Replica of the Chapel of the Apparitions of Fatima in the Philippines
A replica of the Chapel of the Apparitions of Fatima was built in the Philippines. The dedication and blessing of this chapel is on April 4, 2022, the anniversary of the departure to heaven of St. Francisco Marto, one of the seers of Fatima. The initiative comes from the World Apostolate of Fatima in the Philippines and is endorsed by the archdiocese of Cebu. The Chapel is located in the municipality of San Remigio and it is the first construction of its kind, in the country and throughout Asia.
The replica of the Fatima Chapel project was officially launched on February 20, 2020, feast of Saints Francisco and Jacinta Marto, through the blessing of the first stone. With the supervision of the archdiocese of Cebu, in the person of its bishop Mons. José S. Palma, a foundation "Três Pastorinhos de Fátima" was also established to manage and monitor the whole process. Despite the constraints imposed by the pandemic, the new liturgical site is completed and ready to be inaugurated, coinciding with the Jubilee celebrations of 500 years of Christianity in that country.
The program of the blessing and dedication of the replica of the Fatima Capelinha, on April 4, includes, among other moments, the Eucharist with the rite of consecration of the altar, the enthronement of the Image of Our Lady of Fatima and the relics of the two shepherd’s saints, in the presence of numerous devotees from all over the country.
From Portugal, a delegation representing the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima and the International Secretariat of the World Apostolate of Fatima will participate in this solemn act.
The World Apostolate of Fatima considers that this replica of the Chapel of Fatima in the Philippines, as well as others that already exist in Brazil, in the United States of America and in Puerto Rico, will help strengthen the ties of the Filipino people with the Portuguese sanctuary and increase Marian devotion, particularly by living the spirituality of Fatima. These pilgrimage centres are authentic signs of the maternal presence of Our Lady and of God's mercy.
Pope to consecrate Russia and Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary
The Vatican Press office informed that Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, on March 25, in St. Peter’s Basilica, during the Celebration of Penance that he will preside over at 5:00 pm (Rome time). On the same day, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, will carry out a similar act of consecration at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, as envoy of the Holy Father.
March 25 is a special date. Apart from being the feast of the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, it was on this day, 38 years ago, that in 1984, Saint Pope John Paul II consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Earlier this month, Ukraine’s Latin Rite Catholic bishops and also the World Apostolate of Fatima International had petitioned Pope Francis to consecrate Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, precisely at the time when a terrible war is still going on in Europe, caused by the invasion and attack of the Russian army to Ukraine.
The Message of Fatima is a call for peace! When Our Lady appeared, in 1917, she told the three shepherd children: "God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved, and there will be peace”. Our Lady had also asked for the consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart, stating that if this request were not granted, Russia would spread "its errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church.” “The good," she added, "will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be destroyed."
As already indicated in the letter from the WAF International President, we are all invited to renew the 1984 Consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on this March 25. Now, we shall do it also in union with the Holy Father and many Bishops around the world, who will consecrate Russia and Ukraine.
The true devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, through ongoing conversion, prayer, penance and reparation, entrusting oneself to God and Mary, will help saving the world and bring about peace!
Renewal of the Consecration of the World
The International President of the World Apostolate of Fatima, Prof. Américo López-Ortiz, has written a circular letter to all the leaders and members of the Apostolate of Fatima concerning the terrible invasion and attack of Russia to Ukraine.
In his letter he underlines that such “critical situation must be confronted with the spiritual weapons we have to overcome evil” and that our movement has the duty “to illuminate the hearts of the faithful with the light of hope in the definitive triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary promised in Fatima.” He also wrote to the Holy Father proposing the renewal of the consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and, at the same time, to ask support for promoting the First Five Saturday’s devotion, as requested by Our Lady, to obtain peace for humanity.
Therefore, this coming March 25, we are all encouraged, individually or in community, to make the renewal of the Collegial Consecration of the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary; the one performed by St. John Paul II, in 1984, in Rome. The text of the Consecration is here.
Let us all be united in prayer, even more now, as we celebrate Lent and prepare for Easter, the feast of Christ’s victory over death and evil.
Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima visits Ukraine
The members of the World Apostolate of Fatima in Ukraine, particularly those of the parish of the Mother of God, in Lviv, have an old desire to welcome the visit of the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima to their region. This became more so at this particular time of war and tension with Russia. Therefore, on March 10, the Greek Catholic Archbishop and Metropolitan of Lviv, Mons. Ihor Vozniak, wrote a letter to the Rector of the Shrine of Fatima, in Portugal, to formally request the visit of the Statue, “in order to ask her intercession and protection for Ukraine and for the whole world”, he wrote.
The Shrine of Fatima received the letter and immediately decided to send the Pilgrim Virgin Statue nº 13, a replica of the original one, to Ukraine. She will travel via Krakow, in Poland, this week. The Statue will remain for a month in Ukraine and will be welcomed and transported by the Greek-Catholic community of Lviv, where there is a large group of members of the World Apostolate of Fatima, with whom we are deeply united, both spiritually as well as through our assistance.
Our Lady in Fatima insistently asked us to pray for peace. The visit of Our Lady Statue to Ukraine is part of this spiritual and pastoral mission to install peace in this country and in the world.
Historic note: In 1971, a group of pilgrims of the World Apostolate of Fatima, USA attempted to deliver a Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady to Russia that had been blessed at Fatima by Pope Paul VI, but she was denied entrance. While sitting on a ship in the Ukranian port of Odessa, they made the decision to fly the statue to Moscow in a chartered plane, wrap it in rags, and secretly process it through the heart of Red Square. It was then flown back to the ship and later placed at the Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Washington, New Jersey where it came to be known as the “Odessa Pilgrim Virgin Statue”. A few years ago, this very Statue was offered by the Apostolate in USA, to the Catholic parish community in Kazan, Russia where she is still venerated.
Feast of Saint Francisco and Saint Jacinta Marto
On the 20th of February, the Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Francisco and Saint Jacinta Marto, the two little children of Fatima, canonized in year 2017.
The World Apostolate of Fatima takes this date, as a special occasion, to celebrate the sanctity of these two little shepherds and to promote their spirituality. In Fatima and around the world, the Church will make memory of these two children saints, to learn from them the virtue of humility, prayer and self-offering to God.
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