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Rorate Caeli reports that, in response to the personal request of Pope Francis, the bishops of Portugal will “consecrate the Pope's Pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima” and that the bishops... have just decided that this consecration be made next May 13.”
So, yet again, Fatima comes to the fore of a pontificate, just as it did with Pius XII, Paul VI, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI, the latter three of whom made pilgrimages to Fatima during their respective reigns, thus keeping this “private revelation” firmly implanted in the public consciousness of the Church.
Rorate Caeli rightly observes: “Encouraging! A sign of more to come? A positive sign possibly signaling other actions concerning Fatima?” By other actions concerning Fatima is meant, of course, the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, so long prevented by the worldly machinations of that same corruption-ridden Roman Curia whose urgent reform will be one of the new Pope's most pressing tasks.
Father Gruner is privy to certain statements of a mystic widely respected in Italy, whose predictions have proven prophetically accurate in the past. “It will not be this Pope,” said the mystic — referring to John Paul II — “nor the next Pope but the next one after that who will do the Consecration of Russia.”
The prediction may or may not be accurate, but this much is certain: Fatima is the “private revelation” that will not go away, precisely because it is not “private” at all, but is rather (as Father Gruner has put it) a “public prophetic revelation” which the Mother of God consigned to the three visionaries and confirmed with an unprecedented public miracle. By its very content, the Message of Fatima was destined not only for the Church as a whole, but for all of humanity.
Indeed, during his sermon at Fatima during the Mass for the beatification of Francisco and Jacinta on May 13, 2000, Pope John Paul II could not have made any clearer the public and prophetic character of the Fatima message. He even hinted at its apocalyptic elements, which are no doubt explained in the still-undisclosed text of the Third Secret wherein the Virgin completes the revelation that begins with the statement “In Portugal, the dogma of the faith will always be preserved etc.” — to which Sister Lucy added her “etc” to hold the place for the momentous missing words.
As John Paul II declared on that occasion:
The Message of Fátima is a call to conversion, alerting humanity to have nothing to do with the 'dragon' whose 'tail swept down a third of the stars of Heaven, and cast them to the earth' (Apoc. 12: 4). Man's final goal is Heaven, his true home, where the heavenly Father awaits everyone with His merciful love.
God does not want anyone to be lost; that is why 2,000 years ago He sent His Son to earth, 'to seek and to save the lost' (Lk. 19: 10). And He saved us by His death on the cross. Let no one empty that Cross of its power! Jesus died and rose from the dead to be 'the first-born among many brethren' (Rom. 8: 29).
In Her motherly concern, the Blessed Virgin came here to Fatima to ask men and women 'to stop offending God, Our Lord, Who is already too much offended.' It is a mother's sorrow that compels Her to speak; the destiny of Her children is at stake. For this reason She asks the little shepherds: 'Pray, pray much and make sacrifices for sinners; many souls go to hell because they have no one to pray and make sacrifices for them.
And, as John Paul II admonished during his earlier pilgrimage to Fatima in 1982, the year after the assassination attempt, the Message of Fatima pertains to “the almost apocalyptic menaces looming over the nations and mankind as a whole.”
How can the dire fulfillment of the Fatima warnings be avoided? By the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Will Pope Francis be the one to perform it, at long last? His request to the bishops of Portugal to consecrate his pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima gives us reason for hope.
At the very least, however, this wonderful news confirms the enduring relevance — indeed, the utmost urgency — of the Fatima event. For Heaven's designs may be impeded by human perversity — so much does God respect human free will — but they will not in the end be thwarted. “In the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.”
Stand aside, you bureaucrats of the Roman Curia, and let the Pope do at last what should have been done long ago.