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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

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.

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 2018.

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/

World Apostolate of Fatima bets on training

The Domus Pacis, the international headquarters of the World Apostolate of Fatima, welcomed 150 members and persons in charge of the association, coming from 33 countries, from June 25th to 269th, 2018, for a training encounter on the contents of the Message of Fatima and on the pastoral priorities of the movement in the beginning of the second centenary of Fatima.

The encounter, under the theme “Grace and Mercy – the gift of Fatima”, gathered many delegations coming from all over the world, from South Korea, to the Philippines, Panama, Mexico, Ghana, Nigeria, Spain, Ireland, among others, showing in this way the universality of Fatima.

At the opening session of the seminar, Bishop Antonio Marto, bishop of Leiria-Fatima, addressed a few words of encouragement and thanked the participants for bearing witness to the gift of Fatima around the world. Prof. Américo López-Ortiz, International President of the World Apostolate of Fatima, emphasized the attention the Movement has been given to the training of its pastoral agents, adding that it is within this line of continuity of training that we should consider this international seminar. It opens a new cycle of study and reflection which allows to discover in the Message of Fatima a way of sanctity and evangelization.

The Shrine of Fatima, that had collaborated in the program of the first days, was represented by Doctor Marco Daniel Duarte, who is director of the Department of Studies of the Shrine of Fatima. In his conference, and on behalf the Rector of the Shrine, Marco Daniel Duarte manifested gratitude for the diffusion of the Message of Fatima developed by the World Apostolate of Fatima and renewed the availability of the Shrine to continue supporting initiatives that aim at deepening the reading of the event of Fatima.

The speakers of the Shrine of Fatima, throughout the first two days, guided the audience through an thematic itinerary that started with the centrality of God in the Message of Fatima, then the secret of Fatima, the relation between the Rosary and Peace, and finally some elements on the sanctity of the seers Francisco and Jacinta Marto. The questions raised during the time of dialogue clearly revealed the good reception of these themes.

The last three days, thoughts and debate focused mainly on the identity and the mission of the World Apostolate of Fatima. A time for group works was therefore given in order to discuss topics such as the Eucharistic adoration program for children, consecrated life according to the charism of Fatima, the visits of the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady, finances and fund collect, and the missionary dimension inherent of the movement itself. It was also possible to hear the testimony of pastoral work developed in some countries and the presentation of the activities of the international secretariat, liaison with all the persons in charge of the movement.

Keeping the spirit of training that the seminar aimed for, other conferences were heard on the apparitions of Pontevedra and Tuy, on the link between the Message of Fatima and the pastoral of the family and on the scatologic sense of Fatima in a ecclesiologic perspective, showing the urgency of Our Lady’s requests for our times.

The program included, in addition to these moments, different liturgical celebration in the Shrine of Fatima and the chapels of the Domus Pacis. A plaque was unveiled in the library of the house in memory of the Reverend Father Joaquín María Alonso, C.M.F., deceased in 1981, who was a historian and scholar on the events of Fatima.

On the last day, the participants made a pilgrimage to the cathedral of Leiria to mark the centennial of the restauration of the diocese. The works officially concluded with the certificate giving ceremony, followed by the missionary mandate, inviting all to announce to the world the joy and the beauty of God’s mercy, lived in a special way during this seminar.

The World Apostolate of Fatima is a Public International Association of faithful, with the mission to learn, live and spread the Message of Fatima in the entire world.

Taken from: FLP, August 2018

 


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