Pope canonises shepherds in huge Mass

The Portugal News Online

May 13, 2017 – Pope Francis has canonised the shepherds Jacinta and Francisco Marto in Fatima.

Pope canonises shepherds in huge Mass


There are the first two children, other than martyrs, to be pronounced saints by the Catholic church.

The canonisation of Jacinta and Francisco Marto was the high point of the celebrations of the centenary of the apparitions in Cova da Iria and took place at the start of Mass that the Pope celebrated at an alter in the shrine.


The Pope left Fatima just after 14:30 in the Popemobile to go back to Monte Real air base where TAP Portugal had two planes waiting to take him back to Rome.

Vatican spokesman, Greg Burke, said there were over 500,000 people in Fatima today to witness the canonisation.