The Three Shepherds

Jacinta, Lucia and Francisco

To whom the Virgin appeared on May 13, 1917 in Aljustrel, a village of Fatima. Lucia, who was ten years old, first saw the Virgin in the Cova da Iria, while their cousins, the brothers blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto, aged nine and seven years, both died at an early age.

Lucia Santos                                                                     
The main protagonist of the apparitions, was born on March 22, 1907. In Aljustrel, belonging to the parish of Fatima.

On June 17, 1921 joined the Vilar Asylum (Porte), run by the Sisters of St. Dorothy. Then she went to Tuy, where she took the habit and took the name of Maria Lucia of the Sorrows.
She made her religious profession of vows on October 3, 1928 and October 3, 1934 the perpetual. On the day of March 24, 1948 she entered the Carmel of St. Teresa in Coimbra, taking the name of Sister Maria Lucia of the Immaculate Heart. On the day of May 1, 1949 she made her solemn vows.

Lucia with Pope John Paul II

Sister Lucia came several times to Fatima: May 22, 1946;  May 13, 1967; in 1981 to lead a paint job on the apparitions; May 13, 1982 and May 13, 1991.

She was called to the Father's House on February 13, 2005.

Francisco Marto                                                                  
 Born in Aljustrel, Fatima, June 11, 1908. He was baptized on June 20, 1908. Fell victim to pneumonia in December 1918 and died in Aljustrel at 22 hours on April 4, 1919. His remains were buried in the church yard of Fatima until March 13, 1952, when they were transferred to the Basilica of Cova da Iria (right side as you enter).

His great concern was to "console Our Lord." The Spirit of love and reparation to God offended, were remarkable in his short life. He spent hours "thinking about God." According to his story, the little Francisco spent long hours "thinking about God" and therefore was always seen as a contemplative.

His early vocation as a hermit was recognized in the decree of heroic virtues, according to which, after the apparitions was hiding behind the trees to pray alone; sometimes he would go to higher and lonely places to pray profoundly and he wasn't able to hear the voices of those who called him.

Jacinta Marto                                                                      
Born in Aljustrel, Fatima, on March 11, 1910. She was baptized on March 19, 1910. Victim of pneumonia, fell ill in December 1918. She was admitted to the Hospital of Villa Nueva de Ourém and later in Lisbon she was admitted to hospital D. She died at 10:30 pm on February 20, 1920.

From January 21 to February 2, 1920, she was in the orphanage of Our Lady of Miracles, on Star street, in Lisbon, the house was founded by Maria Godinho, who Jacinta called "Godmother." The funeral mass was celebrated at the Church of Our Lady of the Angels, in Lisbon, where his body was deposited until day February 24, the day she was transported to an urn for burial of Villa Nueva de Ourém. She was moved to the cemetery of Fatima on September 12, 1935, when the box was opened.

On May 1, 1951 was finally transferred to the Basilica of the Shrine.

Jacinta's incorrupt body

Beyond the 5 appearances of the Cova da Iria and 1 of the Angel, Our Lady appeared to Jacinta 4 more times at home during her illness, 1 in the Parish Church of the Ascension on a Thursday, and even in Lisbon in the orphanage and the hospital.

Her life was characterized by the spirit of sacrifice, love of the Heart of Mary, the Holy Father and sinners.
Driven by concern for the salvation of sinners and reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, she would be offering sacrifices to God, as recommend by the Angel, always saying the prayer Our Lady taught them: "Oh Jesus, is for your love, for the conversion of sinners (and heightened by the Holy Father) and in reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. "