The highlight of Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to Fatima was the canonization Mass on Saturday morning 13th May, during which the two shepherd children, Blessed Francisco and Blessed Jacinta were declared saints in heaven.
During his homily the Pope said, “we can take as our examples Saint Francisco and Saint Jacinta, whom the Virgin Mary introduced into the immense ocean of God’s light and taught to adore him.”
He reminded the faithful that godlessness “risks leading to hell” but that Mary came to remind us that “God’s light dwells within us and protects us.” He said we can take the shepherd children “as our examples” whom the Virgin Mary “introduced into the immense ocean of God’s light and taught to adore him.”
“She enveloped them in the mantle of Light that God had given her,” he said.
Pope Francis on Saturday proclaimed two Portuguese shepherd children, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, to be saints at a mass in Fatima, Portugal, marking the centenary of their reported sightings of the Virgin Mary.
The two children have now become the youngest Catholic saints ever not to have died as martyrs.
The proclamation was made in front of hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who clapped at the announcement of the children’s canonization.
Among those attending the mass were Joao Baptista and his wife Lucila Yurie of Brazil. It was the medically inexplicable healing of their son from the severe injuries he sustained in a fall from a window that provided the “miracle” needed for the Marto siblings to receive sainthood.