Summer 1999

Issue 60

Father Gruner spotlights the many sights of Padre Pio's Italy during the Fatima Center-sponsored pilgrimage which included the beatification ceremony of the famous Padre. Above, pilgrims visit Pietrelcina where Padre Pio was born and raised. Join us on the next pilgrimage.

The Secret of Padre Pio (Part I)
Interview with Father Nicholas Gruner, S.T.L., S.T.D. (Cand.)

Padre Pio has been called The Living Crucifix because of the wounds in his hands, feet, and side. But the imitation of Christ that was Padre Pio was of course first in his heart and soul and mind before it was in his hands, his feet, and his side, as Part I of this interview with Father Nicholas Gruner explains. (See Issue #63 for Part II.)

Padre Pio Said "Love Our Lady and Recite the Rosary"

After celebrating the solemn Mass on May 2, in which Padre Pio was beatified, the Holy Father went by helicopter to the loggia of St. John Lateran, where he introduced the Regina Coeli with a short reflection on Padre Pio's love of the Blessed Mother. Here is a translation of the Holy Father's remarks.

The Blessed Mother and Padre Pio

Reprinted here is the English translation of the flyer about Padre Pio and Our Lady, which about 100,000 copies were distributed by Fatima Center staff at the May 2, 1999 beatification of Padre Pio.

The Great Amnesia (Part I)
by Francis Alban and Christopher A. Ferrara

One of the new chapters in the newly released 3rd edition of Fatima Priest speaks about the Great Amnesia from which many people today are suffering. The roots of this spiritual forgetfulness are examined in this chapter — the first part is reprinted here.

Sister Lucy and the Act of March 25, 1984
Taken from Catholic Counter-Reformation, April 1999

This article refutes the unfounded position of Father Domiciano Fernandez, who claims that Pope John Paul II's consecration of the world on March 25, 1984 satisfies the request of Our Lady of Fatima. This article also clarifies Sister Lucy's position on the requirements for the Consecration of Russia and deals with some attempts by the enemies of Fatima to confuse the faithful by falsely attributing statements to Sister Lucy that contradict the truth of this matter.

Proper Devotion to the Blessed Virgin
by St. Anthony Mary Claret

This article on devotion to the Blessed Mother is a meditation taken from The Golden Key to Heaven by St. Anthony Mary Claret.

Save Your Children's Souls
by St. Alphonsus de Liguori

Saint Alphonsus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, here expounds on the privilege and responsibilities of parenthood as a special vocation from God. This advice is more necessary today than ever, as there are so many forces conspiring against our children.

Our Lady of the Well

Learn the story of the miraculous image of Our Lady of the Well in Rome.

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