Pope Francis: Fatima reminds us to care for the faith of children

Pope Francis (C) accompanied by Leiria-Fatima Bishop Antonio Marto (R) changes skull-caps with a young child at the entrance of the Our Lady Rosario Cathedral

.- On Sunday Pope Francis reflected on the May 13 canonization of the child visionaries St. Francisco and Jacinta Marto, saying that their faithfulness, despite their young age, reminds us to pay special attention to children in the ministry of the Church.
“In Fatima the Virgin chose the innocent heart and the simplicity of little Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia, as guardians of her message. These children received it worthily, so to be recognized as reliable witnesses to the apparitions, and to become models of Christian life.”
“With the canonization of Francisco and Jacinta, I wanted to propose to the whole Church their example of adherence to Christ and of evangelical witness, and I also wanted to propose to the whole Church to take care of children,” he said May 14.
The holiness of these children is not a consequence of the apparitions they received, he said, but of the “fidelity and ardor with which they returned the privilege they received of being able to see the Virgin Mary.”
“After the encounter with the ‘beautiful lady,’ as they called her, they frequently recited the Rosary, they did penance and offered sacrifices for the end of the war and for the most needy souls of divine mercy.”
This is what made them saints, he said.
Pope Francis addressed around 25,000 people in St. Peter’s Square Sunday afternoon before praying the Regina Coeli.
In his greeting, he expressed his gratefulness to God for the opportunity to make a pilgrimage to Fatima May 12-13 for the centenary of the apparitions, going “to the feet of the Virgin Mother as a pilgrim of hope and peace.”
He also thanked the bishops of Portugal, and in particular the Bishop of Leiria-Fátima, António Augusto dos Santos Marto, as well as the local authorities and everyone who helped to organize the visit.
“Last night I returned from the pilgrimage to Fatima,” he said, pausing to add a greeting to “the Madonna of Fatima!” followed by cheers from those present.
“In Fatima, I was immersed in the prayer of the holy faithful people, a prayer that flows there for a hundred years as a river, to beg Mary’s maternal protection on the whole world,” he went on.
“From the very beginning, when in the Chapel of the Apparitions I stayed for a long time in silence, accompanied by the prayerful silence of all the pilgrims, a together and contemplative climate was created where the various moments of prayer took place.”
And at the center of all of this, he said, was the Risen Lord present in the Eucharist.
Even 100 years after the first appearance of Our Lady of Fatima there is still a great need for prayer and penance for the grace of conversion, Francis said. We also need prayers “to implore the end of so many wars that are everywhere in the world… and which disfigure the face of humanity.”
“Let us be guided by the light coming from Fatima. The Immaculate Heart of Mary is always our shelter, our consolation, and the way that leads us to Christ,” he said.
Following the prayer, the Pope spoke with sympathy for the people affected by wars and conflicts in the Middle East, both Christians and Muslims, who suffer from violence and discrimination.
“My solidarity accompanies the memory of prayer,” he said, thanking all those who provide humanitarian aid and encouraging “the various communities to follow the path of dialogue and reconciliation to build a future of respect, security and peace.”
He also mentioned the beatification in Dublin May 13 of Jesuit priest John Sullivan, who lived during the 19th and 20th centuries in Ireland. He was devoted to the teaching and training of young people, the Pope said, “and was loved and respected as a father to the poor and the suffering.”
Pope Francis concluded his address by mentioning the celebration of Mother’s Day in several countries. “Let us remember with gratitude and affection all moms, even our moms in heaven, trusting them to Mary, the mother of Jesus,” he said, concluding with a moment of silent prayer for mothers.
Taken from: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-fatima-reminds-us-to-care-for-the-faith-of-children-28700/

Pope Francis casts doubt on Virgin Mary apparitions at Bosnian pilgrimage site

The site at Medjugorje attracts a million pilgrims annually, but pope says ‘these supposed apparitions don’t have much value’

Pope Francis on Saturday expressed serious doubts regarding reported daily apparitions of the Virgin at Medjugorje in Bosnia, a site which attracts a million pilgrims annually.
In June 1981, six Bosnian children and teenagers said they had witnessed the appearance of the Virgin in the southern town, and allege she continues to visit to this day.
The woman they saw “is not the mother of Jesus,” the Pope said Saturday aboard the papal plane on his return from a trip to Portugal, where he canonised two young shepherds who had visions of the Virgin 100 years ago.

The Pope said an investigation under way by the Church had thrown up doubts regarding the Medjugorje apparitions.
He said he preferred “’the Mother Madonna’ or ‘our Mother’, and not the ‘Madonna chief of service’, for sending daily messages.”
The remarks are likely to make waves in Bosnia, where Catholics make up about 10% of the population and the religious tourism at Medjugorje brings money into the poor Balkan country.
“These supposed apparitions don’t have much value – I’m giving my personal opinion,” the pontiff continued.
“But it is obvious, who thinks the Virgin would say: ‘come to this place tomorrow at this time and I’ll give a message to a seer’?”
However the pope was more circumspect about the original 1981 apparitions, which he did not immediately reject.
“On the original apparitions, the ones the children had, the enquiry says, more or less, that investigations need to continue,” he said.

Several investigations have already been carried out, the last in January 2014, but the pope had made no announcement since.
However, in November 2013, he did express some doubts. “The Virgin,” he said, “is not a chief of the post office who would send messages every day.”
The Vatican earlier this year sent a new envoy to “acquire a deeper knowledge of the pastoral situation” in Medjugorje, and “above all the needs of the faithful who go there on pilgrimage”.
The envoy, however, will not be tasked with verifying the authenticity of the apparitions, because that task falls to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Taken from: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/14/pope-francis-casts-doubt-on-virgin-mary-apparitions-at-bosnian-pilgrimage-site

Pope Francis arrives in Portugal to canonise children at Fátima shrine

Pope Francis waves at well-wishers as he arrives at the Catholic shrine of Fátima.

Pope Francis waves at well-wishers as he arrives at the Catholic shrine of Fátima. Photograph: Reuters

Pope Francis arrives in Portugal to canonise children at Fátima shrine

Pontiff hopes message of young shepherds who saw Virgin Mary apparition 100 years ago still resonates with Catholics

Pope Francis has arrived in the Portuguese town of Fátima to honour two children whose visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago marked one of the most important events of the 20th-century Catholic church.

Tens of thousands of devotees lined the pontiff’s route and tossed petals as his motorcade drove past.

There was no official crowd estimate, but authorities were expecting 1 million people.

Francis looks at the crowd gathering in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima from the window of his helicopter.
Francis looks at the crowd gathering in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima from the window of his helicopter. Photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/AP

Francis is in the town to celebrate the centenary of the apparitions and to canonise illiterate shepherd children who saw them. He hopes the message of peace they reported 100 years ago, when Europe was in the throes of the first world war, will continue to resonate with Catholics.

Church groups, families and individuals have made their way to Fátima, about 90 miles north of Lisbon. Carrying candles, rosaries and roses, many have visited the statue dedicated to Our Lady of Fátima or tossed wax body parts – ears, hearts and limbs – into a fire to pray for healing.

“It is the second time I am here with a pope; first with John Paul II and now with Papa Francisco,” said pilgrim Elisabete Fradique Conceicao.

Devotees surround the popemobile as Francis heads to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima.
Devotees surround the popemobile as Francis heads to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

On 13 May 1917, while they were grazing their sheep, the children saw the first of a half-dozen visions of the Virgin Mary. They said she revealed to them three secrets – apocalyptic messages foreshadowing the second world war, hell, the rise and fall of communism and the death of a pope – and urged them to pray for peace and turn away from sin.

At first doubted by their parents and the local Catholic church, the children’s story slowly gained believers and was eventually accepted as authentic by the Vatican in 1930.

The children being canonised, brother and sister Francisco and Jacinta Marto, who were nine and seven at the time of the apparitions, died of influenza two years later. Their cousin, Lucia dos Santos, who became the main raconteur of their tale, is on track for beatification, the first step toward becoming a saint. Her case could not begin until after her death in 2005.

The pontiff prays in front of the statue of Our Lady of Fátima at the Chapel of the Apparitions.
The pontiff prays in front of the statue of Our Lady of Fátima at the Chapel of the Apparitions. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

The Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said the importance of Fátima lay in the fact that poor, illiterate children – not the wealthy or learned – were able to convey a powerful message of love and forgiveness at a time of war, when “the talk was of hatred, vendetta, hostilities”.

Fátima has long been associated with St John Paul II. The Polish-born pope credited the Virgin Mary with having saved his life in 1981 when a would-be assassin shot him on Fátima’s feast day – 13 May – in St Peter’s Square.

He made the first of three pilgrimages to Fátima the following May, and one of the bullets fired at him now adorns the crown of the Madonna at the shrine.

Like John Paul, Argentinian-born Francis is devoted to the Madonna, thanks in large part to the strong role Marian devotions play in the popular piety of Latin American Catholics.

Worshippers pray at the shrine before the canonisation of Jacinta and Francisco Marto.
Worshippers pray at the shrine before the canonisation of Jacinta and Francisco Marto. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty

In a video message on the eve of his trip to Portugal, Francis urged all faithful to join him, physically or spiritually, in Fátima. He said: “With all of us forming one heart and soul, I will then entrust you to Our Lady, asking her to whisper to each one of you: ‘My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the path that leads you to God.’”

Taken from: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/12/pope-francis-pilgrims-flock-to-shrine-town-fatima-children

Join me at the feet of Mary, Francis asks ahead of Fatima trip

In this May 12, 2010 file photo, faithful gather at Fatima’s Sanctuary for a candlelight vigil presided over by Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Francis is visiting the Fatima shrine on May 12 and 13 to canonize two Portuguese shepherd children who say they saw visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago. (Credit: Gregorio Borgia/AP.)

“I need to feel your closeness, whether physical or spiritual; the important thing is that it come from the heart. In this way, I can arrange my bouquet of flowers, my ‘golden rose,’” Pope Francis said to the people of Portugal in a video message ahead of his Fatima visit.

Join me at the feet of Mary, Francis asks ahead of Fatima trip

ROME – Wednesday evening, just two days ahead of his trip to Fatima, Pope Francis sent a video message to the people of Portugal asking them to be with him during his pilgrimage, whether physically or spiritually, as he presents flowers to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

“I need to feel your closeness, whether physical or spiritual; the important thing is that it come from the heart. In this way, I can arrange my bouquet of flowers, my ‘golden rose,’” he said in the May 10 video message.

“I want to meet everyone at the feet of the Virgin Mother.”

In the message, Francis said he had received many messages asking him to come to people’s homes, communities and towns during his visit, but that he was not able to accept, as much as he would like to.

He also thanked the various Portuguese authorities for being understanding about his decision to restrict his trip to only the usual events associated with a pilgrimage to Fatima, such as praying the rosary at the prayer vigil and visiting the Chapel of the Apparitions.

“Only a few days remain before our pilgrimage, mine and yours, to the feet of Our Lady of Fatima,” he said. “These are days of joy in expectation of our encounter in the home of Mary our Mother.

“It is as the universal pastor of the Church that I would like to come before the Madonna and to offer her a bouquet of the most beautiful ‘blossoms’ that Jesus has entrusted to my care (cf. Jn 21:15-17),” he continued.

And this means everyone around the world, “none excluded,” he explained. “That is why I need to have all of you join me there.

“With all of us forming ‘one heart and soul’ (cf. Acts 4:32), I will then entrust you to Our Lady, asking her to whisper to each one of you: ‘My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the path that leads you to God’ (Apparition of June, 1917).”

In the video, Francis called the meeting “our pilgrimage,” the motto for which is ‘With Mary, a pilgrim in hope and in peace.’ The program for the visit contains many opportunities for prayer and conversion of heart, he said.

“I am happy to know that in anticipation of that blessed moment, the culmination of a century of blessed moments, you have been preparing yourselves by intense prayer,” he noted. “Prayer enlarges our hearts and makes them ready to receive God’s gifts. I thank you for all the prayers and sacrifices that you offer daily for me. I need them, because I am a sinner among sinners.”

Through prayer, he said, he receives light to his eyes, which “enables me to see others as God sees them, and to love others as he loves them.”

The pope makes the two-day pilgrimage to Fatima May 12-13 to celebrate the centenary of Mary’s appearance to three shepherd children in 1917.

During the trip, the pope will also celebrate Mass, presiding over the canonization of two of the child visionaries, Francisco and Jacinta Marta.

“In his name, I will come among you and have the joy of sharing with everyone the Gospel of hope and peace,” he concluded his message. “May the Lord bless you, and the Virgin Mother protect you!”


Taken from: https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2017/05/11/join-feet-mary-francis-asks-ahead-fatima-trip/

Fatima Centenary: awaiting Pope Francis

A pilgrim carries a candle at Fatima Sanctuary, central Portugal, on May 11, 2017 - AFPA pilgrim carries a candle at Fatima Sanctuary, central Portugal, on May 11, 2017 – AFP

11/05/2017 17:54
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis is just hours away from his departure for Fatima, Portugal, where he will lead celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady there. Our special envoy Chris Altieri is in Fatima, and sent us this report.
“If you don’t like the weather, wait ten minutes.” That’s sound advice any time one finds oneself about 20 miles from the Atlantic coast at nearly 1,000 ft. elevation.
We took rain off and on all morning, as we went from one side of the shrine complex to the other: first getting an unscheduled stop at the Carmel where Pope Francis is to stay the night Friday, then our hunt for our lodgings and then the press centre for accreditation and then the refectory for a quick bite to eat.
Cick below to hear our report

That’s par for the course on a journey like this – a pilgrimage, really – though I promise to be here from start to finish, God-willing, to bring you all the story – and it is as a pilgrim that Pope Francis is coming to this place in the hills north of Lisbon, where 100 years ago this weekend the Mother of God appeared to shepherd children , in the midst of what was the most costly and destructive conflict yet in human history, to show the whole human race once again the way to her Divine Son, Jesus Christ.
“With Mary, as a pilgrim of hope and peace I travel to Fatima,” said Pope Francis in a tweet on the eve of his departure. “Let us see in her that everything is God’s gift and He is our strength.”
Here, in Fatima, there is an uncanny mixture of constant bustle and tense calm, with groups of pilgrims of every age and state of life in the Church milling about, now completing this devotion, now moving to another – some braving wind and rain to cross the plaza on their knees – others seeking shelter, others heading home – at least for the day.
The shrine complex is getting busier by the hour, it seems, with volunteers and the inevitable security checkpoints adding to the bustle.
The Rosary of Our Lady, meanwhile, is in the air – quite literally – visibly in the great white sculpture that rises some 80 feet high over the square – and audibly, in the prayers of the pilgrims, whether piped through the public address, or whispered at arm’s length.
In Fatima, awaiting Pope Francis, I’m, Chris Altieri

Fatima: “This is the finger of God”

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 Damien F. Mackey


‘Continue to come here every month. In October, I will tell you who I am and what I want, and I will perform a miracle for all to see and believe’.

Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima




By now, the 100th anniversary of Fatima (1917-2017), all but a few of the Fatima prophecies have been fulfilled. On July 13, 1917, Our Lady of the Rosary had announced:


“The war will end soon …”. World War I ended the next year, 1918.


“but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the Pontificate of Pius XI”. World War II was “a worse” war.

Pope “Pius XI” was the

Pope who turned his back on Hitler




this Hitler being an Antichrist:


Pope who turned his back on Hitler. Part Two: Hitler an Antichrist




“When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that He is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father”.

See my:


The Great Solar Miracle: Fatima October 13, 1917. Part Three: The ‘Unknown Light’ of 1938



It caused panic, as if “announcing the end of the world”:


In the streets there is panic. “Paris is on fire!” In several villages of the province firemen are mobilized…» «An immense blood-red glow was extending over the sky…»
The review then gives a great number of statements from its correspondents, both from France and from foreign countries. Here are some significant excerpts:

At the observatory of pic du Midi: «… The first impression was of a gigantic conflagration…»

At La Chapelle-Saint-Laud, in Maine-et-Loire, the teacher kept this description given by one of his students, aged ten: «Yesterday evening there was a great red cloud; it was like a sheet of blood, then the cloud grew larger, forming great red threads, which kept going up, and below that, white threads, like chalk lines.

In Oise, Mr. Henri Blain – at first believed that it was the grim reflection of a vast inferno… Many of the villagers, struck by the anomaly and intensity of the phenomenon, observed somewhat nervously from the window sills of their houses… These red glows were visible, then disappeared, and later on reappeared after a more or less lengthy period of time… These luminous manifestations sometimes went up very high in the sky, and in colour and luminosity they were absolutely comparable to the very vivid reflections of a violent, nearby inferno… The intensity of this extraordinary celestial spectacle, its splendid brightness, its enormous extent, its extreme rarity at this intensity especially in our regions, and even more so in this season of the year, seemed worthy to us of being pointed out to the Society immediately.

In Picardie: «At a quarter past five, noticed in the north-northwesterly direction a red glow which first attributed as being the result of a far-off inferno… Ten minutes later, the great purple spot was extending above our heads right up to Orion; other smaller and paler ones formed and disappeared in their turn. A few moments later, the blazing sky was being reflected in our faces; my wife, who was admiring the phenomenon at my side, appeared to me in a red reflection which seemed to me unreal. At a quarter to eight, the red glow reached its maximum intensity, almost the whole sky seemed to be on fire. A second drapery was quickly lit up, its luminosity was such that could tell the time on my watch. The spectacle was extraordinary. A brave peasant who had come near me to ask for news believed very seriously that it was announcing the end of the world!

At the minor seminary of Caen, the students contemplated from their dorm a great red sheet, through which a few stars could be seen.

A witness from Vaucluse employs the same expression: «I was surprised to notice a great red sheet in the sky. For a moment it resembled a fire to me somewhere in the surrounding area, whose glowing light was reflected in the clouds… I observed that during the whole duration of the phenomenon the dogs in the village and surrounding area began barking and howling. They did not stop until about half past ten.

In North Africa this aurora borealis was so intense that an admiral whose ships were cruising near the coast ordered a destroyer to turn towards the left, towards the northwest, for he too believed that a fire was in the distance.

Another witness reports: This aurora was visible in almost all of Tunisia. It is a very rare phenomenon in our region since a similar one has not been recorded since 1891… In general it looked like a vast red or rose coloured glow, more or less streaked with white… The natives, who were very frightened, saw in it a warning of the divine wrath; the Europeans believed it was a huge, distant fire. The descriptions coming from various points in Tunisia always come back to the same expressions, which reveals that the phenomenon had an astonishing uniformity: «the sky turning red, a large reddish band which at first resembled a fire…», the «blazing sky», «a general blaze in the sky, the colour of a red brick, etc. The phenomenon was visible in all of North Africa.

In England: a witness spoke of moving pleats of a red velour coloured curtain. The curtain was drawn and filled the whole space. In Switzerland: a spring-like day had preceded the unprecedented, unforgettable phenomenon.»

The astronomical review gave some reports originating from Czechoslovakia and Romania:
Very frequent but brief conflagrations inflamed the sky right up to its zenith. It seemed that the fiery arch in the sky had come very low.

In Italy: A phenomenon extremely rare in our country.» It was visible at Pontevedra in Spain, In Portugal: Yesterday, for the first time in my life I observed a magnificent aurora borealis, a phenomenon very rare over here, which nobody can remember having seen for fifty years. At Lisbon and in all Portugal this phenomenon occasioned as much attention as surprise. Almost all the spectators believed that the sky was being lighted up by an enormous fire; and I myself believed the same thing at first. The apparition lasted almost two hours, from ten o’clock until midnight… Its colour was a more or less intense red.

In the United States, «this aurora was spectacular… Early in the evening my attention was drawn to the east by an enormous conflagration. Over a wide area the sky was alight with a red glow and I believed at first that a great fire was devouring Hampton Beach. The aurora was also observed in Canada.

The astronomer, Carl Stromer, reports that one of his correspondents in Norway, at the station of Njuke Mountain (Tuddal), signalled to him that he had heard noises «while the aurora was at its height and the sky seemed to be an ocean of flames… The observer and his assistant heard a curious sound coming from above them… which lasted about ten minutes, rose to a maximum and then vanished, following the fluctuations of the aurora’s intensity. This sound, which resembled the crackle of burning grass, was perceived in the same region, in the Tuddal valley, by Mr. Oysteim Reisjaa. Everything was perfectly calm on the mountain, and nothing could explain the production of this noise, neither the wind, which was not blowing, nor the telegraph lines, nor motors. Above the observatories, from all sides, there was not a murmur in the forest.

January 26 issue of Le Petit Dauphinois
Grenoble, January 25. – An atmospheric phenomenon of exceptional intensity was noticed this evening between seven-thirty and ten-thirty on the entire range of the Alps. This phenomenon manifested itself by an immense luminous trail which seemed to come from the sun, to unfold, fan-shaped, right up to its zenith. The breadth of the spectacle observed was such that the blazing sky resembled the brilliance of dawn. The people were astonished at first, then admired this celestial manifestation, which is rarely seen in these latitudes; then, as the phenomenon prolonged itself, they grew disturbed. Some curious scenes – especially in our countryside – were witnessed as the horizon remained purple. A thousand controversies swirled around this strange vision, which was believed to be a vast fire in the mountains, or gigantic military manoeuvres with searchlights; it was even believed – and this was the almost unanimous and not the least interesting observation – that the sun was going to rise…


“To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer …”.


(Communion of Reparation)

“On December 10, 1925, the Most Holy Virgin appeared to [Sister Lucia], and by Her side, elevated on a luminous cloud, was the Child Jesus. The Most Holy Virgin rested Her hand on her shoulder, and as She did so, She showed her a heart encircled by thorns, which She was holding in Her other hand.

At the same time, the Child said: “Have compassion on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce It at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them.”

Then the Most Holy Virgin said: “Look My daughter, at My Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce Me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console Me and announce in My name that I promise to assist at the moment of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep Me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to Me.”



(Consecration of Russia)

June 13, 1929 Our Lady fulfills her promise, asking “for the consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart, promising its conversion through this means and the hindering of the propagation of its errors.”2



Sister Lucy received the order for the Consecration of Russia in June 1929, in a time in which Stalinist terror ruled over Russia. …. in August 1931, the secret judgments of God were illuminated thus:


“Make My ministers understand, given that they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My command, they also will follow him into misfortune. It is never too late to have recourse to Jesus and Mary.”


Jesus is making reference to the well-known case in the history of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in which the “King of France” does not fulfill the desires of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, transmitted through Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. And she is afraid that the same thing will happen with this request of Heaven concerning the Consecration of Russia.



Sister Lucia (1935): “The Holy Father … Pray much for the Holy Father. He will make it (the consecration) but it will be late”.

And “late” it was, the Consecration of Russia being only successfully achieved – after various attempts by popes – on the 25th of March 1984, by Pope John Paul II, more than half a century after it had been asked for (in 1929).



Meanwhile Russia communism had long “spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church”.

It was only after the Consecration had finally been achieved that the Soviet Union collapsed.

Today, we live in a world saturated with “errors” at every single level.

Foolishly, Jesus Christ’s


A Kingdom of Truth not Power




has been rejected by most and has been substituted by expediency and transitory power.

Hence, we cannot now reasonably expect Heaven’s conditional: “If my requests are heeded … there will be peace …”, to be what prevails, but rather its: “If not …”, leading to all manner of disasters.

The kinds of disasters, in fact, that have rent this world of ours for decade upon decade.

Nor can we now reasonably expect to avoid that yet unfulfilled and most terrifying prophecy: If not … various nations will be annihilated …”, the fulfillment of which is looking more and more imminent.


And the final outcome?

Heaven always wins: “ … in the end my Immaculate Heart shall triumph … and some time of peace will be given to the world.”








‘No, father Abraham’, he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent’.

[Abraham] said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead’.


Luke 16:30-31






Nor will “they … be convinced”, apparently, if Heaven should “perform a miracle for all to see and believe” that, several months in advance, was foretold to the very day:


13 July 1917


‘I want you to come here on the 13th of next month, to continue to pray the Rosary every day in honour of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war, because only she can help you’.


‘Continue to come here every month. In October, I will tell you who I am and what I want, and I will perform a miracle for all to see and believe’.



This was yet another of those Fatima predictions that was fulfilled – and spectacularly so.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker has written about it as follows (https://cruxnow.com/commentary/2017/05/08/fatima-and-the-atheists/


Fatima and the Atheists


May 8, 2017


Fr. Dwight Longenecker says the Miracle of the Sun happened in Fatima on October 13, 1917. We have documentary, eyewitness, and photographic evidence that 70,000 people ‘saw’ the sun spin, felt it was yanked from the sky and that it plunged to earth. Everyone said they saw the same thing. Everyone was so frightened they screamed and ran for their lives. Clearly something happened, what was it? The answer given by believers is more rational than the answer given by atheists.


Atheists love to mock miracles, and the miracle of the sun at Fatima is one of their favorite objects of derision.


The high priest of the atheists, Richard Dawkins dismisses the miracle of the sun as a mass hallucination.


He writes in The God Delusion:


“On the face of it, mass visions, such as the report that seventy thousand pilgrims at Fatima in Portugal in 1917 saw the sun ‘tear itself from the heavens and come crashing down upon the multitude,’ are harder to write off…It is not easy to explain how seventy thousand people could share the same hallucination. But it is even harder to accept that it really happened without the rest of the world, outside Fatima, seeing it too — and not just seeing it, but feeling it as the catastrophic destruction of the solar system, including acceleration forces sufficient to hurl everybody into space. Obviously the sun did not dance and plunge to the earth. We know the sun is billions of times bigger than the earth. If the sun plunged to the earth there would be no earth. Clearly there was no miracle of the sun at Fatima…”


Dawkins is relying on the Scottish philosopher David Hume’s pithy test for a miracle. Hume wrote, “No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind, that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the fact which it endeavors to establish.”

Hume’s test applied to Fatima would be to observe that it is very improbable that 70,000 people could simultaneously be deluded, or simultaneously collude in a mass lie. It is also very improbable that 70,000 people experienced the same hallucination.

However, all of those improbabilities are far more probable than the alternative: That the Sun was suddenly yanked sideways in its orbit, spun around and crashed to the Earth destroying the balance of the whole solar system with nobody outside Fatima noticing.

This is typical of the dull literalistic “reasoning” of the atheists. We who believe in the miracle of the sun have also taken science classes. We do understand that the sun is much bigger than the earth.

We also know that if the sun were really spinning that everyone on earth should be able to see it. We also know that if the sun plunged to earth we would all be toast.

Yet we believe in the miracle of the sun.

Scientists are supposed to objectively and rationally examine the evidence. At Fatima we have documentary, eyewitness, and photographic evidence that 70,000 people ‘saw’ the sun spin, felt it was yanked from the sky and that it plunged to earth.

Everyone said they saw the same thing. Everyone was so frightened they screamed and ran for their lives. Clearly something happened, what was it?

Obviously the sun didn’t literally fall to the earth. But 70,000 people saw it fall to the earth. The miracle therefore occurred somewhere within the process of perception.

We see with our eyes, but what do we see? Whatever we see is transferred to the brain and the brain interprets what we see. It is well known that if we do not have the mental capacity to “see” certain things they are invisible to us.

Likewise we may “see” certain things, and without the capacity or mental vocabulary to process what we have seen they will remain a mystery to us, for we all process what we see in terms of what we know.

Therefore do we conclude that the miracle of the sun at Fatima was a miracle that occurred within the minds of 70,000 witnesses.

Does this mean “It was only in their mind?” Or that “They had merely imagined it”? How did they all imagine the same thing? Was that the miracle? Did the event manipulate their minds and powers of perception in some way? Was it therefore a very unusual kind of mass hallucination?

No. They really did see the sun spinning, being yanked from the sky and plunging to earth, but the way they “saw” it was with some other capability than the usual kind of ‘seeing.’ They “saw” something in the same way that the visionaries “see” the Blessed Virgin who is not there in a normally physical way. Yet, the visionaries report that the characters they “see” seem to be physical and solid.

The seeming reality of what they see means this was not an ordinary hallucination. Furthermore, the miracle could not only have taken place within the perception of the witnesses because the phenomena was witnessed elsewhere.

Marian researcher Donal Foley records, that the poet Alfonso Lopes Vieira who lived over 30 miles away from Fatima witnessed the phenomenon. He wrote, “On that day, 13th October, 1917, without remembering the predictions of the children, I was enchanted by a remarkable spectacle in the sky of a kind I had never seen before.”

Foley tells the story of a young boy, Inacio Lourenco, who was a schoolchild of nine when he saw the miracle at a village about 12 miles from Fatima. He described how the children and their teachers were attracted outside by a commotion in front of the school to see the miracle of the sun. He tells of how he could look at the sun, which looked like “a ball of snow revolving on itself,” before it suddenly came down in a zigzag toward the Earth.

As he says, “During those long moments of the solar prodigy objects around us turned all the colors of the rainbow. We saw ourselves blue, yellow, red, etc. All these strange phenomena increased the fear of the people. After about ten minutes the sun, now dull and pallid, returned to its place. When the people realized that the danger was now over there was an explosion of joy and everyone joined in thanksgiving and praise of our Lady.”

The miracle was also seen by sailors on a British ship off the coast of Portugal. Foley recounts an experience in England. He gave a presentation on Fatima at a college in England and was told by one of the teachers that her grandfather saw the miracle from his ship and wrote about it to his wife — “without obviously understanding what it meant or its significance.”

And finally, what most convincingly shows that the miracle was not only in the minds and perception of the witnesses is the fact that the crowd at Fatima felt the heat of the sun as it approached them, and their clothes and the ground — which had been soaked by torrential rain — were dry at the end of the miracle.

Believers and atheists agree that the sun did not literally and physically crash to earth. Some atheists will continue to propose a mass hallucination. Others are honest enough to be mystified by the events at Fatima, and admit that it was some sort of psychic phenomena for which we do not yet have an explanation.

Believers will ask, “Why not accept the most obvious explanation: A power greater than nature interrupted the natural order. The term for a power greater than nature is God, and the term for such an interruption is ‘miracle’.”

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Also against the idea of ‘mass hallucination’ is that the Miracle of the Sun did not occur at the time expected, at 12 noon when the apparitions had customarily occurred, but two hours later – at midday solar time – since this was a miracle intended for the whole world, that all might believe.




Monica Doumit: A weekend when the Church stood up for women and children

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By Monica Doumit   May 3, 2017       

A few weeks ago, a dear friend sent me a message. He said that he found it amusing that most of the articles in The Catholic Weekly were about goodness and light and family life, and mine are generally a little (or a lot) more pessimistic!I am going to disappoint him today, because while I am going to again discuss a serious topic, I want to do it with a sense of optimism.Recently, I wrote about a pro-abortion protest which occurred at St Mary’s Cathedral and a bill which Labor MLC Penny Sharpe was preparing to introduce to NSW Parliament. In addition to this, another and more concerning bill will likely be debated concurrently.Greens MLC Mehreen Faruqi has already introduced a bill which would not only enforce exclusion zones around abortion clinics, but would decriminalise abortion altogether, making it legal for any reason and at any time up until the moment of birth, and require medical professionals who object to participating in abortion to refer patients to other practitioners who hold no such objection. If passed, I am pretty sure that these laws would be the most extreme in the whole world, which is obviously not something for which we want our state to be recognised.

With Ms Faruqi’s bill introduced back in August 2016 and Ms Sharpe’s in March, the timing of when they would be debated – or indeed if they would be debated at all – was uncertain. It only became clear at the beginning of last week that debate was imminent.

What happened next was really a sight to behold. A petition was put together to ask the NSW Legislative Council to oppose the bills. In order for a petition to be accepted by the Parliament, there needs to be original signatures put onto a physical piece of paper. In the days of social media and online petitions like those which frequently circulate on change.org, the idea of getting people to sign by hand is somewhat antiquated.

But those wanting to get the petition to as many people as they could utilised social media to spread the word about the laws and the petition, and to rally people to collect as many signatures as possible. An urgent call was put out on social media for volunteers to spread the petition around, noting that it needed to be completed in just a few days. Volunteers popped up across NSW, offering to take copies of the petition to their family and friends, workplaces and churches, kids’ soccer games and other activities.

To help them, hundreds of people went above and beyond organising their own little corner of Sydney, but offered to print out copies of the petition and make them available to people, to join others who were collecting signatures at large gatherings and churches, and to offer their homes as collection points for completed pages.

In deep contrast to the portrayal of the pro-life movement being run by old men or clergy, I heard numerous stories of otherwise-reluctant priests being hounded by young women in their parishes who showed up to masses with petition pages in their handbags, ready to roll.

One of the key organisers, Rebecca Gosper, herself just 21, said she was “surprised, amazed and overjoyed” that a Facebook group which started on a Tuesday managed to generate hundreds of volunteers for the weekend ahead.

“This is truly a movement led by the young people of Australia and I am proud to call myself a young, pro-life, Australian woman,” she said.

I have no idea how many signatures were collected over the weekend, but I imagine that it would be tens of thousands at a minimum.

When given the invitation, so many people in this state came together as a single voice to speak on behalf of the voiceless; not only the unborn children who each year in NSW alone, but also the women who often feel that they have no other choice but to terminate the life growing within them. The people signing the petition weren’t only those from with a faith background, but so many others who object to the impact this would have on women, children and the medical profession.

They all spoke up to say: “We can do better for women and children.”

So often, too often, we look at the world around us and feel helpless in the face of the numerous and relentless attacks on human life and the dignity of the human person.

We can feel like we can’t make a difference.

In those times, we need to remember weekends like the one just gone by, when people from across the state, old and young, in the city and in regional areas, of all faiths and none, raised their voices in the old-fashioned way, with a paper and pen, and overwhelmingly outnumbered those pushing for a culture of death.

There are so many reasons for us to be hopeful, to reject the temptation to discouragement and keep fighting for what we believe in. Not only is there strength in unity, there is also great joy.

Ironically, it reminded me of that great quote from pro-abortionist Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful and committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”


Taken from: https://www.catholicweekly.com.au/monica-doumit-a-weekend-when-the-church-stood-up-for-women-and-children/

Celebrating 100 Years of Fatima

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Join EWTN as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Fatima.

What were the apparitions seen in Fatima?

In the years 1916 and 1917, through the tutelage of an angel and the Blessed Mother, two young children were led to holiness in just a few short years. That tutoring began in the spring of 1916 with three visitations of the Guardian Angel of Portugal, apparitions which served as preparation for the visits the following year of the Mother of God.
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Who were the children that witnessed these events?

In the year 1917, in a mountainous region at the center of Portugal, the Mother of God appeared six times to three young children. Elsewhere on the continent the “Great War” raged, that would cost Europe an entire generation, over 37 million lives. Besides sending her own sons to die (in France and North Africa) Portugal was in political chaos at home.
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Pope Francis: “It would be terrible. I don’t think that humanity today would be able to withstand it.”

North Korea leader Kim Jong un and Pope Francis composite. April 30, 2017.

North Korea: Pope Francis pushes for diplomatic solution to US dispute with reclusive regime

Posted Sun at 9:54amSun 30 Apr 2017, 9:54am
Pope Francis says a third country, such as Norway, should try to mediate the dispute between North Korea and Washington to cool a situation that has become “too hot” and poses the risk of nuclear devastation.

Pope Francis said he believed “a good part of humanity” would be destroyed in any widespread war.
Speaking to reporters aboard the plane taking him back from Cairo, Pope Francis also said he was ready to meet US President Donald Trump when he is in Europe next month but that he was not aware that Washington had made a request for a meeting.
In answer to a question about the tensions between the US and North Korea, Pope Francis said the United Nations should re-assert its leadership in world diplomacy because it had become “too watered down”.
“I call on, and will call on, all leaders, as I have called on leaders of various places, to work to seek a solution to problems through the path of diplomacy,” he said about the North Korea crisis.

He spoke after North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile shortly after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that failure to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes could lead to “catastrophic consequences”.

“There are so many facilitators in the world, there are mediators who offer themselves, such as Norway for example,” Pope Francis said.
“It [Norway] is always ready to help. That is just one but there are many. But the path is the path of negotiations, of a diplomatic solution.”

Norway secretly negotiated an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians known as the Oslo Accords in the early 1990s.
Pope Francis expressed his deep concern over the crisis, saying: “This question of missiles in [North] Korea has been brewing for more than a year but now it seems the situation has become has become too hot.
“We are talking about the future of humanity. Today, a widespread war would destroy — I would not say half of humanity — but a good part of humanity, and of culture, everything, everything.

“It would be terrible. I don’t think that humanity today would be able to withstand it.”

Mr Trump is due in Sicily late May for a meeting of the heads of the world’s richest nations.
The White House has not yet said if he would be stopping in Rome to meet the pope, which would be an unusual omission for a visiting head of state.
Asked if he would be meeting Mr Trump, the pope said he had not yet been informed if a request had been made, but added: “I receive every head of state who asks for an audience.”

Taken from: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-30/pope-pushes-for-diplomatic-solution-to-avert-north-korea-war/8483662

Hitler an Antichrist


Pope who turned his back on Hitler


Part Two:Hitler an Antichrist



Damien F. Mackey

“Pius XI regarded Hitler as “the greatest enemy of Christ and of the Church

in modern times,” and compared the Führer to an Antichrist”.



According to Part One in this series:


Pope Pius XI had left the Vatican in late April 1938, earlier than usual for his summer retreat at Castel Gandolfo. He intended it to be an obvious snub directed at Adolf Hitler who was meeting the first week in May with Italian leader Benito Mussolini.


The pope rejected being present while the “crooked cross of neo-paganism” flew over Rome. Hitler’s anti-Semitic campaign had become the pope’s great preoccupation.


Along similar lines we read at Zenit:



Pius XI Considered Hitler an Antichrist


Italian Archives Shed Light on Pope´s View in 1938


ROME, MAR. 5, 2001 (Zenit.org). – If Adolf Hitler had wished to visit the Vatican, Pius XI would have had the Führer first ask publicly for forgiveness for persecuting the Catholic Church in Germany.

Pius XI regarded Hitler as “the greatest enemy of Christ and of the Church in modern times,” and compared the Führer to an Antichrist.

“The persecution against the Catholic Church in Germany was his work, wholly and solely his, enough was already known about it to be able to state it without fear of a denial,” the Pope said.

These revelations have come to light in the correspondence of Italian Foreign Minister Galeazzo Ciano, which has just been reviewed in the archives of the Foreign Ministry in Rome.

The documents go back to the early days of April 1938, one month before Hitler´s trip to Rome. He had been invited by Benito Mussolini. The Nazi leader did not visit the Vatican.

The documents were published by Gianluca Andre, professor of international political history at the University of Rome, in a new volume entitled “Italian Diplomatic Documents,” printed by the State Polygraphic Institute.

Pius XI spoke of a possible visit of Hitler to the Vatican, during a reserved conversation on April 7, 1938, with Bonifacio Pignatti, ambassador of the Fascist government to the Vatican. Ciano and Mussolini were informed by ambassador Pignatti that Pius XI deprecated “the apotheosis of Mr. Hitler” being prepared in Rome.