✣ Pope canonises two children who saw Mary
Pope Francis has canonised two shepherd children who saw Mary at Fatima on the 100th anniversary of the first apparition.
“We declare and define Blessed Francisco Marto and Blessed Jacinta Marto as saints,” the Pope said on Saturday May 13, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, in front of hundreds of thousands of pilgrims.
The relics of the young shepherd children, encased in two thin golden crosses, were placed in front of the famed statue of Our Lady of Fatima.
What the media said
The story received wide coverage: the Observer used a big picture of Pope Francis on the cover, under the headline: “Pope canonises two children at Marian shrine.”
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