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The Pope prayed and blessed candles at the Chapel of the Apparitions to mark the centenary of Fatima

Do you honour ‘a woman blessed because she believed always and everywhere in God’s words or a ‘plaster statue’ from whom we beg favours at little cost?’ the Pope asked

Pope Francis will canonise brother and sister Francisco and Jacinta Marto

The cardinal said Catholics still stand for the traditional definition of marriage

The Pope will pray to the Virgin Mary to ‘help us follow the example of Blessed Francisco and Blessed Jacinta’

During the visit, the pope was to preside over the canonization ceremony of two of the young seers, Blessed Francisco and Blessed Jacinta Marto

‘We are not orphans, we have a mother in heaven,’ the Pope said

‘Corruption devastates lives by immersing them in the most extreme poverty,’ the Pontiff said

‘A priest who perhaps has studied a lot of theology and has one, two or three degrees, but has not learned to carry the cross of Christ is useless,’ the Pope said

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of His Beatitude Gregory III Laham from pastoral office