Support the Renovation of the Shrine of Pontevedra
The World Apostolate of Fatima has decided to launch a worldwide campaign to collect donations to support the renovation works of the sanctuary of the Apparitions, in Pontevedra, Spain. The circular letter of the international president, presenting this initiative, can be read here.
The shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, known as the Shrine of the Apparitions, in Pontevedra, Spain, is a place closely associated with the history and message of Fatima. It was there, in that former convent of the Dorothean Sisters, that Lucia de Jesus, the eldest of the Fatima seers, received the visit of Our Lady and the Child Jesus, in her cell - now transformed into a chapel - on December 10, 1925.
Our Lady asked her the devotion of the First Saturdays, in reparation to Her Immaculate Heart. Over the years, the old sanctuary building has been deteriorating and it is now urgent to carry out its proper rehabilitation in order to preserve the sacred place of the apparition and its spirituality.
The Bishop’s Conference of Spain is responsible for coordinating and supervising these efforts. The costs are very high! The donations collected by the Secretariat of the World Apostolate of Fatima will be handed over to the Bishop’s Conference by the end of this year. We count on your generous contribution!
Donations can be sent by bank transfer to:
The goal is that, in year 2025, when the Centennial of the Apparition of Pontevedra occurs, the Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will have the necessary and dignified facilities to welcome all pilgrims who visit it. Let us therefore be generous! And let us remember Our Lady’s promise at Fatima: “In the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph”.
Pilgrim Statue presented as “the face of a missionary Church"
In a video produced by the Shrine of Fatima for the series "Faces of Fatima", Nuno Prazeres, the director of the International Secretariat of the World Apostolate of Fatima, speaks about the importance of the travels of the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima around the world.
As the guest of another video of the series "Faces of Fatima", which, every month, presents the faces that integrate the new temporary exhibition of the Shrine of Fatima, Nuno Prazeres presents, in this episode, the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima as the "face of a missionary Church".
“Today, just as yesterday, Mary continues to travel in haste to where she is called. She becomes a pilgrim travelling the roads of the world, bringing consolation and hope to the hearts of a humanity so often wounded and distressed, a humanity which seeks peace. But she never imposes herself! Each visit to any country or place is the result of an invitation, of a pastoral desire often matured over months or even years”, he says, deducing a "recognition of the importance of the message of Fatima" in the "numerous requests of the Pilgrim Statue".
From the painted wooden World Map, from 1956, on display at the exhibition, which describes the first travels of the Pilgrim Statue, Nuno Prazeres revisits some of the most symbolic pilgrimages that the Pilgrim Statue has fulfilled, over almost 75 years.
“During the first nine years of her pilgrimages, as we can see on this World Map, the Statue travelled more than half a million kilometres and was welcomed by more than 300 million people. In Europe, during this period, Our Lady travelled as a Symbol of Peace, inspiring unity and solidarity amongst nations in the aftermath of a world war which had caused divisions and destroyed so much” he recalls.
The video also evokes the famous 'Peace flights’ that carried the the second Pilgrim Statue to visit many countries, on various continents, under the World Apostolate of Fatima, a movement founded in the United States of America by Monsignor Harold Colgan and John Haffert, faces that are also present in the temporary exhibition of the Shrine of Fatima.
The exhibition "The Faces of Fatima - Images of a Spiritual Setting" is open until October 15, 2022, at the Convivium of St. Augustine, in the lower floor of the Basilica of the Holy Trinity, and can be visited, free of charge, every day from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. (www.fatima.pt)
First World Day for Grandparents and Elderly
The Vatican’s Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life announced the celebration of the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, on Sunday 25th July. This World Day will become a fixed event, to be celebrated every year, on the fourth Sunday of July, the memorial of Saint Anne and Saint Joachim, the parents of the Blessed Mother Mary.
The theme chosen by Pope Francis for this inaugural commemoration is “I am with you always” (Mt 28:20). It expresses the closeness of the Lord and the Church to every older person, especially in these challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Not only are grandchildren and youths invited to be present in the lives of older people, but older people and grandparents also have a mission of evangelization, proclamation and prayer, and of encouraging young people in their faith.
To further encourage the celebration of the World Day in local churches and associations, the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life will offer pastoral tools from mid-June, which will be available on the website www.amorislaetitia.va
The World Apostolate of Fatima invites all its members to join in this commemoration by organizing at their local level some celebration, to mark the importance of the family and the great contribution of grandparents in the task of evangelization, inspired also by the message of Fatima.
Postponement of the International General Assembly
To Leaders and Members of the World Apostolate of Fatima: After evaluating the present reality of the pandemic in the world, we and our Board of Trustees, have decided, once again, to postpone the W.A.F. General Assembly until year 2022. The new dates will be communicated to you as soon as they are fixed.
The reasons for this decision are all associated with the pandemic Covid-19. Although the reality may be quite different from one country to another, both in terms of the daily number of Covid cases or the ongoing vaccination process; the fact is that we are far from having the pandemic controlled. Therefore, since our General Assembly is an international event that gathers people from many different countries, for a full week, in Portugal, we consider too risky, at this stage, both for the Secretariat and for you, to begin preparations for attending a meeting, not knowing how the pandemic will evolve in the coming months. We trust there will be some good improvements during this year so that the situation will be much better, next year.
We thank you for your understanding and hope that in 2022, we may all meet in Fatima to celebrate the international Assembly and to pray and give thanks to Our Lady of Fatima.
WAF Online Store offers proximity to Fatima
In this difficult time of pandemic, when the majority of the devotees of Our Lady cannot travel to Fatima, the online store of the World Apostolate of Fatima is a precious instrument to bring a piece of Fatima to the people who love this place so much. This platform has been online for several years and offers a selection of rosaries, sculptures, books, devotional items and souvenirs, as well as exclusive items of our association.
The store, which is integrated in the website of the Secretariat of the World Apostolate of Fatima, also offers visitors the possibility to send their prayer intentions and to purchase candles to be burned at the Shrine of Fatima as well as to request the celebration of Holy Masses.
The purchase of sculptures of Our Lady of Fatima, in wood, handmade by a sculptor from Portugal and customized according to the tastes of each client, is another service made available through the online store.
Our customers, from all over the world, can make their purchases directly at https://shop.worldfatima.com/. To do so, they must first register as a customer. After that, they can purchase any item, following the indications given throughout the purchase process. The prices of the items can be viewed in Euros or in US$. After completing their shopping, customers immediately receive information about the total payable, including the shipping costs. They must complete the process by making payment through PayPal or by bank transfer.
Our catalogue contains exquisite items and is being constantly updated so that we can give the best possible response to our customers' requests. If you wish to purchase an item that is not available in our store, you can contact us via email at email@example.com and we'll do everything we can to help you. We speak your language!
By purchasing through our online store, you are helping the World Apostolate of Fatima, a non-profit public association of the faithful, whose mission is to bring the message of Our Lady into the whole world.
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