Fatima youths added to ros­ter of saints:

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

Pope Fran­cis added two Por­tuguese shep­herd chil­dren to the ros­ter of Catholic saints, hon­or­ing young sib­lings whose re­ported vi­sions of the Vir­gin Mary 100 years ago turned the Por­tuguese farm town of Fatima into one of the world’s most im­por­tant Catholic shrines. Fran­cis pro­claimed Fran­cisco and Jac­inta Marto saints at the start of Mass mark­ing the cen­te­nary of their vi­sions. A halfmil­lion peo­ple watched in the vast square in front of the shrine’s basil­ica, the Vat­i­can said, cit­ing Por­tuguese au­thor­i­ties. Many had spent days at Fatima in prayer, recit­ing rosaries be­fore a statue of the Madonna.

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