Lessons From Fatima: What We Can Learn from Jacinta Marto

Sister Angela de Fatima Coelho, postulator for the cause of canonization of Fatima Seers Jacinta and Francisco, meets Pope Francis, who has consecrated his entire pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima.

In Part II of our interview with Sister Angela de Fatima Coelho, the postulator for the cause of canonization of Jacinta and Francisco, Sister shares some of the lessons we can learn from the life of Jacinta Marto, one of the three visionaries to whom Our Lady appeared.

Do I understand that hell is real? Our Lady showed Jacinta a vision of hell, which deeply affected her. Sister Angela said Jacinta wanted to go to heaven, but she could not stand the idea of going there alone. She wanted to know why Our Lady didn’t show hell to everyone because she was sure, then, that everyone would reform and no one would go to hell. Want to know more about this? Sister recommends two books by one of the other visionaries, Sister Lucia. They are “Fatima in Lucia’s Own Words” and “Calls from the Message of Fatima” by the more mature Sister Lucia, who died before she could finish it.

The three shepherd children, Lucia, Francisco & Jacinta, to whom Our Lady appeared in Fatima, Portugal, with important messages for the world.

What am I willing to do for God? Is it a big deal to me to refrain from eating meat or between meals on days like Good Friday?

Of the three Fatima visionaries, Sister said Jacinta is the one who physically suffered the most. While both Francisco and Jacinta were victims of the influenza epidemic, Francisco died peacefully at home, having received Communion the prior day, and in the presence of his parents. But Our Lady asked Jacinta if she was willing to stay on earth a bit longer to offer even more for poor sinners. Jacinta said yes.

Says Sister Angela: “Do you see how much Our Lady respects this little girl? She asks, ‘Are you willing to stay?’ And do you see the great generosity and trust of this little girl toward Our Lady?” Jacinta told Lucia, “Our Lady told me I was going to go to two hospitals and that I will die alone. That’s what hurts me the most. Maybe it will be a big hospital, really dark, and I will die alone.”

However, Sister says that Lucia visited Jacinta twice in the hospital and always found her happy because she had the possibility of offering more for the conversion of sinners, for the Holy Father, and for the consolation of the hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Here’s how Jacinta died. A rich family offered to take Jacinta to the best hospital in Portugal. Unfortunately, it was in Lisbon. Jacinta traveled to Lisbon with her mother who left her in a special orphanage. She was completely alone.

The Miracle of the Sun! Witnessed by hundreds of thousands of people and reported on by several newspapers in October 1917, the sun careened toward the earth and the rain drenched earth and the people themselves became completely dry in an instant!

The child endured surgery with no anesthesia. She later told a visiting priest that she was going to die the next day and requested Holy Communion. The priest told her that that her condition was not that serious and that he would bring her Holy Communion tomorrow. She died without receiving her Lord in the Eucharist. She was only nine.

“She died with a wound in her chest like Jesus,” Sister Angela said. “She was very configured with the Passion of Christ. ‘My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?’ But Our Lady was there. Our Lady promised she would pick her up. And I’m almost sure she offered this suffering for the conversion of sinners and for the Holy Father.”

Do I believe that this is the worst time in the history of the world?

Why does Our Lady show the shepherd children heaven, hell and the things to come? Sister says it’s because, first, He wants us to know that He is still here with us. “You are part of Me, so do not be afraid.” Second, she reminds us that Our Lady said, “If what I say is done, many souls will be saved – so no more going to hell – and there will be peace – so no more war. In the end, there is always the door for hope.”

Sister adds that: “Each time has its own problems. Our time might seem worse than other times, but it is our time. We should not be afraid. We should prepare as in any time: Prayer, personal conversion, penance, love God and love our neighbors. We do not need to do extraordinary things – just live as children of God!”

Pope Francis has consecrated his pontificate and the world to Our Lady of Fatima!

Am I afraid of the future?

Sister says she loves the last sentence in Pope Emeritus Benedict’s second book on Jesus of Nazareth. He recalls that when Jesus ascended into heaven, He raised his hands in the position of blessing over his Apostles. The Pope says: “Those hands are the permanent reason of Christian joy.” The last gesture of Jesus in the skies of Fatima was also a gesture of blessing, Sister said.

“The message of Fatima is mainly a message of hope,” she continues. “In the words of Our Lady’s July 1917 apparition: ‘In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.’” It’s the same reassurance that Jesus gives us in the Gospel: “I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” (John 16:33)

If we walk with God, says Sister, “Why be afraid – even if I am the last one!”

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Lessons from Fatima: What We Can Learn From Francisco Marto

Think you know everything there is to know about Our Lady’s 1917 apparitions to three shepherd children at Fatima in Portugal? I had the privilege of speaking to Sister Angela de Fatima Coelho, the postulator for the cause of canonization of Jacinta and Francisco during her visit to EWTN, and after that conversation I can assure you there is more to the six apparitions than you may have realized.

If you’ve studied these important apparitions at all, you know that Our Lady appeared at

Sister Angela DeFatima, postulator for the cause for canonization of Fatima Seers Jacinta and Francisco, talks about what we can learn from these children at www.insideewtn.wordpress.com

Sister Angela DeFatima, postulator for the cause for canonization of Fatima Seers Jacinta and Francisco, talks about what we can learn from these children at http://www.insideewtn.wordpress.com

Fatima to ask us, her children, for prayer, (especially the rosary and the First Saturday devotion); acts of reparation (for our own sins and those of the world); and consecration to her Immaculate Heart, (especially the consecration of Russia). Our Lady said all of this is necessary to bring peace to the world.

However, as the postulator for the cause of canonization of two of the three children (the third being the children’s cousin Lucia), Sister Angela has spent countless hours studying the lives of this brother and sister and talking to those who knew them. In our interview, Sister Angela shared stories about the two children which highlight their spirituality. In Part 1 of this interview, we consider Francisco Marto’s holy life and some lessons we might learn from it.

How faithful am I to the graces I have received from God – often through the hands of Our Lady?

Contrary to popular opinion, the fact that someone sees Our Lady does not make them holy. In fact, Sister Angela says there are examples of seers in other apparitions who did not become saints. “What made the children holy was their faithfulness, their reaction, the way they dealt with the graces they were receiving. Each one of us receives graces, but how do we deal with them? The key was their commitment to everything they saw and heard.”

Am I happy with the graces God has granted me – or do I constantly compare myself with others?

The holy lives of Fatima Seers Francisco and Jacinta have much to teach us, says Sister Angela de Fatima, postulator for the cause of canonization for the two children.

The holy lives of Fatima Seers Francisco and Jacinta have much to teach us, says Sister Angela de Fatima, postulator for the cause of canonization for the two children.

“Francisco never heard Our Lady,” Sister Angela said. “He saw, but he couldn’t listen. That never bothered him. In this world, we are called to be ‘the best.’ If not, we think, ‘I’m not worthwhile. I’m trash.’ He was so humble that he accepted his apparently less privileged role in the history of Fatima. He was loved by God, so who cares that he couldn’t listen! He never felt humiliated. He never felt he was less than his cousin (Lucia) and his sister (Jacinta). He never asked God, ‘Why her and not me?’ One of our mistakes is comparing ourselves with others. That is pride. For me, among the three, the one who understood God the most, who had the deeper knowledge of the mystery of God, was Francisco Marto.”

Sister noted another problem with that “Gotta Be #1” mentality: “What about the millions and millions of people who are not Number One? Are they condemned to be unhappy? God calls us all to be happy. The Good News is a Gospel of Joy. That’s the great message of Easter!”

When things I don’t like happen in my life, do I demand that God explain Himself to me?

The Mother of Francisco told Sister Angela that, in the beginning, Francisco couldn’t see Our Lady. When Lucia realized this, she asked Our Lady why Francisco couldn’t see her. “Our Lady did not say why,” Sister said. “But she said to Lucia, ‘Tell him to pray the rosary and he will see me.’ Francisco obeyed with simplicity. After the sixth or seventh Hail Mary, he started to see Our Lady. Many of our whys will not get an answer, but if we surrender ourselves [like Francisco], everything will be alright.”

Sister Angela notes that this story also tells us the immense importance Our Lady attaches to the rosary.

Do I do my best to console the heart of God – do I even understand what that means?

Pope Francis makes a gesture of affection towards a statue of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal.

Pope Francis makes a gesture of affection towards a statue of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal.

Sister Angela said that Francisco was horrified when he realized how much our sins sadden the heart of God. What most defined this little boy’s spirituality was his insistence on the fact that we must all do our best to console the heart of God. Sister said Francisco’s father frequently heard him crying in the middle of the night. He would go to his son’s bedside and ask why he was crying. The child, who first saw Our Lady at age 8 and died at age 10, would say, “I’m thinking about God who is so sad. If only I could make him happy.” Sometimes, says Sister Angela, he did not sleep the whole night. He simply prayed.

Do I believe that only people with big important jobs have the ability to change the world?

In October 1996, Sister said that then-Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Emeritus Benedict) gave an interview to a Portuguese radio station where he said (and she was paraphrasing): “It’s one of the most frequent mistakes, even among Catholics, to think that only big political or economic events have an effect on the history of the world. Here, in Fatima, we think about prayer, conversion, and penance. It seems they are nothing, but they are the true efficacious things that can change the history of the world!”

 Next blog: Lessons From Fatima Seer Jacinta’s Life

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What It’s Like To Attend a Hollywood Premiere

The press gets ready to greet the stars of "Moms' Night Out" on the red carpet in front of TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood! The film opens Friday, May 9 -- just in time for Mothers' Day!

The press gets ready to greet the stars of “Moms’ Night Out” on the red carpet in front of TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood! Those pieces of paper on the ground are the names of the media outlets. Journalists stand behind the fence and the name of their outlet. The film opens Friday, May 9 — just in time for Mothers’ Day — and is described as a Valentine for mothers everywhere!

When Hollywood wants to get the word out about a new film, the studio invites journalists on an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles to see the premiere! In the case of “Moms’ Night Out,” a Valentine to Moms everywhere, EWTN sent me, their Director of Communications.

I’ve been a journalist for 20 years, but this was my first time on the red carpet. What a fantastic experience! Here’s how it went. I was asked on Friday if I wanted to go to the premiere. I was told I would leave on Tuesday morning, go to the premiere, interview the stars on Wednesday morning, and come home Wednesday night! Whew!

That weekend, in between working on an intense social media campaign for the canonization of two Popes, I printed out tons of biographical information on the stars to read on the plane ride from Birmingham to Dallas to Los Angeles. When I got to Dallas, I discovered that I would be interviewing the stars on the red carpet as well as the next day at the hotel. Now, it was REALLY getting interesting!

A star from the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, which is right across the street from TCL Chinese Theater. Patricia Heaton from Moms' Night Out, which premiered at the TCL Chinese Theater, received her star there in May 2012.

A star from the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, which is right across the street from TCL Chinese Theater. Patricia Heaton, star of Moms’ Night Out, which premiered May 9, received her star there in May 2012.

After a very hot 45-minute taxi ride to the Hotel Roosevelt, which is situated across from the TCL Chinese Theater (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theater) and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, I quickly changed into my premiere dress and ran across the street to the theater. There were gates set up around the perimeter of the theater to keep people out, but fortunately the security guards believed me when I said I was with the press. Once inside the gates, I walked over to a line of tables situated on the far side of the entrance. There, I was given my credentials for the event.

After that, I walked across the red carpet (which really is a red carpet affixed firmly to the ground), to the other side of the entrance to the theater. The press was stationed behind a line of gates that are about waist high. In front of the gates, on the ground, is the name of each outlet; in my case, EWTN. I introduced myself to a young man with a big camera, and another man with a microphone, who turned out to be “my” professional cameraman and “my” sound person. Each outlet got their own technical people or shared them with another outlet. During the event, my cameraman stood on a chair behind me and filmed all my interviews. Not every cameraman did this so I felt truly blessed!

When the stars started arriving, their “handlers” strolled down the red carpet ahead of them holding up pieces of cardboard with the star’s name, role, or function. For example, I got to interview the composers who scored the film. If an outlet was interested in interviewing the person, they indicated that to the handler. As the stars walked down the carpet, they stopped and interviewed with interested outlets.

Michael Leone and Shiloh Nelson, already veterans of the red carpet, are the two youngest cast members of “Moms’ Night Out.”

Of course, the biggest stars came last – and at the last minute – so they stopped only a few times or, in some cases, not at all! But no one was worried. We knew we’d have a chance to interview the bigger stars the next day at the hotel!

During the actual premiere of the movie, lots of the actors’ friends and family are in attendance – and some of these friends are pretty big stars in their own right. These people cheer when the movie begins and when “their” star makes their first appearance in the film. They also clap and cheer when the movie ends! The atmosphere is very upbeat and joyous – at least it was at this film!

The day after the premiere, I dressed early and took the hotel elevator downstairs where I joined the other journalists at a big buffet breakfast and what is known as a press junket. Before I started my interviews, I spoke to a number of people from Carmel Communications in Atlanta, which was one of the two firms doing publicity for this movie.  Especially helpful to me was Vice President Lisa Wheeler. She gave me some great background information on the film and its stars and made sure I got all my interviews in before I had to leave for the airport early that afternoon.

Birmingham, Ala.-based Filmmaker Andy Erwin, directed "Moms' Night Out," along with his brother Jon. They are out to change the conversation in Hollywood: films can not only make money, but espouse wholesome virtues. What a concept!

Birmingham, Ala.-based Filmmaker Andy Erwin directed “Moms’ Night Out,” along with his brother Jon. They are out to change the conversation in Hollywood! The brothers say that films can not only make money, but support good values! What a concept!

During a press junket, the stars are seated in rooms that are next door to each other. There are usually two or three stars in each room. Several journalists at a time wait just outside the room to do their interviews. My first interviews were with Sarah Drew and Sean Austin. Waiting in front of me was a reporter from a movie magazine. Behind me was a journalist from CNN.

When I entered the room, I found the two stars seated on director’s chairs with lots of lights and cameras surrounding them. I shook their hands and introduced myself. I was seated in a director’s chair across from them. I was told beforehand that I would have four minutes total to do my interview(s). I stated my name and outlet for the cameras and I was on!  There was no time to warm anyone up. I had to ask my best questions first – and I had to make them count because you can only ask one or two questions per person in that time frame.

As the interview progressed, a producer in each room let me know how many minutes I had left. Fortunately, producers don’t interrupt the stars when they are talking — so I always got a complete answer even when my time was up!

One of the beautiful dresses that adorned the red carpet during the premiere of "Moms' Night Out!"

One of the beautiful dresses that adorned the women on the red carpet during the premiere of “Moms’ Night Out!”

The stars always smile; they always act friendly; they are all prepared. During the premiere, my cameraman told me how boring it is to film a press junket because so many journalists ask the same questions. (The stars, however, answer each question as if it were the first time they heard it.) I’ve always hated group journalism, which is why I studied the background of the stars before meeting with them. I was determined to ask good questions.

Did I succeed? Judge for yourself. A portion of the interview with Sean Astin and Sarah Drew is scheduled to air 8 p.m. ET, Thursday, May 8 on “The World Over Live” with Raymond Arroyo. Other segments are now appearing – and will continue to be posted over the next few days – on EWTN’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ewtnonline, Twitter page, http://www.twitter.com/ewtn, and YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/ewtn. We hope you enjoy both the red carpet interviews as well as the sit-down interviews with this wonderful cast as well as the directors and the producer!

God bless Family!

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‘Moms’ Night Out’ – A Film Worth Your Time & Support!

It’s not often that a person can say they went to Hollywood and came away with their faith uplifted, but that’s exactly what happened during the premiere of “Moms’ Night Out.” The movie, which opens in theaters May 9, is described by the directors as a Valentine to their wives, and is a fun and funny celebration of marriage and motherhood. The film stars Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy), Sean Astin (“Lord of the Rings, “The Goonies”), Patricia Heaton (The Middle, Everybody Loves Raymond), Country Star Trace Adkins, Abbie Cobb (Suburgatory), and more!

"Moms' Night Out" poster graces the red carpet during the April 29 premiere in Los Angeles. The film opens nationwide Friday, May 9.

“Moms’ Night Out” poster graces the red carpet during the April 29 premiere in Los Angeles. The film, described as a Valentine for Moms, opens nationwide Friday, May 9.

The cast is a who’s who of Christian Hollywood! A few examples: Patricia Heaton, a Catholic, is one of the most pro-life voices in Hollywood; Andrea Logan, who plays one of the Moms, and who brought the concept of the film to the producer, had a difficult childhood and was hitting bottom when she cried out to God and He (of course!) heard her (she gladly shares her beautiful testimony); Abbie Cobb, another of the Moms, wrote a book on how to keep your faith in Hollywood; Sarah Drew, a pastor’s daughter, is openly Christian – and the list goes on.

But the biggest Christian influences on the movie were Producer Kevin Downes, who made the decision to bring the film to life and who has a small role in the film; and Directors Jon and Andrew Erwin. The Birmingham, Ala.-based brothers, who said they were blessed to get their first choice of actors for every role, have been involved in writing and/or directing several big Christian movies in the last several years including “October Baby,” “Courageous,” and “Fireproof.” The brothers, who are big fans of EWTN, openly admit that they are trying to change the conversation in Hollywood.

This is a big film that will be of interest to a wide audience even though the husbands in this film actually support their wives and the film openly supports marriage and fidelity.

This devotional, by Hollywood comedienne Kerri Pomarolli is funny and inspiring. Available in stores (including Walmart) and  bookstores nationwide!

This devotional, by Hollywood comedienne Kerri Pomarolli, is funny and inspiring. Available in stores (including Walmart) and bookstores nationwide!

You’ll want to see this movie because it’s funny and fun – and, oh yeah, you’ll be thrilled to support the values it espouses! When Sarah Drew’s character tells her husband she always wanted to be a wife and mother so she can’t understand why she’s not happy, he doesn’t run off and have an affair and the marriage doesn’t fall apart. Instead, he encourages her to take some time for herself beginning with a Moms’ night out with her friends. One Mom who saw the film actually got tears in her eyes when talking about how well the film captures her own struggles as a mother.

You’ll love seeing Patricia Heaton, who plays a pastor’s wife, get accidentally zapped by a cop with a stun gun and “outed” for attending Woodstock in her youth; the “guy at the desk” in a tattoo parlor making eyes at one of the wives, and getting slapped down; Trace Adkins, who plays a biker, delivering some of the wisest lines in the film, and so much more.

Don’t miss this film! See it on Mother’s Day weekend, when it will make the biggest difference with the Hollywood crowd!

Next blog: What it’s like to attend the premiere of a Hollywood movie – and to interview its stars!

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Noah – Get the REAL story!

As the controversy over the film “Noah” erupted this week, two of EWTN’s most popular hosts were asked to weigh in on the movie.

Raymond Arroyo, host of "World Over Live" On EWTN, recently discussed "Noah" with Bill O'Reilly on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor."

Raymond Arroyo, host of “World Over Live” on EWTN, recently discussed “Noah” with Bill O’Reilly on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor.” Catch the show at 8 p.m. ET on Thursdays. Find EWTN at http://www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Father Mitch Pacwa, popular host of “EWTN Live” and other series as well as a Biblical scholar, was interviewed by Stuart Varney of “Varney & Company” on the Fox Business Network. You can watch the entire interview here: http://www.foxbusiness.com/on-air/varney-co/index.html#/v/3414804417001

My favorite quote from that interview: “The only things it [the movie] has in common with the story of Noah in Genesis is the name of Noah, his three sons, there’s a boat, animals and a flood. Other than that, there’s very little in common!”

Some say the movie is entertaining; you just need to be aware that it has little or nothing to do with the Bible. However, as “World Over Live” Host Raymond Arroyo pointed out in his interview with Bill O’Reilly on “The O’Reilly Factor,” the Biblical connection is a problem since movie makers are using it to market the film. That caused O’Reilly to joke that instead of naming the movie “Noah,” the filmmakers might have done better to call their story “Sidney.” (See Arroyo’s complete interview here: http://video.foxnews.com/v/3427228775001/controversy-over-the-film-noah/#sp=show-clips),

From emails and social media comments, we know that audiences did expect to see a movie that had some connection with the real story. In a quote that may be more entertaining than the movie, Arroyo told O’Reilly, “They went to see ‘Gladiator’ in an ark. What they got was ‘Black Swan’s’ daddy in ‘Waterworld.’”

Biblical Scholar Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J., host of "EWTN Live" and other series, greets fans at an EWTN Family Celebration. He recently gave his take on the film "Noah" to Stuart Varney of "Varney & Co." on the Fox Business Network. In the background, "World Over Live" Host Raymond Arroyo autographs his best-selling biography of Mother Angelica.

Biblical Scholar Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J., host of “EWTN Live” seen at 8 p.m. ET Wednesdays on EWTN, greets fans at an EWTN Family Celebration. He recently gave his take on the film “Noah” to Stuart Varney of “Varney & Co.” on the Fox Business Network. In the background, “World Over Live” Host Raymond Arroyo autographs his best-selling biography of Mother Angelica. Find EWTN at http://www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

The details are wrong too. As Father Mitch told Varney, he was amused by the fact that the movie focuses on the evils of industrialization when that was definitely not a problem in Noah’s time. According to Father Mitch, those who lived during the time of Noah (from roughly 10,000 BC to 5,000 BC) didn’t even know how to make pottery, much less smelt iron!

Whatever your take on “Noah,” there is one way all of us could make this movie a big win for Christianity. Let’s all go to our social media sites and tell our friends and family that the film has inspired us to pick up our Bibles and read the real story of Noah – out loud — to our children and grandchildren. As those of us who read the Bible know, “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God.” (Roman 8:28).

God bless Family!

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Saving Africa – Why EWTN Programming Matters

Did you know that the U.S. Government is pressuring African nations to accept same-sex marriages, abortion, contraception and more?

George Wirnkar, EWTN's Regional Manager in Africa.

George Wirnkar, EWTN’s Regional Manager in Africa.

“Countries which have stood up [against these practices] have been [labeled] as undemocratic and disrespectful of human rights,” said George Wirnkar, EWTN’s Regional Manager in Africa, who was at EWTN’s headquarters in Irondale this week. “Western media is insinuating that countries which depend on the U.S. Government for financial aid also have to listen to the U.S. Government when it speaks about aspects of ‘good governance’ and democracy. They are insinuating that there will be suspension of aid or denial of aid to countries that refuse to comply with U.S. Government requirements for ‘a more open society.’ There is clearly a concerted effort to break down the family, to make it something that has no form as God intended it.”

Amazingly, Wirnkar said most African dialects don’t even have a word for abortion – that’s how foreign the concept is to the African way of living and thinking.

“It’s a question of culture,” Wirnkar said. “Most African traditions don’t even conceive of a man and a man getting married – irrespective of religious influences – or of two people living together before they are married. It’s considered a desecration of the earth – it could bring a curse on the people – and so is abortion.”

Unfortunately, Wirnkar said TV and radio stations are bringing in more and more secular programming from the West, which introduces social permissiveness to people, eroding morals and family values.

Fr. Maruice Emelus, host of "The Church in Africa," with some of his fans during the 2013 EWTN Family Celebration in Birmingham, Ala.

Fr. Maruice Emelu, host of “The Church in Africa” on EWTN with some fans of his wildly popular series during the 2013 EWTN Family Celebration in Birmingham, Ala.

“We need to find ways of building Catholic TV and radio,” Wirnkar said. “If we don’t fill the airwaves with value-based programs, they are going to fill it with junk and that is exactly what is happening.”

This makes EWTN’s mission more important than ever. As Wirnkar said, “EWTN has been airing programs that have been supporting the same values, the same teachings, and the same Church for 35 years.”

With your help, your Network, EWTN, will continue in its mission to share “the Splendor of Truth” – in Africa, America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, the Caribbean, and everywhere in between!

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You Can Change the World: Living and Learning The Message of Fatima

New book on Fatima by Father Andrew Apostoli. Find out more below!

New book on Fatima by Father Andrew Apostoli. Find out more below!

There were more martyrs in the 20th Century than in all the previous centuries combined – and the deaths continue apace.

Religious persecution and marginalization are no longer the just the problem of our European brothers and sisters, but have become a daily reality for American Catholics who dare to actually practice the faith.

Around the world, religious wars are being fought, and famine among people of faith is spreading. For Christians, this just may be the worst time globally in the history of mankind.

But what can one person do?

If you listen to the messages that Our Lady of Fatima proclaimed in the 20th Century, the answer for Catholics is plenty!

“While Our Lady of Fatima came for all of God’s children and to save all of our souls, the requests she made are specifically Catholic,” said Deacon Bob Ellis, National Coordinator of the World Apostolate of Fatima. “Who else has rosaries, scapulars, and the Eucharist?”

World Apostolate of Fatima Executive Director David M. Carollo, National Director Deacon Bob Ellis, and Communications Director David Greiner at EWTN. "We are a publivc association of the faithful," says Corollo. "We speak as the voice of the Vatican, the church, on Fatima. We want people to learn, live and spread the message of Fatima."

World Apostolate of Fatima Executive Director David M. Carollo, National Director Deacon Bob Ellis, and Communications Director David Greiner at EWTN. “We are a public association of the faithful,” says Corollo. “We speak as the voice of the Vatican, the church, on Fatima. We want people to learn, live and spread the message of Fatima.”

This doesn’t make us better, but it does make us more responsible for changing the world, which is the message of the World Apostolate of Fatima (WAF), one of many organizations that have come to EWTN in the past few weeks to film an episode of EWTN’s new series, “The Church Universal,” which is slated to air in the Fall of 2014. Watch for WAF Executive Director David M. Carollo, and Communications Director David Greiner in addition to Deacon Ellis.

“We are a public association of the faithful,” says Corollo. “We speak as the voice of the Vatican, the church, on Fatima. We want people to learn, live and spread the message of Fatima.”

What is the message? “Our Lady came to save souls from hell and to bring peace,” said Deacon Ellis. “Both of those things are accomplished through the conversion of sinners. When you turn away from sin, you are saved from hell and peace will come to the world. The means of bringing about that conversion is reparation.”

And reparation is the message of Fatima. Those who join WAF pledge to offer up daily sacrifices for the conversion of sinners (morning offering), to pray the rosary every day, to consecrate themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to wear the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel as a sign of their consecration and to live what it represents, and to practice the five First Saturday Communions of Reparation.

Fatima Book by the late Father Robert J. Fox. Find out more below!

Fatima Book by the late Father Robert J. Fox. Find out more below!

“We have those four things on our pledge,” said Deacon Eillis, which can be found of the organization’s website (see link below). “A fifth request is implied. Our Lady revealed to us that Jesus wants devotion to her Immaculate Heart to spread throughout the world and to be placed beside the Sacred Heart. Devotion to the Immaculate Heart consists primarily in honoring her Fatima devotional requests and derivatives thereof: total consecration and home enthronement.”

This is a serious responsibility for Catholics since Our Lady said that many people go to hell because there is no one to make reparation for their sins.

“A day doesn’t go by now that we don’t get whacked by something,” Deacon Ellis said. “This is the world we’ve built. One of the biggest issues is indifference because of ‘tolerance.’ It’s been hammered into our heads. Love the sinner, but hate the sin – but admonish the sinner. We’ve lost our voice. We’ve had this belief that good and evil can co-exist. They cannot. How much do you love a person? You want the relationship, but even more you want to save them from hell. If you have to suffer the consequences of losing some friendships — that is part of it.”

How can you learn more? WAF offers many resources through EWTN including:

A Fatima classic by Father Robjert J. Fox. Find out more below!

A Fatima classic by Father Robjert J. Fox. Find out more below!

How can you live and spread the message? Consider the following:

  • Make the pledge: http://bit.ly/1fFfBcF
  • Attend or begin a “prayer cell” in your area. Find out more at http://bit.ly/1eOFmaT.
  • Make a pilgrimage to the National Blue Army Shrine in Washington, N.J., http://bit.ly/1egSDMF, or to Fatima itself, http://bit.ly/1izAhbf.
  • Attend WAF’s Marian Eucharistic Conference May 16-18 at Ave Maria University in Florida. Speakers include EWTN’s “Sunday Night Prime” Host Fr. Andrew Apostoli, Fr. Michael Gaitley of the Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, Mass., Sr. Angela Coehlo, Vice Postulator for Canonizations of Jacinta and Francisco; WAF’s Nuno Prazeres, and Vatican Theologian & Journalist Tony Thomas with Music by Vinny Flynn and Gabi Frei. To register, go to http://bit.ly/1kFCsKy.
Statue of Our Lady of Fatima. She calls us to make reparation not only for our own sins, but those of others. Will we listen?

Statue of Our Lady of Fatima. She calls us to make reparation not only for our own sins, but those of others. Will we listen?

“Change the world” – by learning, living and spreading the message of Fatima. That’s WAF’s slogan, but it’s also the message from Our Lady of Fatima.

“This isn’t an option,” said Deacon Ellis. “Change the world or the world will absorb you and will kill you and your culture. The promise is that [ultimately] this won’t happen. They are winning battles; we will win the war. You can win, but you can suffer a lot of casualties. Do yourself a favor and change the world – because we are all capable of it.”

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