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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC FATIMA CENTENNIAL May 5, 2017 5 Growing to serve you in 5 locations! MANISTIQUE, MI 735 E. Lakeshore Dr. Food for Le$$ 200 Deer Street MARINETTE, WI 1507 Cleveland Ave. 2301 Roosevelt Rd. MENOMINEE, MI M & M Plaza It's official: Pope Francis to canonize Fatima visionaries on May 13 BY ELISE HARRIS CNA/EWTN NEWS During his trip to Portugal for the centenary of the Fatima Marian appari- tions next week, Pope Francis will can- onize visionaries Francisco and Jacinta Marto. The children will be canonized on May 13 in Fatima, Portugual. Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, the Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, is the man who was largely responsible for advancing the visionaries cause, paving the way for them to become the first canonized children who were not martyred. Previously, the Portuguese cardinal told CNA, children were not beatified, due to the belief that children didnt yet have the ability to practice Christian heroic virtue like adults. But that all changed when the cause for Francisco and Jacinta Marto arrived on his desk. Francisco, 11, and Jacinta, 10 were beatified on May 13, 2000, the 83rd anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady at Fatima, Pope John Paul II proclaimed them Blessed, officially showing that young children can be- come saints. The brother and sister, who tended to their familys sheep with their cousin Lucia Santo in the fields of Fatima, witnessed the apparitions of Mary now commonly known as Our Lady of Fatima. During the first apparition, which took place May 13, 1917, Our Lady asked the three children to pray the rosary and make sacrifices for the conversion of sinners. The children did this and were known to pray often, giving their lunch to beggars and going without food themselves. They offered up their sacrifices and even refrained from drinking water on hot days. When Francisco and Jacinta became seriously ill with the Spanish flu in October 1918, Mary appeared to them and said she would take them to heaven soon. Bedridden, Francisco requested and received his first Communion. The following day, Francisco died, April 4, 1919. Jacinta suffered a long illness and was eventually transferred to a Lis- bon hospital, where she underwent an operation for an abscess in her chest. However, her health did not improve and she died Feb. 20, 1920. Cardinal Martins was also the one to bring Lucias cause to the Vatican fol- lowing her death in 2005. The visionary had spent the remainder of her life after the apparitions as a Carmelite nun. Typically there must be a five-year waiting period after a person dies before their cause can be brought forward. However, after only three years Cardinal Martins asked that the remaining two be dismissed, and his request was granted. Although the diocesan phase of the cause has already been finished, Cardi- nal Martins who knew the visionary personally said Lucias process will take much longer than that of Francisco and Jacinta not only due to her long life, but also because of the vast num- ber of letters and other material from her writings and correspondence that needs to be examined. The cardinal, who will be present in Fatima with Pope Francis during his May 12-13 visit for the centenary of the apparitions, said he views the occasion as the conclusion of a process that began with him changing a norm re- garding the view of children and their heroic virtue. This process is important, he said, because it means there could be other children who practiced heroic virtue that can now be canonized, so its cer- tainly something important. It needs to be seen that (children) are truly capable of practicing heroic virtue, not only in Fatima, but in the Christian life, he said. Although canonizations, apart from a few exceptions, are typically held in Rome, it was only recently that beat- ifications began to be held outside of Rome, in the local Church which pro- moted the new Blesseds cause. In the past, a beatification Mass in Rome would be presided over by the Cardinal-Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints during the morning, with the Pope coming down to the basilica to pray to the new Bless- ed in the afternoon. Cardinal Martins said he decided to change this (the approval of Benedict XVI) because the beatification and the canonization are two different realities. While the canonizations had a more universal dimension of the Church, the beatifications have a more local dimension, where they (the Blessed) came from, he said, noting that this is reflected even in the words spoken during the rites for each Mass. Because of this, I made a distinction: the beatification in their (the Blessed's) own church, in their diocese, and the canonizations in Rome. The result was a fantastic revolu- tion, he said, explaining that while maybe 2-3,000 people would partici- pate in the beatification ceremonies in Rome, hundreds of thousands started to come for the local beatification Masses of new Blessed in their home dioceses. The cardinal said that its beautiful to see people many times including friends and family members of new Blessed join in honoring their coun- tryman, asking for their intercession, and seeking to follow their example. Siblings Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto will be canonized on May 13, which marks the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima to the two visionaries and their cousin. Diocesan Fatima Celebration A diocesan Fatima celebration will also take place on May 13 at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. There will be first class relics of both Francisco and Jacinta at the diocesan celebration. The celebration will begin at 9 a.m. (Eastern) at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. Registrations are requested by May 12 because the Knights of Columbus is providing a free lunch for all who sign up for it. The day will conclude with the 4 p.m. Vigil Mass celebrated by Bishop John Doerfler. An optional supper will follow with a cost of $10 per adult and $5 per child younger than 12. Registrations for the supper should be made when register- ing for the free lunch. Among the activities planned are a Eucharistic procession and presenta- tions by John Preiss, president of the Fatima Family Apostolate Internation- al (www.fatimafamily.org). Those bringing children should drop them off at Father Marquette Ele- mentary School, 500 South Fourth Street, one block from the cathedral.

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