The World Apostolate of Fatima, as a policy designed by its International Board, has been promoting the construction of replicas of the Chapel of the Apparitions of Fatima, located in Portugal, for its regional centers, namely, in the Philippines – Asia, in the Czech Republic – Europe, in Panama – Central America and in Samoa – Oceania. The establishment of the official replicas of the Chapel of the Apparition is a process that requires the approval of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima, in Portugal.

Although the present pandemic crisis is delaying the works of these projects, there are already positive developments that we wish to report here. 

In Panama, on 13 October 2019, the Archbishop José Domingo Mendieta, with the support of the World Apostolate of Fatima, announced publicly the creation of a shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima, in Panama City, whose core will be a replica of the Little Chapel of the Apparitions. The announcement was made to the assembly gathered at the Basilica Santa María la Antigua, followed by the presentation of the video with the model of the project, much appreciated by all.  The Archbishop, in the letter he wrote to the Rector of the Shrine of Fatima, asking permission for this had explained:  “With this chapel we aspire to give pilgrims in Panama and the world an evangelizing welcome, worthy and filled with the Lord’s love and His Mother’s spirituality, from the Message that She conveyed at Cova da Iria and that nowadays is more alive than ever in the heart of the Panamanians”. The members and friends of the World Apostolate of Fatima in Panama have since then, carried various initiatives to fundraise the building of this shrine in the hope to begin soon erecting it.

In the Czech Republic, precisely at Koclirov, where the World Apostolate of Fatima has its national centre, the first stone for the replica of the Chapel of the Apparitions was launched and blessed on the 3rd October 2020. The date also marked the 25th anniversary of the Apostolate’s presence in this country.

Bishop Jan Vokal of the diocese where the centre is located presided the ceremony with the presence of the faithful, who had gathered there also for the First Saturday’s devotion. He encouraged the assembly to see in this symbolic act towards building the replica of the Chapel of the Apparitions, precisely in a place marked by much suffering during the time of communism, the celebration of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and ulterior encouragement for a deeper Marian devotion. In the place where the chapel is to be built stands now, a wooden arch with two lamps, just identical to the porch that had been built by the people at the site of the apparitions in Cova da Iria, in year 1917, to mark the sacred place.   

In Samoa Island, in the Pacific, the plan to build the replica of the Chapel of the Apparitions was a decision taken during the Oceania Regional Congress of the World Apostolate of Fatima, held there in 2019. The members of the Apostolate, willing to build their own national center for the Apostolate, presented the proposal to their Archbishop and included in it the plan to integrate in the same construction also the replica of the chapel of Fatima. This was accepted and the archdiocese already made available the needed land for the construction. In this way, the center with its replica of the Chapel of the Apparitions, will serve as a missionary nucleus for the New Evangelization and the promotion of the Message of Fatima and devotion to Our Lady for the Region of Oceania

The World Apostolate of Fatima of the Philippines, has also accepted the invitation to initiate the building of the only replica of the Chapel of the Apparitions in Asia. After consulting the archbishop of Cebu, the territory where the chapel is being built and having also received the permission from the Shrine of Fatima, the project was quickly put on motion. A new Foundation entitled “Três Pastorinhos de Fatima” was created to deal with everything related to this major and challenging work, supervised by the World Apostolate of Fatima of Cebu.

At present, the progress of the works is notable. Although there is still a lot of work to be finished, the main structure of the building is concluded. The quite place in the Cebu hills has already hosted the celebration of the Holy Mass, on each 13th of the month, with the number of pilgrims growing from month to month. This is to ask God’s intercession and protection for this project and at the same time to make the place known to many people. However, the official plan is to dedicate the new “Capelinha” on the 13th of October 2021.   

The World Apostolate of Fatima hopes that the establishment of these new replicas of the Chapel of the Apparitions, in addition to the existing ones in USA, Puerto Rico and Brazil, will facilitate and increase, in these regions, devotion to Our Lady and the formation of the faithful into the spirituality of the authentic Message of Fatima. Places that will be like beams of light shining God’s mercy to humanity.

The support of many, both through prayer and financially is much appreciated to enable us to fulfill this dream.

The World Apostolate of Fatima, through its Secretariat, published a commemorative book, in English, on the celebrations of the Centenary of Fatima, titled:“FATIMA CENTENARY AROUND THE WORLD”. The book was released to the public on October 13th, 2019, anniversary date of the last apparition of Our Lady in Fatima.

With 160 illustrated pages, this book offers the reader, through beautiful photos and texts, a summary of the main activities and celebrations of the World Apostolate of Fatima during year 2017, to mark the centenary of Our Lady’s apparitions in Fatima. A special dossier is also dedicated to the events held at the Shrine of Fatima, in Portugal, during this time, with a special focus on the pilgrimage of Pope Francis and on the canonization of Saint Francisco and Saint Jacinta Marto.

Leaders and members of the World Apostolate of Fatima, from Asia, Africa, Europe, America and Oceania, have contributed for the making of this book by sending their reports.   

Prof. Américo López-Ortiz, the WAF international President, writes in the Editorial, that “this beautiful book we are offering you is not only a major souvenir of the ephemerides but moreover, an instrument for evangelization and catechesis to educate the faithful to comprehend and appreciate the marvels of the Heart of the Mother.”

The book is now available for distribution from the International Secretariat in Fatima. If you wish to have a copy of this book and treasure the everlasting memories of the Centenary of Fatima, kindly visit our online store at https://shop.worldfatima.com/