Pope Francis, meeting with the cardinals in a consistory, announced that the canonization of Francisco and Jacinta Marto would take place on the 13th of May 2017, in Fatima, on the celebration of the centennial of the apparitions and during the pilgrimage of His Holiness to the Shrine of Fatima.

The World Apostolate of Fatima rejoices with the gift of sanctity of the first two non-martyr children to be proclaimed saints in the whole of Church history. In the words of the WAF International President, “it is wonderful to have the official confirmation of canonization of Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto on the Centennial of the First Fatima Apparition. Their canonization signifies the validation of the authentic Message of Fatima and its spirituality, capable of making saints, and the confirmation of their calls to holiness that are valid for all of us as well: A mixture of interior life (Francisco) with missionary work (Jacinta) and the Apostolate that combines both!