The World Apostolate of Fatima, in compliance with its international Statutes, is holding its General Assembly, from October 23-29, 2016, in Fátima, Portugal. This is a major event that is organized every four years, at Domus Pacis, the international headquarters of the organization, in Fatima, Portugal.
The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, which was entrusted to the World Apostolate of Fatima in 1947 to travel around the world, will begin an historic two-year journey across the USA, visiting more than 100 dioceses in 50 States. This initiative “Fatima Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace” begins on March 2016 to December 2017 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of the Angel of Peace and the Blessed Mother at Fatima, Portugal.
The World Apostolate of Fatima of the archdiocese of Cebu, in the Philippines, in partnership with the Society of the Angel of Peace, has launched a program to mark the 2016-2017 Fatima Centennial.
Pope Francis has declared an Extraordinary Jubilee that has the mercy of God at its center. It is a Holy Year of Mercy which started on December 8th – the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, with the opening of the Holy Door at the Basilica of St. Peter, in Rome and will close on November 20th, 2016. “It is indeed my wish that the Jubilee be a living experience of the closeness of the Father, whose tenderness is almost tangible, so that the faith of every believer may be strengthened and thus testimony to it be ever more effective” says Pope Francis.
The theme of mercy is deeply connected with the entire Message of Fatima. The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy, brings the merciful heart of God to transform the misery of humanity and offer the loving experience of grace and pardon. At the Shrine of Fatima, the Holy Door of the Jubilee was opened on December 8th, at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity.
The pastoral theme of Fatima for 2016, in preparation for the centennial of the Apparitions is “I came that they might have life”. Inspired in the September Apparition of Our Lady, such theme links well with the Year of Mercy, this special time to come closer to God’s love and share it also with others.
The first Congress of the World Apostolate of Fatima for Oceania was hosted by the Archdiocese of Suva, in Fiji, on November 26-29, 2015. The four day program was an enriching experience for the hundreds that participated, including the overseas delegation composed by representatives of the WAF International Board and other people from Oceania countries such as Australia, Samoa, American Samoa and Solomon Islands.
Some prominent speakers, including the Archbishop of Suva and the International President of the WAF have shared their knowledge and inputs about the task of evangelization in the Pacific land. The presence of the International Secretariat from Fatima and the greeting messages sent by the Bishop of Leiria-Fatima, the Rector of the Shrine of Fatima and others have also contributed for making this event a true “corner of Fatima”.
Apart from the conferences, the Congress program included also two big processions with the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima through the streets of Suva up to the Cathedral, where the opening and closing Masses were celebrated.
The WAF Fijian Committee excelled in dedicating their time, generosity and faith to prepare this historic event and to make everyone feel welcomed.