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Associação Internacional de Direito Pontifício

International Association of Pontifical Right


Year of Mercy and Pastoral Theme 2016

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.

Fatima Congress for Oceania hosted in Fiji

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.   

International Congresses 2015 in Fatima

The month of October 2015, in Fatima, was marked by three important international events organized by the World Apostolate of Fatima, at Domus Pacis, the headquarters of this organization.

The first was the 7th World Prayer Congress for Life, sponsored byHuman Life International, Austria. This pro-life congress gathered more than one hundred participants from 30 countries. The general theme was taken from St. John’s Gospel: “That they might have life" (John 10:10)” and the program included educational and inspirational talks by renowned speakers to promote the protection and dignity of human life around the world. In addition to this, special focus was put on time for prayer, including daily Mass, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the recitation of the Holy Rosary. For listening to the talks of this congress that occurred from the 2nd to the 7th of October, visit

 The second event was held from the 18th to the 21st of October. It was the International Marian Congress, an event thatbrought to Fatima members of the World Apostolate of Fatima from more than 20 countries as well as some people from other Marian associations and movements. With the key theme “The Role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Work of Evangelization”, all participants have engaged in the reflection and proposed activities with great desire to learn more about the message of Fatima and the work of evangelization. The congress was also an opportunity to prepare the celebrations of the Centennial of Fatima, in 2017.

The third congress, following right after the Marian Congress, from the 22nd to the 24th of October, was organized for the World Apostolate of Fatima in Europe that chose Fatima to host their II regional meeting. Simultaneously, there was also the inaugural meeting of the WAF African Executive Board, attended by those who had travelled from Africa. Both meetings served to analyse the reality of the work of the Apostolate in these regions and define a strategic pastoral plan for the years ahead.     

Visualize here the video message of Prof. Américo Ortiz, International President of the WAF at the end of the congress:

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