In largely unknown remarks, Sister Lucia states her views on the consecration
For decades now debate has swirled over a request made by the Virgin
of Fatima that Russia be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart. We don't
want to involve ourselves in this debate but below will simply present
the transcript provided by a Fatima museum researcher, Carlos Evaristo,
who served as a translator during crucial meetings in 1992 and 1993 between
the only living Fatima seer, Lucia dos Santos, and contingents headed by
Cardinal Antony Padiyara of Ernaculam, India, on October 11, 1992, and
another exactly a year later by Cardinal Ricardo Vidal of the Philippines.
The transcripts were recently re-transcribed.
The issue has long been contentious among groups in the United States
and elsewhere. We can only present what is reported to us. Here is Lucia's
exchange with Cardinal Padiyara (as well as Evaristo, who recorded the
Cardinal Padiyara: "When I return home to my diocese, people will ask
me many things, among which will be if the consecration of Russia has already
been done according to the request made by Our Lady. Was this accomplished
by Pope John Paul II on March 25 of 1984?"
Sister Lucia: "Yes, yes, yes. The consecration was already partially
done. Pope Pius XII made it in 1942, on October 31, but it lacked the union
with all the bishops of the world, which Pope John Paul II finally managed
to unite in 1984."
When asked about those bishops who didn't participate -- long an objection
of those who assert that the consecration was not accomplished -- Sister
Lucia said only, "We cannot say that these bishops that did not participate
committed a sin or a fault. The majority of the bishops were united to
the Pope in this act. The people, worldwide, in every diocese, were united
to the bishops and the bishops in turn to the Pope. So, this consecration
was a great union of the people of God. It was all of this that made this
Evaristo: "But did not Russia have to be specifically mentioned, and
did not Our Lady say that?"
Sister Lucia: "The Pope's intention was Russia, when he said, `Those
peoples...' in the text of the 1984 consecration. Those who knew of the
request for the consecration of Russia, knew what he was referring to as
did God Who is all-knowledgeable and can read the minds of men. God knew
that the Pope's intention was Russia and that he meant `Russia' in the
consecration. What is important is the intention, like when a priest has
the intention to consecrate a host."
Evaristo: "But didn't Our Lady want Russia to be specifically mentioned?"
Sister Lucia: "Our Lady never requested that Russia be specifically
mentioned by name. At the time I didn't even know what Russia was. We thought
she was a very wicked woman. What matters is the Pope's intention and the
bishops knew the intention the Pope had was to consecrate Russia."
Bishop Francis Michaelappa of Mysore, India: "In that case, there is
no need to consecrate Russia again?"
Sister Lucia: "There is no need to consecrate Russia again, but each
bishop can consecrate his own diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary if
he wants to."
"Our Lady is content and has accepted it?"
Sister Lucia: "Yes," adding in her 1993 interview with a contingent
from the Philippines that the consecration "prevented an atomic war that
would have occurred in 1985."
Evaristo: "Has the conversion of Russia then taken place?" she was
asked by Evaristo.
Sister Lucia: "Yes. The news speaks for itself."
Evaristo adds that the entire world was consecrated and not just Russia
because by 1984 Russia had already infected the world with its errors.
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