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Bishop of Fátima: The Pope has personally told me he will visit

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The shrine of Fátima is one of the most popular sites for pilgrims in the world. Each year it has more than five million visitors. May 13, 2017 will mark 100 years since the apparitions of Our Lady in Cova da Iria. Pope Francis has expressed his intention to attend the centenary.

MSGR. ANTÓNIO AUGUSTO DOS SANTOS MARTO
Bishop of Leiria-Fátima
"Pope Francis has personally told me that he is going to go.”

In 2000, Pope John Paul II authorized the beatification of Francisco and Jacinta, the first children to become beatified without being martyrs. The bishop of Leiria-Fátima said that their canonization process is moving along.

MSGR. ANTÓNIO AUGUSTO DOS SANTOS MARTO
Bishop of Leiria-Fátima
"We ask God and Our Lady that they be canonized in 2017. It would be a great joy for all because the little shepherds, Francisco and Jacinta, are the most beautiful fruits from the message of Fátima.”

The appearances reportedly took place in 1917, between May 13 and October 13. Three shepherd children, Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia said they had seen Our Lady in the Cova da Iria, an area near their village, Fátima.

Francisco died as a child in 1919. Jacinta passed away a year later, at just 10-years-old. Lucia became a nun and lived to be 97. Their causes for beatification are very different.

MSGR. ANTÓNIO AUGUSTO DOS SANTOS MARTO
Bishop of Leiria-Fátima
"They died as children and did not write anything. It was easier. Sister Lucia has written extensively: books and letters to everyone who wrote to her. You have to read all those letters and write the story of her life because she lived until age 97. Now the historical commission is trying to find the miracles.”

The cause of beatification of Sister Lucia began in 2008. Angela de Fátima Coelho is working on the cause. She says that Sister Lucia received more than 70,000 letters during her life. One of them might contain the miracle that raises her to the altars.

ÁNGELA DE FÁTIMA COELHO
Postulator of the cause of canonization for Francisco and Jacinta and Vice-Postulator of the cause of beatification for Lucia
"So many people looked for her and wanted to ask questions. Some were well-meaning, others had bad intentions. The Church, to protect her, limited the number of people who could visit her to just a few.”

It is said that Our Lady revealed three secrets to them during her apparitions. The first was about the end of World War I and the start of World War II. The second dealt with the fall of Communism in Russia and the expansion of atheism. The third, which was revealed in 2000, was about the assassination attempt of Pope John Paul II.


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