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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.

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

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.

New Member’s Pledges

The WAF International Secretariat, based in Fatima, collects the Pledges of new members of the World Apostolate of Fatima from around the world, including those who register online through www.worldfatima.com.

At the end of the year, these Pledges are solemnly placed at the feet of Our Lady of Fatima, in the Little Chapel of the Apparitions. This is a symbolic act that comes from the early days of the movement and is carried out ever since as a way to entrust each new member’s life into the hands of the Blessed Virgin Mary, asking for protection and perseverance in their commitment to live and promote the Fatima message.

In December, on the eve of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady, the Secretariat took the pledges to the Shrine of Fatima and had a moment of prayer at the Chapel of the Apparitions, reciting the Rosary for all Apostolate members, in particular those who have enrolled during the present year. The Pledges and prayer petitions were placed at the exact spot where Our Lady appeared to the three little shepherds, in 1917.

Children’s Holy Hour in Fatima

On November 3, 2018, the World Apostolate of Fatima is organizing a moment of Eucharistic adoration with children and young people in the parish church of the Little Shepherds of Fatima, in Portugal, in collaboration with the Portuguese movement Message of Fatima. Throughout the world, other children will also be united in prayer.

The program consists of an hour of adoration to the Blessed Sacrament, with the recitation of the rosary, next to the tabernacle where so many times Saints Francisco and Jacinta Marto and their cousin Lucy adored and consoled God. The intention is for the children, with their prayers and imitating the shepherds of Fatima, to pray for their families, for the Holy Father and for peace in the world.


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