Juazeiro do Norte
is the second-largest city in Ceará
state, in northeastern Brazil
. It is located 528 km south of the state capital Fortaleza
in the arid sertão
. The municipality has a population of 225,300 (2005
official estimate} and covers 219 km² (84,56 sq.miles).
Juazeiro do Norte is best-known as the base of the charismatic priest and politician Padre Cícero (Cícero Romão Batista) (1844-1934). A pilgrimage in his honour takes place every November, attracting thousands of followers.