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Portuguese shepherd children Lucia dos Santos, center, and her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, are seen in a file photo taken around the time of the 1917 apparitions of Mary at Fatima. (CNS photo/EPA)
Faith News
April 20, 2017
Pope Francis will declare the sainthood of Blessed Jacinta Marto and Blessed Francisco Marto, two of the shepherd children who saw Mary in Fatima, Portugal, during his visit to the site of the apparitions May 13.
The sun sets behind a statue of Mary on Apparition Hill in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith News
April 18, 2017
The focus is more on the message than the miracle.
A statue of Mary is carried through the crowd in 2013 at the Marian shrine of Fatima in central Portugal. (CNS photo/Paulo Cunha, EPA)
Faith News
April 18, 2017
The miracles and unexplained phenomenon that accompanied the events 100 years ago continue to intrigue believers and nonbelievers alike.
Pope Francis kisses the foot of an inmate April 13 at Paliano prison outside of Rome as he celebrates Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper. The pontiff washed the feet of 12 inmates at the maximum security prison. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
Faith News
April 13, 2017
This gesture, he continued, is meant to "sow love among us" and that the faithful, even those in prison, can imitate Christ in the same manner.
Portuguese shepherd children Lucia dos Santos, center, and her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, are seen in a file photo taken around the time of the 1917 apparitions of Mary at Fatima. (CNS photo/EPA)
Faith News
April 11, 2017
As extraordinary as the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, nearly 100 years ago were, the sanctity of the shepherd children did not hinge on their having seen Mary, a cardinal said.
Six brand new washers and dryers donated by Whirlpool are featured at the Pope Francis Laundry facility in Rome, a new laundromat opened April 10 by the Papal Almoner's Office for the city's homeless. (CNS photo/courtesy of the Papal Almoner's Office)
Politics & Society News
April 10, 2017
The "Lavanderia di Papa Francesco" ("Pope Francis Laundry") is a free service "offered to the poorest people."
Pope Francis passes a sign placed by the Order of Malta as he greets the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on April 5. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
Faith News
April 10, 2017
Humility, courage and openness are crucial in creating harmony between social, scientific and political bodies, the pope said.
Seminarians walk on the grounds of the Society of St. Pius X seminary in Econe, Switzerland, in this May 9, 2012, file photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith News
April 04, 2017
Pope Francis has made it possible for bishops to ensure the validity of marriages celebrated in the traditionalist communities.
Pope Francis greets Syrian refugees he brought to Rome from the Greek island of Lesbos in April 2016 at Ciampino airport in Rome. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
Faith News
April 03, 2017
The Vatican welcomed the refugee families after an appeal made by Pope Francis on every parish, religious community, monastery and shrine in Europe to take in a family of refugees.
Pope Francis prays in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima during his general audience in St. Peter's Square. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)
Faith News
March 30, 2017
Pope Francis made headlines with the canonization of two children, but his adoration cannot match that of St. John Paul II.