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the May 13, 2000
Beatification Ceremony of Jacinta and Francisco
by his holiness Pope John-Paul II
Picture: Jacinta and Francisco Marto.
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related to the beatification of Jacintha and Francisco, over
and above the revealing of the Third Message of Fatima.
After years of prayer, let us rejoice.
On May 13, 2000, the Holy Father, Pope John-Paul II, will
be in Fatima, Portugal to beatify Jacinta and Francisco Marto,
two of the three seers to who the Immaculate Heart of Mary
appeared on the 13 th of every month from May to October,
1917. The third child, Lucia dos Santos, is still living.
Touched by Our Lady's message to pray, Jacinta, age 7, would
frequently call upon her brother Francisco to pray with her in
order to save souls from Hell. She would say, "There are so
many who go down there! So many!" Although Lucy reassured
her that she would go to Heaven, Jacinta prayed for the lost
soul, desiring that all people go to Heaven.
At the tender age of 9, the messages of Our Lady left Francisco
with a burning preoccupation to console the Virgin Mary and
God who were saddened by the sins of the world. Whenever
the opportunity presented itself, he ran to the Church where
he could be in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament to
console Our Lord Jesus and Mary.
Facing calumny, persecution, kidnapping, imprisonment and the
threat of death if they continued to maintain that the Blessed
Virgin Mary had appeared to them, the three seers heroically
stood firm as champions of the Immaculate Heart of Mary to
ensure that her message would reach the world.
May these children who persevered in their living faith be
examples to our children and to us adults so we will always
cherish the treasures that are found in our faith. Through
the grace of Jesus and the intercession of the Immaculate Heart
of Mary, these little shepherds are being elevated for the
glory of God.
As the inspired Word of God tells us about the Blessed Virgin
Mary, "Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed."
[Lk. 1:48] Fatima is a another of the many miraculous signs
that the Lord God shall ensure that the Immaculate Heart of
Mary shall be known by all throughout the generations.
[The following prayer can be used by interchanging
the names of Jacinta or Francisco.]
Most Holy Trinity,
Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
I adore Thee profoundly with all the powers of my soul,
and I thank Thee for the Apparitions
of the Most Holy Virgin in Fatima
which have made manifest to the world
the treasures of Her Immaculate Heart.
By the infinite merits of the Sacred heart of Jesus
and through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
I implore Thee if it should be for Thy greater glory
and the good of our souls to glorify
in he sight of Thy Holy Church, (Jacinta/Francisco)
the shepherd of Fatima,
granting us through (her/him) intercession
the grace which we implore.
[Fatima, 13 October 1960; 100 days indulgence.
Joannes, Episcopuos Leiriensis]
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