The graphic identity developed for the Postulation reflects the mystic experience lived by Francisco and Jacinta, where reality is entwined with the divine. Children, the clothing of the time, hands in prayer remind us of a reality in tune with the divine, represented by light, by the heart and the respective conversion. In prayer, they offer their hearts to God. We want to show real children, which in the context of the time don’t differ from other children. These are the children God is going to touch and bring to experience the transcendent. In their simplicity, they aren’t able to keep to themselves the interior joy worked in them by God and the beauty of a Lady Who gives meaning to suffering and asks for the happiness and conversion of mankind. Francisco and Jacinta live this experience together, because they are brother and sister and, therefore, live in the same home and because they are close in age. That is what distinguishes them from cousin Lucia, whom they admire and want to follow as shepherds. Later on, they would wait together for the return of Lucia with her flock.
The children are enveloped within three hearts in rotation, which mirror the refraction of light, the splendor and the interior movement they felt at the time of the apparitions. Three is the number of seers – Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia – and three are the types of relational experiences lived by the children – Angel, Our Lady and Our Lord.
At the center of the hearts we find two children in the heart of God, centered in God and united by prayer. Prayer is the center of everything; it is in prayer that they find meaning for their lives, their circumstances, their sacrifices. Prayer is the gesture of interior love and of the relationship with God. Through prayer, the children get closer to their own heart and to the heart of God.
Graphic Identity – Variations
The graphic identity developed for the Postulation presents several versions, which correspond to different publics and different levels of communication. Besides the institutional version, an ecclesiastic version was created, intended for more formal approaches. Without deviating from the framing defined for the logotype, this version presents the foliage of the holm-oak around the symbol, topped with the cross of the arch built in 1917 in Cova da Iria.
Parallel to these, there were developed individual versions for specific purposes, which intend to communicate the characteristics of Francisco and of Jacinta. These two versions are strongly associated with Light and with Nature, due to the connection the children had with them. Therefore, we can find in the graphic identity of Francisco a bird, for he liked animals a lot; and in the one for Jacinta a lily, flower she often picked on the slopes of the sierra.
“Amongst the three, the most sensitive to Nature, likes animals a lot and is in love with his fife”.
From Boletim dos Pastorinhos (Bulletin of the Little Shepherds)
“Since Jacinta liked flowers, on the return she would pick, on the slopes, a bunch of lilies and peonies, when in season”.
From Memoirs of Sister Lucia
who are we?
The Postulation of Francisco and Jacinta Marto is an institution of the Catholic Church which, under the orientation of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints and of the Bishop of the Diocese of Leiria-Fatima, has the mission of promoting the cause of Canonization of Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta Marto.
This work is done through the propagation of the life and holiness of the Little Shepherds, and the diffusion of their cult amongst the people of God, as well as by encouraging the faithful to ask for graces through the intercession of the Little Shepherds.
It’s in our duty to manage all the process, to emphasize the importance of the Little Shepherds for the piety of the Christians, and to promote public awareness on their personality and spirituality.
Ângela de Fátima Coelho da Rocha Pereira da Silva is a religious sister from the Congregation of Aliança de Santa Maria, and a medical doctor.
She was born in 1971, in Frende (Baião), and lived in Porto, where she attended high school. She graduated in Medicine from the University of Porto, in 1995, and taught in its Faculty of Medicine. She joined the Congregation of Aliança de Santa Maria in 1995. In 2008, she graduated in Religious Sciences from the Pontific University of Comillas, in Madrid.
She practices medicine in the Hospital of Leiria and in the Continuous Care Unit of Batalha. She teaches Theology in the Center of Formation and Culture of the Diocese of Leiria-Fatima.
Nominated Vice-Postulator for the Cause of the Canonization of Sister Lucia of Jesus and of the Immaculate Heart, by the Postulator Fr. Romano Gambalunga on the 8th of September 2014.
History of the Cause
The processes of canonization of Francisco and Jacinta Marto were introduced by the Bishop of Leiria, José Alves Correia da Silva, in 1952. At that time, Canon João Pereira Venâncio was appointed Postulator and he was the one to initiate the two separate processes.
The first session of the diocesan processes for the inquiry on the virtues of the Little Shepherds was held on the 30th of April 1952, and was concluded on the 2nd of July 1979 and the 3rd of August 1979, for Jacinta and Francisco respectively.
Meanwhile, Canon João Pereira Venâncio was nominated Bishop in 1954, and took over the Diocese of Leiria in 1958. In 1960, he appointed Father Luis Kondor, SVD, as Postulator for the causes of the two Little Shepherds, a position held by this Hungarian priest until his death in 2009.
In 1979, the processes were delivered to Rome and, in that same year, Father Paolo Molinari, SJ, was nominated Postulator in urbe and Father Luis Kondor, SVD, Postulator extra urbem. After a long debate on the possibility of a child’s spirituality to reach faith maturity – until then, only Christian martyred children would be canonized -, the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints issues a report on the «aptitude of teenagers for the heroic exercise of virtues and martyrdom», supporting the possibility of canonization of children in the use of reason.
With this favorable report, the Positio on the virtues of Francisco and Jacinta Marto were written and presented to the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints in 1988. On the 13th of May 1989, the Holy Father John Paul II solemnly declared the heroic virtues of the servants of God, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, granting them the title of Venerables.
On the 22nd of June 1999, the miracle of a healing granted through the intercession of Francisco and Jacinta Marto was approved, thus opening the way to the beatification of both, through a shared and unique process. On the 13th of May of the jubilee year of 2000, Pope John Paul II beatified Francisco and Jacinta, in Fatima. The church history thus testified, for the first time, a beatification of children non-martyrs at such young age (Jacinta was 9 years old when she died and his brother was 10).
On the 1st of November 2009, Sister Ângela de Fatima Coelho, ASM, was nominated Postulator extra urbem. On the 22nd of June 2012, she became Postulator in urbe. The work for the cause continues, in hope of a new miracle that may lead to the canonization of Francisco and Jacinta.