I was in Fatima. Saw an old man who had witnessed the miracle of the sun. Seventy thousand people were present, including many atheists.
Mary appeared to the children first to pray and do penance for sinners. They were also taught a simple prayer of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by an angel who identified himself as the Angel of Portugal…some attribute him to St. Michael the Archangel.
Then she asked that we pray the daily rosary and do penance not only for sinners, but for the conversion of Russia who would spread her errors throughout the world. She said that Portugal would retain the true Catholic faith…but also implying there would be Catholic populations who would have loss of proper faith in God. She said that a strange light would appear in the sky at the beginning of the next world war, worse than WWI. She asked us to consecrate ourselves to her Immaculate Heart…and in the end, her Immaculate Heart would triumph. She asked to pray for peace and to hope for it…not in her own words…
She appeared to the children of Fatima in 1917.
President Ronald Reagan loved Pope John Paul II. Pope John Paul II had an assassination attempt on his life on the first apparition date of Fatima, May 13. Mary’s final apparition was in October…in pouring rain. It looked like the sun was falling out of the sky. People began screaming…and she appearing in the sky…the sun then came back to its former position, and the peoples’ clothes were now dry.
Fatima and all Marian approved apparitions are under the discipline of private revelations. Catholics are not obliged to believe any private revelation in the Catholic Church.
Finally, in 1983, I became aware of a Fr. Schiller, a German Jesuit. He had recently died. He and 7 other German Jesuits stationed in Japan were living near the explosion of the nuclear bomb. He was picked up in his house, twirled like a leaf, and then thrown outside and landed in a ditch with a broken leg.
Two hundred scientists examined him and the other Jesuits. They all survived with no trace of radiation. When asked how they thought this had happened, they replied that they were following the requests of our Lady of Fatima.
Note that Mary did not ask that we pray for the conversion of the Naziis…she prayed for the conversion of Russia – communism. I don’t have the pope’s name off hand, but there is an encyclical on the condemnation of communism, and its conviction most clear.
I was a first hand witness to the KGB anti-American propaganda that entered Mozambique, June, 1974, when the headline on the independence of Mozambique blared in bold headlines, “America is the Enemy of the World”. The Americans working there were for primarily humanitarian reasons, for the good of the people with Americans contributing to the work.