The IV World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will be celebrated on Sunday, 28 July 2024.  The theme chosen by the Holy Father – “Do not cast me off in my old age” (Psalm 71:9) – is meant to call attention to the fact that, sadly, loneliness is the bitter lot in life of many elderly persons, so often the victims of the throw-away culture.

cq5dam.web.1280.1280The first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly was celebrated in 2021 and the Holy Father decreed that it be observed each year on the Sunday closest to the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, Jesus' grandparents.

In this year of preparation for the Jubilee in 2025, which the Holy Father wishes to be devoted to prayer, the theme of the World Day is taken from Psalm 71, the plea of an elderly person who reflects on the story of his friendship with God.

The Pope wrote a Message for this Day and Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, says that in his message, "the Holy Father emphasizes how – due to the crisis of communal belonging and the emergence of an increasingly individualistic mentality – the loneliness of the elderly is often not perceived as a problem. But the Church is called to build something different, to rediscover the taste for fraternity, and to build bonds between generations". In addition, Cardinal Farrel said that families and parishes, “are called to be at the forefront in promoting a culture of encounter, to create spaces for sharing, listening, to offer support and affection: thus, the love of Gospel becomes concrete."

The World Apostolate of Fatima associates to this initiative and invites its leaders and members to set special events for the day but also, to include in their pastoral plans, some initiatives addressed to the elderly and grandparents of our association, if possible, always in the presence of Our Lady of Fatima.

On June 13, 2024, the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life held in Vatican the annual meeting with the Moderators of associations of the faithful, ecclesial movements and new communities. The World Apostolate of Fatima was represented by its international Secretary, Mrs. Edith Koch and by the Director of the Secretariat, Nuno Prazeres.  

The meeting revolved around the theme “The Challenge of Synodality for Mission”, bringing together more than 200 people from 95 international associations of the faithful out of the 117 recognized by the Dicastery. The day began with the celebration of Holy Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, presided over by Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, followed by an audience with the Holy Father in the New Hall of the Synod.

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Pope Francis in his address to the participants made important remarks on synodality for the ecclesial movements. He began by saying that the “synodal journey requires a spiritual conversion” and added that his “hope is that synodality may endure as a permanent mode of working within the Church, at all levels, permeating the hearts of all, pastors and faithful alike, until it becomes a shared ‘ecclesial style’”.

He then highlighted some attitudes, some “synodal virtues,” in the light of this spiritual conversion: thinking as God thinks, overcoming exclusiveness, and cultivating humility.

The World Apostolate of Fatima supports the worldwide campaign to collect donations for the renovation works of the sanctuary of the Apparitions, in Pontevedra, Spain. 

Santuario PontevedraThe 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.

porta abertaOur 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:

Assoc. Apostolado Mundial de Fátima - SI
Bank EuroBIC – Fátima
IBAN: PT 50 0079 0000 2658 9082 1016 5
Reference: “Donation Pontevedra”

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”.

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Photo 2 Our Lady of Fatima CapelinhaThe month of May is traditionally dedicated to honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary, in a special way by praying the Rosary.

In Fatima, Our Lady asked to pray the Rosary each day to “bring peace to the world and bring an end to the war.”  This is more relevant now than ever!

We would like to invite you to pray and to support the Apostolate’s mission, by ordering some items from Fatima for your home at:

Happy Feast of Our Lady of Fatima on the 107th anniversary of her first apparition in Fatima!

On Monday, May 13, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, the Children of the Eucharist  working in spiritual partnership with the World Apostolate of Fatima are celebrating the 22nd Worldwide Children’s Eucharistic Holy Hour, spiritually uniting children, and youth before the Blessed Sacrament to pray for peace in the world. The main event will take place at the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, USA and then in many other countries where the Fatima Apostolate is present.

adoration sidebar angelIn these troubled times, it is vital to adore and console the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, as the Angel of Peace conveyed to the shepherd children of Fatima, entrusting humanity to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to pray the Rosary for peace.

Teachers, Parents, Grandparents should gather the children under their care, in their parishes for the eucharistic and Marian celebration on May 13. If it is not possible to gather the young people before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, then gather and pray in your classrooms or homes.

The spiritual activities to be carried out can include the procession of the statue of Our Lady, crowning of Our Lady, if possible, exposition and prayers of Eucharistic adoration and reparation, prayer of the rosary and the children’s entrustment of their lives to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

We are very much convinced that children have a unique spiritual power that can change the course of our present human history, so much affected by wars, suffering and death. Let us therefore participate in any way we can on this special Fatima Celebration! We need a Eucharistic Revival for our children and youth throughout the world.

Let us recall the words of Saint John Paul: “It is absolutely true: Jesus and his Mother often choose children and give them important tasks for the life of the Church and of humanity.”

The Children’s Holy Hour from the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama will be broadcast live by EWTN, reaching million households in more than 160 countries and territories across the globe. Members of the World Apostolate of Fatima will also organize similar celebrations around the world, with the same spiritual purpose.