Pope Canonizes 2 Fatima Child Shepherds

16 Mai, 2017, 13:23 | Author: Claudine Rigal
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During the visit, he also canonized two of the young visionaries, Francisco and Jacinta Marto.

His words came during the homily of the Mass he celebrated on Saturday, celebrating the anniversary of the first of six apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary to three young illiterate shepherds in Portugal.

Pope Francis said the claims are still being looked into in remarks reported in full by Catholic News Agency.

Pope Francis leads a candle light vigil prayer at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima Friday, May 12 2017, in Fatima, Portugal.

- "Long live the pope" - erupted when Francis pulled into Fatima's main square, which had been doused by heavy rains but was treated to a brilliant warm sun by the time he arrived.

(L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP).

Pope Francis concluded his address by mentioning the celebration of Mother's Day in several countries and prompting a moment of prayer.

In her apparitions in Fatima, Labajo said the Blessed Virgin Mary had a concrete appeal to mankind: prayer, penance, conversion, consecration to her Immaculate Heart, as well as adoration and Eucharistic reparation. He will make two of them saints at a Mass on Saturday.

It all began on May 13, 1917, when three cousins, aged 7-10, Francisco and Jacinta Marto and Lucia dos Santos, reported that they had seen a vision of the Virgin Mary as they grazed their sheep.

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After having lunch with Portuguese bishops, the pontiff left the rural town in his popemobile. On the edge of town, he switched to a standard auto for the brief ride to the airport.

Pope Francis has voiced serious doubt about the authenticity of alleged continuing apparitions of the Madonna in Medjugorje, a once-obscure village in Bosnia boosted by the pilgrim business.

The boy, then five years old, fell 6.5 metres from a window in 2013 and suffered such severe head trauma that doctors said he would be severely mentally disabled or in a vegetative state if he even survived. They were with their son, Lucas, whose medically inexplicable healing was the "miracle" needed for the Marto siblings to be declared saints.

Lucas and the pope embraced during the Mass. They broke into applause as soon as the pope read the proclamation aloud.

The holiness of these children is not a effect of the apparitions they received, he said, but of the "fidelity and ardor with which they returned the privilege they received of being able to see the Virgin Mary".

In February, Pope Francis appointed Polish Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Warsaw-Praga to study the pastoral needs of the townspeople and the thousands of pilgrims who flock to Medjugorje each year.

Numerous pilgrims planned to spend the night on the plaza to await Mass on Saturday morning. The pair died in 1919.

More than a thousand people attended the liturgical service which was also held to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the parish.

When the two impoverished siblings first reportedly had visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago on the spot where the sanctuary now lies, they were likely far from imagining they would one day join the ranks of prominent saints like Mother Teresa.


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