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One million children praying the Rosary

The world as we know it, finds itself in times of great trouble and conflict which seems to have no end. We are all part of this world and no matter how small we might seem in person, together, we can help and fight for peace and unity for our Home.

In association with the international organization Aid to the Church in Need, the World Apostolate of Fatima is helping to spread a worldwide prayer initiative named: “One million children praying the rosary” that will take place on the 18th of October 2019.

This event is for everyone but especially for the children, the future of this world. St. Padre Pio once said: “If a million children pray the Rosary together, then the world will change.” In this way no just 1 million but as many million as we possibly can on this day, will pray the rosary in union and faith for the welfare of the world and the world of our generations to come.

In Fatima, at the place where the Blessed Virgin Mary asked to pray the rosary daily for peace, this prayer initiative will be remembered at the various celebrations and so will many schools and religious institutions that are asked to devote a few minutes of prayer for a timeless reward to Humanity.

Join us and help us in spreading the message! For more information about this prayer initiative please visit: http://www.millionkidspraying.org/en/

Second Oceania Regional Congress in Samoa

From the 8th to 13th of October 2019, the World Apostolate of Fatima will hold its second Oceania Regional Congress, in the beautiful Pacific Island of Samoa, in Apia City, as part of the formation program for all nation members. The first Oceania Regional Congress was held in Suva, Fiji Islands, in year 2015.

The main theme for this regional conference is “Mary, our Queen Mother of unity and salvation”. The meeting open to members of the World Apostolate of Fatima as well as to observers from the Oceania region, will focus on the pastoral work of the Apostolate, especially the new evangelization program in Oceania, drawn from the Fatima message, which presents a challenge also for this region.

The six days programme is outlined in such as way as to include various moments of prayer, that is, daily Mass, Rosary and Adoration. Alongside with this, there will be talks offered on the message of Fatima, such as the First Saturdays of reparation and the importance for our modern times, the meaning of the consecration of the world to God through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as well as some other specific formation topics, of major concern for this part of the world.

In order to immerse also in the local culture, there will be a cultural evening and some sightseeing tours in the island. Those wishing to participate or to gather more information on the Congress, please contact the WAF International secretariat at: info@worldfatima.com

Formation Program on the Message of Fatima

The World Apostolate of Fatima in the Philippines is offering a 7-day Comprehensive Formation Program on August 11-18, 2019 at the Don Bosco Retreat House, Talisay City, Cebu, Philippines. This intensive program is open to the leaders of the Fatima Apostolate in the Philippines as well as from any other country.

 

This initiative comes in line with the thrust and top priority of the World Apostolate of Fatima which is “the formation of leaders, lay people and families according to the ever relevant and ever urgent Message of Fatima”, and is also the first fruit of the 3rd WAF Asian Congress which was held in February, at Calcutta, India.

The Formation Program of the Basic Seminar, developed in two main modules, will cover various topics, both about the catechetical elements of the Message of Fatima and about the communication skills of leaders.

The need for formation in the Apostolate is also a direct answer to Our Lady’s instruction to the three shepherd children when she said to on June 13, 1917: “I want you to learn to read…”. The leaders of the World Apostolate of Fatima must be fully equipped with the knowledge of the Message so that they can in turn properly evangelize and teach others to heed Our Lady’s call at Fatima.

Fatima Anniversary Pilgrimage of May 2019

The International Anniversary Pilgrimage of May 12th and 13th of May, this year at the Shrine of Fatima, Portugal, will be presided over by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, Philippines.

With this, a special attention is given to the Asian continent, now that the number of pilgrims from that region, coming to Fatima, is increasing year after year. As an example, in the first four months of the current year, the Sanctuary of Fatima registered sixty of these groups that participated in the official celebrations of the Shrine. The South Korean pilgrims were the most expressive Asian group followed by the Philippines and the Sri Lankan.

The World Apostolate of Fatima, with a massive presence also in the Philippines, is encouraging people to make that experience of a pilgrimage to Fatima, by offering the richness of Our Lady’s message and, in this way, to awake in people the desire to come to Fatima, at least once in a life time. In line with this, at the end of May, the Apostolate in the Philippines will hold its 22nd Biennial National Convention in Tangum City, with the theme: “Time of Grace and Mercy: To Give Thanks to Pilgrimage in the Church and the Filipino Youth”, in tune with the pastoral theme of the Shrine of Fatima for year 2019.

Feast of Saints Francisco and Jacinta Marto

On February 20, the liturgical Feast of Saints Francisco and Jacinta Marto, the two little shepherd children of Fatima, is celebrated. The devotion to these new saints is increasing all around the world and there are many parishes and prayer groups commemorating this Feast date with some liturgical celebration.

As an example, the Shrine of Fatima in Valenzuela City, Philippines, has prepared for this year a three day program in honour of St. Francisco and St. Jacinta, including the veneration of their relics and some other devotional moments.

At the Shrine of Fatima, in Portugal, the program includes a vigil on the 19th, with the prayer of the rosary, candlelight procession and veneration of the Saints at their tombs. The celebration continues on the 20th with the prayer of the rosary in the Little Chapel of the Apparitions, followed by the procession with the icons of St. Francisco and St. Jacinta towards the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, where Holy Mass will be celebrated. During the afternoon, also in the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, there will be an encounter with the children for a catechesis.

The ‘Day of the Little Shepherds Francisco and Jacinta Marto´, will also be commemorated, for the first time, as a municipal holiday, in Juranda, city of the Diocese of Campo Mourão, in Paraná, Brazil, where Lucas, the child of the miracle that opened way to the canonization of the two children, lives.

Historical Note

Francisco Marto was born in Aljustrel, Fatima, on June 11, 1908, and his sister Jacinta Marto was born in the same locality, on March 11, 1910. In their humble family, the children learned to know and to praise God and the Virgin Mary. In 1916, they saw three times an Angel and in 1917, they saw six times the Blessed Virgin Mary, asking them to pray and to make penance for the conversion of sinners and to obtain peace in the world. Both, immediately, wanted to answer with all their strength, to these exhortations. More and more inflamed in the love to God and to the souls, they had only one aspiration: to pray and to suffer according to the requests from the Angel and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Francisco died on April 4, 1919 and Jacinta on February 20, 1920. Pope Saint John Paul II travelled to Fatima on May 13, 2000, in order to beatify the two children. Pope Francis came to Fatima on May 13, 2017, during the Centenary of the Apparitions, and canonized the two first non-martyr children in the history of the Church.


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