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Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fátima



  Mass entrance procession on 13 May 2012  
  Mass on 13 May 2012, ninety-five years after first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three young Portuguese shepherd children, later Sister Lúcia of Fátima, Blessed Francisco Marto and Blessed Jacinta Marto.  



  Catechism of the Catholic Church  
    Part One – The Procession of Faith  
      Section One – "I Believe - We Believe"  
        Chapter Two – God Comes to Meet Man  
          Article One – The Revelation of God  
            III. Christ Jesus — "Mediator and Fullness of All Revelation"  
              There will be no further Revelation    
              § 66. "The Christian economy, therefore, since it is the new and definitive Covenant, will never pass away; and no new public revelation is to be expected before the glorious manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ." [DV 4; cf. 1 Tim 6:14; Titus 2:13.] Yet even if Revelation is already complete, it has not been made completely explicit; it remains for Christian faith gradually to grasp its full significance over the course of the centuries.    
              § 67. Throughout the ages, there have been so-called "private" revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do not belong, however, to the deposit of faith. It is not their role to improve or complete Christ's definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history. Guided by the Magisterium of the Church, the sensus fidelium knows how to discern and welcome in these revelations whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to the Church.

Christian faith cannot accept "revelations" that claim to surpass or correct the Revelation of which Christ is the fulfillment, as is the case in certain non-Christian religions and also in certain recent sects which base themselves on such "revelations".



  The First Secret of Fatima  
  (together with a kind of preamble of explanation)  

... This will entail my speaking about the secret, and thus answering the first question.

What is the secret? It seems to me that I can reveal it, since I already have permission from Heaven to do so. God's representatives on earth have authorized me to do this several times and in various letters, one of which, I believe, is in your keeping. This letter is from Father José Bernardo Gonçalves, and in it he advises me to write to the Holy Father, suggesting, among other things, that I should reveal the secret. I did say something about it. But in order not to make my letter too long, since I was told to keep it short, I confined myself to the essentials, leaving it to God to provide another more favourable opportunity.

In my second account I have already described in detail the doubt which tormented me from 13 June until 13 July, and how it disappeared completely during the Apparition on that day.

Well, the secret is made up of three distinct parts, two of which I am now going to reveal.

The first part is the vision of hell.

Our Lady showed us a great sea of fire which seemed to be under the earth. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repulsive likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and transparent. This vision lasted but an instant. How can we ever be grateful enough to our kind heavenly Mother, who had already prepared us by promising, in the first Apparition, to take us to heaven. Otherwise, I think we would have died of fear and terror.

  Second Secret of Fatima  

We then looked up at Our Lady, who said to us so kindly and so sadly:

“You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end: but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the Pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world”.


The First and Second Secrets of Fatima, also known as the First and Second Parts of the Secret of Fatima, as recorded by Sister Lúcia de Jesus dos Santos, O.C.D. (* 28 March 1907 – 13 February 2005 †), setting forth Sister Lúcia's recollection of the words of the very Mother of God and Queen of Heaven to the three children seers at the Cova da Iria fields of Sister Lúcia's family, located near Fátima, Portugal, on 13 July 1917, but, extremely confusingly in the view of the present writer, given the identity of the speaker and the Earth-shaking importance of the message, as recorded by Sister Lúcia in her so-called Third Memoir only on 31 August 1941. N.B. The Pontificate of Pius XI, 6 February 1922 to 10 February 1939, had not begun on 13 July 1917. www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20000626_message-fatima_en.html

This date of 31 August 1941 is all the more strange as it comes, not only more than 24 years after the Marian Apparition in question, the third of six such, that of 13 July 1917 — the others having taken place on 13 May 1917, 13 June 1917, 13 August 1917, 13 September 1917 and 13 October 1917 — but also because 31 August 1941 is years, 13 years, after Mary appeared again to Sister Lúcia, this time on 13 June 1929, in which Mary called for the Consecration of Russia. Recall that Sister Lúcia is telling us — in 1941 — that on 13 July 1917 the Most Blessed Thetokos and Queen of Heaven had said that she was going to ask for the Consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart. So Sister Lúcia tells us that Mary then did so ask on 13 June 1929, but Sister Lúcia writes of this in 1941, World War II and indeed Operation Barbarosa, already long underway!

And yet, the 13 October 1917 Miracle of the Sun was very far indeed from being confined to private revelation to three Portuguese shepherd children, two of whom then promptly died in the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. Rather it was observed by a crowd of, by some accounts, seventy-thousand, and in any case by tens-of-thousands of people.

These various comments are not intended to cast doubt on the historicity of these Fatima Marian Apparitions or on the veracity of Sister Lúcia's statements recording what was said. These comments are intended to highlight the impossibility of the Community of the Faithful sorting this out, given the behavior of nine popes and countless bishops in connection with this most extraordinary series of XX century events.






  Recent Catholic Contributions in Russia, Catholic Piety and other matters  


bulletin board in Saint Catherine's in Saint Petersburg right after Christmas of 2015 which means in Russia 2016   the Polish Catholic Dominican priests of Saint Catherines in Saint Petersburg promote synogogue dialogue and dual covenant theology with those Jews who do not accept Christ Jesus

8 January 2016 bulletin board of Saint Catherine's



  The "Day of Judaism" to be held in the synagogue of Saint Petersburg
All the priests in this Church on this date, save one, are Polish,
And, like their leader, these Polish Dominicans are promoting the heresy of
Dual-Covenant Theology
, whether they realize it or not, unless that is, the
Matter is even worse, that they are indifferent to the loss of Salvation for Jews.


  But begging the reader please to remember well the unnumbered Polish Catholic priests who have devoted their lives' work to ministry in Christ's Church — the Orthodox-Catholic Church — under difficult and sometimes dangerous conditions within Russia.  


  on 26 August 2012 the facade of Saint Catherines in Saint Petersburg facing Nevsky Prospect  
  Façade facing Nevsky Prospect on 26 August 2012  



  Portrait of King Stanisław II August Poniatowski by Marcello Bacciarelli  
  Portrait of King Stanisław II August Poniatowski (r. 7 September 1764 to 7 January 1795)
by Marcello Bacciarelli (1731–1818) in Zamek Królewski w Warszawie – Royal Castle of Warsaw



  Saint Catherine's Catholic Church in Saint Petersburg Russia  
  Католическая церковь Святой Екатерины – Saint Catherine's in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the oldest Catholic Church in Russia, here on 8 January 2016
Construction authorized by Peter I (the Great); Architects: Jean-Baptiste Michel Vallin de la Mothe (1729-1800), followed by Antonio Rinaldi (1710–1794).
The last king of Poland, Stanisław August Poniatowski (* 17 January 1732, r. 1764 - 7 January 1795; 12 February 1798 †), was intered here in 1798;
(reintered in 1938 in Wołczyn, at that time in Belarus; then again reintered in 1990 in Archikatedra św. Jana w Warszawiein – Saint John's Archcathedral in Warsaw).



Saint Peter's Basilica on 9 July 2012   Primate Cathedral of Toledo on 17 May 2012
typical Catholic behavior post-John Paul II, Saint Peter's Basilica on 9 July 2012 And this exercise can be repeated with similar results
in a hundred thousand other Churches throughout
Catholic Christendom
Catholic piety on 17 May 2012 in the Gothic jewel of Spain,
the Catedral Primada Santa María de Toledo –
Primate Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo


  Surely faithful Orthodox should want to join in with the Catholic piety!  
  Canonizing Popes John XXIII and John Paul II was just the right move?  
  Absolute Monarchs bear no responsibility for what happened to God's Holy Church on their watches?  
  Or, by the starkest contrast, might we be allowed to hope that  
  Oriental Orthodox, Orthodox and Catholic clerics, and laity  
  Could strengthen each other, supply each other's deficiencies, within a re-united  
  Orthodox-Catholic Church  



Procession of the Cross before Solovyetsky Monastery in July   Orthodox piety, here before the Γοργοεπήκοος (Горгоэпикоос — Gorgoepikoos) — Икона Божией Матери Скоропослушница — Icon of the Mother of God Quick to Harken, in the Церковь Покрова Богородицы в Спасо-Преображенский монастырь в Муроме – Church of the Intercession of the Virgin in the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Murom
Крестный Ход – Procession of the Cross before Solovyetsky Monastery in July   Orthodox piety, here before the Γοργοεπήκοος (Горгоэпикоос — Gorgoepikoos) —
Икона Божией Матери Скоропослушница — Icon of the Mother of God Quick to Harken,
in the Церковь Покрова Богородицы в Спасо-Преображенский монастырь в Муроме –
Church of the Intercession of the Virgin in the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Murom.


  Such scenes too can be seen a hundred thousand times, in and around Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches.  
















Three innocent shepherd children approach the Queen of Heaven

  Nossa Senhora de Fátima



  This 4 3/4 meter high, 13 ton statute of Nossa Senhora de Fátima – Our Lady of Fatima, located in the niche of the bell tower of Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Rosário – the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, within the Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Fátima – the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima was the result of a collaboration between American priest and sculptor, Father Thomas McGlynn and Irmã Maria Lúcia de Jesus e do Coração Imaculado – Sister Maria Lucia of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart, but more often known just as Lúcia dos Santos (* 23 de março de 1907 – 13 de fevereiro de 2005 †), who described to the priest-artist how Mary looked during her six apparitions between 13 May and 13 October of 1917.  



  Torre do sino Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Rosário  




  Regina Sacratissimi Rosarii Fatimæ Ora Pro Nobis  
  Regina Sacratissimi Rosarii Fatimæ Ora Pro Nobis   Pray for us Queen of the Most Holy Rosary of Fatima  



  Altar Principal Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Rosário  
  Altar principal Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Rosário  




Jacinta Marto e Lúcia dos Santos A Quem Nossa Senhora Apareceu Blessed Francisco Marto
Jacinta Marto (* 11 March 1910 – 20 February 1920 †), like her slightly older brother Francisco, was called home by God during the 1918 influenza pandemic. She is the youngest child who did not die a martyr's death to be beatified. Here she is interred with her cousin and fellow seer of Fatima, Lúcia dos Santos, who died as a very old women in 2005 Anno Domini, aged almost ninety-eight, and almost eighty-eight years after the May to October 1917 Marian Apparitions both had been most blessed to behold.  

And here Blessed Francisco Marto (* 11 June 1908 – 4 April 1919 †) has his tomb on the opposite wall from the girls, which seems a bit sad, but anyway, he is with his sister in Heaven with God, the ultimate reward.






  Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Rosário  
  Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Rosário – the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary  




  Pope Pius XII














Just as a few years ago We consecrated the entire human race to the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God, so today We consecrate and in a most special manner We entrust all the peoples of Russia to this Immaculate Heart...
  Pope Pius XII, from his Apostolic Letter, Sacro Vergente of 7 July 1952
  Pope Pius XII (r. 2 March 1939 to 9 October 1958 †) – the Fatima Pope.  




  QUEREIS OFERECER-VOS A DEUS? — Are You Willing to Offer Yourselves to God  
  QUEREIS OFERECER-VOS A DEUS? — Are You Willing to Offer Yourselves to God?  




"Rise, and have no fear."   "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him." the Holy Spirit Man proposes, God disposes