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Cycle of Conferences 2015-2016

Hall of the Retreat House of Our Lady of Sorrows

Second Sunday of each month | 4:00 pm

Each year of the celebration of the Centennial of the Apparitions, and on the second Sunday afternoon of each month, based on the content established in the Thematic Itinerary for the celebrative septenary of the Centennial of the apparitions of Fatima, orators from different fields reflect on different aspects related to the Message of Fatima. This cycle is based on the theme: “I came that they may have life”. 

 

December 13, 2015 

My spirit rejoices in God my Savior | João Duarte Lourenço

January 10, 2016 

In you is the source of life | Pedro Valinho Gomes

February 14, 2016 

Be joyful in the Lord | Alexandre Palma

March 13, 2016 

Let us rejoice and celebrate | Luís Manuel Pereira da Silva

April 10, 2016 

Anyone who loses his life .… will save it | Manuel Morujão


 

 

 

«I came that they may have life». Life that sprouts from God in the course of history

Theological and Pastoral Symposium 

June 24 to 26, 2016 

Good Shepherd's Hall | Paul VI Pastoral Centre

Following the thematic itinerary that aims to prepare the celebration of the Centennial of the Apparitions of Fatima, the last Pastoral-Theological Symposium before this celebration, focuses, as usual, on the pastoral year taking place at the Shrine of Fatima, entitled: «I came that they may have life». Life that sprouts from God in the course of history. During two and a half days - from June 24 to 26 – one seeks to reflect on the fundamental dimensions of "life in its fullness" that is made possible through the Christian event as a gift and an experience, and simultaneously as a promise to fulfill and a hope to keep.

From three theme-oriented perspectives - "received", "celebrated" and "donated" life - the Symposium will reflect, first of all, on the gift of the new life that the Gospel of Jesus points out and offers, and the action of His Spirit (who is also the Spirit of the Father) updates, each time and place, emphasizing, at the same time, the task of human construction, which is engaged in receiving that gift. In this context, the care for life appears as an evangelical demand that requires the answer to human freedom.

In a second step, reflecting on the "celebrated" life compel us to analyze, on the one hand, the existential meaning, inherent to the Christian celebration, and, on the other hand, to learn about the elements - in Christian joy, celebration, and pilgrimage –  that bring up what is life in all its depth. A life which is rooted in the merciful love of God and, therefore, is translated into "giving" to others, in the merciful and compassionate act, in the free gift of forgiveness. So basic pillars are placed to deepen how the Church can and must be at the service of the fullness of life today.

The Symposium will open its proceedings with a look at the Message of Fatima, trying to highlight how the question about human living, its limitations and weaknesses, life's deepest sense, is present on it. A sense of life that Mary finds and praises in the merciful and saving power act of God: The Magnificat is also today a sign that lights up and encourages the paths of the Christian living.


 

 

 

Summer courses of the Shrine of Fatima

1st edition- Introduction to the phenomenon of Fatima 

July 14-15-16, 2016

John Paul II's Hall | Paul VI Pastoral Centre

Summer courses of the Shrine of Fatima, which were prepared thinking on the researchers who wish to study Fatima, take place annually and aim to bring closer the scientific community to the most important religious phenomena in the history of the contemporary world. In the year in which cross-cutting thematic and the approach to the phenomenon are addressed, follows a year that is intended to be more monographic and during which one can deepens, for example, the protagonists' biographies with one hundred years of history.

In 2016, the course aims to give an introduction to the phenomenon, trying to raise awareness of the most important issues related to Fatima.


 

 

 

Cycle of Conferences 2016-2017

Hall of the Retreat House of Our Lady of Sorrows

Second Sunday of each month | 4:00 pm

During the final year of the celebration of the Centennial of the Apparitions, this Cycle of conferences is based on the annual theme, entitled " The Lord has done great things”, in order to address several aspects of figure of the Virgin Mary, who, in the message of Fatima, emerges as the Lady of Rosary showing her Immaculate Heart.

 

December 11, 2016 

« Mary kept all these things in her heart ». From the devotion to a cordial spirituality  

January 8, 2017 

«Glory to you, Queen of Peace». Fatima as message of Peace

February 12, 2017 

«Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God». The divine motherhood of Mary

March 12, 2017 

«Mother of the Church, pray for us». The maternal intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary

April 9, 2017 

«Mary, Star of Evangelization». The Marian devotion as evangelizing dynamism


 

 

 

Fatima - History and Memory

Commemorative Colloquium on the 100 Years of the Apparitions of Fatima

May 26 to 27, 2017

Lisbon and Fatima 

On the year marking 100 years since the Apparitions of Fatima, members of the Portuguese Academy of History analyze Fatima as a polyhedral event, that can be studied from several perspectives, allowing us to perceive, on the one hand, the place of the phenomenon in the history of Portugal and in the contemporary world and, on the other hand, the various epistemological approaches that researchers have given to it.

A joint initiative of the Portuguese Academy of History and the Shrine of Fatima.


 

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Thinking Fatima. Interdisciplinary readings

International Congress of the Centennial of Fatima

June 21 to 24, 2017 | 

Good Shepherd's Hall | Paul VI Pastoral Centre

In 2017, the Shrine of Fatima celebrates the centennial of the apparitions that were at its origin. The religious and socio-cultural impact that the phenomenon resulting from this initial impulse had on Portugal and even beyond its borders is unquestionable. Transformed into a place of pilgrimage for believers and non-believers from the whole world, Fatima is a manifestation of various and rich individual and social dynamics. At the same time, throughout the last 100 years, it strongly influenced Portuguese Catholicism, in various dimensions. Given the increasing internationalization, namely through the attention it received from the last Popes, this influence expanded to a global scale. In their reference to Fatima, different people, groups and lifestyles interact: Christian and non-Christian believers, unbelievers, spirituality marked by strong popular religiosity and Christians in search for formation, Christian intellectuals, artists, both believers and non-believers, in search of an eventual experience of transcendence. From this plural movement, throughout the decades, Fatima turned into an extremely rich and multifaceted phenomenon. As such, it requires study and reflection, so that reasoning may accompany, without eliminating or substituting, the life of those who find in Fatima a regular and ritual reference for their existences. 

In the context of the celebration of the centennial, the Shrine of Fatima, in collaboration with the Faculty of Theology of the Catholic University of Portugal, has been promoting various symposiums, which will culminate in an International Congress, of scientific and academic character, that will take place from the 21st to the 24th of June 2017. In that Congress, several dimensions of Fatima will be studied, in an interdisciplinary perspective: Theology, Sociology, Psychology, Culture, History, Art, etc. 

The interventions will be divided into plenary conferences, thematic conferences and papers proposed by researchers. In this way, the organization intends to encourage researchers to study this phenomenon, either in itself and from its documental resources, or in comparison with other similar phenomena.

SITE OF THE CONGRESS


 

 

 

Summer courses of the Shrine of Fatima

2nd Edition | The Popes and Fatima

July 10, 11 and 12, 2017

John Paul II's Hall | Paul VI Pastoral Centre

Summer courses of the Shrine of Fatima, which were prepared thinking on the researchers who wish to study Fatima, take place annually and aim to bring closer the scientific community to the most important religious phenomena in the history of the contemporary world. In the year in which cross-cutting thematic and the approach to the phenomenon are addressed, follows a year that is intended to be more monographic and during which one can deepens, for example, the protagonists' biographies with one hundred years of history.

In 2017, the course aims to present the biographies of one of the most important protagonists of Fatima, known in the internal language, as “the Bishop dressed in white".