pray to Our Lady of the Snows, whose feast day is commemorated Aug. 5, the same day she recovered her sight.

For two and a half years, Jimena has suffered a loss of sight due to a myopia problem that left her with a 95% vision loss. On the morning of Aug. 5, when the Holy Father was also praying the Rosary at the Fátima shrine, Jimena received what she herself describes as a “great gift” from the Virgin Mary.

Not long after having recovered her sight, Jimena told the Spanish radio station COPE that she woke up that morning “as I have been getting up for two and a half years, seeing super blurry, very badly.”

She explained that she had gone to Mass with her friends “because we are at WYD and after receiving Communion I began to cry a lot, because it was the last day of the novena and I wanted to be cured and I had very much asked God: ‘Please [cure me].’”

“When I opened my eyes, I could see perfectly,” the young woman continued. “It was overwhelming; very many thanks must be given for the miracle, because I saw the altar, the tabernacle, my girl friends were there, and I could see them perfectly.”

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