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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.

From Fatima to the World: prayer event on the centenary of Saint Francisco’s death

On the occasion of the Centenary of the death of S. Francisco Marto, on April 4, 2019, the group “Mater Fatima” is promoting a worldwide spiritual project called “Fatima for the world - Rosary and Adoration for peace”.

The main celebration will take place at the parish church of Fatima, where the shepherd children were baptized and where Saint Francisco Marto, in particular, spent many hours in prayer and adoration, consoling the “Hidden Jesus”.

The main purpose of this initiative is to invite the whole catholic world to comply with Our Lady of Fatima’s request to pray for peace the conversion of sinners and the reparation to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

At the parish church of Fatima, on this day, the Christian community will assemble to have a moment of Eucharistic Adoration, recitation of the Rosary and the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It will also be a day of fasting with time for the sacrament of Reconciliation.

The World Apostolate of Fatima is inviting all its leaders in every nation to mark this day by associating with this project, promoting the recitation of the Rosary, moments of Adoration and the celebration of the Eucharist in their parishes, for this intention, united with Fatima. People can also participate simply by being spiritually united in prayer, from home, from work or from anywhere you are at on this day.  

This event will be broadcasted live to the whole world, between 8.00 pm to 9.00 pm (local Portuguese time) through social media and social-networks, to the whole world. More than 40 countries have already registered to be part of this prayer network. Please join in this prayer initiative and visit www.materfatima.org or https://www.facebook.com/materfatima/ for more information.

Regional Congress for Asia

The World Apostolate of Fatima, as part of their formation program, has been organizing regional congresses in all continents, to offer the opportunity for the members of a particular region, to come together to learn and discuss their Apostolate matters. Nest year, from the 3rd to the 5th of February 2019, India will host the third Asian WAF congress, in Kolkota city.  The first congress was in the Philippines, in 2006 and the second in South Korea, in 2009.

The selected theme for the meeting in India is “...God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart...” (Our Lady of Fatima, 13 July 1917): “Into the abode of the Immaculate Heart of Mary with St Teresa of Calcutta”.The congress will have moments of formation through presentation of conferences on the Fatima message so as to further spread Our Lady’s message of Peace and Hope. There will also be reporting sessions, workshops, prayer moments, Eucharistic adoration and Holy Mass. The 10th Indian National Meet will also be held together with the congress. On the 6th of February, the delegates will transfer to Goa, land of St Francis Xavier and St Joseph Vaz for a pilgrimage.

Those members of the World Apostolate of Fatima pertaining to the Asian region are encouraged to participate

World Youth Day in Panama

In January 2019, Panama hosts the World Youth Day with the presence of the Holy Father. The World Youth Day (WYD) is an encounter of young people from around the world usually celebrated every three years. The event allows young people to experience the universality of the Church and in sharing their faith in Jesus Christ.

The central theme of this event in Panama will be: “I am the servant of the Lord”, bringing to it a Marian dimension. The World Apostolate of Fatima is planning to participate and use this opportunity to share the message of Fatima with thousands of young people. The first Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, enthroned in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, in Fatima-Portugal, will travel to Panamá to be present at this event, from 22 to 27th January.

There is going to be a pre-journey for all youngsters from the 16th to the 21st January 2019. This will include also a special retreat day on the Message of Fatima organised by the WAF in Panama and a Marian Festival. This week, several cultural and evangelical activities will be held in the community where pilgrims will be accommodated.

The other days, from the 22nd to 27th, there will be various other activities, such as: Opening Mass, reception of the Holy Father, Via crucis, Feast of Forgiveness, Vocation Fair, Concerts, Catechesis, Cultural Activities And the Vigil with the Mass of Sending presided over by the Pope.

Fatima New Pastoral Year for 2018/2019

The Shrine of Fatima, on the 1st of December, presented the theme for the new pastoral year 2018/2019. The chosen theme is: “Time of grace and mercy: to give thanks to pilgrimage in Church”.

The session started with the opening of the new temporary exhibition dedicated to the centennial of the construction of the little chapel of the apparitions. This exhibition can be visited until October 15th, 2019, on the lower level of the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity.

The Rector of the Shrine, Fr. Carlos Cabecinhas, introduced the theme by emphasizing that during this year we shall reflect more on the experience of being Church, a pilgrim Church and on the meaning of the pilgrimage itself. In 2019, there will be the celebration of two centenaries that are quite relevant in the context of the Shrine of Fatima and its mission: the 100 years of the construction of the little chapel of the apparitions and also the centennial of the death of Saint Francisco Marto, on April 4th, 2019.


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