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EDINBURGH (LifeSiteNews) — The news from Rome hit like a bomb, obliterating any other news coming from or written about the Francis pontificate yesterday.  

In short, Pope Francis is going to consecrate Russia and Ukraine — which, in 1917, was part of Russia — to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25. He is presumably doing this at the behest of the Roman Catholic bishops in Ukraine, who asked him to do it “as requested by the Blessed Virgin of Fatima” – a surprise to some, as the last surviving Fatima seer, Sister Lucia dos Santos, said that St. John Paul II had fulfilled Our Lady’s instructions in 1984.  

Now that could be a cue to start fighting in the comments box about Sister Lucia, “Lucy II,” the Third Secret of Fatima, and all the lore that has grown up around the miracles and prophecies that occurred near that little Portuguese village in 1917, but please don’t. I have read and heard enough squabbling and theorizing on the topic already. I’ve even heard that the beautiful lady who appeared at Fatima was not Our Lady but, um, the Earth Mother, i.e., Pachamama, lonely and looking for attention. Yeah, that was disturbing.  

But also disturbing are stories of what will happen if Our Lady’s instructions to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart are not fulfilled to the letter. According to the seers, Our Lady said that if her requests are not granted “Russia will spread its errors throughout the world, raising up wars and persecutions against the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will suffer much, and various nations will be annihilated.”   

This last prophecy scared me to death as a child in the 1980s, and it was emphasized a lot more than Our Lady’s soothing promise that “in the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” 

The last apparition of Fatima was the Miracle of Sun, which took place on October 13, 1917. According to accounts, the three seers of Fatima, Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta – three children under the age of 10 – and a crowd of 70,000 people witnessed a rain shower, then the wet ground under their feet instantly drying, and then the sun “dancing” or zigzagging across the sky. One hundred years later, some of us were expecting something just as – or more – dramatic to happen on October 13, 2017.  

I didn’t have much time to speculate about what that might be because, as long-term readers might remember, my husband was very ill that summer. In March he had been suddenly diagnosed with a brain tumor and operated on the next day. The operation was not to remove the tumor — deemed too close to his brainstem — but to unblock the fluid trapped on his brain. The surgeons pronounced the surgery a success, which is why we couldn’t understand it when Mark began hallucinating, making mistakes at work and, ultimately, losing so much weight he looked like Gollum.   

It was a bad time, so bad that it was a relief when a surgeon finally had a look and admitted that the surgery had been “a failure.” More operations were needed. 

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Please read the latest from LifeSiteNews about the text of the Act of Consecration which was just released by the Vatican: 'BREAKING: Text of Pope Francis’ consecration of ‘humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine’ released'


The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, on the feast of the Annunciation, March 25.

On March 15, the Holy See Press Office wrote:

On Friday 25 March, during the Celebration of Penance at which he will preside at 17.00 in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The same act, on the same day, will be carried out in Fatima by His Eminence Cardinal Krajewski, Apostolic Almoner, as envoy of the Holy Father.

This unexpected and monumental announcement comes after the Catholic bishops of Ukraine issued an urgent and heartfelt plea to the Holy Father on Ash Wednesday, asking that he make the consecration as Our Lady of Fatima had requested. The bishops wrote:

Responding to this prayer, we humbly ask Your Holiness to publicly perform the act of consecration to the Sacred Immaculate Heart of Mary of Ukraine and Russia, as requested by the Blessed Virgin in Fatima.

May the Mother of God, Queen of Peace, accept our prayer: Regina pacis, ora pro nobis! In July 1917, Our Lady of Fatima gave the three visionaries this message, asking for the explicit consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart:

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; various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.

Our Lady of Fatima then repeated the request in 1929, when she appeared to Sr. Lucia saying:

"The moment has come in which God asks the Holy Father to make, and to order that in union with him and at the same time, all the bishops of the world make the consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, promising to convert it because of this day of prayer and worldwide reparation."

While Pope John Paul II made an “entrustment-consecration” of the world, including Russia, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25, 1984, he deliberately avoided making the explicit mention of Russia as Our Lady had requested.

Following the announcement that Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine, LifeSiteNews is now asking the Pope to ensure that the consecration is performed precisely as Our Lady of Fatima requested. In order to fulfil the request Our Lady made, the Pope must "order" the "bishops of the world" to make the consecration of Russia "in union with him and at the same time."

Along with this, the day of consecration must be a "day of prayer and worldwide reparation."

The importance of the specifications made by Our Lady was noted by Sr. Lucia. Having seen a copy of Pope John Paul II’s consecration text prior to the 1984 “entrustment-consecration,” she said “That consecration cannot have a decisive character.”

Then in 1985, following Pope John Paul II’s "entrustment-consecration," Sr. Lucia observed that:

"There was no participation of all the bishops, and there was no mention of Russia." She was then asked, "So the consecration was not done as requested by Our Lady?" to which she replied: "No. Many bishops attached no importance to this act."

With Pope Francis’ proposed consecration only days away, LifeSiteNews is urging him to fulfil the request of Fatima, to "order" the bishops to join him in making the consecration and to make the day one of “prayer and worldwide reparation.”

Bishop Athanasius Schneider has also composed a prayer to be said for the consecration of Russia, in the manner Our Lady asked for:

O Immaculate Heart of Mary, you are the holy Mother of God and our tender Mother. Look upon the distress in which the Church and the whole of humanity are living because of the spread of materialism and the persecution of the Church. In Fatima, you warned against these errors, as you spoke about the errors of Russia. You are the Mediatrix of all graces. Implore your Divine Son to grant this special grace for the Pope: that he might consecrate Russia to your Immaculate Heart, so that Russia will be converted, a period of peace will be granted to the whole world, and your Immaculate Heart will triumph, through an authentic renewal of the Church in the splendor of the purity of the Catholic faith, of the sacredness of Divine worship and of the holiness of Christian life. O Queen of the Holy Rosary and our dear Mother, turn your merciful eyes to us and graciously hear this our trusting prayer.


+Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana





The Ukrainian Catholic bishops have specifically asked Pope Francis to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, according to the request of Our Lady of Fatima.

Here is a link to their Ash Wednesday letter:

Please WATCH the new John-Henry Westen show about this momentous event:

Then, please read LifeSiteNews latest story on this amazing development: 'Ukraine’s Catholic bishops ask Pope Francis to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary'


The great drama now is the Russian invasion of Ukraine. How far will it go, how will the West and especially the U.S. respond, and will China now be tempted to attack Taiwan? These questions are on everyone’s mind, including fear that it might lead to a far greater war.

It is hard to know exactly what to say other than Russia’s invasion must be condemned. And, that the world must now pray for peace.

Keeping those things in mind, LifeSite now proposes to resurrect this petition - now, more urgent than before - asking Pope Francis to reconsecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Please SIGN and SHARE this important petition to Pope Francis, imploring him to reconsecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the same way that Our Lady of Fatima asked in 1917.

We humbly ask Pope Francis to use the following wording:

“In accordance with Our Lady’s request at Fatima, I, Pope Francis, consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in union with all the bishops of the world.” 

And then:

“I also consecrate Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in union with all the bishops of the world.”

The bishops’ wording should be:

“In accordance with Our Lady’s request at Fatima, I, _______________, consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, at the same time as, and in union with, Pope Francis.”

Speaking in Rome only 5 years ago, Cardinal Raymond Burke called on the Catholic faithful to “work for the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary” in fidelity to the request by Our Lady of Fatima. 

The Cardinal explained:

"Certainly, Pope Saint John Paul II consecrated the world, including Russia, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25, 1984. But, today, once again, we hear the call of Our Lady of Fatima to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart, in accord with her explicit instruction."

This call, whether in 1917, or 1984, or in 2017, is EVEN MORE relevant today!

Pope Saint John Paul II himself wanted to name Russia explicitly in his Consecration, but in the end yielded to pressure not to from advisors. Cardinal Josef Cordes, former president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, confirmed this fact on May 13, 2017, based on his own conversation with the sainted pope.

However, after several years of confusion, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published "The Message of Fatima," on June 26, 2000, in which we learn that Sr. Lucia confirmed that the Pope's consecration was, in fact, done according to Our Lady's wishes (emphasis added):

Sister Lucia personally confirmed that this solemn and universal act of consecration corresponded to what Our Lady wished ("Sim, està feita, tal como Nossa Senhora a pediu, desde o dia 25 de Março de 1984": "Yes it has been done just as Our Lady asked, on 25 March 1984": Letter of 8 November 1989). Hence any further discussion or request is without basis.

But, Cardinal Burke explained why a consecration including Russia is so important:  "[It] is at once a recognition of the importance which Russia continues to have in God’s plan for peace and a sign of profound love for our brothers and sisters in Russia."

For those who may object to calling for the reconsecration of Russia, on the basis that it has already been done, Cardinal Burke recalled the words of Pope St. John Paul II who, in 1982, during his consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart noted: “Mary’s appeal is not for just once. Her appeal must be taken up by generation after generation, in accordance with the ever new ‘signs of the times’. It must be unceasingly returned to. It must ever be taken up anew.”

Burke, former prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, gave his address in the month of the centenary of Our Lady of Fatima’s first apparition to the three shepherd children.

Thank you for SIGNING and SHARING this urgent petition to Pope Francis, urging him to reconsecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and imploring God to quell the hostilities.


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What the surgeon absolutely did not want to do, however, was remove the tumor. That would be very dangerous, he assured us. It could result in Mark’s death. It could result in Mark spending the rest of his life in a minimally conscious state. In his opinion, it was too big of a risk — until Mark was sliding into a coma, and suddenly it wasn’t. As Mark’s signature on the paperwork was just one long squiggle across the page, the assistant surgeon next handed me the pen.  

There followed a sort of deathbed scene — with delirious Mark sitting up in bed, terribly excited and beating his bony chest when the priest arrived with the Blessed Sacrament, my mother-in-law arriving and going away again, the sad parade of well-wishers — and then I went home to pray and cry. I got the call later that night: my husband was alive, but how he had come through the surgery would not be clear until the morning.  

Thus, the morning of October 13, 2017, I went back to the hospital — by bus, as usual — and I prayed a whole 15-decade Rosary on the way. My thoughts were very much with Our Lady of Fatima and the online rumors that something Big and Awful were likely to happen that day. 

I don’t remember my exact prayer, but I do remember explicitly asking Our Lady that instead of doing (or asking her Son to do, to be theologically accurate) something Big and Awful to mark the anniversary, to bring about a little, gentle miracle — that Mark be made entirely well. At the time, I did not know if he would ever recognize me again.  

But he did. When I found him in the intensive care unit with a ventilator tube stuffed down his throat, he mouthed, “I love you.” 

“I love you, too,” I said and then, inaccurately, “It’s the Feast of the Holy Rosary today.”  

And this might be the reason — I don’t discount it — that after Mark’s tube was removed by a team of doctors and I was called back in to calm him down, he shouted, “Darling, darling, they’re trying to kill me — and her Immaculate Heart will triumph! 

For three days, my husband assured me and the ICU that the Immaculate Heart will triumph. The first day, he was extremely loud about it: the world’s noisiest and most fervent missionary of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The second day, he didn’t yell as much or repeat it as often. The third day, he said it only occasionally, in a conversational sort of way.  

“And you know, in the end, her Immaculate Heart will triumph.”

“Yes. Yes, it will.”

Was he made entirely well? Not entirely — the last, untouchable bit of the tumor, the part on the brainstem, asserted itself a year later and had to be radiated into submission — but well enough for the surgeon to be extremely pleased. What seemed to impress him most was that Mark didn’t suffer any facial paralysis.  

“It’s pretty miraculous,” he said.  

It’s entirely miraculous. And what is more, it is entirely appropriate for, as I didn’t know at the time, Mark was born on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart. And it is the reason I myself now have a devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and believe, in the end, it will triumph. 

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Dorothy Cummings McLean is a Canadian journalist, essayist, and novelist. She earned an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Toronto and an M.Div./S.T.B. from Toronto’s Regis College. She was a columnist for the Toronto Catholic Register for nine years and has contributed to Catholic World Report. Her first book, Seraphic Singles,  was published by Novalis (2010) in Canada, Liguori in the USA, and Homo Dei in Poland. Her second, Ceremony of Innocence, was published by Ignatius Press (2013). Dorothy lives near Edinburgh, Scotland with her husband.