REGIONAL CONGRESSES OF THE WORLD APOSTOLATE OF FATIMA
IN EUROPE AND AFRICA

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The First World Apostolate of Fatima Regional Congress for Europe was held in Koclírov, Czech Republic from September 24-28, 2010. Thirteen countries and seventy delegates participated in the discussion of the “New Evangelization of Europe and the Message of Fatima” illuminated by the study of the encyclical letter “Centesimus annus” of the Venerable Servant of God, John Paul II. The Congress was entrusted to John Paul II.

The International President of the WAF, Prof. Américo Pablo López-Ortiz, received at his arrival a message from the Holy Father, Benedict XVI, signed by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, in which the Holy Father “prayed that the people of Europe may hear afresh the life-giving message of the Gospel and experience a true conversion of heart” as he entrusted all participants to the Congress to the maternal protection of Our Lady of Fatima and imparted his Apostolic Blessing on them.

Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity sent a beautiful and profound message through the Chief of Bureau of the PCPL, Monsignor Miguel Delgado-Galindo. In his message, Cardinal Rylko explained the wonderful legacy of John Paul II and the principles in his encyclical letter “Centesimus annus” on the renewal and rebuilding of Europe after the collapse of the atheistic communism through the social doctrine of the Church, the New Evangelization and the globalization of solidarity, as he finished encouraging the WAF “to proceed in your precious work at the service of the new evangelization of the European continent through the Fatima Message.”

The Archbishop of Prague presided over a solemn mass renewing the consecration of Europe to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for her conversion, using a prayer composed by the International

President of the WAF, Prof. Américo López. The Pontifical Mass was followed by a Candlelight Procession where hundreds of the faithful participated.

The Rector of the Shrine of Fatima, Father Virgilio Antunes, offered a memorable conference on the Spirituality of Fatima and presided the Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament

Father Pavel Dokládal, National President of the WAF in the Czech Republic, who excelled as host to the regional meeting, offered the Welcome Address. Ing. Hana Francakova, member of the International Board of Trustees, coordinated the meeting and directed the singing. The staff members of the National Headquarters in the Czech Republic worked with excellence to carry on the beautiful Programme, the translations to different languages, the accommodations and meals provided by the National Centre at Koclírov, etc.

The International President of the WAF offered the “Introduction to the Congress”, the keynote address on the “New Evangelization of Europe and the Message of Fatima” and a talk on “St. John Bosco, Marian Prophet, Precursor of the Fatima Message and the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary”, as well as the conclusion statements of the congress.

The International Vice-President, Mr. Georges Inglin, offered a very interesting talk and power point projection on “The First Saturday’s Devotion of the Communion of Reparation and the Immaculate Heart of Mary” and its urgency in the context of the

Fatima Message. Mr. Inglin served in the coordination of the Regional Meeting as co-sponsor.            

The International Secretariat and his Director, Nuno Praxeres, offered a power point presentation “From Fatima to the World: Sharing a Family Story” –an impressive two-family testimony from Nuno and Ana Reis, our international secretaries, and their relation to the three little shepherds of Fatima, that was much appreciated.

The National President of the WAF in the USA, Mr. Dave Carollo, offered a synopsis of the Programs and Materials developed in the USA to promote the New Evangelization through the authentic Message of Fatima and the ways to enhance our membership.

Mr. Alexander Stalcov-Karwacki  from Bielorusia offered a talk on the great changes experienced in the lives of the people after the fall of the Soviet Union and the signs of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as well as the great responsibility we all have to carry on these changes to an effective new evangelization of the continent.

Many delegates offered their insights, experiences and discussion on the issues and topics covered. The atmosphere of friendship and fellowship was cultivated through a fellowship night, a concert of the Santini Choir, a trip to South Moravia, the traditional dances and music, typical sweets and great spiritual joy.

After the congress, the group of delegates participated in a pilgrimage to Stara Boleslav, the main national pilgrimage on St. Wenceslas solemnity. A trip to Prague included the visitations to

the tomb of St. Wenceslas, the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague Shrine, the Archbishop’s Palace and many other important sites.

After the Congress, the International President was received by the President of the Republic, His Excellency Václav Klaus, having the opportunity of presenting him the documents of the Congress on the New Evangelization of Europe. Father Pavlev, Hana Francakova, Mons. Miguel Delgado, Father Virgilio Antunes and Mr. Nuno Prazeres participated in the audience.

The International President of the WAF was received by the Secretary General of the Bishop’s Conference of the Czech Republic. A one hour interview to the International President of the WAF was broadcasted by the national Catholic radio station.

 

SECOND AFRICAN REGIONAL SUMMIT OF THE WORLD APOSTOLATE OF FATIMA

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From the 6th to the 10th of October, 2010 the Second African Congress of the World Apostolate of Fatima took place at Abuja, Nigeria; precisely in the Papal Ground at Kubwa, Abuja,  where some years ago the Holy Father, the Servant of God John Paul II, celebrated mass before an enormous crowd. The African Congress was entrusted to John Paul II as it considered the main theme of "The Fatima Apostolate in Africa and the New Evangelization in the light of the African Synods."

Seven countries sent nearly seventy delegates to this Second Regional African Summit: Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon (where the First Regional Congress took place), Tanzania, Gabon, Botswana, Ghana and Nigeria (our excellent host). Nearly three thousand members of the WAF-Nigeria attended all the sessions of this Regional Congress and Third National Rosary Congress.   

For this special occasion, the International President of the World Apostolate of Fatima, Prof. Américo Pablo López-Ortiz and the International Secretary, Nuno Prazeres, traveled to Nigeria. Prof. López Ortiz offered two conferences on "The New Evangelization of Africa and the Message of Fatima" and "Consecration to God through the Immaculate Heart of Mary". Mr. Nuno Prazeres offered a talk on "The Role of the International Secretariat in the Propagation of the Message of Fatima."

A special guest of honour was Nigerian Archbishop Jude Mary Thaddeus Okolo, Apostolic Nuncio to Central African Republic & Chad, who offered a talk on the "The Fatima Apostolate in Africa and the New Evangelization in the Light of the Synods of Africa". Archbishop Jude Mary is a member of the WAF since he was a child and as he witnessed, his vocation to the priesthood comes from his devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. As many other Nigerian priests attending the Congress, he was sponsored by the WAF International as part of the missionary effort of the WAF Secretariat to make possible thier ecclesiastical studies.   

The international delegates paid a visit to His Grace Most Reverend.John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja and to the Apostolic Nuncio of Nigeria, His Excellency Most Reverend Augustine Kasujja.The WAF-Nigeria is in total consonance with the Church in Nigeria, working together for the New Evangelization of the nation.

A great gratitude goes to Prof. Michael Ogunu, the National President of the WAF in Nigeria, as well as to Reverend Father Mark Binang, National Chaplain, for their great job in coordinating a wonderful Programme of Events, including the Eucharistic Celebrations, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Candlelights Procession with thousands of participants, penitential services and confessions for all participants, meditation of the Holy Rosary, Brown Scapular Investiture and Installation of National Patrons/Patroness of the WAF Nigeria. One of them was the former International Lay Delegate, Mr. Maurice Archibong, who attended the meeting with his wife.Other special guets were His Eminence Edidem Emmanuel Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, Obong of Calabar and Natural Ruler, who is a member of the WAF-Nigeria and Mr. Dominic U. Jack, first organizer of the Blue Army in Nigeria and National Secretary for many years.

Some of the remarkable talks were: "The Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and the First Saturday's Devotion" by Prof. Michael Ogunu (a Carmelite Tertiary and National President of the WAF-Nigreria); "The Rosary as an Indispensable Instrument of Evangelization and an Unfailing Weapon against the forces of evil in African Societies" by Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Michael Sasa, Rector of the Ss Peter & Paul Major Seminary at Ibadan, Nigeria (more than 550 seminarias attend this seminary and some of them attended the Congress too as WAF members) and "Promoting the Sanctity and Dignity of Human Life among African communities" by Eng. Jerry Okwuosama, a Pro-Life Specialist.

A great contribution was made by His Excellency Bishop Evaristus Chengula from Tanzania, still an active diocesan bishop, who presided Holy Mass and offered a great witnessing of pastoral care with his presence as he has been doing for decades looking after the WAF in his country.

Several Executive sessions were held for the international delegates coordinated by Father Roland Bergneh, from Cameroon, Regional Coordinator for Africa and member of the International Board of Trustees of the WAF. These meetings were chair by Prof. Américo López-Ortiz, the International President of the WAF. A strong need for materials was expressed by the delegates, especially in French. The International WAF- Catalogue in English is much appreciated. All copies of dvd's and books in English were distributed and very well received. The dvd in English: "Fatima, Hope of the World - A Catechesis on Fatima" by the International President offers 13 Programmes of 28 minutes each on the main topics of the Message of Fatima to form national leaders at all levels and is available from the International Secretariat.

Our gratitude goes to the WAF-India and the WAF-USA in developing some of these materials.

The delegates petitioned to the Holy Father an apostolic exhortation on the First Saturday's Devotion for the Universal Church. The original text was drafted by Mr. Polycarp, President of the WAF-Cameroon and Fr. Roland Bergneh, Regional Coordinator and approved unanimously to be submitted to the Holy See.

After five days of great discipline, personal sacrifices of many participants to the Congress and special reverence and love for the Good Lord and Our Lady of Fatima, mixed with unique human warmth and friendship, the Congress finished as a great success. It was like if "the sun have danced again" with a spiritual bouquet of graces and mercy poured on the many participants. The Church in Africa has a brilliant future.