United from Fatima during the Pandemic Covid-19
The world is passing through challenging and new times due to a virus that came to remind us of our human fragility. We are called to take the necessary measures of protection but also to pray and look after those who are more vulnerable in our society.
This is a time for social distancing but not a time for distancing from God! It is a time for nurturing our family ties and our faith.
The Secretariat of the World Apostolate of Fatima, in Portugal, while observing the necessary health measures, continues operating its Fatima online store at shop.worldfatima.com
This offers you the possibility to continue purchasing religious items from our store, supporting our mission and keeping the spiritual communion with Fatima. Your orders will be handled and shipped as usual but there might be some delays in the delivery due to the present worldwide pandemic.
Support the World Apostolate of Fatima! We are here for you. Keep safe!
Spiritual Bouquet for Our Lady of Fatima and Children’s Holy Hour
On the 13th of October, 2020, the World Apostolate of Fatima led a major effort to offer a worldwide reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as requested in the message of Fatima, through two beautiful events: the offering of a spiritual bouquet to Our Lady and the celebration of the annual Worldwide Children’s Holy Hour, pleading Our Lady’s promised intercession, for peace, for families, for the Church and for the triumph of Her Immaculate Heart.
In the morning of the 13th of October, in the Chapel of the Apparitions of Our Lady, in Fatima, Portugal, two children offered Our Lady the second Spiritual Bouquet – the first was last May 13th - by placing flowers at Her feet, on behalf of every person who had joined the Worldwide 5 Million Rosaries Campaign, through the webpage www.worldrosary2020.org. The ceremony was introduced by the presiding priest with these words: “At the beginning of this prayer, two children, representing thousands of other children from around the world, offer flowers to Our Lady and, with them, a Spiritual Bouquet made up of millions of rosaries, prayers and Eucharist participation. These Children of the Eucharist, an initiative of the World Apostolate of Fatima, have prayed and continue to pray for the end of the pandemic, for peace in the world, for the victory of good over evil and for the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
After this, the recitation of the Rosary followed and, in the end, the Image of Our Lady was carried in procession for the Holy Mass, presided by Mgr. Jose Ornelas, president of the Portuguese Bishop’s Conference. Here you can watch a short video with the celebrations, including the presentation of the Spiritual Bouquet to Our Lady:
Despite the smaller number of pilgrims present in the esplanade of the Fatima Shrine, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, there was a profound spiritual communion with all the Fatima devotees around the world, in particular, with the members of the World Apostolate of Fatima, who followed the celebrations through the social media.
Also on this day, the 18th Worldwide Children’s Eucharistic Holy Hour was celebrated and broadcast by EWTN, from their chapel in Irondale, Alabama, USA. Children and youngsters have united in prayer around the world, “in an universal plea for a divine intervention in the midst of our uncertain times, to restore peace, health and joy in our needy world; to strengthen families, our “domestic churches” and accelerate the promised triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a promise of salvation in the midst of the present chaos and obscurity, with the triumph of good over evil, of the culture of life over the culture of death; of virtue over vice, of piety over indifference!” as said by the International President of the World Apostolate of Fatima.
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 2020.
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/
Postponement of the W.A.F. General Assembly 2020
To Leaders and Members of the World Apostolate of Fatima
We all are experiencing, in one way or another, the dramatic reality of our world, affected by the new Corona virus, source of much suffering and ongoing fatalities in so many countries.
The World Apostolate of Fatima had plans to hold its International General Assembly this coming October 2020. However, the conditions caused by the pandemic virus and the uncertainty lying ahead of us in this regard, have pushed us and our International Board of Trustees to take the difficult decision to postpone the General Assembly for year 2021. The Assembly will take place, God willing, by the end of October, 2021. The exact dates will be made available as soon as they are fixed. Thank you for your understanding and apologies for the inconvenience this may cause.
The International Secretariat will continue working to assist you and your Apostolate so that in 2021, we may have the joy to welcome you all in Fatima, for the General Assembly and give thanks to God and to Our Lady of Fatima for the protection rendered during this unprecedented times.
Message from the President on the Pandemic
A worldwide crisis like this one, causing thousands of deaths and causing a strict lockdown in all countries, including the suspension of public liturgies and closing of churches, is a tremendous burden for humanity. We live a true purification, as a divine pedagogy, because of our many sins and the sins of humankind. We cannot gather in our parish churches, nor have religious communal celebrations. It is as if God wants us to confine ourselves to our homes, to focus on our individuality, on our "inner castle", our inner heart, and to develop there an intimate life with the Lord. He will come to dwell in our hearts and wipe away our tears, remedy our miseries and forgive our sins. At dusk, he will stay with us forever. There will be a new world renewed by purification.
It will have been worth many sick and deceased, for in the end humanity will be closer to God and the Kingdom of God will come upon the new earth. Conversion is the recipe for achieving this transformation. If not, we must prepare for higher levels of suffering and anguish because of sin. Without God as the center of our lives, we will be left to a life of lukewarmness and sin that will bring the calamities of war, hunger, persecutions against the Church and the annihilation of nations. This can be avoided, if we eradicate the worldly spirit from our hearts and our society during this heavenly warning of the pandemic and, by converting many, we will make possible the definitive triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Let us pray to our holy shepherd-children, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, to give comfort and strength to our families of today, to assist our medical doctors and sanitary personnel in their great sacrifice to combat this dangerous virus, to pray for our scientists to illuminate them in bringing a cure and a vaccine to eradicate this calamity from the face of earth!
Saint Jacinta and Saint Francisco, take care of our afflicted families in this hour of need, so that by your powerful intercession, united to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, you can obtain from the Good Lord the remedy we ask for the greater glory of God and the salvation of many!
Prof. Américo Pablo López-Ortiz, International President of the World Apostolate of Fatima
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