On June 13, 2024, the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life will hold its annual meeting with the Moderators of associations of the faithful, ecclesial movements and new communities in the New Hall of the Synod in the Vatican. The World Apostolate of Fatima, an international association of the faithful, will also be present with two delegates.  

popeThe theme of the Meeting will be ‘The Challenge of Synodality for Mission’. The Church, through the Synod on Synodality, is experiencing a prolonged time of consultation, reflection and dialogue to fully implement the synodal dimension, which is part of its nature as a mystery of communion, in the image of Trinitarian communion.

This year's Meeting with the Moderators of international associations aims to highlight some examples of synodal structures and practices already implemented in associations and movements that can be an example and stimulus for the whole Church, such as sharing experiences of faith within small groups or small communities, community discernment, co-responsibility of lay and ordained ministers in assuming roles of governance, involvement of married couples and young people in evangelisation, charitable and social action, etc.

Participants in the Annual Meeting with Moderators will also be invited to reflect on synodal dimensions that pose new challenges to the growth of associations and movements.

The day will open with the celebration of Holy Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica presided over by His Eminence Card. Kevin Farrell – Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. Participants will then attend an Audience with the Holy Father Pope Francis.

After a welcoming address by Card. Kevin Farrell, the programme will include two main presentations. Prof. Rafael Luciani, Lecturer at Andrés Bello Catholic University (Venezuela) will introduce the theme ‘Mission as the Goal of Synodality’, and Dr Elisa Lisiero – a Dicastery official – will invite participants to reflect on synodality and the experience of the movements.

As always, ample time for sharing and free question/answer session will characterize the Meeting.

The Dicastery’s website (www.laityfamilylife.va) has an updated Directory with the list and contacts of associations, ecclesial movements, and new communities.

(Cfr. https://www.laityfamilylife.va/content/laityfamilylife/en/news/2024/la-sfida-della-sinodalita-per-la-missione.html)

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:  https://shop.worldfatima.com/

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.  

March 25 is a special date in connection with Fatima. Forty years ago, in 1984, on this same day, Saint Pope John Paul II, in union with all the bishops, consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the presence of the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima, in St. Peter’s Square, Rome.

25 marçoThis solemn act was to fulfil the request made by Our Lady during the Fatima apparitions and, more explicitly during her apparition to Sister Lucia in Tuy, Spain, in 1929, where She said:  “The moment has come in which God asks the Holy Father to make, in union with all the bishops of the world, the consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, promising to save it by this means.”

When the consecration was finally made, Sister Lucia personally confirmed that such solemn and universal act of consecration corresponded to what Our Lady wanted: “Yes it has been done just as Our Lady asked” she wrote. 

To make memory of this solemn act of consecration of 1984 and of the consecration of Russia and Ukraine that Pope Francis made on 25 March 2022, should help to renew our faith, hope and trust in God and Our Lady, who promised at Fatima that “in the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph” (…) “and a period of peace will be granted to the world”. The Blessed Virgin Mary counts on us, on our conversion and consecration to God, to build peace in the world.