The World Apostolate of Fatima held its international General Assembly in Fatima, Portugal, from October 24 to 28, 2022. The event was attended by 105 participants from 28 different countries. The group had the responsibility to elect a new international Board of Directors to serve for a term of five years. 

The works were conducted in a spirit of family and the program included, among other things, the presentation of national reports, conferences on the message of Fatima, workshops, moments of prayer and a pilgrimage to the sacred sites in Fatima and Lisbon. There was also time to reflect on the Synodal process of the Church, the 2023 World Youth Day in Lisbon and the Centenary of the Apparitions in Pontevedra, Spain, in year 2025.

In the morning of October 27, the delegates assembled to elect the new WAF International Board of Directors, composed of nine people. The list of the new elected Board is presented here by their position, name and country of origin:

President: Prof. Michael Ogunu, from Nigeria, Vice President: Reynald Andales, from the Philippines, Secretary: Edith Koch, from Switzerland, Treasurer: David Kelly, from USA, Trustees: Oksana Bodak, from Ukraine, Fr. Damian Maria, from South Korea, Fr. MV Sunni, from India, JR Pereira, from Samoa and Walter Karger, from Germany

From left to right: Fr. Damian Maria, Walter Karger, Oksana Bodak, David Kelly, Prof. Michael Ogunu, Reynald Andales, Edith Koch, Fr. MV Sunni and JR Pereira.

Congratulations to the new officers! May the Good Lord and Mother Mary guide them in the service of our Apostolate. To the former Board members who ceased their office, thanks for their generosity and commitment. Orbis Unus Orans!

flyer 1webA special prayer event at the Brandenburg Gate, in Berlin, Germany, with the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, will take place on October 12th, 2022, in thanksgiving for the peaceful German unification.

The Marian prayer group of Krefeld, Germany, together with the famous German writer and specialist of Fatima, Dr. Michael Hesemann, the World Apostolate of Fatima and many other prayer organizations are planning a special celebration at the Brandenburg Gate, in Berlin, Germany, on October 12th, 2022. This prayer event is meant to be a thanksgiving to Our Lady of Fatima for the 33-year-jubilee of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the German unification, in the conviction that the German-European reunification is strongly due to the intervention of Our Lady of Fatima and the work carried out by Pope John Paul II.

The Brandenburg Gate, Germany’s most famous national symbol, is a representation of its separation as well as of its reunification, Germany’s darkest and happiest hours. Here, St. John Paul II celebrated the reunification with a prayer of thanksgiving and gave an historic address to the German people.

The prayer event will start with a Pontifical Mass at the Spiritual Centre of St. Clement, which is located very close to the former German border and leaded by Indian priests from Kerala. It will then be followed by a candlelight procession through the Brandenburg Gate with the Pilgrim Virgin Statue from the World Apostolate of Fatima in Germany which was blessed by Pope Paul VI., in Fatima, on the 13th of May 1967. At the end of the procession there will be the consecration of Germany to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The day's offerings will be used for building a Fatima Chapel near the Brandenburg Gate and to support the work of the Indian Fathers of St. Clemens.  Please find here more information.

AIS ENAll over the world, children will be praying the rosary on the 18th of October 2022. This prayer initiative by the Foundation “Aid to the Church in need” aims to rekindle faith in the power of prayer. The worldwide campaign is an invitation to remember the words of Our Lady of Fatima that the childlike and trusting prayer of the rosary can truly change the world, defeat evil and bring peace.

The World Apostolate of Fatima, as in the past, is a partner to this initiative, helping to spread it and inviting its members, families, parishes, catechists, teachers to pray the rosary together with children, on the 18th of October, for peace and unity in the world.

Praying the rosary together with children will strengthen unity in the Church and among peoples. We are all called to form one family across borders, united in prayer. Out of prayer grows love for God and neighbour. The rosary opens our hearts to concrete help for the persecuted, the needy and the poor in whom Christ himself suffers.

On this day, children will also recite the Rosary in the Chapel of the Apparitions, at Fatima, Portugal, in union with many other children in the world.

As we prepare to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, this May 13th, we come to invite you to promote among children and youngsters, on this day, a special prayer day for peace in Ukraine, in families and the whole world, entrusting our children to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The circular letter from the WAF International President encouraging all to join in this effort can be read here.

Foto WCD 2022Song writer and singer Anna Nuzzo has also composed a prayer song to inspire children to consecrate themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Watch the video here, in English.

Let us unite our children in ‘PRAYER and SONG’ in our families, parishes and schools, helping them to honor our Blessed mother and to live Our Lady’s message of peace, entrusted to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal!

Consecration Prayer

O Virgin Mary, my Mother, I give to your Immaculate Heart, my body and my soul, my thoughts and my actions. I want to be just what you want me to be and do just what you want me to do. I am not afraid because you are always with me. Help me to love your son Jesus, with all my heart and above all things. Take my hand in yours so I can always be with you. Amen

Inspired by the request made by the president of South Korea during a visit to Austria, for prayers for a peaceful reunification of Korea, the World Apostolate of Fatima of the diocese of Würzburg, in Germany  is promoting a Fatima prayer event for May 13th, 2022 both in South Korea as well as in Germany, with the intention to pray for peace in Korea, in Ukraine and in the whole world.

Feier im Aussenbereich 2During his visit of state to Austria, in 2021, former President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, also visited the Abbey of Heiligenkreuz, where he stated that faith is the basis of his political action. He asked, above all, for prayers for the reconciliation and peaceful reunification of the peninsula of Korea. Responding to this appeal and as a thanksgiving gesture for the peaceful reunification of Germany in 1989/90 and the end of the cold war, the diocesan division of the World Apostolate of Fatima in Würzburg, Germany, decided to organize a major prayer event on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.

In collaboration with the World Apostolate of Fatima in South Korea and the International Secretariat, such event is scheduled to happen in South Korea and in Germany, on May 13th, 2022. On this day, members of the Fatima Apostolate and other devotees will gather at the Shrine of Peace, at the border between North and South Korea, as well as in Würzburg, Germany, to pray to God and to Our Lady for the reunification of Korea, as well as for peace in Ukraine and in the whole world. May the example of Germany’s peaceful reunification inspire and give new hope to the Korean faithful to continue their fight for peace.