The Philippines gearing up for Fatima centenary
This weekend is very special for the Catholic Church worldwide. Pope Francis will be in Fatima, Portugal, May 12-13, to mark 100 years of the first Marian apparition there. Mary is said to have appeared to three shepherd children, Lucia Dos Santos and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto six times each month on the same day, starting May 13, 1917.
Pope Francis will celebrate the centenary with a Mass on May 13, Saturday, in the square in front of the Fatima Shrine, during which he will also declare Jacinta and Francisco saints. Less than two years after the apparitions, Francisco