Milestones in the Consecration of Russia to Mary’s Immaculate Heart
Our Lady of Fatima asked for the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart on June 13, 1929. Sr. Lucia wrote to Pius XII saying that Our Lord requested the Pope to “consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, with a special mention for Russia, and order that all the bishops of the world do the same in union with Your Holiness.” Pope Pius XII consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart on October 31, 1942; and consecrated the Russian people to the Immaculate Heart on July 7, 1952.
On May 13, 1984, one of the largest crowds in Fatima history gathered at the shrine to pray the rosary for peace, and an explosion at the Soviets’ Severomorsk Naval Base destroyed two-thirds of all the missiles stockpiled for the Soviets’ Northern Fleet. The blast destroyed workshops needed to maintain the missiles and killed hundreds of scientists and technicians. Western military experts called it the worst naval disaster the Soviet Navy has suffered since WWII.
Sr. Lucia affirmed on August 29, 1989, that the consecration “has been accomplished” and “God will keep His word.” The Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989, and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics dissolved on December 25, 1991.