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Jacinta would have embraced the First Saturday devotion

Jacinta would have embraced the First Saturday devotion

Jacinta, whose birthday is celebrated March 11, was privy to the dire three-part secret of Fatima at the impressionable age of seven. The second part of the secret involved the answer to preventing what Mary revealed in the first part – a second, worse war,

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The gift of courage – Mary shows us why we need it

The gift of courage – Mary shows us why we need it

By Barb Ernster – The title woman is not bestowed upon Mary lightly. It connotes a very important role in salvation history, and one that is not for the faint of heart. In his book Fatima for Today, Father Andrew Apostoli tells us Mary is

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The origin and significance of the Stations of the Cross

The origin and significance of the Stations of the Cross

By Prof. Michael Ogunu – Stations of the Cross (or Way of the Cross; in Latin, Via Crucis; also called the Via Dolorosa or Way of Sorrows) is a devotion which recalls with mindful affection the last stage of the journey that Jesus walked in

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Shrine welcomes new chaplain, Father James Walling, CPM

Shrine welcomes new chaplain, Father James Walling, CPM

The National Blue Army Shrine welcomes our new chaplain, Father James Walling, a priest of the Congregation of the Fathers of Mercy (CPM). Father Walling is replacing Father Michael Venditti, who has served as the Shrine chaplain since 2014, and has taken a new assignment

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Lent should be a “little death” for us

Lent should be a “little death” for us

By Donal Anthony Foley – We will be celebrating for the first time, on Tuesday, February 20, the feast of Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto. This is an important milestone for the Fatima movement and message as a whole, and for the World Apostolate of Fatima in particular.

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The loveable seers of Lourdes and Fatima

The loveable seers of Lourdes and Fatima

By Donal Foley – The apparitions of the Blessed Mother at Fatima and Lourdes are among the best-known and loved of all her appearances in nearly 2,000 years of Church history. This is due, to some extent, to the lovable and attractive nature of the

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Fasting and the acceptable sacrifice

Fasting and the acceptable sacrifice

By Barb Ernster At Fatima, Our Lady did not specifically ask the children to fast on food and water, but she did ask them to do penance and make sacrifices. The Fatima children came up with their own ways of doing this, including giving up

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An unknown light in 1938 demands our attention – even today

An unknown light in 1938 demands our attention – even today

By Barb Ernster – On this day that celebrates the conversion of St. Paul the Apostle, upon seeing a great light from the sky suddenly flashed around him, it is good to remind ourselves why God uses such signs. And woe to us when we

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SLS18 Inspires and Equips Thousands to Share Joy of the Gospel

SLS18 Inspires and Equips Thousands to Share Joy of the Gospel

The World Apostolate of Fatima attended one of the largest gatherings of Catholics around the topic of evangelization, SLS18: Inspire & Equip, hosted by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), which welcomed more than 8,000 participants to Chicago Jan. 2 – 6, 2018. The

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Father Andrew Apostoli – What a wonderful life

Father Andrew Apostoli – What a wonderful life

By David Carollo – We said goodbye to our dear friend, Father Andrew Apostoli, who passed into eternity on December 13, two months to the day after his last visit to the Blue Army Shrine. We visited with him regularly while he was under the

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