Only one of the children, Lucia Santos, a nun, is still alive.
Francisco and Jacinta Marto, cousins of Lucia, both died within three
years after witnessing the apparitions -- or visions -- of Mary, just as
the Holy Mother had foretold them.
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Vatican officials said Sr. Lucia met with representatives sent by
Pope John Paul II to her residence in a convent in Coimbra, Portugal, in
April to extend the pope's personal greeting in a letter and to "ask
certain questions about the interpretation of 'the third part of the
In his letter, the pope agreed to meet with Sr. Lucia in Fatima on
May 13 -- the 83rd anniversary of the date the Virgin Mary originally
began appearing to her and two other children. He went to beatify -- or
proclaim as saints -- Lucia's childhood witnesses.