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Associação Internacional de Direito Pontifício

International Association of Pontifical Right



International Marian Congress - October 18-21

The World Apostolate of Fatima,whose charisma is to evangelize the world by living and spreading the Message of Fatima, is organizing an International Marian Congress for members of ecclesial movements and other people interested to learn more about Our Lady’s message and the work of evangelization. The event will take place at Domus Pacis, in Fatima, Portugal, from October 18-21, 2015. Prominent Fatima speakers and other personalities are being invited to address the congress whose main theme is “The Role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Work of Evangelization”.  

II W.A.F. European Regional Congress - October 22-24

In sequence of this congress, the World Apostolate of Fatima will hold its II European Regional Congress, from October 22 to 24, 2015, at the same venuein Fatima. This meeting, open to members of the Apostolate as well as other observers will focus on the pastoral work of the World Apostolate of Fatima, the challenges posed to the New Evangelization in Europe and the means to achieve our mission.


Because of the cohesion and unity between the first and second events, participants are encouraged to join in both congresses and benefit from a full week in Fatima, enriched by conferences, visits to the holy places, moments of prayer at the Fatima Sanctuary and international fellowship. However, other participation options are available.

For more information and registration details, please e-mail the Congress Secretariat at . Visualize here the invitation video and congress flyer.

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.

© Photos: L'Osservatore Romano

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.  

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