Bl Jacinta and Francisco Marto; St Tyrannio, St Zenobius and Companions, martyrs; St Eucherius; St. Wulfric
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Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto
Between May 13 and October 13, 1917, three children,
Portuguese shepherds from Aljustrel, received apparitions of Our Lady at Cova da Iria, near Fatima,
a city 110 miles north of Lisbon. At that time, Europe was involved in an extremely bloody war.
Portugal itself was in political turmoil, having overthrown its monarchy in 1910; the government
disbanded religious organizations soon after.
At the first appearance, Mary asked the children to return to that spot on the
thirteenth of each month for the next six months. She also asked them to learn to read and write and
to pray the rosary "to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war." They were to pray for
sinners and for the conversion of Russia, which had recently overthrown Czar Nicholas II and was
soon to fall under communism. Up to 90,000 people gathered for Mary's final apparition on October
Less than two years later, Francisco died of influenza in his family home. He was buried in
the parish cemetery and then re-buried in the Fatima basilica in 1952. Jacinta died of influenza in
Lisbon, offering her suffering for the conversion of sinners, peace in the world and the Holy
Father. She was re-buried in the Fatima basilica in 1951. Their cousin, Lucia dos Santos, became a
Carmelite nun and was still living when Jacinta and Francisco were beatified in 2000. Sister Lucia
died five years later. The shrine of Our Lady of Fatima is visited by up to 20 million people a
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