- 1984 Consecration
N.B. The following is taken from Documents on Fátima,
from the Fátima Family Apostolate. In this book photographs of the
original letters in Portuguese in Sr. Lucia's own hand can be found.
[available from http://www.fatimafamily.org/]
Letters of Sr. Lucia Santos, OCD on the Consecration
Letter 1: To Sr. Mary of Bethlehem
J.+ M. Pax Christi
Dear Sister Mary of Bethlehem:
Received your letter and, although I have very little time at my disposal I will answer
your question which is: Is the Consecration of the world, according to the request of Our
On Oct. 31, 1942, His Holiness Pius XII made the Consecration. I was asked if it was
made as Our Lady requested. I answered "NO," because it was not made in union
with all the bishops of the world.
Later, on May 13, 1967, His Holiness Paul VI made the Consecration. I was asked if it
was made as Our Lady requested. I responded "NO," for the same reason, it was
not made in union with all the bishops of the world.
On May 13, 1982, His Holiness John Paul II made the Consecration. I was asked if it was
made. I responded "NO." It was not made in union with all the bishops of the
Then this same Supreme Pontiff, John Paul II wrote to all the bishops of the world
asking them to unite with him. He sent for the statute of Our Lady of Fátima -- the one
from the little Chapel to be taken to Rome and on March 25, 1984 - publicly - with the
bishops who wanted to unite with His Holiness, made the Consecration as Our Lady
requested. They then asked me if it was made as Our Lady requested, and I said,
"YES." Now it was made.
Why this urgency of God that this Consecration should be made in union with all the
bishops of the world? Because this Consecration is a call for unity of all Christians -
The Mystical Body of Christ - whose head is the Pope, the one, true representative of
Christ on earth to whom the Lord confided the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and on this
union depends the faith in the world and the charity which is the bond that must unite all
of us in Christ, as that which He wants, and as He asked the Father: "As You, O
Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may
believe that You have sent Me. . . I in them, and You in Me; that they be made perfect in
one, and the world may know that You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved
Me" (John 17:21-23).
As we see of the union depends the faith and the charity that must be the bond of our
union in Christ, whose true representative on earth is the Pope.
A hug to your mother and my greetings to the rest of the family in union with prayers.
Coimbra, August 29,1989
[Commentary: Those who say Sr. Lucia mentions only the "world" above but not
"Russia" and was therefore not writing of the Collegial Consecration requested
by heaven are not being realistic. They should refer to all the articles in the special
issue on the Collegial Consecration in the Fátima Family Apostolate's "Fátima
Family Messenger" (Oct.-Nov.-Dec. 1989). Fr. Messias Coelho, theologian and editor of
the Portuguese journal "Mesagem de Fátima," answered the objection effectively
from the philosophical and theological aspect. Sister Lucia, out of respect for the Pope,
spoke of it the way our Holy Father did, using the word "world, " which included
Russia. In the letter the Pope sent to the world's bishops, the Holy Father clarified that
it was to renew both the consecration of the world (1942) and Russia (1952). This time he
did so in union with the bishops.]
Letter 2: To Fr. Robert Fox
Rev . do Sr. P. Robert J. Fox
Recebi a sua carta e venho responder á sua pergunta: "Se a Consagração feita
por João Paulo II, em 25 de Março de 1984, em união com todos os Bispos do mundo,
cumpriu as codições para a coversão da Russia, segundo o pedido de Nossa Senhora em Tuy
a 13 de Junho de 1929."? Sim, cumpriu, e desde aí, eu tenho dito que está feita.
E digo que não é nenhuma outra pessoa que responde por mim, sou eu quem recebe a
correspondência, abre as cartas e responde.
Em união de orações
The Peace of Christ
Rev. Father Robert J. Fox
I come to answer your question, "If the consecration made by Pope John Paul II on
March 25, 1984 in union with all the bishops of the world, accomplished the conditions for
the consecration of Russia according to the request of Our Lady in Tuy on June 13 of
1929?" Yes, it was accomplished, and since then I have said that it was made.
And I say that no other person responds for me, it is I who receive and open all
letters and respond to them.
Coimbra, 3 July 1990
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