Our Lady Appears on October 13, 1917
In the apparition of September 13, Our Lady had repeated her earlier promise to the children: “In October I will perform a miracle that will permit everyone to believe.” On October 13, at least seventy thousand people were present at the site of the Apparition, and recent scientific studies of the photographs taken at the time tell us there were probably one hundred thousand people who witnessed the Miracle of the Sun. When Our Lady spoke to the three children on October 13, She asked that a chapel be built there, and She requested that the Rosary continue to be recited every day, and She promised that the war would end soon. When Lucy asked Her name, she replied, “I am the Lady of the Rosary.” The children on this day also saw St. Joseph and the Child Jesus, Our Lady of Sorrows, and they saw Our Lord giving His blessing to the people. Lucy alone saw Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
It had been raining nearly twenty-four hours by the time it was noon on October 13, the day Our Lady had promised a miracle. Many thousands of people had journeyed to the Cova da Iria to be present at the Miracle. Many of them had traveled all night by foot and by donkey cart through heavy rain, from distant villages. Their clothes were wet and muddy from walking in the countryside and along roads which had been turned to mud by the rain. The people were from many different walks of life, rich and poor, educated and simple, and from many different professions including doctors and priests. There were people who believed in the apparitions at Fatima, and there were others who doubted. There were fervent Catholics and there were atheists who had come to mock. There were journalists who were there to record the event, some from atheistic journals who, while recording the event had no intention of convincing anyone of its reality and its supernatural origin. There were Christians who had been many years away from the Church and the Sacraments.
During the apparition, while Our Lady was speaking to the three children, the rain suddenly stopped, and the sun became visible, looking like a pale silver disc. Many witnesses testified that its light was so dim they could gaze at it without hurting their eyes. Then they saw the sun suddenly begin to spin and it began to radiate light of different colors of the rainbow in all directions. The people noticed that the faces and clothing of the others around them, and the scenery, were reflecting the changing colors that were coming from the sun. After watching it for about ten minutes, they saw the sun stop spinning and begin suddenly to fall towards the earth in a zig-zag motion. The people were terrified. They thought the sun was going to kill them all. It seemed to be the end of the world. And so they fell on their knees, and many asked God for pardon for their sins. Many conversions occurred. People who had been living bad lives had their lives transformed by the grace that they received by going to Fatima that day and seeing the Miracle of the Sun. People who had ridiculed religion for many years returned to the Faith. At a certain moment the sun stopped its earthward motion and resumed its normal place in the sky. When the people got up from their knees, they noticed that their clothes, which had been soaked by the heavy rain of the last twenty-four hours, and muddied from traveling over the countryside by foot and kneeling in the mud at the Cova da Iria, had become dry and clean in an instant.
But even more amazing and more significant was the instantaneous cure of many incurably ill persons who had come to the Cova da Iria that day, fulfilling the promise Our Lady had made that sick persons would be cured at the occasion of the great Miracle at Fatima. The cures still take place at Fatima to this day, and the medical bureau there, like at Lourdes, investigates thoroughly any cure that is claimed at Fatima.
The Miracle of the Sun was seen not only by the crowd at the Cova da Iria, but by many individuals as far as forty kilometers away.
The Bishop of Fatima Speaks
In a pastoral letter on the Apparitions in 1930, D. Jose Alves Correia da Silva, the Bishop of Leiria, said:
“The solar phenomenon of October 13, described in newspapers of the time, was the most marvelous and caused the deepest impression on those who had the good fortune to witness it.
The children had foretold the day and the hour at which it would occur. The news spread rapidly throughout Portugal, and in spite of bad weather and the abundant rainfall thousands and thousands of people congregated at the spot. At the hour of the last Apparition they witnessed all the manifestations of the sun which paid homage to the Queen of Heaven and earth, more brilliant than the heavenly body itself at its zenith of light.
This phenomenon, which was not registered in any astronomical observatory, and could not, therefore, have been of natural origin, was witnessed by people of every category and class, by believers as well as unbelievers, journalists of the principal daily papers and even by individuals kilometers away, a fact which destroys any theory of collective hallucination.”
FATIMA APPARTIONS MOCKED BY FREEMASONS…
OCTOBER 1917 OPPOSITION BY THE MILITANT ATHEISTS– After the Miracle of the Sun, the faithful felt there was reason to believe that the enemies of religion in Portugal would postpone their attacks against the Church. But the enemies of religion retaliated with greater fury and disrespect. Father De Marchi, an authority on Fatima, wrote the following account:
“In the general area around Fatima, the focal point of undisciplined prejudice could be found at the Masonic Lodge at Santarem, a town not far away. Here the bigots, at the cost of some pain and planning, made plans for a mock religious procession which would satirize and by some means not exactly clear to themselves expose the alleged wonders of Fatima as a fraudulent imposition on the gullibility of the people.”
During the night of October 23rd, some men from Santarem joined with some others from Vila Nova de Ourem and then continued on to the Cova da Iria. A newspaper of that time, Diario de Noticias records the event as follows:
“With an axe they cut the tree under which the three shepherd children stood during the famous phenomenon of the 13th of this month. They took away the tree, together with a table on which a modest altar had been arranged, and on which a religious image (of Our Lady) had been placed. They also took a wooden arch, two tin lanterns, and two crosses, one made of wood and the other of bamboo-cane wrapped in tissue paper.”
Lucy refers to this event:
“Meanwhile the Government did not leave things where they stood. In the place of the Apparitions people had put an arch and lanterns which were kept alight. One night some men came in a motor car to tear down the arch and to cut the tree where the Apparitions had taken place. In the morning the news spread rapidly and I ran to see if it was true. Imagine my joy when I saw that those wretched men had made a mistake and instead of taking the real tree (which was by then nothing but a small trunk) they had cut one of the saplings nearby. I asked Our Lady to forgive them, and I prayed for their conversion.”
The men took the objects which they had taken from the Cova da Iria, and placed them on exhibition in a house not far from the Seminary at Santarem, and charged an entrance fee to people who wanted to come and be entertained at this joke of the militant atheists against the devotion of the people. But they were disappointed to find that not everyone agreed it was amusing. Even many of the Church’s active critics found it disgusting. Later, in the evening of that day, a blasphemous “procession” was held by the militant atheists. A newspaper of the time gives the account:
“The parade was headed by two men thumping on drums, while just behind it came the famous tree on which The Lady is said to have appeared. Next came the wooden arch, with its lanterns alight, then the altar-table and other objects which the faithful had placed upon it at the Cova da Iria. To the sound of blasphemous litanies the procession passed through the principal streets of the city, returning to the S?da Bandeira Square, at which point it broke up.”
Many of the demonstrators reorganized on the street not far away and were about to start parading again when a woman, from a window above them, dropped a pail of water on their heads. A local policeman was also drenched and a considerable commotion followed. A number of policemen came along and dispersed the gathering. The newspaper account continues:
“The affair was a disgrace. How is it possible that the authorities tolerate such a thing while at the same time refusing permission for the processions of the Church to which nearly the whole population belongs and whose ceremonies in no way offend the religious convictions of others?”
The general reaction among the people, both Catholic and non-Catholic, was one of revulsion. Literate and intelligent Catholics did not allow themselves to be intimidated by either anti-Catholic government policy nor the bigotry and force of their Masonic antagonists. Protests came from all parts of the country of Portugal. A group of educated Catholics of Santarem published a letter in defense of the Catholic Faith and the honor we owe to God, to the Mother of God and to the Cross of Christ. The letter reads as follows:
“As believers, and sons of a nation which has been made great by the faith of its warriors and the heroism of its saints; as citizens of a city which has been in the forefront of civilization and culture, we strongly and earnestly protest against the scandalous processions tolerated by the public authorities, which, on the night of the 24th of this month passed through the streets of Santarem. In this procession, which was worthy only of savages, the objects stolen from a place where people gather with the most pacific of intentions, were shamelessly exhibited. It took place in the presence of the whole population which, however was disgusted at this degrading action on the part of a few people who can only be called pustules of our society. The Cross of Our Redeemer … and the image of the Virgin who has presided over our destinies in all periods of our history, were held up to sacrilege and profanation. The Litany of Our Lady, whose name is the strength and comfort of our soldiers on the field of battle, was drunkenly intoned by the organizers of this satanic orgy. There has not been in living memory such a repugnant attack on the faith of our people, directed against the traditions and dignity of a nation which prides itself on its respect for the beliefs of others. It is impossible for us not to raise our voices against such flagrant provocation, and to repudiate this horrible parody with the greatest energy. Impossible not to make public our bitterness of heart in face of such an attack on the faith of our fathers and our own; an attack also on the honor of this city on the part of a few miserable youths. If we did not publish our disclaimer, we should be considered at home and abroad as the most cowardly and unworthy of Portuguese. We, therefore, proclaim blessed, the Cross of Christ which in other days rode the seas with our caravels when they went forth to conquer new worlds for the Faith and for civilization. We also proclaim blessed, the great Protectress of Portugal who, through the troubles and trials of our history has watched with maternal solicitude over our destiny. May God forgive these impious men, destitute of all decent feeling, who blaspheme her adorable name, and may He withhold the punishment which would justly fall on a nation which consented to such crimes.”Santarem, 28th October, 1917
Signed “A Group of Catholics.”
In response to the letter, the Portuguese Federation of Free Thinkers retorted with a manifesto addressed “to all liberal-minded Portuguese” against “the ridiculous comedy of Fatima”, which they ascribed to an ecclesiastical plot to unite Church and state and restore diplomatic relations with the Vatican. The writer went so far as to declare that miracles ought to be punished like transgressions against city ordinances, since they were violations of the laws of nature. The manifesto was printed as a pamphlet and circulated throughout Portugal by the Freemasons.
“As if the pernicious propaganda of reactionaries were not enough, we now see a miracle trotted out in order further to degrade the people into fanaticism and superstition,””This, citizens, is a miserable and retrograde attempt to plunge the Portuguese people once more into the dense darkness of past times…”
“… raise the mentality of our co-citizens to the realms of Truth, Reason and Science, convincing them that nothing can alter the laws of Nature, and that the pretended miracles are nothing but miserable tricks …”
He went on to condemn religious education:
“Let professors in the schools and colleges educate their pupils in a rational manner, liberating them from religious preconceptions as from all others, and we shall have prepared a generation for the morrow, happier because more worthy of happiness.”
And finally he declared his atheistic belief of Freemasonry:
“Let us, then, liberate ourselves and cleanse our minds, not only from foolish beliefs in such gross and laughable tricks as Fatima, but more especially from any credence in the supernatural and a pretended Deus Omnipotente (all-powerful God), omniscient and omni-everything, instrument of the subtle imaginations of rogues who wish to capture popular credulity for their purposes.”
He concluded with:
“Long live the Republic! Down with Reaction! Long live Liberty!”
Father De Marchi comments on the results of the efforts of the Freemasons to discredit the Fatima apparitions:
“In their almost satanic anxiety to demolish Fatima as rapidly as possible, and to finish once and for all with so-called “Jesuitical inventions”, these unfortunates contributed in no small manner to the unexpected and almost sensational increase of faith in the miracle and to the rebirth of religion in the Terra de Santa Maria.”
(Portugal) Senhor Jos?Val? editor of the Portuguese newspaper O Mundo was an atheist and a political anarchist who tried his best to discredit the apparitions of Fatima. He instigated a gathering of anti-clericals to assemble on the following Sunday outside the Fatima church,
“there and then to unmask the pious comedy of the children and their fantastic Lady-in-the-Sky.”
The parish priest, Father Ferreira, arranged for Mass to be said that Sunday in the Chapel of Our Lady of Ortigo, rather than at Fatima. For the safety of the three children – Lucy, Jacinta and Francisco, the parish priest decided they ought not to remain in Aljustrel in this critical time, and a young nobleman, Dom Pedro Caupers, who was staying at a farm estate 6 kilometers away, warmly received the children and certain members of their families. So there was no one present in Fatima when Jos?Val? the Mayor Arturo Santos, some strong-arm guards and a variety of friends of Jos?Val? arrived at the square in front of the parish Church. The people of the village were away at Mass in the Ortiga church, and the only person they were able to find was the parish regedor. Senhor Val?was humiliated by the frustration of his plan, but he rallied his band for a march on the Cova da Iria, intending to stage a mock-pilgrimage. A man from Lomba da Egua, who believed in the apparitions, prepared an audience for Senhor Val?and his men. He assembled a variety of donkeys, tied each one of them to a tree, and placed under the nose of each donkey a small quantity of a certain chemical that caused them to bray with loud and comic effect just when Senhor Val?and his men arrived. Maria Carreira, who was one of the early supporters of the apparitions at Fatima, gave the following testimony:
“We did our best to annoy them, and they knew it very well. When I arrived with two of my neighbors at 11:30 that morning we hid near the place where the Chapel of Penance was later to be built. Three men, who were our friends, had climbed an oak tree to watch the demonstrators. One of the demonstrators then began to preach against religion, and every time he said something especially offensive, we would answer, “Blessed be Jesus and Mary!” A boy, perched in another tree, began to say the same thing in response to their insults, and they became so furious at us that they sent two of their guards down after us, but we ran away through the trees and they could not find us.”
After awhile men and boys who had been to Mass at the Ortigo chapel came by, and shouts were exchanged between them and the speakers and the guards. Again the guards ran after the people, but they were unable to catch them. After awhile Senhor Val?and his men went off in the direction of Fatima.
Pope JPII attempted assassination by the KGB/Islamic occured on May 13, 1981, anniversary of Fatima and took place at 17:19 or 5:19 p.m. – 1917 was the year of Fatima’s apparitions. The major implication revolving around the Fatima event is the fall of the Berlin Wall and the USSR Communist Party in the late 80s and early 90s, which came about following Pope John Paul II consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1984. This also led to the liberation of the Eastern European Nations from USSR Communist dominance!!
Fatima also bears witness to :-
1 – the existence of Hell – the place where unrepentant sinners go after death.
2 – the fact that sin and unrepentance cause wars.
Islam and Fatima
Battles in Portugal and Fatima
The Blessed Virgin Mary: Enmity and War (c) 2008 USA
The Salve Nobre Padroeira announces: “Hail, O noble Patron, Of the people whom You protect, Of the people chosen among all others, As the people of the Lord! O Thou, glory of our land, Whom You have saved a thousand times! As long as the Portuguese people exists, You will always be their love!”(1)Our Lady miraculously aided France and Spain defeat the heretical Islamic forces. On the other hand, her protection did not necessarily favor the Spanish and French on the sole premise of them being born Catholic. During a battle, between the Portuguese/British (British but Catholic) and the Spanish/French forces, Our Lady interceded in favor of the oppressed whose land was unjustly taken over by a Castilian greedy monarch. On the eve of the Feast, commemorating Our Lady’s Assumption, the Portuguese inflicted a staggering defeat to a numerically superior army. The Lusitanos were the ancestors of the Portuguese people, who were first conquered by the Romans; they were later invaded by hordes of Moors from Africa. The King of Spain, Ferdinand of Leon and Castilla, reconquered most of Portugal from Moorish control. In 1143, under the rule of King Afonso Henriques, Portugal was first recognized as an independent entity. During the ‘Royal Battle’ carried out by the Father of King Joao I (John) of Portugal, Our Lady appeared to the troops, “…many of us saw her with our own eyes.”(2) In honor of her heavenly assistance, the Church of ‘Our Lady of Guimaraes’ was built. In 1385, at the hands of Joao of Aviz, the Portuguese expelled the Castilians at the Battle of Aljubarotta. Following this battle, John became King Joao I. The victory at Aljubarotta was crucial for the Portuguese, as from this point onwards Portugal became an empire with colonies in Africa, the Azores and Madeira, Latin America, India and the Far East. In 1383, King Fernando I died and his wife, Leonor Teles, became regent ruling Portugal together with her lover Count Andeiro. Fernando died without leaving an heir to the throne, his daughter Beatriz married the King of Castile Juan I. King Juan I ordered all Portuguese to proclaim Beatriz as Queen. Portugal was in this manner incorporated by Castile. One of King Fernando’s brothers, Joao of Aviz, revolted against this state of affairs and sought an audience with the regent finding her, not running Portuguese interests, but doing needlework. At the meeting the regent was informed that Joao had murdered her lover, Count Andeiro, and the regent was forced to flee for her life. Joao of Aviz was proclaimed King in 1385. The lineage of the pious Dom Joao, ruled Portugal from August 13, 1385 to 1580.
Following these events, Juan I of Castille intended to besiege Lisbon and on its way his army maltreated the Portuguese. On the Eve of the Feast commemorating the Assumption of Our Lady into heaven, Dom Joao I’s General, Nuno Alvares Pereira, commanded the Portuguese army at Sao Jorge. Six thousand five hundred troops were assisted by five hundred English crossbowmen, sent by King Richard II. Thirty thousand of the enemy’s troops came in sight. In honor of Our Lady and for her needed intercession, Nuno Alvares was still fasting when the armies met in battle. On August 7, 1385, with the standard of Our Lady in hand, Dom Nuno marched against the King of Castille and his troops. The war cry he yelled at the troops was: “In the name of God and the Virgin Mary.”(3) On the plateau of Fatima, Nuno Alvares was joined by Joao of Aviz’s troops and the King kneeling before the standard of Our Lady, vowed to erect a monastery in her honor and conduct a pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Oliveira, if she were to intercede for victory. Although Juan I of Castille, forbade his troops from attacking, his impatient warriors broke the rank and attacked the Portuguese. This turn of events came about as aiding the Castilian forces were French troops, who did not heed the orders of the Spanish Sovereign. As the French line was before the Castilians, the French disregard of Juan I of Castile’s order ‘not to attack,’ was a disastrous move. Within one hour, the Portuguese cut down Juan I of Castile’s Army and the royal standard fell. On August 14, 1385, the Portuguese won at the Battle of Aljubarrota and when considering the superior power and numbers of the Spanish troops, Pope Boniface IX, in his bull of February 1391, described the victory as an evident miracle. The vow was kept and the King, together with his knights, went on foot for 150 miles to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Oliveira. During the pilgrimage carried out by the Portuguese King and troops, the people of Lisbon honored Our Lady, in continual ceremonies of thanksgiving. The Church and Monastery of Batalha were constructed a few miles from Fatima. Before the battle Joao I vowed to the Blessed Virgin to build a Dominican abbey and embellish the Church of ‘Nossa Senhora da Oliveira,’ should he be victorious. The work on the abbey commenced three years later in the district of Leiria, Portugal and today is called ‘Santa Maria da Vitoria na Batalha’ (Saint Mary of Victory in Battle). Philippa of Lancaster, King Joao I’s wife brought many English elements to ‘Battle Abbey.’ The Abbey was entrusted to the Dominicans and the Rosary became an integral part in Portuguese life. Not long afterwards, the Moors were expelled from their last remaining foothold in Algarve.
A site worthy of mention is the ‘Raposeira’ in Portugal, an important place for the invocation and the protection of navigators and mariners. Both the Virgin and Saint Luke are the patrons of sailors and prisoners of war and ransom of such. In 1352, King Alfonso IV set up the ‘Commission of Ransoms’ in the Portuguese site, for the recompense of prisoners of war from the Moors. It is documented that Prince Henry the Navigator, son of King Joao I and Philippa of Lancaster, visited the shrine often and owned property close by. The descendents of King Joao I kept their devotions to the Blessed Virgin and their crusading spirit. Ceuta was captured in 1415 and Tangiers in 1437. Henry the Navigator’s brother, Fernando, was captured during the Tangiers adventure and kept in a prison at Fez. While still in prison, he pleaded with the Virgin for his liberation and fasted during all of Our Lady’s Feast Days. However, the Queen of Martyrs, had other plans for him and in 1448, after resigning himself to such an end, Fernando died a martyr. His brother Henry intended to surprise the Islamic powers on the African coast and during his expeditions discovered the African perimeter. Henry the Navigator built a chapel dedicated to Our Lady on the beach of Restelo in the vicinity of Lisbon. Most expeditions to the Americas or the Indies departed from this region. Other adventurers and explorers venerated the Statue of Our Lady at this chapel; such explorers include, Vasco da Gama and Pedro Alvares Cabral. Vasco da Gama dedicated his expeditions under the patronage of Our Lady on May 20, 1498. In 1500, a church and monastery were built by Vasco da Gama, at Belem in Lisbon. The Sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of Belem is considered by many to bear witness to the protection Our Lady granted to the adventurers who discovered, conquered and opened the way to the Americas for innumerable missionaries and martyrs who won new converts. Thankfully, their intrepid discoveries under the guidance of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, during the age of the Protestant Reformation served to convert millions of Indios to Catholicism.Historical Portugal is intimately bound to Our Lady, who amongst other reasons, prepared it for the future supernatural events which took place at Fatima in 1917. In 1158, the Catholics conquered a village in Portugal where an Islamic princess lived. She was the daughter of Alcacer do Sal. The Moorish princess was betrothed to the new Count of Ourem, the crusader Goncalo Hermingues, and previous to the marriage was converted to Catholicism. She was baptized as Oureana, but her previous name was Fatima, named after the daughter of the Muslim prophet Mohammed. Of his daughter Fatima, the founder of Mohammedanism, Mohammed, said: “She has the highest place in heaven after the Virgin Mary.”(4) However, the Moorish princess died at a young age and her husband, Goncalo, took the habit and entered the Cistercian Abbey of Alcobaca. He was sent to a village in the mountains to found a small priory. He removed Fatima’s remains to the priory, which together with the village came to be known as Fatima. Blessed Nuno was born in 1360 near Lisbon. He was made Commander of the armies, at age twenty-three by the Grandmaster of the Knights of Aviz, who would later become King Joao I of Portugal. Nuno gained the confidence of his men when during battle he was seen fighting off Castilians whilst one of his legs was trapped beneath his wounded horse. General Nuno Alvares Pereira attended three Masses every day; he obliged his men to attend at least one, especially during wartime. Blessed Nuno led the Portuguese Army at the Battle of Aljubarotta in 1385. On the eve of the Battle of Aljubarotta on August 13, Blessed Nuno asked for a sign from God that his greatly outnumbered army would be victorious through the intercession of ‘Our Lady Queen of Portugal.’ When the advancing troops arrived at the Cova da Iria of Fatima, the horses began to kneel and Nuno was led to a place upon the Mount of Saint Michael where the apparitions of Fatima occurred in 1917. Nuno rebuilt in his hometown, Vila Vicosa, the first church dedicated to Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception. On his wife’s death, Blessed Nuno became a Carmelite monk of a monastery he had founded. On August 15, 1423, Feast of the Assumption he took the habit and could hear with his own ears the Blessed Virgin speak from her Image saying: “Come to me wear my sign and I will make you a saint…. be perfect…find my Son…imitate me!”(5) Later he adopted the name Nuno de Santa Maria (Nuno of Saint Mary). Blessed Nuno always wore his sword and breastplate beneath his habit. Before his death, King Joao I visited Nuno and embraced him for the last time as he considered Nuno his closest friend, helping set up his lineage on the throne, establishing the Royal House of Braganza. In later years Nuno’s daughter married the Duke of Braganza, the son of King Joao I. Their descendents ruled over Portugal for a period of three hundred years 1640-1910. On March 25, 1646, Nuno’s descendent, King John IV of Portugal consecrated the land to Our Lady and crowned Our Lady of Conception’s stone Image at Vila Vicosa, with the Royal Crown as Queen of Portugal. At the request of King Joao I, Pope Boniface IX declared that all the Cathedrals in Portugal should be dedicated to Our Lady. Coincidentally for us, but not for heaven, this very enactment was repeated in commemoration of the first declaration on May 13, 1917, the date of the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima.
When Blessed Nuno was on the point of death, he asked for the Gospel of Saint John to be read aloud. He expired when the reader pronounced Our Lord’s words from the Cross: “Ecce Mater Tua”(Behold Thy Mother). Indeed, mankind behold thy mother, the Woman of Revelation 12, Queen of Heaven and earth. The Blessed monk did much to spread the devotion of the rosary and scapular in Portugal. The epitaph on his tomb reads: “Here lies that famous Nuno, the Constable, founder of the House of Braganza, excellent general, blessed monk, who during his life on earth so ardently desired the Kingdom of Heaven that after his death, he merited the eternal company of the Saints. His worldly honors were countless, but he turned his back on them. He was a great Prince, but he made himself a humble monk. He founded, built and endowed this church in which his body rests.”(6) Dom Nuno was the perfect example of how the true Catholic warrior should carry himself and fight with courage, communicating strength to his companions.
In 1531, Queen Joanna, daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella the Catholic of Spain, venerated his relics. On December 1, 1640, Portugal proclaimed the Duke of Braga, King John IV. On December 8 in the Royal Chapel of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the restoration of the monarchy and national independence were celebrated. Spain did not accept this and twenty eight years of war followed, during which time, Our Lady protected decisively the Nation of Portugal in a series of victories. In 1646, John IV renewed the act of his ancestor, recognized Our Lady Immaculate as Patroness and Defender of the Realm, called upon the court to profess themselves her vassals, himself vowed and insisted that the University of Coimbra should follow suit, to defend the belief that Mary was conceived Immaculate. While placing his crown at the feet of Our Lady’s Statue of the Immaculate Conception, the wording was as follows: “Hoping with great confidence in the infinite mercy of Our Lord, who by the mediation of this Patroness and Protectress of our kingdom and our lands, of which we have the honor to call ourselves vassals and tributaries, shall protect and defend us against our enemies (Spain), while considerably increasing our lands, for the glory of Christ our God and the exaltation of the Holy Roman Catholic Faith, the conversion of pagans and the submission of heretics. And if anyone dares to attempt anything against our promise, oath and vassalage, we will consider him from this moment as no longer belonging to the nation and we wish him to be driven from the kingdom; and if he is king (which may God avert), may the divine malediction and ours fall on him and may he no longer be counted among our descendants; we vow that he be cast out and stripped of the throne by the same God who gave us the kingdom and raised us up to the royal dignity.”(7) This prayer can be viewed today as a prophecy.Two centuries following the oath of the King, Pope Pius IX defined the infallible doctrine and Dogma on Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception. Regarding this King, the Pope said: “He bound himself by an oath, in which the prince and the court joined him, swearing to propose and defend, even at the cost of his life, the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, on condition of the Church’s approval.”(8) The vow which the King had made, was engraved in marble, this engraving can still be seen at Leira on a building on Alcobaca Street. The engraved marble plaque was originally placed upon the gates of the towns; however, the Masonic liberal governments of the nineteenth century removed the plaques, the conflicts against the secret fraternal societies are recounted in other chapters. Unfortunately today, just like the rest of the Catholic peoples, the Portuguese are forgetting their love for the Blessed Virgin and her Redeeming Son. Let it be repeated here the pledge which can be today directed towards the powers of secret liberal societies working in the Portugese and Spanish Nations, “And if anyone dares to attempt anything against our promise, oath and vassalage, we will consider him from this moment as no longer belonging to the nation and we wish him to be driven from the kingdom; and if he is king (which may God avert), may the divine malediction and ours fall on him and may he no longer be counted among our descendants; we vow that he be cast out and stripped of the throne by the same God who gave us the kingdom and raised us up to the royal dignity.”
Fatima, Communism and Portugal
Our Lady Protectress of Portugal
The Blessed Virgin Mary: Enmity and War (c) 2008 USA
The twentieth century apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, Portugal, symbolically appeared at a town named after a Moorish Princess who was converted to Christianity in 1158. The apparitions at Fatima (Fatima – Mohammed’s daughter and a wife) indirectly contributes at healing the rift between Christianity and Mohammedism. The feast day reserved for Blessed Gerard of Tonque, the founder of the Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint John the Baptist of Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta and the commemoration of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, both fall on October 13. The occasion might not be coincidental. The Icon most venerated by the Order of Saint John the Baptist, was the Icon of Philermos (Our Lady of Hope), whose chapel in Rhodes built in commemoration of Our Lady’s apparition, had originally replaced the Indo-Phoenician Temple of the Sun. Before the First Crusade, Blessed Gerard of Tonque was the humble keeper of the hospice/hostel adjoining the Santa Maria Latina Church (opposite the Holy Sepulchre) in Jerusalem. He tended the sickly pilgrims who arrived in Jerusalem with the hope of praying at the Holy Sepulchre. At the city gates, the Christian pilgrim paid a hefty sum of money to the Islamic over-lords, this was necessary to be allowed entry and pray at the Holy Sepulchre. Blessed Gerard, therefore, had to establish a sort of dialogue with the Muslims and although tortured during the First Crusade, he was not killed. This could also have occured due to the fact that the Islamists had no time to accomplish such an act, the Crusaders were upon them. Later, the Kingdom of Jerusalem kept diplomatic ties with the Muslim world and defended well the Christian territories from the more aggressive Islamic leaders. Albeit the fact that certain Islamic Muslims preferred to wage war, the Christians pursued a policy of peace and dialogue rather than war, this was contrary to Papal instruction. Due to this policy and negotiation, the Christians suffered the loss of members of the Templar Order who absorbed certain antichristian ideas. The whole Kingdom of Jerusalem was later lost. In the 1800s the Russian Czars were fond of having acquired the title of ‘Grandmaster of the Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint John the Baptist.’ Indeed, the messages of Fatima were principally directed at the consecration of Russia. Interestingly, it was on October 13, 1884, that Pope Leo XIII received a vision, witnessing Our Lord and Lucifer in conversation. Following Mass in his private Vatican Chapel, the Pope fell into a meditative state. So ominous was the color of his complexion that the surrounding Cardinals thought the Pontiff had died. When the Pontiff regained his composure, His Holiness stepped into the sacristy and composed the prayer of Saint Michael the Archangel, to be recited in all Masses. His Holiness explained that he witnessed a conversation between the Devil and the Lord, emerging from a spot close to the tabernacle. He heard the rough Devil demand from the Lord certain requirements so as to be able to overpower His Church. The Lord asked what it is that he needed and the Devil demanded: “Seventy five to one hundred years and more power over those who give themselves over to my service.” The Lord said, “You have the time, you will have the power. Do with them what you will.”(1) His Holiness Pope Leo XIII, composed the following prayer to Saint Michael, which was commonly recited at the end of the Mass: “Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. Restrain him, O God, we humbly beseech Thee, and do Thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast him into hell with the other evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.”(2) Together with other prayers, the Saint Michael’s Exorcism prayer was recited at the end of the Catholic Mass up till the years of Vatican Council II, when it was deemed that this practise was unnecessary. Many believed that the Exorcism was stopped for it had successfully helped the Church reach the times of Vatican Council II, where the third secret of Fatima was to be revealed. Unfortunately, the third secret was only divulged thirty years later.One hundred years following Pope Leo XIII’s vision, (that is at the end of the pledged 100 years) in 1984, Pope John Paul II fulfilled Our Lady’s desire of consecrating Russia to her Immaculate Heart. Our Lady loves indeed Moscow, the third Rome, and the Russian people. Evidently, as regards to ‘the challenge’ witnessed by Pope Leo XIII, the Consecration of Russia brought about the definite victory for Our Lord over: “…the evils emerging from Russia.” The Church was not overpowered by, in the Devil’s own words: “…those who give themselves over to my service.” Arguably, all sinners give themselves over to the ‘Dragon/Devil’ even though unknowingly. Therefore, who are those people whom the Devil referred to as: “…those who give themselves over to my service?” Since 1884, who were the humans who knowingly gave themselves over to the Devil’s service? Pope Benedict XIV was instrumental for the cause of Fatima. On May 5, 1917, His Holiness invited the entire world to recite a novena to Our Lady of Peace, for the First World War to come to a swift end. A few days later, on May 13, 1917, Our Lady appeared at Cova da Iria, disclosing that the First World War will come to an end, but yet another more serious war would result during the next Pontificate, this on the condition that the world does not renounce to offend God with sin. “Many people must reform their lives,”(3) was the Blessed Virgin’s basic message and a terrifying apparition of hell, where the souls of all sinners descend, was shown to the three children.Following October 13 and the Miracle of the Sun, the popularity of Fatima spread far and wide. The secret fraternal societies’ incapacity to arrest the growing devotion was evident proof that Our Lady’s power was involved. Certain men from Santarem and Vila Nova de Ourem, chopped off with an axe one of the trees at Fatima and stole the crucifix and Image of Our Lady and other artifacts from the apparition scene. They proceeded to expose the artifacts in a mock museum and set up a mock procession, using these holy objects to ridicule the apparitions. In the streets of Santarem, they paraded the sacred artifacts, with the accompaniment of blasphemous litanies. Sister Lucia was quite relieved to know that the tree the men chopped off, was not the actual one over which the Blessed Virgin appeared. In response to Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima, the ‘Portuguese Federation of Free Thinkers’ promulgated their pamphlet manifesto titled: “The ridiculous comedy of Fatima.” The pamphlet explained: “As if the pernicious propaganda of reactionaries were not enough, we now see a miracle trotted out in order further to degrade the people into fanaticism and superstition… This, citizens, is a miserable and retrograde attempt to plunge the Portuguese people once more into the dense darkness of past times…. Raise the mentality of our co-citizens to the realms of Truth, Reason and Science, convincing them that nothing can alter the laws of Nature, and that the pretended miracles are nothing but miserable tricks… Let professors in the schools and colleges educate their pupils in a rational manner, liberating them from religious preconceptions as from all others, and we shall have prepared a generation for the morrow, happier because more worthy of happiness…. Let us, then, liberate ourselves and cleanse our minds, not only from foolish beliefs in such gross and laughable tricks as Fatima, but more especially from any credence in the supernatural and a pretended Deus Omnipotent (all-powerful God), omniscient and omni-everything, instrument of the subtle imaginations of rogues who wish to capture popular credulity for their purposes…. Long live the Republic! Down with Reaction! Long live Liberty!”(4)Portuguese loyal patriots, faithful to both religion and country, immediately opposed the impious sect and the mocking ‘patriotic’ propaganda. They published letters in popular newspapers defending the apparitions at Fatima. One letter published in a newspaper in Santarem said: “As believers, and sons of a nation which has been made great by the Faith of its warriors and the heroism of its saints; as citizens of a city which has been in the forefront of civilization and culture, we strongly and earnestly protest against the scandalous processions tolerated by the public authorities, which, on the night of the 24th of this month passed through the streets of Santarem.…. The Cross of Our Redeemer… and the Image of the Virgin who has presided over our destinies in all periods of our history, were held up to sacrilege and profanation. The Litany of Our Lady, whose name is the strength and comfort of our soldiers on the field of battle, was drunkenly intoned by the organizers of this satanic orgy… We, therefore, proclaim blessed, the Cross of Christ who in other days rode the seas with our caravels when they went forth to conquer new worlds for the Faith and for civilization. We also proclaim blessed, the great Protectress of Portugal who, through the troubles and trials of our history has watched with maternal solicitude over our destiny. May God forgive these impious men, destitute of all decent feeling, who blaspheme her adorable name, and may He withhold the punishment which would justly fall on a nation which consented to such crimes.”(5) Santarem, October 28, 1917, Signed ‘A Group of Catholics.’On October 13, the Miracle of the Sun, occurred irrespective of the fact that previous to the event, a Masonic mayor kept hostage the children for three whole days. Secret fraternal societies and occultic political forces, set themselves against the Blessed Virgin of Fatima. Freemasonry, was in its ascendancy in Portugal and by armed conflict gained power in 1910. During the month of October, the Masonic government expelled the Jesuit Order from the country and persecuted all other religious orders. Catholic Portugal had an enviable oath set by ancient Royalty upon the state, that is, to uphold the defense of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady. The Portuguese Freemasonry abolished this practice, of the defense of Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception and the religious oath in the court system. Religious holidays became working days and divorce was legalized in Catholic Portugal. The union between a man and his wife in Holy Matrimony, was declared ‘a legal union,’ and all the religious were forced to wear lay clothing, putting aside their religious habits. This anti-clerical ultimatum had to be observed or the religious faced the penalty of suffering imprisonment. The Church and State separation was inaugurated with the confiscation of the Church’s property and the conversion of monasteries into prisons and government offices. These events, were Karl Marx’s ‘Ten Planks of the Communist Manifesto’ put into practice. The secret fraternal societies openly declared that the Faith would be soon abolished and no one in Portugal will remember what the Catholic Faith stood for, the Protestant Christians was invited into the country. In later years, a Portuguese communist regime also attempted at taking over the political reigns of power. Their attempt failed and in 1926 a true patriotic statesman was elected. The new Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Salazar, placed his trust in God’s help. He strove as much as possible, to establish a Catholic social order which protected the family and was legally geared against divorce. Mr. Salazar restored the Church in Portugal and also restored the country’s economy. The ideologies of secret societies and atheistic communism were exposed as Satanic lies, for their usual rhetoric that the ‘opiate of the people’ or ‘dogmatic Catholicism,’ foments poverty, ignorance and bigotry, were disproved, for Prime Minister Antonio Salazer helped both ‘Church and State’ and Portugal became both holy and financially prosperous. May 13, 1931, was an important day for the Portuguese Bishops, who consecrated Portugal to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. At Fatima, in the presence of three hundred thousand of the faithful, the bishops placed their land under the protection of Our Lady. They pleeded with her to intercede against the growing communist ideologies, which menaced their country. In 1942, the Bishops of Portugal in a collective pastoral letter said: “Anybody who would have closed his eyes twenty-five years ago and opened them now would no longer recognize Portugal, so vast is the transformation worked by the modest and invisible factor of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin at Fatima. Really, Our Lady wishes to save Portugal.”(6)The Nation of Portugal was also preserved from the scourges of both the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War. During the second consecration of Portugal to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cardinal Cerejeira said: “Since Our Lady of Fatima appeared in 1917… A special blessing of God has descended upon the land of Portugal… especially if we review the two years which have gone since our vow, one cannot fail to recognize that the invisible hand of God has protected Portugal, sparing it the scourge of war and the leprosy of atheistic communism.”(7) His Holiness Pope Pius XII recognized that the Red Dragon was: “…so menacing and so close to you (Portuguese) and yet avoided in such an unexpected manner.”Before the Great War, Sister Lucy wrote to bishop Msgr. da Silva, that the war was imminent and pledged that: “…in this horrible war, Portugal would be spared because of the national Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary made by the bishops.”(8) On December 2, 1940, she wrote again this time to Pope Pius XII informing His Holiness that Portugal was specially protected from the ravages of the Second World War and that other countries would have received the same protection if the bishops consecrated their lands to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. On May 13, 1942, Cardinal Cerejeira attributed the graces obtained for Portugal to the Blessed Virgin, adding also that such graces she will bestow on the whole world following such ‘Acts of Consecration to her most Immaculate Heart.’
The specter of communism did not all together vanish from Portugal. On April 25, 1974, the Portuguese Communists re-gained power. That same day people gathered at Fatima and were determined to win over their country, resolved to spread the devotion to Our Lady of the Rosary they reminded the Portuguese of the glorious prayer and weapon, which is the Holy Rosary. Preparations were conducted for a Rosary Crusade, the Bishop at Fatima and his envoy Father Guerra, instructed the apostles of the National Rosary Crusade, to initiate the crusade from Braga and Guimares to the North. On April 28, 1974, they commenced by inviting relatives, friends, neighbors and the people of the North to spread the word and pray five decades of the Holy Rosary daily, for the protection of Portugal. In November 1975, the Communists were ousted from power. Fr Guerra (war) won, what an appropriate surname.
In our modern day, the specter of Freemasonry has unfortunately re-emerged. In Portugal on February 11, 2007, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the ‘pro-choice’ or ‘pro-abortion,’ Masonic and liberal lobby, gained an unholy victory in direct violation of the ‘Ten Commandments.’ The referendum of February 11, 2007, which should have been declared ‘null,’ due to the fact that less than 50% of the population voted, is being supported as a bill to legalize abortion in the land of Our Lady of Fatima. The Portuguese Episcopal Conference said through the spokesman Bishop Carlos Azevedo: “What happened was that the values defended by the Church are not very highly esteemed in Portuguese society at present.”(9) A major daily newspaper, the Diario de Noticias, indicated: “It was a great defeat for the Catholic Church.”(10) On the morning of February 12, 2007, the morrow of the referendum, an earthquake registering 6.0 magnitude on the Richter scale was felt in Southern Portugal, where the pro-abortionists obtained their highest votes, and was barely perceptible in the North of Portugal, where the ‘No’ vote had won. God’s displeasure was surely noticed and ‘unquestionably,’ Portugal and the rest of the world, need to resort once again to the Holy Rosary Crusade. However, ‘Moloch’ or the ‘Dragon/Devil,’ would argue that the secret fraternal societies, who draw their power from the ‘Grand Architect of the Universe’ or the ‘Prince of this world,’ need to perform his blood sacrifice. In July 2007, the political ‘health’ representatives of Portugal announced that 20,000 state monitored abortions, will be carried out yearly. Far removed seem those days when the Portuguese boasted their, ‘Salve Nobre Padroeira’: “Hail, O noble Patron, Of the people whom you protect, Of the people chosen among all others, As the people of the Lord! O Thou glory of our land, Whom you have saved a thousand times! As long as the Portuguese people exists, You will always be their love!”
Emperor Constantine’s son, abolished and made illegal the ancient sacrifices to the Roman gods. Applying Constantius’ words in respect to the modern day abortion of human fetuses, by way of sacrifice to the modern ‘god of convenience,’ we the Faithful declare: “Cesset superstitio; sacrificiorum aboleatur insania” or “…let the folly of sacrifices be abolished!”
The English historian and member of Parliament, Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) wrote that: “A victorious line of march had been prolonged above a thousand miles from the rock of Gibraltar in Spain to the banks of the Loire in France; the repetition of an equal space would have carried the Saracens to the confines of Poland and the Highlands of Scotland; the Rhine is not more impassable than the Nile or Euphrates, and the Arabian Fleet might have sailed without a naval combat into the mouth of the River Thames. Perhaps the interpretation of the Qur’an would now be taught in the schools of Oxford, and her pulpits might demonstrate to a circumcised people the sanctity and truth of the revelation of Muhammed.”(4) The Moorish Governor of Spain, Abdul Rahman Al-Ghafiqi, crossed the Pyrenees and invaded Loire where he met Charles in battle. In 732, Charles Martel and the Blessed Virgin halted the invading army of the Cordoban Emirate. Known as the Battle of Poitiers or the Battle of Tours, this was a crucial and decisive moment in the development of the European Christian civilization. The outcome secured Christianity in the region and prevented the Islamic takeover of the entire European Continent. Edward Gibbon’s hypothesis was thankfully prevented from turning into reality, however, England today seems threatened in like manner as never before.
An article appearing in CatholicLife magazine (October 2007) titled “Our Lady of Westminster and the ‘Dowry of Mary,’” written by Christine Waters describes how the English tradition regarding ‘Our Lady’s Dowry’ beginning with King Edward the Confessor, during those times when the Holy House of Walsingham and Westminster Abbey were established, has a historical basis. According to the article’s author ‘Our Lady of the Pew’ or ‘Puy’ was venerated by King Edward III and his family in a building overlooking the Thames River called the Chapel of St. Stephen. A richly adorned statue of Our Lady of the Pew was present during King Edwards’s times (1355) and during King Henry III’s rule (1250), when devotion to Our Lady of the Pew in Westminster Palace was referred to as “the chapel in the King’s garden.” A second statue was donated by Countess Marie de St Paul in the 1370s and placed in the Benedictine Abbey of Westminster. This second statue became an object of veneration by the general public and it seems that this devotion might have surpassed Walsingham. The author cleverly points out the following, that the year 1380 was crucial for defining the tradition that Our Lady was the seat of power and authority in England. The English tradition of England as being Our Lady’s Dowry (up to the year 1380) must be quickly mentioned in point form. First on the list is the Glastonbury details of the wattle chapel dedicated to Our Lady and of Joseph of Arimathea’s (Our Lady’s uncle) burying place, secondly England was the place where the Christian Emperor Constantine was first acclaimed Augustus, thirdly the details regarding the devotion of King Arthur or Arturus to Our Lady, later followed King Alfred the Great’s victory at Ethandune by way of Our Lady’s intercession and lastly, William the Conqueror’s Norman crusade to England bearing a Papal banner of Our Lady given to him by the Roman Pontiff himself, however more must be added to these events. During William the Conqueror’s time there exists a story relating to the Immaculate Conception which is described in Chapter 19. There also exists the obvious element of St George as being Our Lady’s Knight battling the Dragon/Devil, (representing England battling the might of ancient Rome) however, the influence of the French Kings’ devotions to Our Lady and this influence on England should also be taken into consideration. Christine Waters argues that the devotion of Our Lady of the Pew was greatly established and venerated by both the Royal Family and the English populace by the year 1380.
Interestingly the word ‘Pew’ is associated with the French word ‘Puissant’ or ‘Powerful’ and also associated with the French Shrine of Our Lady of Le Puy in Auvergne. This title also means ‘Virgin of Strong Support’ or ‘Virgo Potens.’
Therefore, by 1380 Our Lady’s power at protecting and delivering the English Nation was evident by the devotion to Our Lady of the Pew at Westminster: “…the ancient seat of government and authority.” However, the public dedication of England to Our Lady occurred in 1381 when after Mass and praying before the statue of Our Lady of the Pew, King Richard II successfully quelled a rebel army referred to as the Peasant’s Revolt. He carried St George’s banner and following his victory as a votive offering, placed this banner at the feet of the statue at Westminster. He publically placed his Kingdom under Our Lady’s protection. These victories and events should be seriously taken into consideration by the frequenters of 60 Great Queen Street London, as Our Lady is the true protector of England unlike her nemesis the Dragon/Devil, the Grand Architect of the Universe. But alas, the battle between the followers of Our Lady and of her enemy raged and during the Masonically enlightened years of the French Revolution a painting which was commissioned by King Richard II, of himself and his Queen presenting England to Our Lady which bore the inscription “Dos tua Virgo pia haec est” or “This is your dowry, pious Virgin” was destroyed at the English College in Rome in the year 1798.
On February 10, 1399, the Archbishop of Canterbury issued a mandate which fulfilled the wish of King Richard II to place the Kingdom under her protection. The mandate read as follows, “The contemplation of the great mystery of the Incarnation has brought all Christian nations to venerate her from whom came the beginnings of redemption. But we, as the humble servents of her inheritance, and liegemen of her especial dower (as we are approved by common parlance) ought to excel all others in the favour of our praises and devotion to her.”(5) Evidently this was an early form of consecration of England to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The most amazing details regarding these events are the facts that Our Lady chose England during William the Conqueror’s times to strengthen the devotion to her Immaculate Conception in the west and even more striking the fact that the date given above regarding the ‘consecration’ of England to Our Lady (February 10) is the eve of the Catholic Feast-day dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes, where in our modern times Our Lady publically declared herself as being the Immaculate Conception!
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