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Newsletter n°40 (27 November 2016)
In the previous newsletter, we saw that Our Lady asked for the consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart. Why then, have our popes consecrated the world, and not Russia ? A quick review of the history of the apparitions will enable us to grasp the reason for this.
On the 13th of July, after having announced that she would return to ask for the consecration of Russia, Our Lady made her request to Sister Lucia in 1929, then in 1930 at Tuy (see newsletter n°39). Father Gonçalvès, then Monseigneur da Silva conveyed the request to Pope Pius XI, but the Pope did nothing. Also, in August 1931, Heaven made known to Sister Lucia its displeasure that the consecration of Russia had still not taken place.
As I asked God for the conversion of Russia, Spain and Portugal, it seemed that His Divine Majesty said to me : « ( … ) Make it known to my ministers that as they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the implementation of my request, they will follow him also into adversity. » (Letter to Monsiegneur da Silva, 29th of August 1931)
As the Pope had done nothing, on the 30th of July 1935, in a little village to the north of Porto called Balasar, Our Lord appeared to a privileged soul, Alexandrina da Costa, and expressed a slighty different request : « As I asked Margaret-Mary for the devotion to my Divine Heart, I also ask of you that the world be consecrated to the Heart of my Most Holy Mother, with a feast-day in this honour. »
Alexandrina had a Jesuit, Father Pinho, for her spiritual director. On the 11th of September 1936 he wrote to Pius XI via his Secretary of State, who at that time was Cardinal Pacelli, the future Pope Pius XII.
A year later, in 1938, the same year the Portugese bishops consecrated their country to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the second time (see newsletter n°16), they made a retreat which was preached by Father Pino who suggested they send a letter to the Holy Father to ask for the consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which they did. This is how Cardinal Pacelli came to hear about the consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the second time. Unfortunately, Pius XI did nothing before his death which came a few months later.
Soon after the election of the new Pope, in April 1940, Father Gonçalvès made another attempt to ask the Holy Father for the consecration of Russia. Seeing that there was no reaction, Father Gonçalvès, as well as Bishop Gurza, and Monseigneur Ferreira da Silva (who knew Pius XII personally), asked Sister Lucia to write to the Pope herself. Sister Lucia was rather daunted by this request :
22. X. 1940. I have received a letter from the Reverend Father José Bernardo Gonçalvès and the Bishop of Gurza ordering me to write to His Holiness … To this end, I spent two hours in front of Our Lord « (…) I will punish the nations for their war crimes, for the famine, and for the persecution of my Church which has weighed especially heavily on my earthly Vicar. His Holiness will be able to cut short these troubled times by undertaking the act of consecration of the whole world, and Russia in particular, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. »
In this way, our Lord asked from Sister Lucia that which he had already asked from Alexandrina a few years earlier ; faced with hesitations from the hierarchy, our Lord took the easier way of promising to cut short the war, rather than the conversion of Russia.
Two days later, Sister Lucia wrote a letter to Pope Pius XII in which she began by setting out Our Lady’s request :
In 1929, Our Lady, by means of another apparition, told me : « The moment has come for God to ask the Holy Father, in union with all the bishops of the world, to consecrate Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and He promises to save her by these means. »
Some time afterwards, I reported this to my confessor, who succeeded in making it known to His Holiness Pius XI, and, more recently, to Your Holiness, by the means of His Excellence Monseigneur the Bishop of Macau in June of this year 1940. And, a little later, I believe that the Reverend Father Gonzaga da Fonseca wished to renew this request to Your Holiness, who has kindly deigned to receive it.
Then, as her confessor had asked, Sister Lucia presented the request for the consecration of the world :
Most Holy Father, our good Lord, during the course of several intimate communications, has not ceased to insist on this request, and He has recently promised that if Your Holiness deigned to consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, with a special mention for Russia, He would put an end to the troubled times by which He decided to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine and persecution of the Church and of Your Holiness.
So, in this letter, Sister Lucia proposes two different things. Firstly, she sets out the Holy Virgin’s request : the consecration of Russia to obtain this country’s conversion and to put an end to the divulgence of its errors. Then she adds that « recently » our Lord has asked for something easier : the consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, with a special mention for Russia, the fruits of which would no longer be the conversion of Russia, but an end to the war.
Unfortunately, the Bishop of Leiria asked Sister Lucia to make several corrections to her letter. In particular, he made her take out the first request whereby she talks of the consecration of Russia. Perhaps Monseigneur de Silva did not take into account the difference between the time of Our Lady’s request and of our Lord’s request, or perhaps he wanted to simplify the request addressed to the Holy Father, thinking that the consecration of the world necessarily included the consecration of Russia. The fact remains that Pius XII only received the corrected version of the letter, dated the 2nd of December 1940, in which there was only the reference to the consecration of the world with a special mention for Russia, which was identical to the request which had been made to him three years earlier by the Portugese bishops in the collective letter they had sent him on the advice of Father Pinho.
This is why, on the 31st of October and the 8th of December 1942, Pius XII consecrated the world, and not Russia, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
It is important to see clearly that there are two requests from Heaven : one from Our Lady for the consecration of Russia, the other from our Lord for the consecraton of the world. They are both obviously linked, but the second in no way cancels out the first. In fact, for Father Alonso, the revelation of the 22nd of October 1940 : « has no direct connection with the message of Fatima. ( … ) It is the Lord who speaks and not the Virgin. He expresses a desire and not a demand. ( … ) The object of the promise is not the conversion of Russia, but the curtailment of the war. »
This is also what Father Joseph de Sainte Marie affirms : « It is a matter of two clearly distinct requests, and that which pertains to Sister Lucia’s mission is the request for the consecration of Russia. ( … ) In the communication of October 1942 it was Christ who spoke and not the Virgin. Moreover, He had expressed a ‘’wish’’ but not His ‘will’. If a real convergence between the two messages had occured in 1940-42, they nevertheless remain substantially different. »
In the next letter, we will see how the different popes have responded to these two requests. (For those who would like more details on all of these points, we recommend the book by Joseph de Belfont recently republished by Nouvelles Éditions Latines : Mystères et vérités cachées du troisième secret de Fatima.
In union of prayer in the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Yves de Lassus,
President, Cap Fatima 2017.