Bl. Jacinta and Francisco Marto

  • Posted on: 20 February 2017
  • By: holyghostchurch

Blessed

Born

12 June 1908 (Francisco)
11 March 1910 (Jacinta)
Fátima, Kingdom of Portugal

Died

4 April 1919 (aged 10)
20 February 1920 (aged 9)
Portugal

Venerated in

Roman Catholic Church

Beatified

May 13, 2000, Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, Fátima, Portugal, by Pope John Paul II

Major shrine

Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, Fátima, Portugal

Feast

February 20

Patronage

Bodily ills, captives, people ridiculed for their piety, prisoners, sick people, against sickness

Francisco Marto (June 11, 1908 – April 4, 1919), his sister Jacinta Marto (March 11, 1910 – February 20, 1920), also known as Blessed Francisco Marto and Blessed Jacinta Marto, and their cousin Lúcia Santos (1907–2005) were children from Aljustrel near Fátima, Portugal, who said they witnessed three apparitions of an angel in 1916 and several apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1917. Mary was given the title Our Lady of Fátima as a result, and Fátima became a major centre of world Christian pilgrimage.

The youngest children of Manuel and Olimpia Marto, Francisco and Jacinta were typical of Portuguese village children of that time. They were illiterate but had a rich oral tradition.

According to Lúcia's memoirs, Francisco had a placid disposition, was somewhat musically inclined, and liked to be by himself to think. Jacinta was affectionate if a bit spoiled. She had a sweet singing voice and a gift for dancing. Following their experiences, their fundamental personalities remained the same. Francisco preferred to pray alone, saying that this would "console Jesus for the sins of the world". Jacinta said she was deeply affected by a terrifying vision of Hell shown to the children at the third apparition, and deeply convinced of the need to save sinners through penance and sacrifice as the Virgin had told the children to do. All three children, but particularly Francisco and Jacinta, practiced stringent self-mortifications to this end.

God Bless You!