Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Pope Francis makes two children saints

Francis Olson | 14 May, 2017, 23:35

On May 13, 1917 three children were watching over a herd of sheep belonging to their families. The children told skeptical elders they witnessed six apparitions of the Virgin Mary while tending sheep with their older cousin Lucia de Jesus dos Santos between May 13, 1917, and October 13, 1917.

Relics of the Catholic Chuch's newest saints were venerated at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral yesterday alongside an image of the Our Lady of Fatima decked with white orchids, roses, and liliums.

"It was not a great sacrifice ... it is very important for me and for the Church", said Vieira, who had traveled from her home 250 km north of Fatima in central Portugal.

Catholic faithful from all over the world cheered, filling a giant, 400,000-capacity, esplanade that faces the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima, some of them crying - with many more watching the canonisation from adjacent streets on giant screens.

The pilgrims' knees are shredded by the weight of days and the harshness of the road.

Pope Francis concluded his address by mentioning the celebration of Mother's Day in several countries.

Both children fell victim to the influenza epidemic of 1918 that swept through Europe.

The so-called three secrets of Fatima were written down by the third child - their cousin Lucia dos Santos - who died in 2005, aged 97.

"Even if one thinks differently we have to be very honest about what each one thinks", Francis said in a typically freewheeling airborne news conference.

In fact, the next Pope was Pius XI, who died in February 1939, a few months before Hitler invaded Poland. The pontiff will canonize on Saturday two poor, illite.

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Lucia only began to reveal in detail what had occurred in 1942.

"Even if one thinks differently we have to be very honest about what each one thinks", Francis said, adding he hoped to find "an at least partly open door" for dialogue with Trump so that they could contribute to the cause of world peace.

She also asked that the mysteries of the Rosary be meditated and prayed daily for world peace. Mass led by Archbishop Allen Vigneron, attendees can expect to find about 1,000 red roses - a symbol often associated with Mary, said Micki Czerniak, an altar guild chair involved in the coordinating.

Francis spoke about the president Saturday as part of a press conference that also touched on a number of other issues, including the efficacy of his actions to prevent clergy sexual abuse, his view of the reported apparitions of Mary in Medjugorje, and his just-completed trip to Portugal.

Before the ceremony, a statue of the Virgin Mary was paraded around the square in bright sunshine as people threw petals at it.

"You don't need to believe in the visitation to be a Catholic". "We will talk and things will come up ..." They didn't say permanent, but we would have peace.

To some Metro Detroit Catholics, what three shepherd children glimpsed in Portugal a century ago is as memorable as any prayer or communion. They clapped as soon as Francis read the proclamation aloud. "When Our Lady starting talking about Russian Federation they thought she was referring to an old lady who lived in the village", Valero said. Today marks 100 years after the first Marian apparition.

In 2000, the Vatican said it was a prediction of the 1981 assassination attempt on Pope John Paul on May 13, the same day of the first reported apparition in 1917.

In her apparitions in Fatima, Labajo said the Blessed Virgin Mary had a concrete appeal to mankind: Prayer, penance, conversion, consecration to her Immaculate Heart, as well as adoration and Eucharistic reparation.

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