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VATICAN CITY (LifeSiteNews) — With all eyes now on the upcoming consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the question remains as to why the consecration has not yet taken place as Our Lady asked. The answers could well lie in the Vatican’s peculiar relation with Moscow since the 1960s, and its policy of, essentially, not rocking the boat at the expense of ignoring a divine request.

Following the Vatican’s shock announcement that Pope Francis would consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Catholic world has been taken by storm. The Ukrainian bishops’ request to the Pontiff to “perform the act of consecration to the Sacred Immaculate Heart of Mary of Ukraine and Russia, as requested by the Blessed Virgin in Fatima,” appears to have been heard, after many years of requests. 

With the proposed consecration just days away, faithful Catholics are now petitioning their bishops to join the Pope in consecrating Russia — as well as asking the Pope to ensure the bishops join him — and in so doing, fulfill the request made by Our Lady of Fatima.


The wording of Pope Francis’ prayer of consecration, released March 22, has been deemed by Fatima scholar John Salza to “contain the necessary elements,” even though it is broader than merely Russia, with the text reading “we solemnly entrust and consecrate ourselves, the Church and all humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine.” Fellow Fatima expert Christopher Ferrara suggested that, providing these lines are not changed, then “we can hope for the best” for the consecration, even though the planned 2022 prayer does not mention Our Lady of Fatima or Communism.

However, others disagree. While Pope Francis’ prayer does contain “two points that have not yet been met in the previous acts made by the popes, the mention of Russia and the union of a large part of the bishops — two of the six demands [of Our Lady] are not met,” writes Yves de Lassus.

De Lassus argues that since the “consecration does not concern only Russia and Ukraine,” and “reparative communion is neither approved nor recommended,” the specific conditions outlined by Our Lady have not been met. “In order to respect all the requests of Our Lord and Our Lady, it is necessary to modify and complete the prayer proposed by the Holy See,” he writes, proposing simple additions to the prayer as a way to heed Mary’s request.

God willing, the conditions outlined by Our Lady of Fatima are indeed met on March 25, 2022. Yet they are so straightforward, and so, leaving aside the questions surrounding this week’s consecration, the question remains — why has Our Lady’s request not been met before?

Chequered history of failed consecrations

Firstly, despite the recent attempt at diplomacy made by Ukrainian Archbishop Mokrzycki defending Pope John Paul II’s 1984 “entrustment consecration,” it is clear that the consecration has still not taken place in the manner Our Lady requested. 

That heavenly request, made first in July 1917, called for the explicit “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.

In 1929 Our Lady subsequently asked Sr. Lucia for the Pope “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.”

Yet despite the urgency of the request from the Blessed Virgin, the requested consecration has remained uncompleted, as attested to even just by the simple fact of the continued slaughter of the unborn in their mothers’ wombs. As the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) lamented in their petition to the Pope on this subject, “in the more than 90 years” since Our Lady’s request was delivered to the Vatican, “none of the successive popes made the consecration in the terms Our Lady had requested.”

As noted by Antonio Borelli in Fatima: Past or Future, the outbreak of World War II was not enough to instantly prompt the pontiff to perform the consecration. While Pope Pius XII then made a 1942 consecration of the Church and humanity to the Immaculate Heart, he did not fulfill the specific request, despite being faced with the global catastrophe and bloodshed of the Second World War. 

Sr. Lucia, in a revelation from Our Lord in 1943, responded to this action of Pope Pius XII: “Because of the act of consecration made by His Holiness, He [Christ] promises that the war will end shortly. But since it was incomplete, the conversion of Russia is postponed.”

During the Second Vatican Council, the Archbishop of Diamantina, Brazil, presented Pope Paul VI with a petition, written by TFP founder Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira and signed by 512 prelates from 78 countries. The petition requested the Pope order all bishops to join him in consecrating the world, but explicitly Russia, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Once again, the Pope was unable to bring himself to make the consecration as requested, and instead he “entrusted the human race” to the Immaculate Heart in November 1964.

Even the famous 1984 consecration, defended by many as having finally fulfilled the request, did not in fact name Russia.

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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'

PETITION UPDATE (3/23/22):

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.

Amen.

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

 

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PETITION UPDATE (3/2/22) -

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: http://kmc.media/2022/03/02/yepyskopy-ukrayiny-prosyat-papu-prysvyatyty-ukrayinu-ta-rosiyu-sercyu-mariyi.html

Please WATCH the new John-Henry Westen show about this momentous event: https://www.lifesitenews.com/episodes/ukraines-catholic-bishops-ask-pope-francis-to-consecrate-russia-to-the-immaculate-heart-of-mary

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'

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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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

'Russia’s invasion is an opportunity to recall the message of Our Lady of Fatima' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/russias-invasion-is-an-opportunity-to-recall-the-message-of-our-lady-of-fatima

'Russia attacks Ukraine: explosions in multiple cities as troops move across borders' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/russia-launches-attack-on-ukraine-explosions-in-multiple-cities-as-troops-move-across-the-border/

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Why has the consecration not happened?

Perhaps the most pressing question, then, is why has the consecration not yet happened? Indeed, while successive Popes have over the years mentioned “humanity” and avoided the explicit mention of Russia in their “consecrations,” what exactly does it take for a Pope to respond to the simple request of the Mother of God?

Why is it that on repeated occasions in the last century numerous Popes opted to half answer the request, but avoided explicitly mentioning Russia — the country which was the very object of the consecration itself? Why is it that when surrounded by the bloodshed of global war, the spread of the evils of Communism and a moral collapse across the world, successive Popes still couldn’t bring themselves to simply follow the request given to them by the Mother of God?

Such questions can be asked, and must be, even though the answers are not necessarily to be found in these lines. 

But it is important to note that bureaucracy, misplaced concern over ecumenical and political matters seems to have been uppermost in the Vatican’s priorities, rather than concern for heeding the warning of Our Lady. As Christopher Ferrara writes in False Friends of Fatima:

Why is it that the Vatican Secretary of State — not just one of them, but three of them in succession—has opposed Our Lady of Fatima and taken a stand against Her Message? All three (Cardinals Casaroli, Sodano and Bertone) have used their power, position and prestige to fight against the full Fatima Message.

After all, Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes confirmed in 2017 that in 1984, John Paul II actually “held back [from mentioning] Russia explicitly because the Vatican diplomats had urgently asked him not to mention this country because otherwise political conflicts might perhaps arise.”

Vatican’s subservience to communism 

Perhaps such a continued rejection of the divine request can be understood when examining the Vatican’s recent history with communism itself. Bear in mind that Pope Paul VI refused an appeal made by 218 bishops to explicitly condemn communism in Vatican II fearing that it would harm relations with Moscow. 

Such a catastrophic betrayal of Catholic teaching is due to the secretive Metz Pact, signed by the Vatican and Moscow in 1962. The terms, much like the Sino-Vatican deal, are shrouded in secrecy. It stipulates that the “Vatican Secretary of State, since October 1962, has agreed not to condemn the errors of Russia,” reports Ferrara.

As Romano Amerio noted in Iota Unum: 

[T]he Metz Pact was publicized in France Nouvelle, the central bulletin of the French communist party in the edition of January 16-22, 1963 in these terms: “Because the world socialist system is showing its superiority in an uncontestable fashion, and is strong through the support of hundreds and hundreds of millions of men, the Church can no longer be content with a crude anti-communism.

As part of its dialogue with the Russian Orthodox Church, it has even promised there will be no direct attack on the Communist system at the Council.” On the Catholic side, the daily La Croix of February 15, 1963 gave notice of the agreement, concluding: “As a consequence of this conversation, Msgr. Nikodim agreed that someone should go to Moscow carrying an invitation, on condition that guarantees were given concerning the apolitical attitude of the Council.”

Pius XI, in 1937, warned firmly against the errors of Communism and any collaboration with them, stating thus:

Communism is intrinsically wrong, and no one who would save Christian civilization may collaborate with it in any undertaking whatsoever. Those who permit themselves to be deceived into lending their aid towards the triumph of Communism in their own country, will be the first to fall victims of their error.

Yet this previous condemnation of working with Communists appears to have been ignored in the Vatican’s more recent decades. Thus the Vatican’s determination not to offend Moscow through condemning Communism could well explain its delicate approach to the consecration of Russia. Indeed, such a pact would readily explain, though not justify, why the Popes and their respective officials chose to repeatedly offend Our Lady rather than the Russian authorities, both civil and ecclesiastical. 

Commenting on the Metz Pact, Ferrara writes: “This policy, which is still in place today, is fundamentally and therefore directly opposed to Our Lady of Fatima’s specific condemnation of the errors of Russia.” 

It is “a betrayal of the faithful,” he adds, which has resulted in the message of Fatima being diluted and hidden, in order to prevent the truth from coming to light. Ferrara notes how “Fatima has been removed from our schools, our pulpits, our Catholic press, from the Second Vatican Council and from the counsellors of our bishops, their bishops conferences, and Papal Nuncios, etc., and the laity, for their part, do not even know to ask for what has been taken away from them.”

LifeSiteNews has noted recently how Our Lady’s message of prayer and penance, given at Fatima, is so crucial and necessary for our times. John-Henry Westen observed Monday how if Pope Francis becomes the latest in a long line of Popes who have refused to listen to Our Lady’s request, he will be “courting catastrophe.”

Whatever the motive behind the relentless succession of Popes who set out to fool the faithful and reject a plea from the Mother of God in making faux consecrations, prayer is now the chief weapon to ensure that Pope Francis might indeed become the Pontiff who finally obeys Our Lady, and performs the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart.

However, should he join the long line of Pontiffs who have failed in their duty, and choose to reject the heartfelt plea of the Mother of God and bow down to hidden forces he deems more important than Heaven — perhaps those emanating from Moscow — then we cannot rule out the possibility of a chastisement following yet another insult aimed at the Blessed Virgin.

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