Pope Francis to canonise two shepherd children at Fatima shrine
Pope Francis has prayed at the tombs of two Portuguese shepherd children who he is going to make saints at the Catholic shrine in Fatima.
The pontiff paused and prayed silently in the basilica overlooking the shrine's vast square, where a huge crowd has gathered.
Outside, huge banners showing images of siblings Francisco and Jacinta Marto are draped on the sides of the basilica.
Francis is canonising the children, who said the Virgin Mary appeared to them in visions 100 years ago, at a Mass in Fatima on Saturday morning. The pair died in 1919.
Before the ceremony, a statue of the Virgin Mary was paraded around the square in bright sunshine as people threw petals at it.
Officials expect around one million people to attend the ceremony.