Pope Francis added two Portuguese shepherd children to the program of Catholic holy people Saturday, honoring youthful siblings whose detailed dreams of the Virgin Mary 100 years back transformed the Portuguese farm town of Fatima into one of the world’s most important Catholic sanctuaries.
Francisco and Jacinta Marto, aged nine and seven at the season of the apparitions, died two years later due to influenza, leaving their cousin Lucia dos Santos to impart the mystery messages to the world.
The pontiff held a mass in the place of worship town Saturday to consecrate the Marto siblings, making them the youngest saints who did not kick the bucket as martyrs in the historical backdrop of the Catholic Church.
A huge number of pilgrims went to the festivals, families and people rushed to Fatima, 90 miles north of Lisbon.
Francis broadcasted Francisco and Jacinta Marto saints toward the begin of Mass denoting the centenary of their visions.
Half-million individuals viewed in the vast square before the place of worship's basilica, the Vatican stated, referring to Portuguese authorities. Many had spent days at Fatima in calm prayer, recounting rosaries before a statue of the Madonna. They applauded when Francis read the proclamation aloud.
Agnes Walsh from Killarney, Ireland said she prayed to Francisco Marto for 20 years, hoping her four daughters would meet "nice boys like Francisco."
"It is amazing, it is like an answer to prayer because I felt that always they would be canonized, The four of them have met boys that are just beautiful I couldn't ask for better, so he has answered all my prayers,"
Francisco and Jacinta, aged 9 and 7, and their 10-year-old cousin, Lucia, reported that on March 13, 1917, the Virgin Mary made the first of a half-dozen appearances to them here while they grazed their sheep. They said she confided in them three secrets — foretelling apocalyptic visions of hell, war, communism and the death of a pope — and urged them to pray for peace and a conversion away from sin.
Pop Francis said in his homily:
"Our Lady foretold, and warned us about, a way of life that is godless and indeed profanes God in his creatures Such a life, frequently proposed and imposed, risks leading to hell."
"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, That was the source of their strength in overcoming opposition and suffering."
Pope Francis has become the fourth Pope to visit Fatima, after Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and will join millions of pilgrims who visit the site every year.
Portugal has boosted security ahead of the pontiff's visit and has reinstated border controls restricting freedom of movement from other European states.