The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) and her sister organizations around the world have just launched an international petition campaign asking Pope Francis to consecrate Russia in the manner that Our Lady of Fatima outlined in her apparitions, which has so far not taken place.
The petition reads:
“Holy Father, the time has come to make the consecration! If you do so, Our Lady will convert Russia, bringing it back to the bosom of the Holy Catholic Church, which it abandoned so many centuries ago. The Blessed Mother will take charge of this extraordinary work. She will make peace prevail, and her maternal heart will reign over a pacified world: ‘Finally, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.’”
“In these times of war, moral depravity, and confusion in the Church, the request of Our Lady of Fatima is more desperate than ever before,” said John Horvat, the American TFP’s vice president.
“The initial aim of the campaign is to garner at least a million signatures,” added Mr. Horvat. “By presenting the Holy Father with as many signatures as possible, Catholics will be able to show how seriously they take the request of Our Lady of Fatima, to consecrate Russia and to bring about a period of peace.”
Our Lady’s Request Persistently Ignored
On July 13, 1917, Our Lady delivered her message in Fatima, Portugal, about the need to consecrate Russia, telling the three young children:
“I will come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If they listen to my requests, Russia will convert, and there will be peace; if not, it will spread its errors throughout the world, promoting 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 will be converted, and a certain period of peace will be granted to the world.”
Twelve years later, on June 13, 1929, at the convent of the Dorothean Sisters in Tui (Spain), Our Lady appeared to the oldest seer who had become a nun, saying to her:
“The moment has come in which God asks the Holy Father to make, and to order that in union with him and at the same time, all the bishops of the world make the consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, promising to convert it because of this day of prayer and worldwide reparation.”
Despite the urgency of the request from the Blessed Virgin, the consecration, as requested by her, has remained uncompleted. As the petition notes, “in the more than 90 years” since this request was made to the Vatican, “none of the successive popes made the consecration in the terms Our Lady had requested.”
During the Second Vatican Council, two Brazilian bishops presented a petition written by TFP founder, Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, requesting this consecration of Russia. It was signed by 512 Council Fathers, but the consecration was not done. The most recent appeal is presented, having in mind this historical continuity.
Other later efforts to make the consecration were rejected out of fear of hindering ecumenical efforts with the Moscow Patriarchate. Others objected that an act of “consecration” could only be made to God, not to Our Lady, that for the Mother of God, it had to be an act of “entrustment.”
Pope John Paul II famously made an “entrustment-consecration” of the world, including Russia, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25, 1984, but deliberately avoided explicitly mentioning Russia as Our Lady had requested.
“This repeated refusal to perform the consecration as Our Lady asked has led to the current chastisements of war, persecutions and moral decline,” noted Mr. Horvat.
Recent Backdrop – An Appeal from the Ukrainian Hierarchy
Two weeks ago, on Ash Wednesday, the Latin Rite Catholic bishops in Ukraine penned a heartfelt and urgent appeal to the Holy Father, asking him to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary “as requested by the Blessed Virgin in Fatima.”
The bishops’ letter, coming amid Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, referred to the “hours of immeasurable pain and terrible ordeal for our people” which Ukrainians are enduring under the invasion.
As the TFP’s global petition notes:
“The destruction being perpetrated by invading Russian forces in heroic Ukraine, and the threat posed to world peace by the indiscriminate use of lethal weapons, suggest that Our Lady has not accepted the consecrations made so far. Otherwise, her promise would have been fulfilled, Russia would have been on the path of conversion, and the world would have genuine prospects for peace.”
The Vatican Promises a Consecration
After several days of silence, the Holy See suddenly announced on March 15 that Pope Francis would consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and that Cardinal Krajewski, the Apostolic Almoner, would make the consecration simultaneously in Fatima.
However, the brief announcement from the Vatican made no mention of the specific requirements outlined by Our Lady for the consecration itself: namely, the Pope ordering all of the Catholic bishops of the world to join him in making the consecration and to have a day of “prayer and worldwide reparation.”
The announcement makes the TFP’s global campaign more urgent than ever. The dramatic events in Ukraine also could escalate.
Why It’s Important
“To ward off the hecatomb, we must do what she requested, namely, that the pope consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart in union with all the bishops of the world,” adds the petition.
“That is why we are asking the Holy Father to make this consecration exactly as asked,” said John Horvat. “The time has come to put aside human and political considerations and make a supernatural act of filial trust in the efficacy of what Our Lady requested.”
John Horvat also highlighted the urgency of the appeal. “We are just days away from when the Pope is due to make the consecration.
The petition closes: “Holy Father, the time has come to make the consecration! If you do so, Our Lady will convert Russia, bringing it back to the bosom of the Holy Catholic Church, which it abandoned so many centuries ago. The Blessed Mother will take charge of this extraordinary work. She will make peace prevail, and her maternal heart will reign over a pacified world: “Finally, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”
Sign the global petition to the Holy Father HERE.