United from Fatima during the Pandemic Covid-19
The world is passing through challenging and new times due to a virus that came to remind us of our human fragility. We are called to take the necessary measures of protection but also to pray and look after those who are more vulnerable in our society.
This is a time for social distancing but not a time for distancing from God! It is a time for nurturing our family ties and our faith.
The Secretariat of the World Apostolate of Fatima, in Portugal, while observing the necessary health measures, continues operating its Fatima online store at shop.worldfatima.com
This offers you the possibility to continue purchasing religious items from our store, supporting our mission and keeping the spiritual communion with Fatima. Your orders will be handled and shipped as usual but there might be some delays in the delivery due to the present worldwide pandemic.
Support the World Apostolate of Fatima! We are here for you. Keep safe!
Offering the Spiritual Bouquet to Our Lady of Fatima
On May 13th 2020, the 103rd anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady in Fatima, the International World Apostolate of Fatima, through the Rector of the Shrine, in Portugal, presented the World Rosary 2020 Spiritual Bouquet to Our Lady.
The celebrations at the Shrine of Fatima this year were carried out, for the the first time in its history, without the usual presence of the multitude of pilgrims, due to the global pandemic crisis.
During the caondlelight procession and night vigil of May 12th, Cardinal Antonio Marto, bishop of Leiria-Fatima, announced the presentation of the bouquet of flowers to Our Lady, “as a spiritual bouquet of the World Apostolate of Fatima, to represent our emigrants and pilgrims from the various continents of the world.”
The beautiful ceremony took place at the Chapel of the Apparitions during the morning recitation of the Rosary, on May 13th. Two children, representing all who have registered their prayers and reparatory practices for the World Rosary 2020 Spiritual bouquet, placed a beautiful bouquet of flowers at the feet of the centenary statue of Our Lady of Fatima. A compact video of this celebration can be viewed here, with subtitles in English:
The campaign 5 million Rosaries for the Immaculate Heart of Mary continues till October 13th, 2020. You can submit your Prayer offerings in the webpage worldrosary2020.org
Message from the President on the Pandemic
A worldwide crisis like this one, causing thousands of deaths and causing a strict lockdown in all countries, including the suspension of public liturgies and closing of churches, is a tremendous burden for humanity. We live a true purification, as a divine pedagogy, because of our many sins and the sins of humankind. We cannot gather in our parish churches, nor have religious communal celebrations. It is as if God wants us to confine ourselves to our homes, to focus on our individuality, on our "inner castle", our inner heart, and to develop there an intimate life with the Lord. He will come to dwell in our hearts and wipe away our tears, remedy our miseries and forgive our sins. At dusk, he will stay with us forever. There will be a new world renewed by purification.
It will have been worth many sick and deceased, for in the end humanity will be closer to God and the Kingdom of God will come upon the new earth. Conversion is the recipe for achieving this transformation. If not, we must prepare for higher levels of suffering and anguish because of sin. Without God as the center of our lives, we will be left to a life of lukewarmness and sin that will bring the calamities of war, hunger, persecutions against the Church and the annihilation of nations. This can be avoided, if we eradicate the worldly spirit from our hearts and our society during this heavenly warning of the pandemic and, by converting many, we will make possible the definitive triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Let us pray to our holy shepherd-children, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, to give comfort and strength to our families of today, to assist our medical doctors and sanitary personnel in their great sacrifice to combat this dangerous virus, to pray for our scientists to illuminate them in bringing a cure and a vaccine to eradicate this calamity from the face of earth!
Saint Jacinta and Saint Francisco, take care of our afflicted families in this hour of need, so that by your powerful intercession, united to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, you can obtain from the Good Lord the remedy we ask for the greater glory of God and the salvation of many!
Prof. Américo Pablo López-Ortiz, International President of the World Apostolate of Fatima
New Movie “Fatima” in Theaters
A new major movie, FATIMA, inspired by the story of the apparitions of Fatima in Portugal, will be released worldwide in theaters from April 2020. This movie is “a powerful and uplifting drama about the power of faith”, based on the story of a 10-year old shepherd and her two young cousins in Fatima, Portugal, who report seeing visions of the Virgin Mary.”
The film details their courageous response during which they faced ridicule, persecution, and punishment from within their own family, their local community, and the government. Throughout they maintained their childhood innocence while also remaining true to their mission of bringing a message of peace to the world.
FATIMA was filmed as an epic feature in Portugal and includes actors such as Harvey Keitel, Sonia Braga, Goran Visnjic, Joaquim de Almeida, Lucia Moniz, and Stephanie Gil in the iconic role of the Little Seer, Lucia. Directed by Marco Pontecorvo, and featuring an original song “Gratia Plena” performed by Andrea Bocelli, FATIMA is a profound, beautiful and authentic homage to the human story behind the apparitions and miracle of Fatima.
The World Apostolate of Fatima has been a part of this project, right from its initial stage of production and it is with delight that we see it coming to reality. The film will be a rare opportunity for the Apostolate to promote the meaning and message of Fatima to a wider public.
Prof. Americo López-Ortiz, international President says that the film FATIMA “presents the authentic Message of Fatima with a new perspective, appealing to our contemporary world; a drama unique in its call to those hungering for God’s intervention in history to bring peace and goodwill among humans. A beautiful cinematography serves as a background to a story based on true facts that portrays God’s love and mercy towards mankind.” And he adds that “it is a film that will move hearts in a positive way and that will be a reference for many years to come.”
The Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, in Portugal, has also endorsed the movie, underlying that “the film leads us to reflect that 100 years later, the light of God that the Virgin Mary shined upon Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia still lights the way for those who commit to a life of faith in the Gospel.”
Centenary of the Death of Saint Jacinta Marto
The World Apostolate of Fatima, in conjunction with the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, is convoking all of the faithful to join the great celebration of the 100th anniversary of the death of Saint Jacinta Marto, on the 20th of February 2020. On this day, the Church celebrates the liturgical feast of Saint Francisco and Saint Jacinta Marto, the Little Shepherds of Fatima, canonized on May 13th, 2017.
The proposed program for the celebrations includes a vigil of adoration and reparation to the Blessed Sacrament, in the company of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, on Wednesday, 19th of February, 2020, eve of the Feast day. This vigil will be offered for the intention of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in our days.
On the Feast day itself, the World Apostolate of Fatima encourages that all around the world, celebrations and acts of piety are offered to honor God and Our Lady, through the veneration of Saint Francisco and Saint Jacinta Marto. Such acts can include the meditation of the Rosary; veneration and procession with the icons or statues of Our Lady of Fatima and Saint Jacinta and Saint Francisco, the votive Mass of Saint Francisco and Saint Jacinta, for the unity and strength of the Church and some talks or activities specifically directed to school children, to teach the spirituality of the little shepherds of Fatima.
It is important that the heroic virtues of the two new saints are made known throughout the universal Church, presenting them as models for holiness. Saint Jacinta, a model of missionary and active life for the evangelization of the world. Saint Francisco, the consoler of God and the reparative soul. These are the two schools for sainthood.
The program at the Shrine of Fatima, in particular the celebrations held at the Chapel of the Apparitions, can be followed by internet through http://live.worldfatima.com
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