Fatima child shep­herds de­clared saints

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - WORLD -

POPE Fran­cis has added two Por­tuguese shep­herd chil­dren to the ros­ter of Catholic saints, hon­our­ing young sib­lings whose re­ported vi­sions of the Vir­gin Mary 100 years ago turned the Por­tuguese farm town of Fatima into an im­por­tant Catholic shrine.

Fran­cis pro­claimed Fran­cisco and Jac­inta Marto saints at the start of a mass mark­ing the cen­te­nary of their vi­sions.

Hun­dreds of thou­sands of pil­grims were on hand, many of whom had spent days at Fatima in quiet prayer, recit­ing rosaries be­fore a statue of the Madonna. They clapped as soon as Fran­cis read the proc- lama­tion aloud. “It is amaz­ing, it is like an an­swer to prayer be­cause I felt that al­ways they would be canon­ised,” said Agnes Walsh, from Ire­land.

Fran­cisco and Jac­inta, aged 9 and 7, and their cousin, Lu­cia, re­ported on March 13, 1917, the Vir­gin Mary made the first of a half-dozen ap­pear­ances while they grazed their sheep.

Pope Fran­cis at Fa­tima.

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