Spring 1981

Issue 7

Canada’s Pilgrim Virgin Statue was blessed by Pope Paul VI on May 13th, 1967 at Fatima. This Statue visits the different dioceses of Canada, and these visits are the occasion of many spiritual and temporal blessings given through Our Heavenly Mother’s intercession.

Jesus Is Truly Risen:
Dear Friends of Our Lady 
by Father Nicholas Gruner, S.T.L.
Father Gruner touches on the Mystery of Our Lord’s Resurrection, focusing on our duties of gratitude to Him. Our Lady of Fatima gives us a suggestion on how to thank Him.

Mary is the Turris Davidica, the Tower of David
by Cardinal Newman
John Henry Cardinal Newman explains here why Our Lady is called the Tower of David. She is the One who defends belief in Jesus Christ, as true God and true man.

The Story of Fatima (Part III)
This article is a continuation of the true story of the events of Fatima. This third part describes the first apparition of Our Lady at Fatima (on May 13, 1917) and the events immediately following.

The Power of the Rosary
by St. Louis de Montfort
St. Louis de Montfort gives us a key for understanding the magnitude of the immense power of the Rosary.

Meeting of Canadian Blue Army Leaders
On January 17, 1981 an historic meeting of Canadian Blue Army leaders took place. This article explains what happened at this important meeting.

National Pilgrim Virgin of Canada Elects New Directors
In its Annual Meeting of Members in 1981, the National Committee for the Pilgrim Virgin of Canada elected new directors.

A Letter from Sister Lucia to a Priest
by Sister Lucia dos Santos, O.C.D.
In this letter written by Sister Lucia to her nephew Father Jose Valinho, a Salesian priest, she talks about the diabolical disorientation sweeping the world. This letter’s message is very important for all of us living in these troubled times.

Jesus, Our Eucharistic Love (Part IV)
by Father Stefano Manelli, S.T.D.
This fourth installment from Father Stefano Manelli’s book discusses the purity of soul necessary for receiving Holy Communion; how to ask Our Lady to help us receive Holy Communion more fervently; and Thanksgiving after Communion.

Vatican II Confirms Council of Trent
A reminder to Catholics that they must not receive Holy Communion while in the state of mortal sin.

The Fatima Message and Dominicae Cenae
Reprinted here are some extracts of Dominicae Cenae, Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter on the Holy Eucharist.

The Regulations of the Vatican Concerning Communion in the Hand
by The Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship
Presented here is an English translation of the letter which the Sacred Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship sent to those national Conferences of Catholic Bishops which petitioned for and received permission to allow the practice of Communion in the hand. This letter identifies and explains that this practice is allowed only in very limited circumstances. The seven required norms and the two conditions for receiving Communion in the hand are spelled-out here.

Opposition to Fatima (Part I)
This is an account of the earliest opposition to the Message of Fatima, which took place while the apparitions were still occurring. Part I of this series discusses the initial opposition to Fatima by the Mayor of Ourem, which is about 10 miles from Fatima.

Catholic Masons Are Excommunicated
Published here is the declaration of the German Episcopal Conference on the request of Catholics to become Freemasons, quoted from the July 14, 1980 English edition of L’Osservatore Romano. This declaration gives some fundamental reasons why a Catholic can never become a Freemason and remain Catholic. Also published here, as it appeared in the L’Osservatore Romano on March 9, 1981, is the complete text of the Declaration of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, dated February 17, 1981, which reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s stand against Freemasonry.

How to Obtain God’s Mercy
Here we provide examples from the lives of the Saints on how to obtain God's mercy by forgiving others their offenses against us.

John Paul II Says that the Church Will Never Change Her Teaching on Marriage
This article discusses the Catholic Church’s teaching on contraception and marriage as well as Pope John Paul II’s recent confirmation of this teaching. The article also cites passages from Pope Pius XI’s Encyclical on Christian Marriage explaining the teaching of the Catholic Church on contraception, which has been Her continuous consistent teaching dating back to the earliest days of the Catholic Church.

The Catholic Church’s Official Position on Communism
by Pope Pius XI
This brief statement is quoted from Pope Pius XI’s encyclical Divini Redemptoris on Communism, which is, of course, still true today.

The Continuing Soviet Persecution of Christians  
by Giovanni Codevilla
This is an extract from an Italian article, which details the intense persecution of religion inside the Soviet Union, contrary to the illusion of tolerance propagated by the media. The facts presented here should inspire us with a renewed desire to see Our Lady of Fatima’s requests fulfilled, lest we should suffer the same or even worse fate then the Christians in Soviet Russia.

Persecution Still Continues Under Communism
A brief exhortation of Rev. Maximus Hermaniuk on the imposture of the family structure and the assistance it needs from the Church.

Our Lady of Fatima and the Right to Life
Our Lady of Fatima reminded us to do our duty. It is our duty as citizens, voters and members of the human race to protect by our prayers, words and actions those innocents whose very lives are being taken by abortion.

Catholic Teaching Regarding Abortion
Presented here are some authoritative statements on the Catholic Church’s teaching on abortion. This article will help you to better understand the crime of abortion as God sees it, and how He will judge those guilty of the crime, as well as those who have not done their duty to protect the unborn.

The Government Must Safeguard the Human Rights of Everyone
by Pope John XXIII
The teaching of right reason regarding the duty of authorities to safeguard the inviolable rights of every human being is confirmed by the teaching authority of the Magisterium of the Church. Published here is a key passage from Pope John XXIII’s encyclical Pacem in Terris.

Answers to Some Questions
This section answers some common questions about morality and the individual's moral obligations concerning the issue of abortion.

To the Minister of Justice, the Honorable Jean Chretien
This telegram concerning Canada’s proposed pro-abortion Charter of Rights was sent to the Canadian Minister of Justice, and was signed by many people from Western Canada. Also included is a list of the many bishops, priests, religious and members of the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Women's League who signed the telegram.

News Items
These news stories concern Canada’s proposed pro-abortion Charter of Rights and the use of government funds for abortion and abortion services.