Pope Francis to make Fatima child shepherds saints
01:37, May 21, 2017
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Today, the Argentine-born Pope Francis will join about a million Catholic pilgrims for a two-day celebration of the "visitation".
In a second apparition, the Madonna said she would "soon" take Jacinta and Francisco, who died in the following three years from Spanish influenza, while Lucia, who grew up to be a nun and passed away in 2005, aged 97, would remain on earth "some time longer".
The Portuguese church declared the visions authentic in 1930.
The shrine, built on the site where the apparitions are said to have taken place, is an global pilgrimage site. The siblings died within three years of the 1917 apparitions at the ages of 10 and 9 years old.
Straight after the canonisation Mass, where many had slept out overnight to attend, the Latin American pontiff then greeted a group of sick and disabled pilgrims telling them they were "an asset to every Christian community". The diocesan phase of her sainthood cause concluded in February and now is under study at the Vatican.
Referring to the Portuguese visionaries, Pope Francis said: 'Fatima certainly has a message of peace.
But it is Mary's message and example, rather than an apparition, is important, he told the crowd, which Portuguese authorities estimated at about 500,000 people. "I could not fail to come here to venerate the Virgin Mary and to entrust all her sons and daughters to her". "When Our Lady starting talking about Russian Federation they thought she was referring to an old lady who lived in the village", Valero said. "Such a life - frequently proposed and imposed - risks leading to Hell".
Whenever we look to Mary, we come to believe once again in the revolutionary nature of love and tenderness.
Pope Francis leads a candle light vigil prayer at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima Friday, May 12 2017, in Fatima, Portugal.
Pope Francis has arrived at the shrine in Fatima to an ecstatic welcome from the huge crowds waiting in the pilgrimage site's vast square.
Like John Paul, the Argentine-born Francis is exceedingly devoted to the Madonna, thanks in large part to the strong role that Marian devotions play among Latin American Catholics.
The Vatican, for instance, has yet to recognise the reported continuous apparitions of the Virgin Mary in the Bosnian town of Medjugorje. We do not want to be a stillborn hope! He said: "People find God and change their life".
She said the Virgin Mary conjured up a terrifying vision of hell, with a "great sea of fire", demons and human souls. Its report has not been published but was given to Pope Francis in 2014. Francisco was known for his devotion to the Eucharist and his strict physical mortifications, while Jacinta was especially known for having a heart for the poor and the suffering.
"That is the church's ministry: the church asks the Lord to comfort the afflicted like yourselves, and he comforts you, even in ways you cannot see". "On the altar, we worship the flesh of Jesus; in these our brothers and sisters, we encounter the wounds of Jesus". "This gift to the three children was a great gift and great present to the children and us".
"Do not be ashamed of being a precious treasure of the church", he said.
Later on, Francis had lunch with bishops and is boarding a flight back to Rome this evening and while airborne he is expected to give his customary press conference.
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