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World Apostolate of Fatima met in Assembly

From October 24 to 28, 2016 representatives from 29 countries, such as Philippines, South Korea, Vietnam, Nigeria, Mexico, Panamá, Ireland, to name only a few, attended this meeting in Domus Pacis, the international headquarters of the World Apostolate of Fatima. There were a total of 120 people, including bishops, priests and religious sisters.

The General Assembly of the World Apostolate of Fatima is one of the major events in the life of our association. It takes place every four years, in Fatima. The scope of the meeting is to evaluate the activities of the association and to launch the pastoral plan for the years ahead, enriched by the experiences shared by all the participants.    

The meeting of this year had the particularity of being held in the context of the celebrations of the Centennial of the Apparitions of the Angel and that of the Jubilee of Mercy, with the eyes put in the major celebrations of 2017, the Jubilee year of Our Lady’s apparitions in Fatima. The theme chosen for the Assembly was, in fact, taken from the Angel’s words in the 2nd apparition of 1916: “The Most Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of Mercy on you”. This theme was nicely expanded through conferences delivered during the meeting.

The program included also the presentation of reports from each nation, as well as the presentation of projects associated with the celebrations of the Fatima Centennial. Time was also given for workshops in small groups, divided by regions, to discuss the issues that concern their own realities, in terms of living and spreading the message of Our Lady of Fatima.

An important part of the program were the moments of prayer and liturgical celebrations, both in the chapel of Domus Pacis as well as in the Shrine of Fatima, where a solemn Mass was celebrated in the Chapel of the Apparitions, in thanksgiving for the commitment of all the members of the Apostolate. Afterwards, the assembly processed with the new banners of the World Apostolate of Fatima towards the Holy Door in the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, where all were invited to pray.

The group also celebrated Mass in the Parish church of Fatima where the three little shepherds were baptized. After this, everyone walked the Stations of the Cross and visited the sacred places where the Angel appeared and the houses of the little shepherds. 

In the last day of the general assembly, the participants enjoyed a pilgrimage to Santarem to visit and venerate the church of the Eucharistic miracle and then, to go to Lisbon for a visit to the Church of Saint Anthony and a panoramic tour in the city.

As established by the WAF Statutes, the delegates have also elected the new Board of Trustees to serve the international Apostolate for the coming four years, 2016-2020. 

The World Apostolate of Fatima rejoices with the joyful dynamism and commitment of each WAF member in the various countries who, with love and zeal, promote devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary by emphasizing the calls she offered us in Fatima.  

New Book “The Message of Fatima in Russia”

A new book, published only in Portuguese for the time being, will be presented at the Byzantine Chapel of Domus Pacis, on September 8, 2016, Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady. 

The book, written by the Portuguese author Jose Milhazes, an historian and journalist who has lived many years in Russia, is an important source of information about the history of Russia in the XX century and the link with the Fatima event. References to the Blue Army (now World Apostolate of Fatima) and to the Icon of Our Lady of Kazan permeates the entire book and justifies the choice of Domus Pacis as the venue for the official presentation of the book.

Statue of Our Lady of Fatima tours across USA

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.

Celebrations of the Fatima Centennial in Cebu, Philippines

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. 

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.   


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