Fatima. Russia. Conversion of Russia
We will obtain Russia's return to God
On March 2, 1945, Lucia wrote to Father Aparicio:
I rejoice at the progress which devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is making everywhere. In the present times, this is what will save us.
It would be necessary to greatly intensify prayer and sacrifice for the conversion of Russia. Although the consecration of this nation has not been done in the terms requested by Our Lady, we will see if we will obtain its return to God. I have great hopes, because the Good Lord knows the many difficulties.
Over there (Father Aparicio was a missionary in Brazil at the time) do they pray for the Holy Father? It is necessary to pray unceasingly for His Holiness. Days of great affliction and torment still await him.
Reparation for Russia
On September 7, 1947, Lucia wrote to Pope Pius XII:
As for the request I desired to make of His Holiness, asking for the world-wide day of prayer and reparation for Russia, according to Our Lady’s request…
To save Russia at the price of prayers and sacrifices
Father A. M. Martins relates that in 1947, somebody had the idea of promoting a campaign of prayers for the conversion of Russia at the national level, and had a few leaflets printed up. A friend of Sister Lucy told her about this campaign and sent her some copies of the leaflets. Sister Lucy answered:
I am very grateful for … the little leaflets you have been good enough to send me… I will have the opportunity to distribute them to some people who will gladly join this campaign of prayers, which is so necessary. Yes, it is necessary to save Russia at the price of prayers and sacrifices. For this purpose, the greater the extent of the campaign, the better it will be.
Our Lady will convert Russia and there will be peace
William Thomas Walsh, prominent american historian, from the interview with sister Lucia, occurred July 15, 1946:
…she [Lucia] said more than once, and with deliberate emphasis:
— What Our Lady wants is that the Pope and all the bishops in the world shall Consecrate Russia to Her Immaculate Heart on one special day. If this is done, She will convert Russia and there will be peace. If it is not done, the errors of Russia will spread through every country in the world.
William Thomas Walsh
Our Lady of Fatima
— Doubleday, 1947. — ISBN 0-385-02869-5, page 221