Pope Francis canonised Francisco and Jacinta Marto. The two little shepherds are now the Catholic Church’s youngest non-martyred saints.
The canonising Ritual took place at the beginning of mass, which marked the first International Anniversary Pilgrimage of the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions. In addition to the canonisation, one of the most memorable moments was when ‘miracle’ boy Lucas came to the altar with his mother, Luclila Yurie, and his sister, Angela Coelho, postulator of the canonisation, in order to hug Pope Francis.
The canonisation of Francisco and Jacinta took place 65 years after the bishop of Leiria, Jose Alves Correia da Silva, opened the two diocesan investigations into the fame of sanctity of the two seers.