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The August summit in Minsk, Belarus, between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko turned out to be little more than a distraction for the benefit of the Western media. The prospect of the meeting raised false hopes that negotiations might stop the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine but served only as a propaganda platform from which charges and counter-charges were launched. (See: “Minsk meeting: Russia stands tall and proud”.)
Even as the summit was underway, Russian forces were reported to have entered Ukraine and a new offensive was begun by separatist factions in the southern part of the country. The town of Novoazovsk was taken with little resistance and an assault on the important coastal town of Mariupol was expected.
Putin appears to know very well what the West also knows but is reluctant to admit: the United States and its European allies will not go to war with Russia over Ukraine. (See: “7 Reasons Why America Will Never Go To War Over Ukraine”.)
There is no compelling U.S. vital interest in Ukraine, and Europe wants to avoid a prolongation or escalation of economic sanctions that injure both Russia and Europe and are unlikely to produce a resolution of the conflict. Russia has a vital interest in Ukraine; the West does not. Putin is evidently aware that he can withstand sanctions and harsh rhetoric.
Putin has even compared the siege of Donetsk to the siege of Leningrad by Hitler’s armies during World War II (see: “Putin Compares Ukraine's Advance in East With Nazi Siege”). The mention of Leningrad strikes a deep chord in the Russian heart, arousing both national pride and a belief that perseverance through hardship brings victory. Leningrad withstood more than two-years of assaults and suffered 670,000 civilian casualties. It is a national emblem of Western aggression and Russian resistance — and ultimate triumph. Putin knows his people.
Russia has been named as the key to world peace by Our Lady of Fatima. Whatever Russia does, therefore, will have a profound effect on all nations, for good or ill. Right now, the leader of Russia appears intent on two things as his pillars of policy: a resurgence of Russian nationalism and a revival of the Russian Orthodox Faith. The two are intertwined in Putin’s mind, as is evident from pronouncements he has made.
The leaders of the West appear incapable of either understanding or coming to terms with a policy rooted in a profound religious and cultural identity. They fail to appreciate fully that punishing Russia economically will cause privations, not to the Russian elites whose names appear on sanctions lists, but to the common people. They also appear not to realize that punishing the Russian people may help Putin gain their support, as evidenced by his soaring approval ratings. (See: “Putin’s Popularity Soars to 87% in the Face of Adversity”.)
The West has forgotten that Christendom began with the blood of the martyrs. People are capable of sacrifice and of great nobility when it comes to defending that which they love. Putin, despite his possible motives, may be preparing Russia to assume the role assigned it by the Queen of Heaven.
Our Lady of Fatima asked for the Consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart, and even specified how this was to be done: in unison, by the Pope and all the Catholic bishops (see: Fatima: The Requests). That such a detailed command from Heaven should be given us is both striking in its singularity and, one would think, irresistibly compelling. Yet, the Consecration has not been done and the Church has yet to recognize the centrality given Russia by Our Lady: the peace of the world is linked to Russia’s fate, and that fate has been placed in the hands of the Pope and bishops.
All eyes may be on the Middle East at present, but as terrible as are the events unfolding there, Our Lady of Fatima made no mention of Syria or Iraq or Israel when She appeared to offer the world Her peace plan. Russia is the key to history — salvation history. When Our Lady is at long last obeyed and Russia is converted, other problems around the world will be solved as well, for how else could the promised world peace be achieved?
So, if we want peace, if we want salvation for ourselves, our loved ones and the suffering people of this world, let us do all we can to bring about the consecration of Russia as Our Lady requested.
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We must work and pray ever more fervently that the Holy Father and the bishops will heed the requests of Our Lady of Fatima. (See: Petition to Our Holy Father — The Consecration of Russia and Petition to Our Holy Father — The Release of the full Third Secret.)
We must also keep informed. Read the recent “Fatima Perspectives” articles listed below.
Socci on the Latest Evidence for a Hidden Text of the Third Secret — Antonio Socci’s August 17 column on a recently published biography of Sister Lucia, produced by the Sisters of the Convent in Coimbra, discusses an astonishing new revelation in the Third Secret text regarding what must be the missing explanation by the Virgin Herself of the meaning of the enigmatic vision of the “Bishop dressed in White” published in 2000.
A Falling Plane and a Rising Empire — One event after another exposes the fallacy of the Fatima revisionists’ claim that Russia was validly consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in a 1984 ceremony from which any mention of Russia was deliberately omitted, and that Russia has been undergoing a “conversion” since then.
Holy Father, The World Needs Your Intervention! Consecrate Russia as Our Lady Requested — Open Letter to Pope Francis, in light of Russia and the U.S., both armed with nuclear weapons, engaging in a growing conflict over events in Ukraine.
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