Pope declares Fatima child shepherds who ‘saw Virgin Mary’ saints

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Fátima, Portugal : Two young shepherds who had visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago in Fatima, a Portuguese site now a global draw for pilgrims, were declared saints Saturday by Pope Francis.

‘We declare the blissful Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto saints, and we register them on the list of saints, declaring that they must be venerated as such by the Church,’ he said to cheers from hundreds of thousands of Catholic faithful, some of them crying.

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