Lucia entered a Dorothean convent in Porto, Portugal, after the apparitions, and became a nun later on. Francisco (1908–1919) and Jacinta Marto (1910–1920) died during the Great Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918-20; they were declared venerable by Pope John Paul II at Fatima on May 13, 1989. He returned there on May 13, 2000 to declare them ‘blessed’, a veneration title. Jacinta is the youngest non-martyred child to be beatified.
Sister Lucia saw the Virgin Mary in 1925 at the Dorothean convent at Pontevedra, Spain. The Virgin Mary asked Lucia to convey the message of the First Saturday Devotions. In 1929, Lucia reported that the Virgin Mary repeated her request for the Consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart. Sister Lucia saw the Blessed Mother in private visions throughout her life.
In 1947, Sister Lucia left the Dorothean Order and joined the Carmelite Order in Coimbra, Portugal, where she died on February 13, 2005, at the age of 97. After her death, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict XVI, ordered her cell sealed off, perhaps because of evidence needed for her canonization.
Lucia asked the Virgin at the second apparition if the three children would go to heaven when they died, and Our Lady replied, “Yes, I shall take Francisco and Jacinta soon, but you will remain a little longer, since Jesus wishes you to make me known and loved on Earth. He wishes you to establish devotion in the world to my Immaculate Heart.”