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On Saturday, September 13, Pope Francis noted that in a certain sense, World War III has already begun.
The Pope said this while visiting the Austro-Hungarian Cemetery of Fogliano of Redpuglia in Northwestern Italy to mark the 100th Anniversary of World War I.
“Even today,” said the Pope, “after the second failure of another World War, one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal with crimes, massacre, destruction. War is madness. … War ruins everything, even the bonds between brothers. War is irrational; its only plan is to bring about destruction: It seeks to grow by destroying.”
The Pope’s words contain a startling admission in relation to the Message of Fatima.
Pope John Paul II consecrated the world to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart on March 25, 1984. Since that time, even though the Pope did not mention Russia, we have been told by various spin-masters and confusionists that John Paul’s consecration indeed fulfilled the requests of Our Lady, and world peace will break out any day now, any day now. Thus we should not ‘pester’ the Holy Father with any further requests for the Consecration of Russia.
Catholics who truly know the Message of Fatima were not daunted by these erroneous claims. The Consecration has yet to be properly executed; the ongoing world turmoil is witness to the fact that the promised “period of peace” is not yet granted to the world.
Since 1984, various nations around the globe have been involved in one conflict after the next; the murder of millions of unborn babies through “legalized” abortion continues to increase, and our news services now contain headlines of brutal Islamic persecution of Christians in the Middle East, the destruction of churches, the murder and beheading of Christian children by Mohammedans in Syria and Iraq, and the beheading of American captives by ISIS.
This is all the more ominous when we read the warnings of Archbishop Nona, Chaldean Catholic Archeparch of Mosul, who lost his diocese to ISIS.
The Archbishop warns: “Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive.
“Please, try to understand us,” continues the Archbishop, “Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever growing number of Muslims. Also you are in danger. You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your principles. You think all men are equal, but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home.”
Yet a solution exists, though to listen to our world and Church leaders, we would never know it.
Our present authorities resemble modern thinkers who may be adept at pointing out a given problem, but incapable of providing the answer.
As Father Anthony Lee noted of such thinkers years ago, “A child with indigestion will cry with pain and knows something should be done to relieve it, but he can tell neither why it hurts and what should be done.”
Thanks to the Fatima Message, when we look at the present state of world turmoil, we know the “why” and the “what should be done”.
The “why” is contained in Our Lady’s warning: “Man must cease offending God. ... War is a punishment for sin.”
The “what should be done” is found in Our Lady’s command for the Pope, in union with the world’s bishops, to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The United Nations, pan-religious prayer gatherings, interreligious dialogue, planting olive trees for peace, or “Soccer for Peace” events will do nothing to bring about the end of slaughter and violence. In some respects, these worldly initiatives may actually increase the possibility of Divine Punishment.
Only the Consecration of Russia — a simple five-minute prayer — conducted by the Pope in union with the world’s bishops will grant the period of peace, the conversion of Russia, and will avert the annihilation of nations prophesied by Our Lady of Fatima if Her requests were not fulfilled.
If it is true, as Pope Francis claims, that World War III has begun piecemeal, we need not despair. We know “what should be done”. Let us continually remind the Pope, the bishops and the clergy that the solution from Heaven does exist and would succeed if only it were tried.
Let us increase our resolve to live the Fatima Message, and to never tire of petitioning the Pope to consecrate Russia as Our Loving Mother from Heaven requested.