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Meeting with Pope Francis

The participants at the Third World Congress of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities, held in Rome last November, were received by Pope Francis on the last day, at the Clementine Hall, in Vatican.  The International President of the World Apostolate of Fatima, Prof. Américo Pablo Lopez Ortiz and the Director of the International Secretariat, Nuno Prazeres, were among the restrict group of people that greeted and spoke to the Holy Father.

This international congress organized by the Pontifical Council for the Laity from November 20 to 22, under the theme “The joy of the Gospel, a missionary joy”, was attended by 300 people, from 40 different countries representing nearly 100 ecclesial movements and new communities. It was a wonderful experience of the missionary dynamism of the Holy Spirit in the Church!

Prof. Américo, in greeting the Holy Father, handed personally to him a petition letter on behalf of the World Apostolate of Fatima International, to establish the First Saturday’s devotion in the Universal Church. “As we are approaching the centennial of the Fatima Apparitions in the year 2017, this should be the greatest gift of the Universal Church to Our Lady of Fatima, the universal establishment of the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Communion of Reparation of the First Saturdays” said the President.

Pope Francis, in his address to the participants outlined three main directions for the Movements: conserve the freshness of charism, respect freedom and always seek communion. And he added: “You are Movements, so keep going, be always on the move!” The full text of his message can be read here.

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WAF Pledges placed at the Chapel of the Apparitions in Fatima

On November 6th 2014, the International Secretariat of the World Apostolate of Fatima joined the pilgrimage group from WAF-USA for Holy Mass at the Chapel of the Apparitions in Fatima. The purpose was to pray and place the signed Pledges of WAF new members at the site of the Apparitions, a practice that exists since the beginning of the organization.

At the beginning of Holy Mass, officiated by Rev. Fr. Joshua Caswell, SJC, a couple of people from the pilgrimage group carried in procession various baskets full of prayer petitions brought from America and placed them at the exact spot where Our Lady appeared in 1917. Ana Reis, from the International Secretariat, also joined the procession and carried a basket with the WAF signed pledges received at the Secretariat from around the world. These were placed under the statue of Our Lady asking Her to protect and bless the new members and their families.

50th Anniversary of WAF in South Korea

The World Apostolate of Fatima in South Korea is celebrating this year the 50th anniversary of its presence in the country. The festive occasion was solemnly marked with a celebration presided by the auxiliary bishop of Busan, Msgr. Joseph Son Sam-seok, last October 10th.

In an atmosphere of festivity and in thanksgiving to God for the presence of the WAF in the country, hundreds of members gathered to celebrate the Holy Mass and share the fruits of 50 years of an active Apostolate of Fatima in South Korea.

The World Apostolate of Fatima was introduced in South Korea by Msgr. Anton Trauner, a young German missionary who in 1964 brought the movement into the country as an instrument of evangelization and for the pursuit of peace. Msgr. Trauner has spent most of his life in the diocese of Busan where he still lives. He built the national centre of the WAF there and founded the religious congregation of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  

III African Regional Congress in Democratic Republic of Congo

From the 10th to 14th of October, the World Apostolate of Fatima held its 3rd Regional African congress, in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, under the main theme: “World  Apostolate  of  Fatima:  Its mission  of  evangelization  in the  light  of  "Africae  Munus" and of the Synod on the  new  evangelization.”

More than sixty participants, coming from Tanzania, Nigeria and various regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo, assembled at the Theresianum Centre in Kinshasa for the African Regional Congress. Arriving on October 10th, the meeting begun officially on the 11th with Holy Mass in honour of Our Lady of the Rosary and the opening of the congress, presided by H. E. Mgr. Timothée Bodika, auxiliary Bishop and personal representative of H. E. Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo, Metropolitan Archbishop of Kinshasa, who was not able to attend, due to his participation in the Synod of Bishops in Rome.

The Spiritual Director of the WAF in the country, H. E. Mgr. Nestor Ngoy Katahwa, bishop of Kolwezi, welcomed the delegates and imparted the message that the WAF International Secretariat had sent for the occasion. Various conferences have been presented in connection with the theme of the New Evangelization and the Message of Fatima. The WAF African nations that were present also reported on their national activities and their Apostolate successes and failures. The prayer of the Rosary and moments of Adoration completed the congress program. The next regional congress for Africa was fixed for 2017 in Tanzania.

International Children’s Eucharistic Holy Hour

On October 3, the World Apostolate of Fatima celebrated a worldwide international moment of prayer and Eucharistic adoration with children and youngsters. This was the 12th edition of this event which is carried out every year on the first Friday of October. The purpose is to offer children and youngsters an opportunity for an intimate meeting with Jesus in the Eucharist and to pray for the Holy Father, the families and peace in the world.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, in Portugal joined this initiative and held in the afternoon of that day, in the Chapel of the Apparitions, a solemn Holy Hour of Eucharistic adoration and the recitation of the Rosary. The celebration was presided over by the Rector of the Fatima Shrine. The International President of the WAF was also in Fatima for the occasion. Several schools from Fatima participated with their children in the moment of prayer, following the example of the three little shepherds.  

Almost at the same time, a large group of children was also assembled in the Basilica of the National Sanctuary of the Immaculate Conception, in Washington, USA, for their own celebration. In many other places around the world, such as the Philippines, India, Cameroon, Australia, Botswana, Czech Republic, Puerto Rico, among others, organized a similar celebration making a wonderful and worldwide prayer chain.    

The celebrations in Washington and Fatima were broadcasted by the North American catholic television channel EWTN into 140 countries.

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