October 20, 2017, 9:18 am
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‘Nations will be annihilated’

THIRD apparition of Our Lady of the Rosary, 13 July 1917: “The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated.” [Fatima In Lucia’s Own Words: Sister Lucia’s Memoirs, p. 124]

The next pandemic in the making? “On 11 May, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo informed WHO that of 5 laboratory samples tested, one tested positive for Ebola virus at the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale laboratory in Kinshasa.

Additional laboratory samples are currently being tested. Since 22 April, nine suspected cases including 3 deaths have been reported. Six cases are currently hospitalized.” [http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2017/ebola-drc/en/]

“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...” [Fatima In Lucia’s Own Words: Sister Lucia’s Memoirs, p. 179]

That statement was made nearly 100 years ago. Today, read this back-and-forth between a journalist and the Bishop of Rome:

Vera Shcherbakova: And with the Russian state? Christians, common values?

Pope Francis: Yes, I know that the Russian state speaks about this, about defending Christians in the Middle East. I know this and I believe it to be a good thing, to speak, to fight against persecution. Today there are more martyrs than in the first centuries, in the Middle East above all.

...This “world war fought piecemeal” which I began speaking about two years ago, more or less, is “piecemeal” but the pieces have got larger, and they have become more concentrated. They are concentrated in areas which were already “hot zones”, because this situation of the Korean missiles has been going on for a year, but now it seems that the situation has heated up too much. In every instance my call is to solve problems by means of diplomacy, through negotiation…Because the future of humanity is at play. Today a prolonged war will destroy, I won’t say half of humanity, but a good part of humanity and of culture… everything, everything. It would be terrible. [https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2017/...

Last week (12 May 2017), Pope Francis celebrated the centenary of the apparitions in the Portuguese town of Fátima and canonized the two illiterate shepherd children who had visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago.

The Catholic Church had recognized in 1930 the supernatural nature of the apparitions, authorizing devotion and the construction of a shrine in Fatima. “A postage stamp designed by Stefano Morri depicts the appearance of the Blessed Virgin, clothed in white, radiating light, wearing a veil with a gold border covering her head and shoulders, just as described by young Lucia. In front of her are the three shepherds in a moment of prayer and devotion with a background of the countryside, which frames with tenderness the extraordinary nature of the events.” [www.vaticanstate.va/content/vaticanstate/en/servizi/ufficio-filatelico-e...

The Marian apparitions occurred at the tail end of the First World War, and regardless of any folks’ belief in or dismissal of the Message of Fatima, a World War II did plunge human civilization into an orgy of violence (Battle of Prachuab Khrikhan, Fu-Go Balloon Bombs, Pekanbaru Death Railway, St. Stephen’s College massacre, Bengal famine of 1943, Bersiap, Lapland War, Zoot-Suit Riots of 1943, Katyn massacre, Rape of Manila).

Third apparition of Our Lady of the Rosary, 13 July 1917: “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 Xl.”

When the Germans subjected the people of Poland to Kesselschlacht in September of 1939, Pius Xl was already dead for seven months and the incumbent Bishop of Rome was Pius XII. Nonetheless, Pius Xl was the pontiff when the Fascist-Nazi-Falangist combine broke the Spanish Republic (Guernica, 1937) and the imperialist Japanese expanded its invasion of China (Nanjing, 1937). As far as the victims in Europe and Asia were concerned, the War against Fascism was already raging.

Pius Xl did challenge Italian Fascism (Non abbiamo bisogno, 1931) and Nazism (Mit brennender Sorge, 1937), but some of his fellow Catholics were racists and anti-Semites, and both Mussolini and Hitler were Roman Catholics. Ditto Generalissimo Franco of Spain.

“The Fascist dictatorship is strong. But the day will surely come when it will go the way of all tyrannies.” [Fascism and the Vatican, Manchester Guardian, 12 February 1929] Pius Xl and Pius XlI could not prevent WWII. It took the multi-ethnic societies of the original United Nations six years to put down the Axis in a brutal trans-oceanic confrontation.

Mussolini was executed by anti-Fascist partisans and Hitler committed suicide. Fascism and Nazism are dead. Yet ultra-conservatism rises in democratic societies, which is a phenomenon that “cannot be reduced to a ‘Western problem’.” [http://apjjf.org/2017/10/Postel-Vinay.html]

Worse is the revival of Islamic-Fascism. [Dale C. Eikmeier, “Qutbism,” Parameters, Spring 2007] During WWII, there was a Kaukasische Mohammedaner-Legion in the German Army and Haj Amin al-Husseini (the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem from 1921 to 1948) was Hitler’s guest in Berlin, “where for four years he tried to tighten bonds between Nazi Germany and the Arabs and Muslims of the Middle East.” [https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=32099]

The “piecemeal” World War Three that Pope Francis had described in 2016 certainly involves the variants of Fascism we see this 21st century: “At the same time, both al-Qaida and Islamic State have spread their operations around the world, collectively creating more than 75 ‘franchises’ in various countries in the Muslim world...The struggle with jihadism is in fact a world war...fought by asymmetric forces simultaneously across the globe that involves both civil and military forces.” [http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/01/24/are-we-already-fighting-wo...

“My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You! I ask pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love You!”
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