(CNS) Pope Francis will declare the sainthood of Blessed Jacinta Marto and Blessed Francisco Marto, two of the shepherd children who saw Mary in Fatima, Portugal, during his visit to the site of the apparitions on May 13.
The date was announced during an “ordinary public consistory”, a meeting of the Pope, cardinals and promoters of Causes that formally ends the sainthood process.
Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, addressing the assembly noted that of the future saints considered at the consistory, five were children or young teenagers.
“In our time, where young people often become objects of exploitation and commerce, these young people excel as witnesses of truth and freedom, messengers of peace [and] of a new humanity reconciled in love,” the cardinal said. [More]