Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto

Francisco and Jacinta Marto

He was born on 11 June 1908, in Aljustrel. He died a saintly death on 4 April 1919, in his parents house. Very sensitive and contemplative, he directed all his prayer and penance towards "consoling Our Lord".
His mortal remains were buried in the parish cemetery until 13 March 1952, on which date they were translated to the Basilica. on the eastern side. 


She was born in Aljustrel on 11 March 1910. Her holy death took place on 20 February 1920, in the Hospital of D. Estefania, in Lisbon after a long and painful illness, offering all her sufferings for the conversion of sinners, for peace in the world and for the Holy Father.
On 12 September 1935 her body was solemnly translated from the family tomb of the Baron of Alvaiazere in OurĂ©m, to the Fatima cemetery, and placed beside the mortal remains of her brother Francisco. On I May 1951, the translation of Jacinta´s mortal remains took place, with the greatest simplicity, to a new tomb prepared in the Basilica of Cova da Iria, on the western side.
The process of beatification of the Seers of Fatima, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, after the first steps taken in 1945. was opened in 1952 and concluded in 1979.
On 15 February 1988, the final documentation, which could lead to the Holy Father proclaiming "blessed" the two little seers of Fatima, was given to the Holy Father, John Paul 11, and the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Meanwhile, they were declared "venerable" by a Decree of that Sacred Congregation on 13 May 1989. The last step will be, as we hope, their canonization, by which they will be declared "saints".

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