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Pope makes 2 Fatima children saints 100 years after their visions

Pope makes 2 Fatima children saints 100 years after their visions

Pope Francis on Saturday added two Portuguese shepherd children to the roster of Catholic saints, honoring young siblings who reported seeing visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago. Their sightings 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. 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 proclamation aloud.

“It is amazing, it is like an answer to prayer because...

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