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Fatima visionary's death 'deeply moved' Pope


Pope John Paul II has said he was deeply moved when he heard that Carmelite Sister Lucia dos Santos, the last surviving Fatima visionary, "was called by the heavenly Father to his eternal dwelling place".

Sr Lucia died in the Carmelite cloister in Coimbra, Portugal, on Sunday at the age of 97.

"I remember with emotion the various meetings I had with her and the bonds of spiritual friendship that intensified with the passing of time," Pope John Paul said.

"I always felt supported by the daily gift of her prayers, especially in difficult moments of trial and suffering," the pope wrote in a message to Bishop Albino Mamede Cleto of Coimbra.

"May the Lord repay her abundantly for the great and hidden service she gave the church," the pope wrote in the message, released on Tuesday at the Vatican.

The Portuguese girl was only 10 years old when she and her two younger cousins claimed they saw the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima in 1917.

SOURCE
Pope says he was moved when he heard of Fatima visionary's death (Catholic News Service 15/2/05)

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Mourners Bid Farewell to Sister Lucia (The Guardian/Associated Press 15/2/05)
Farewell to a child of Fatima (Associated Press/St Louis Dispatch 16/2/05)
May God reward Sister Lucia for her service to the Church (Vatican Information Service 16/2/05)
Papal Envoy Recalls Sister Lucia's Example (Zenit 15/2/05)
In Portugal, Memories of Sister Lucia Live On (Zenit 15/2/05)


17 Feb 2005