WAF International President Meets Pope Francis


The WAF was given its own booth to display Fatima literature, and its two delegates, Prof. Américo Pablo López-Ortiz, WAF International President and Nuno Prazeres, Director of the International Secretariat, had the great honor and privilege to be among the small group that greeted and spoke to the Holy Father at the end of his audience.

Prof. Américo handed personally to Pope Francis a petition letter of 8 pages, in Spanish, on behalf of the World Apostolate of Fatima International, to establish the First Saturday’s Devotion in the Universal Church, and spoke to him about “the forgotten part of the Message of Fatima”, that is the First Saturday’s Devotion. The Holy Father was delighted with this presentation on the Message of Fatima and showed personal signs of affection and joy to Prof. Américo as this subject is close to his heart.

Briefly, it was summarized to the Holy Father that the universal practice of the First Saturday’s Devotion is a condition associated with: 1) world peace; 2) the conversion of many sinners; 3) the grace of final perseverance for those practicing it, and 4) the unity and strength of the Universal Church against inner dissensions opposing the Magisterium of the Successor of Peter: in a word, the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary promised at Fatima.

The special grace of unity and strength of the Universal Church is a special assistance from Our Lady of Fatima to the Petrine ministry of the Pope (i.e. that he is the successor of St Peter), and is mentioned in the correspondence between Sister Lucia and Pope Saint John Paul II. As we are approaching the centennial of the Fatima Apparitions in the year 2017, this should be the greatest gift of the Universal Church to Our Lady of Fatima — the universal establishment of the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Communion of Reparation of the First Saturdays!

Pope Francis was overjoyed by this message and certainly appreciated vividly the assistance promised to his Petrine ministry by Our Lady of Fatima in our days. This personal meeting was the longest one of the audiences. Now comes our part: much prayer, penance and apostolic efforts need to be offered to bring about the establishment of the First Saturday’s Devotion in our respective local churches and in the Universal Church, as a sign of the definitive triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary promised at Fatima.

With this in mind, we are all called to be joyful missionaries of the Gospel of Christ, offering the world the precious message that Our Lady gave us in Fatima.

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