John Vennari is a writer,
researcher, lecturer, Editor of Catholic
Family News, and author of the books Close-ups of the Charismatic Movement; The
Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita: a Blueprint for the Subversion of
the Catholic Church; and A World View Based on Fatima. He has been
a guest on various radio programs and was interviewed by the BBC in connection
with his public opposition to the 2004 Hindu ritual performed at the Shrine in
Edwin Faust is a Catholic essayist, speaker and commentator. His articles have appeared in The Remnant, The Angelus, Catholic Family News, Latin Mass magazine and The Fatima Crusader. He has addressed Catholic conferences throughout the country on a wide range of topics relating to the Catholic Faith. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He recently retired from a career in the secular press, during which time he worked as a reporter and news editor. He now devotes himself full time to Catholic journalism.
Joanna Swords is a long-time
supporter of The Fatima Center, and one of the initial Fatima Center volunteers.
She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. After working as a Registered
Nurse for nearly 23 years, she left her nursing career and came to work for The
Fatima Center. Over the past 10 years she has worked primarily in the volunteer
department — striving to add to the number of Fatima Center volunteers in North
America and around the world, encouraging those who wish to help make known Our
Lady’s soul saving message to sign on as a volunteer. She currently manages the
North American and International Volunteer Departments, international distribution
of Fatima literature and sacramentals, and manages distribution of Fatima Center
literature from the Fatima Center Foreign Offices.
News & Views Announcements
- 3/18/14 - A Poor Understanding
The vow of poverty is required of those who choose to live the life of the professed religious. And even the laity, whose vocation is marriage and family, are counseled to be content with the basic necessities as a safeguard to their greater spiritual good. In light of this, there is something unsettling about the Church’s present overarching concern that poverty should be regarded as an injustice to be corrected by a more equitable and socially engineered distribution of goods.
- 3/07/14 - We Must Love the Truth
St. Paul tells us that a love of the truth is foundational, as a necessary condition, to the spiritual life. The seduction of error and sin, he says, gets all its power over souls from this one cause, that they do not have a love of the truth.
- 1/30/14 - Truth Does Not Change: If We Lose Dogma, We Lose Our Soul
In the Third Secret of Fatima, Our Lady is warning us against apostasy. As Father Gruner explains, truth does not change. One of the greatest defenses against apostasy is to have a firm grasp of and adherence to the dogmatic definitions of the Catholic Faith.
- 12/05/13 - The Pronoun Wars: Little Words, Big Consequences
The pronoun wars have begun. They were preceded by skirmishes fought by feminists who deplored the universal usage of the impersonal “he” in prescriptive grammar. They achieved a middling success in imposing their preferred “he/she” or the ungrammatical “they” in place of “he”, thus crushing the elegance and economy of accepted usage under the clumsy hobnail boots of political correctness.
- 12/03/13 - Reflections on the October 13, 2013 Marian Day
No longer is there such a fear of disapproval or of reprisal among those who recognize in the Message of Fatima our only hope for peace in the world. Over the past 6 months, a number of bishops around the world have solemnly consecrated their nations to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The door is indeed opening, but why this need for consecrations, and for yet another consecration of the world (as had been intended by Pope Francis) to the Immaculate Heart of Mary? Which will be the Consecration that Our Lady of Fatima has been awaiting, and that will bring Her promised Triumph?
- 11/18/13 - REFLECTIONS: The Great Divide
Opposition to Obamacare is growing as a result of its onerous mandates which force individuals and institutions to violate their religious beliefs. The ministry of the Little Sisters of the Poor to the aged is threatened, Christian schools are being coerced to breach the religious principles they teach, and for-profit companies are being required to contravene their founding values or pay crippling fines.
- 11/07/13 - Vatican Police Protect the Pope… From Fatima!
Father Nicholas Gruner received from the papal household tickets to attend the papal ceremonies of October 12 and 13, 2013, where he prayed Rosary after Rosary near the statue of Our Lady of Fatima brought from Fatima for the occasion. His prayer intention was that finally the Holy Father would consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This report describes what Father Gruner encountered while attending that weekend’s ceremonies in St. Peter’s Square.
- 10/30/13 - Pope Francis’ October 13 Entrustment
“Pope Francis Consecrates World to the Immaculate Heart”. This was the headline from EWTN, from Vatican Radio, from the National Catholic Register, and other Catholic news outlets. Unfortunately, these headlines are not accurate. Pope Francis’ “Entrustment” ceremony at the Vatican on October 13, 2013 contained no mention of “Consecration”, no mention of the “Immaculate Heart”, and no mention of “world”.
- 9/20/13 - Rules and Some Guidelines for Fasting
Our Blessed Lord Himself sanctioned fasting by fasting for 40 days and 40 nights in the desert; and though He would not impose it on the world by an express commandment, Our Lord showed plainly enough, by His own example, that fasting, which God had so frequently ordered in the Old Testament and Law, was also to be practiced by the children of the New Testament and Law. Our Savior Jesus Christ enjoined and prescribed rules for fasting.
- 8/28/13 - Fatima Is About Love and Peace
Our Lady’s visitations to Fatima manifest the love She has for mankind. It is a revelation of Her Motherly care for Her children. A mother is concerned for the well-being of her little ones. She sees they are nourished, educated and directed in goodness. She works to preserve them from all harm, even in spite of themselves.
- 8/12/13 - Beware the Praise of Your Enemies
Similarities between Pope John XXIII and Pope Francis have been noted in the Catholic blogosphere, with approbation for the new Pope’s re–presentation of those qualities that made the old pope congenial to the media and, presumably, to Catholics in general: simplicity, optimism, spontaneity and, most importantly, a seeming disdain for doctrinal rigor and those who espouse it.
- 7/30/13 - Pro-Abortion Protestors Desecrate Chilean Cathedral
Abortion activists raided a Mass at the cathedral of the Chilean capital in Santiago on July 25. They destroyed confessionals; hauled pews all the way to the Plaza de Armas square in front of the cathedral; smashed ornaments and defaced side altars with blasphemous graffiti.
- 6/25/13 - Questions and Answers About “Fatima: The Path To Peace!”: A Unique Line-up of Speakers
From Sept. 8-13, the Fatima Center is hosting a conference in Niagara Falls, Canada that is, in its own way, unprecedented in its scope. This grand meeting will bring together many people who might otherwise have never made direct contact. The variety of the speakers and their backgrounds have become a source of concern to some of our supporters. The questions and answers presented here represent those concerns and offer an explanation of why this conference has taken the unique shape it has.
- 4/22/13 - Only the Right Prayer Can Protect Us from Asteroids
Regarding the possibility of an asteroid colliding with the earth, U.S. Rep. Bill Posey of Florida last month asked NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, at a March 19 Science Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, “What would we do if you detected even a small one like the one that detonated in Russia headed for New York in three weeks? What would you do?” Bolden replied: “The answer to you is, if it’s coming in three weeks, pray.”
- 4/19/13 - On the Upcoming Consecration of Pope Francis’ Pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima
Cardinal Jose Policarpo, Patriarch of Lisbon and president of the Portuguese Bishops Conference, announced during his opening remarks at their Conference’s 181st Plenary Assembly on Monday, April 8 that Pope Francis had requested him to consecrate his pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima. The Portuguese bishops have decided that this will take place on the upcoming feast of Our Lady, Monday, May 13th at the Shrine.
- 3/11/13 - Interviews, Buzz and Media Men
There are so many journalists now in Rome for the Conclave that we witness journalists interviewing other journalists. This morning I did a three-minute spot for Father Gruners Fatima TV that will be broadcast on their Italian TV station. Chris Ferrara also did his own three-minute segment. This took place outdoors on the rim of Saint Peters Square.
- 3/09/13 - Vatican Press Conference: March 9, 2013
The Vatican Press office held a press briefing on Saturday, March 9 at 1:00 p.m. There are two press offices now in operation: the main Vatican office for full-time Vatican journalists, and an adjacent press office set up in the Paul VI auditorium. Those of us in the Paul VI press office receive a televised transmission of the press conference as it happens.
- 3/08/13 - Keeping Secrets
These days, the Third Secret of Fatima is not the only secret being kept behind the walls of Vatican City. On March 4, 2013, the news agency Reuters reported that the VatiLeaks dossier (the documented outcome of a recent investigation by three Cardinals into the VatiLeaks scandal) will be made available only to the next Pope, a decision that the now Emeritus Benedict XVI had reached prior to his abdication.
- 3/07/13 - Another Prophecy Fulfilled Indicates the Approach of Zero Hour
Buried under all of the political intrigue, as well as under the rampant speculation of who will become the next Pope, is the reality that a significant prophecy is now being fulfilled. In the year 1973, on the conspicuous date of October 13 (the anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima), the Blessed Virgin Mary told Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa, in the often cited Church-approved apparitions of Our Lady of Akita (Japan), “The work of the devil will infiltrate even the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against other bishops.”
- 3/04/13 - Saint Alphonsus Liguori: Concerning the Election of a New Pope
Saint Alphonsus Liguori's thoughts on the election of a new Pontiff are expressed in a letter (provided here) written to an unnamed bishop in 1774 before the election of Pope Pius VI. When we read what Saint Alphonsus Liguori had to say in the late 18th Century, we can hardly imagine what his comments would be today. To quote Saint Alphonsus, “There is need for prayer and much prayer”.
- 3/01/13 - Prayers for the Papal Conclave
In preparation for the upcoming conclave, we request the faithful to pray a novena of prayers, consisting of the Veni Creator Spiritus, the collect of the votive Mass for the election of a Sovereign Pontiff, a prayer to St. Joseph, and several ejaculations — provided here.
- 2/25/13 - Do Recent Natural Events Mean Anything?
Our times considerably influenced and shaped by Naturalism, a philosophy which maintains that all phenomena can only be accounted for naturally — that is, to the exclusion of a divine purpose and origin — events such as that of the 2012 DA14 asteroid, which zoomed past the earth on February 15, 2013 at an eyebrow-raising 17,200 miles above the planet’s surface; the meteorite that exploded over Russia earlier that same day; the fireballs reported and confirmed to have been seen in the skies over California, Florida and Cuba; the lightning bolt that struck the very top of St. Peter’s Basilica on February 11, 2013; and the 4.9 magnitude earthquake of February 16, 2013, which struck the Lazio region of Italy have no real significance besides that which is of interest to the scientific community.
- 2/18/13 - The “Original Sin” of Vatican II
Italian journalist Sandro Magister published a February 9 article on his Chiesa website that attracted much attention. The article, entitled “The Impossible ‘Road Map’ of Peace with the Lefebvrists”, spotlighted a recently-released book by Professor Enrico Radaelli; a “philosopher, theologian, and believed disciple of one of the greatest traditional Catholic thinkers of the twentieth century, the Swiss Romano Amerio (1905-1997)”. In his book, Radaelli’s critique of Vatican II echoes the prophetic warning given by Archbishop Lefebvre prior to the Council’s opening.
- 2/15/13 - Physician, Heal Thyself: A Suffering Pope Abdicates
Andrea Tornielli, the well-known Vatican journalist who spoke at our “Consecration Now!” conference in 2011, wrote an article on February 12 for La Stampa about Pope Benedict’s resignation, entitled “The meaning of the Pope’s gesture.” The article begins with Tornielli addressing Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz’s startling comment from this past Monday, that Pope John Paul II did not step down from the papacy because “he [John Paul II] was convinced that one doesn’t come down from the cross.”
- 1/25/13 - Protecting Our Children’s Innocence Is the Real Issue of Gay “Marriage”
As western leaders continue in their bold attempts to fashion North America and Europe into Socialist utopias, based on principles which are fundamentally anti-Christian, an increasing number of people are protesting against these attempts by western governments to redefine, essentially, what it means to be human. The Socialist paradigm is built, in part, on a “progressive” understanding of human relationships.
- 1/05/13 - January Thoughts: Why the ‘Post-Christian World’ Clings to Christmas
We are living in a time of what might be called parallel liturgies: one religious, one secular, with the latter vying to replace the former. This attempted usurpation has prompted religious media to chronicle each year what has been called “the war against Christmas.”
- 11/30/12 - Nothing Traditional About It: Pope Benedict's Approach to Modern Judaism
Pope Benedict XVI, whom some people regard as traditional, is actually a man dedicated to the new orientation of Vatican II. This is especially apparent in Pope Benedict's dealing with modern Judaism, which is based on the Council's teaching on the Jews found in the document Nostra Aetate.
- 11/15/12 - Of Penance and Pork Chops
As of this writing, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is meeting in Baltimore to consider whether it might be a good idea to reinstate meatless Fridays. Cardinal Timothy Dolan is the man of the hour, beating the drum for penance, exhorting the bishops to live the Faith more deeply so they may be qualified to lead the laity to greater piety. All this is occurring in the wake of a presidential election that underscored the irrelevance of the bishops — and the Catholic Faith — as a determining factor in how most Catholics vote — and presumably live.
- 10/22/12 - Celebrating a Catastrophe
Traditional Catholics should be long past simply defending their position against the architects of destruction. The situation calls for an all-out offensive against the catastrophic Second Vatican Council...
- 10/18/12 - Be Still and Know That l Am God
Pascal once said most of the troubles in the world arise from the fact that few men are capable of sitting quietly in their own rooms. Of course, one might counter this observation by noting that Pascal himself failed to follow its counsel and spent much of the ebbing energies of his brief life in public argument with the Jesuits. But the truth of a principle should never be measured by the ability of its enunciator to adhere to it.
- 9/14/12 - Behold the Three-LLL LLLama
There is a much misunderstood statement to the effect that we create our own reality. It gained currency in the 1960s, when Eastern thought was imported to the West without warning labels.
- 8/03/12 - A Cautionary Tale for Catholic Bishops
Every objective indicator points to the rapid decline and eventual demise of the Episcopal Church in America. From a membership of 3 million in 1970, the church now claims about 1 million adherents. And mind you, these are official figures. The number of Episcopalians regularly attending services and offering financial support may be much lower.
- 7/06/12 - Archbishop Di Noia Admits: The Goal is to Convert SSPX to Conciliar Thinking
In 1946, Father Garrigou-Lagrange warned in his landmark article against the modernist New Theology, “Those who have attempted to attend the classes of the masters of modernist thought in order to convert them have allowed themselves to be converted by them.” It is clear the same ruse is being applied to the Society of St. Pius X.
- 5/29/12 - Fatima For Today: A Response
In his book on what he calls “the Urgent Marian Message of Hope”, Father Andrew Apostoli advances the Vatican Secretary of State’s “Party Line” on Fatima. The result is not “an urgent message of hope” but yet another attempt to bury the Third Secret and defend the refusal to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
- 4/16/12 - The Annulment of Liberal Catholicism
It appears that the ill-fated marriage between liberalism and Catholicism is on the rocks. The Catholic bishops in the United States have been likened to the left wing of the Democratic Party at prayer. Now, the prayer meeting is breaking up.
- 3/28/12 - Not Sufficient?
On March 16, 2012 an unsigned communiqué from the Vatican Press Office advised that a secret “evaluation” of Bishop Fellay’s secret response to the secret “Doctrinal Preamble,” emanating from the secret proceedings of the Vatican-SSPX conferences, has determined (in secret) that the response is “not sufficient to overcome the doctrinal problems that are at the basis of the rift between the Holy See and the aforesaid Society.” Bishop Fellay was “invited to be so kind as to clarify his position so as to heal the existing rift, as Pope Benedict XVI wished.”
- 2/13/12 - Steering the Barque of Peter
A mark of maturity is the ability to postpone gratification. This mark is notably absent in our time. Our society appears incapable of taking the rational long view and instead rushes toward whatever is immediately attractive, even if that shining bauble takes us to the edge of a precipice and into an abyss.
- 1/09/12 - Occupy Heaven?
Downtown and commercial districts in cities from New York to Oakland and across Europe added a new and by now universally recognizable feature in 2011: a sprawling field of multi-colored nylon tents. Inside the tents, or mulling around them, are the eclectic group labeled generically as “Occupy Wall Street.” So varied and complex a collection of humanity poses difficulties for print and broadcast media, whose reporters and newsreaders deal in simple sound bytes, not detailed and thoughtful analysis.
- 11/15/11 - Assisi III: Pagan Gods Invoked in Catholic Basilica
A pan-religious prayer meeting for peace was held at Assisi on October 27, 2011. Members of various world religions had been invited by Pope Benedict to attend the gathering, which marked the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s first Assisi meeting in 1986. There are Catholics throughout the world greatly disturbed by these pan-religious gatherings.
- 10/12/11 - Crossing the Threshold of Tolerance
Father Donat Gionet is not allowed to say Mass or administer the sacraments. The bishop of Bathurst has suspended him. His offense, according to a Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) report, is that he preached sermons condemning homosexuality and abortion. Father Gionet is surprised, as he does not believe he did anything wrong. The CBC report cites unnamed “representatives” of the Bathurst Diocese who said Father Gionet's sermons made some of his parishioners “uncomfortable.”
- 09/26/11 - The Pope in the Docket
We are told that the International Criminal Court at The Hague was created to investigate and prosecute war crimes. In effect, this has meant those nations who lose wars may find their military and political leaders charged and tried before the tribunal. Those who win wars are immune from such prosecution. The Vatican is losing its war against secularism in the West. The implementation of Vatican II’s Declaration on Religious Liberty has led to the elimination of the few remaining Catholic confessional states. The Church no longer enjoys a privileged position in the civil statutes of any nation outside the small plot of land ruled by the Pope in Rome.
- 08/25/11 - An Unholy Alliance: Newspapers and the Government
The obituary for print journalism will have to be published on the Internet, that is, if a significant number of people are to read it. Few, I think, will shed a tear at the demise of this not-so-venerable institution. Newspapers, like universal literacy, are of relatively recent vintage, and the generation for whom the daily reading of broadsheet and tabloid became a habit have already, or will fairly soon, meet their own deadline, so to speak.
- 08/15/11 - Sister Wives? Oh, Brother!
Reality TV has become increasingly, well, unreal. The array of programming that documents the lives of a menagerie of people in “interesting” situations is incontrovertible proof of Catholic novelist Evelyn Waugh’s statement that one cannot write satire in the modern world because the modern world will always trump satire with reality.
- 06/01/11 - Some Thoughts about a New Liturgical Reform and the Suggested Future 'Common Rite'
The Mass is at the center of a priest's life. It is his principal duty, privilege and honor to stand in persona Christi at the altar and to make present there, by repeating the very words of Our Savior, the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ under the appearance of bread and wine. Any proposal that would effect the celebration of Mass necessarily affects, profoundly and intimately, the life of the priest. And since it is through their attendance at Sunday Mass that most Catholics come into contact with the Faith and receive the sacramental graces available to them, any alteration in the rite of the Holy Sacrifice will in some way alter the laity's understanding of Church doctrine and discipline.
- 05/26/11 - Public Opinion Polls Apart
The media's consummate concern with politics has led to the perpetual taking of polls, as though the electorate were an intensive-care patient whose vital signs must be constantly monitored. The validity of certain polls is sometimes questioned, as is their purpose. Who chooses the questions, formulates their phrasing, selects the cross-section of the public to be surveyed? There appears ample opportunity for manipulating results, which has added a relatively new word to our lexicon: push-poll. Two recent polls are topping the news as of this writing: one concerns abortion, the other, homosexual "marriage."
- 04/12/11 - We Can't Shrug Off "Atlas Shrugged"
Ayn Rand wrote novels that were intended to illustrate ideas rather than characters, and her work suffers from the literary shortcomings peculiar to that genre: the people she portrays are rather wooden, their dialogue stilted, the plots improbable. The newly released movie adaptation of Rand's chief work, "Atlas Shrugged" is not just a film: it is a challenge to a generally accepted code of ethics rooted in the Christian counsels on fraternal charity. Rand's philosophy is called Objectivism. It maintains that human reason, based on sense perceptions, provide us with the only real knowledge we can have. It rejects faith as irrational.
- 03/28/11 - No Irony Intended: The Trial of Bishop Williamson
While Americans will be lighting firecrackers this Fourth of July to celebrate freedom, a courtroom in Germany will convene in a very different spirit: the prosecution of a Roman Catholic bishop for expressing an opinion.
- 02/22/11 - Courting the Gentiles
Our modern world has unfolded in such a manner as to make the late Catholic luminary Hilaire Belloc appear not only perspicacious but prophetic. As many as 80 years ago, between the two great wars of the last century, Belloc observed that we were witnessing the beginning of something we had never before seen. He called it the new paganism.
- 11/03/10 - The True Melting Pot
In 1905, Israel Zangwill was the toast of New York City, as his popular play The Melting Pot celebrated the ideal of America as a true utopia where the divisions and animosities of the Old World, based on religions and ethnicities, were dissolved in the fire of a new brotherhood of man. … The extent to which Zangwill's play reflected the realities of the New World may be doubted, but the aspirations it represented were, and remain, quite real.
- 10/14/10 - New Evangelization, Old Rhetoric
On the 93rd anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, the attention of those who chronicle the doings and sayings of the Holy See was concentrated on a rather mundane event of dubious significance: the establishment of a new Vatican bureaucracy.
- 9/16/10 - Israel Fuels Speculation on War Preparations
Two events in the Middle East indicate that mounting tensions between Israel and Iran may soon result in military action by Israel. In early August, the Bushehr civilian nuclear power plant became operational. About the same time, the U.S. Department of Defense asked Congress to approve the sale of massive quantities of military grade jet fuel to Israel, along with substantial amounts of diesel and unleaded gasoline designated for military use.
- 9/13/10 - Change We Can Believe In
All of our institutions — ecclesial, political, financial, familial — are mired in habitual crises of one sort or another. A crisis is said to exist when opposing forces are poised for a final conflict that will lead us in one of two radically different directions. The widespread sexual abuse of adolescents and children by some of the clergy and the subsequent cover-ups are now routinely labeled by the media as a crisis for the Catholic Church. If the designation is accurate, what opposing forces are in conflict? Between what radically divergent courses must the Church decide?
- 9/9/10 - The Fatima Message and the Problem of False Obedience
The subjects of this article are: (1) the evident suppression of a text of the Third Secret of Fatima that would explain and accompany the vision of the "Bishop dressed in White" published under the auspices (strangely enough) of the Vatican Secretary of State on June 26, 2000; and (2) the obviously not done Consecration of Russia which Cardinal Bertone would forbid us from talking about. Rather than reviewing the evidence, the focus here will be on a great obstacle to accomplishment of the imperatives of the Fatima Message: false obedience.
- 8/20/10 - That Still Small Voice
Among the many casualties of the Second Vatican Council lay the careful words of John Cardinal Newman concerning conscience. A great load of doctrinal dissent has been placed on the frail Cardinal's shoulders as a result of his entirely orthodox statement made in the context of a dispute about the fitness of Catholics to be loyal subjects of the British Crown.
- 8/4/10 - Of Vanity, Vice and Vampires
There are consistent themes in the Marian apparitions approved by the Church: the call for prayer and sacrifice and deeper conversion; and warnings of disasters that will afflict this world if we do not heed this call. There is another aspect of these visitations from the Queen of Heaven: the seers are usually chosen from among the humblest of children. The seers are almost always illiterate and poor, with a simple but deep Faith.
- 8/02/10 - Diabolical Disorientation Update
While Pope Benedict is engaged in the quiet pursuit of literary composition at his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, Rome is roiled in yet another priestly sex scandal. The popular Italian magazine Panorama has been busy following priests through the gay bars of Rome and chronicling their double lives: priest by day, homosexual reveler by night.
- 7/16/10 - Fatima: The Most Inconvenient Truth
The art of fence-sitting is a delicate one, as is admirably illustrated by Inside the Vatican editor Dr. Robert Moynihan. He chose the 93rd anniversary of the July 13 apparition at Fatima to offer us his thoughts on the subject of apparitions in general and to balance himself carefully on his perch between the two controverted questions of the Third Secret and the Consecration of Russia.
- 6/25/10 - Special News Release: Truth about the Third Secret is out — and on Italian TV
Well-respected Vatican journalists, such as Andrea Tornielli, are now saying what we have long said: There is a hidden part of the Third Secret. Tornielli made the claim on mainstream Italian television, which just aired a program called: "Fatima: An Unfinished Business." This program also featured comments by Father Nicholas Gruner, who has led the fight of this apostolate for 33 years and who brought The Fatima Challenge to Rome. And Rome listened. The Pope listened. Now, all of Italy is listening.
- 6/9/10 - Ecumenism Runs Amok
The Los Angeles Times reported on June 9 that the Claremont School of Theology, long identified with the Methodist sect, has decided to become the nation's first multi-faith seminary. The school hopes eventually to offer clerical training for Buddhists and Hindus, according to the Times. Claremont's action received an enthusiastic endorsement from David Roozen, the director of the Institute for Religion Research at the Hartford Seminary in Connecticut.
- 4/30/10 - Please Pray for Success of The Fatima Challenge in Rome
The Fatima Challenge is a five-day symposium to be held in Rome from May 3-7, 2010. The goal of this symposium is to gather writers, experts, publishers, etc., on the Fatima Message, discussing in an atmosphere of charity and civility especially the points on which Fatima writers disagree, such as the Consecration of Russia and the release of the Third Secret.
- 3/25/10 - An Anniversary That Could Have Been
March 25 is the Feast of the Annunciation. It is the feast day chosen by Pope John Paul II to consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1984. When Mary was told that She was to conceive by the Holy Ghost, She replied, “Let it be done unto me according to Thy word.” This was the glorious fiat, the moment when God became man in the womb of the Virgin. It was the beginning of our redemption from the great refusal in the Garden of Eden.
- 3/16/10 - Ferrara’s Latest Exposé on the Third Secret: An Answer to Socci’s Critics — “Friendly Reflections?”
An article and a widely circulated booklet by one Antonio A. Borelli, purporting to “clarify” the debate over the Third Secret of Fatima and the Consecration of Russia, together comprise what is actually a study in obfuscation. But, as the following commentary shows, Borelli inadvertently demonstrates what has become morally certain: that part of the Third Secret — the explanatory words of the Virgin — has yet to be revealed, and that the Consecration has yet to be done.
- 3/12/10 - Vatican Bedeviled
For most people today, satan is symbolic. Rather than denoting a personal being, the name is used to describe someone or something of which we strongly disapprove on ethical grounds. The prince of darkness has become a metaphor: he is no longer an angelic intelligence who preferred to rule in hell than serve in Heaven.
- 3/04/10 - Vietnam Government Blows Up Crucifix
On January 6 Vietnamese officials dynamited a crucifix in a cemetery belonging to the Dong Chiem Parish Church, 40 miles from Hanoi. Parishioners who tried to prevent the destruction were beaten by police. Since then, Catholic priests and faithful have been assaulted by uniformed and plainclothes police, and Catholics who try to visit the parish are harassed and beaten; one journalist pummeled to unconsciousness. The latest outrage is a February 24 attack on a group of nuns visiting various parishes in the area.
- 2/05/10 - Serbian Patriarch Proposes Summit with Pope
In a development that may justly be called astounding, Patriarch Irinej Gavrilovic, the newly chosen head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, held a press conference on Jan. 28 to suggest that it was time the Pope and Orthodox leaders met to discuss ways of healing the longstanding schism with Rome.
- 2/03/10 - Pope Fires Another Salvo Against Secularism
Looking at the Catholic Church these days, one is reminded of those old World War II newsreels of cities reduced to rubble by bombs and artillery shells. There is not an institution that has not suffered damage from ill-conceived reforms enacted after the Second Vatican Council in the name of modernization. Yet, this damage has been self-inflicted. The Church has been hit by misdirected “friendly fire”.
- 1/11/10 - Free Will, Defined by Nancy Pelosi
St. Augustine tells us not to be concerned if we be constrained, so long as we be constrained to the good.
Such advice, so ancient and yet so timely, illustrates that our desire for freedom is as constant as our misunderstanding of it. And to avoid any misinterpretation of St. Augustine’s counsel, let us also remember that it was he who also said: “Love, and do what you will.”
- 11/26/09 - Weigel May Be Right about Something
Professional thinker George Weigel may have revealed a truth about the purpose of the “conversations” taking place between the Society of St. Pius X and the Vatican. In his November 18 column in the Denver Catholic Register, Weigel shakes his head, and finger, at those less enlightened scribblers who have characterized the talks as “negotiations.”
- 11/12/09 - National Catholic Reporter’s John Allen
Makes Case for Secularism
A wise man once remarked that logic and liberalism cannot co-exist in the same head. Illustrating this truth yet again is National Catholic Reporter’s John Allen, who chose to write Nov. 6 of Pope Benedict XVI’s supposed “lenience” for what Allen calls “cafeteria Catholicism” on the right.
- 11/09/09 - Evolution Theory Getting Rocked in Rome
There is good news for the many informed Catholics and scientists who have been dismayed by the Church’s seeming surrender to Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. His theory posits the gradual development and mutation of species through geological ages that span — according to his fantastic ideas — “millions of years”.
- 11/04/09 - ‘Secular’ Italy May No Longer Have Cross to Bear
The Italian government must pay a fine of 5,000 Euros for refusing to remove crucifixes from a public school, according to the Associated Press. The ruling was issued by the European Court of Human Rights in response to a complaint filed in 2006 which claimed the presence of a crucifix in the classroom violated the secularism that is supposed to be upheld in the nation’s public schools.
- 10/07/09 - Time for a Miracle
In the long death knell for religion in the West, yet another peal has been rung in the form of a study showing that the gap between those who profess a faith and those who do not is closing. Soon, it is projected, the un-churched and the churched will stare at one another across the great divide in equal numbers, but with the momentum decidedly on the side of the un-churched. And more than a third of those who disclaim allegiance to a particular creed say they were raised Catholic.
- 9/30/09 - Blasphemy Day to be Held in Washington, D.C.
Today has been declared International Blasphemy Day by an organization called the Center For Inquiry DC. Those who deny or doubt the existence of God are invited to express their disbelief in a variety of media, including painting, poetry, sculpture, speechmaking and any other form that gives expression to atheism, agnosticism or hostility toward religion.
- 9/29/09 - Pope Benedict to Visit Fatima
Pope Benedict XVI plans to visit the Shrine at Fatima on May 13, 2010, according to the office of the President of Portugal, as reported by the Associated Press. The Holy Father’s trip will be the fifth papal visit to Fatima, although the last occurred nine years ago when Pope John Paul II beatified Jacinta and Francisco Marto, two of the three shepherd children to whom Our Lady of Fatima appeared six times in 1917, with the first apparition occurring May 13, the date of Pope Benedict’s planned visit.
- 9/10/09 - The Real Tragedy of 9-11
Every year, as Sept. 11 approaches, there is an air of uneasiness as America waits and watches to see if any act of carnage will be perpetrated as a grisly memorial to the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. There is heightened concern for the safety of historic monuments and some of us are inclined to avoid crowds in public places.
- 5/15/09 - Bishop Fellay Calls for New Rosary Crusade
It is with great joy we announce the latest Rosary Crusade from Bishop Fellay, especially since one of the main intentions is the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is only this Consecration that will defeat the many-headed plague of evil now assaulting our society from every side. Please join your fellow Catholics in this goal of 12 million Rosaries by March 2010.
- 4/23/09 - Pro-Life Irish Shut Down Euthanasia Lecture in Cork
"Murder is murder", the protesters shouted. "That's the way Hitler started! — Man has no right to take a life." The lecture was cancelled within minutes of its opening.
- 1/26/09 - Pope Repeals Excommunications of Society of St. Pius X Bishops
The “excommunication” of the four bishops consecrated by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, on June 30, 1988, which had been declared by the Congregation for Bishops in a decree dated July 1, 1988, and which the Society of St. Pius X had always contested, has been withdrawn by another decree mandated by Benedict XVI and issued by the same Congregation on January 21, 2009. Immediately following the press release (presented here) is a letter by the Superior General of the SSPX regarding this announcement.
- 12/19/08 - Our only hope to survive Christian persecution is prayer
Read excerpts of a Poor Clare’s testimony amid the scourges of terrorism in India. What is the impact of anti-Christian activity on their contemplative life? What are their impressions at this time? What are their thoughts, hopes, fears and anxieties?
- 12/3/08 - The Diabolical Disorientation in the Secular World — “Health Care” (Part 2)
Those who have been a patient in a hospital or taken a loved one to the hospital know that it is a paperwork nightmare. Indeed just going to the doctor’s office for the first time or after a long period of time has lapsed, usually involves filling out at least a few different forms. Generally upon admittance to a hospital, one of the questions asked is, have you filled out a Health Care Proxy form or do you have a Health Care Proxy? See “The Diabolical Disorientation in the Secular World — ‘Health Care’ (Part 1)” for related article.
- 11/27/08 - Terrorist Attacks in Mumbai, India
Terrorists have struck at least seven places in Mumbai, India, killing at least 125 people and wounding over 200 more. Coordinated groups of terrorists gunned and blasted their way through tourist sites in the Indian Financial center at Mumbai. The attacks started late Wednesday night and continued into Thursday morning.
- 11/19/08 - Priest: No Communion
for Obama supporters
A South Carolina Roman Catholic priest has told his parishioners that they should refrain from receiving Holy Communion if they voted for Barack Obama because the Democratic president-elect supports abortion, and supporting him “constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil.”
- 10/31/08 - Obama Closing Catholic Hospitals?
On Oct. 7, 2007, Sen. Barack Obama spoke to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and promised, “The first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That’s the first thing I'll do.” What is the Freedom of Choice Act? It is the most sweeping pro-abortion legislation ever proposed in the United States. It is clear the FOCA raises abortion to what it calls a “fundamental right.” Yet it is not clear if Catholics realize the threat that Mr. Obama poses to the unborn, to believing Catholics in the medical profession, and to Catholic hospitals across the nation.
- 10/07/08 - Catholic Martyrs a Daily Reality
A large crowd of deeply moved Religious and lay faithful participated in a memorial concelebration on August 21, at St Mary's of Hyderabad for Fr. Thomas Pandippally, C.M.I., who was brutally murdered, August 16, on his way back from a Burgida mission by a group of Hindu extremists who are yet to be identified.
- 10/06/08 - Residents of Ontario, Canada Beware!
Residents of the Province of Ontario should be aware that it was reported in the September 12, 2008 edition of The
Fort Erie Post / Niagara This Week that Niagara Centre MPP Peter Kormos is pushing to change Ontario’s organ donation laws. “Kormos has been pushing for existing legislation to be changed to what’s known as ‘presumed consent’, in which doctors will assume someone dying will want their organs to be donated unless they specify they don’t want them donated”.
- 09/24/08 - Pastors respond to increasing violence against Christians
A march for peace throughout India: this is what the Indian bishops are asking for in response to the very serious episodes of violence that are still reverberating in this Asian country. And, to demonstrate further against every abuse, Friday, 29 August, Catholic schools remained closed. The atmosphere in India, and in the State of Orissa in particular, from which news of violent and intimidating acts against Christians is continuing to arrive, remains tense.
- 09/18/08 - Carmelite Convent Attacked in Madya Pradesh, India
Read the latest update about the wave of violence against Catholics that is now spreading to other parts of India. According to the All India Catholic Union, this violence, which began in the state of Orissa three weeks ago, has so far — in Orissa alone — killed 45 and wounded 18,000; 5 are missing. 56 churches, 11 schools, and 4 NGO offices have been destroyed; 300 villages have been attacked; more than 4,000 homes have been burned or destroyed, forcing more than 50,000 people to flee. Of these, 40,000 are still hiding in the forest; 12,000 are sheltered in the refugee camps provided by the government.
- 09/13/08 - Mob Butchers India’s Christian Minority
Rioters have murdered at least 14 Christians and driven thousands of others from their homes in some of the worst anti-Christian violence in India's history. As communal fighting continued in the Orissa province this week, at least 60 churches, many of them Catholic, and religious buildings were burned to the ground and thousands of homes destroyed.
- 09/08/08 - Venezuela to host Russia Navy Exercise in Caribbean
Russia will carry out joint naval maneuvers in the Americas with Venezuela in November. It is a military first, certain to raise eyebrows in the United States. President Hugo Chavez, the leftist president of Venezuela and harsh critic of the US government, has forged closer ties with Moscow including arms supply and production deals and is proud to claim a “strategic alliance” with Moscow. Chavez, who has supported Moscow in the Georgia conflict, stresses that “Russia is rising up again as a global power.”
- 08/28/08 - Unprecedented Anti-Christian Violence Spirals Out of Control in India
Reports from eastern India of burning Christian homes, murdered pastors, and massive destruction of Christian property continued for a sixth day. All India Christian Council (AICC) leaders in Orissa state reported 17 Christians are dead and expect the figure to rise when communication is made with remote regions.
- 08/28/08 - 54-day Rosary Novena for the Consecration of Russia starts September 1
- 08/27/08 - Fatima and Russia’s New War
No student of the true Message of Fatima is surprised by the war now erupting between Georgia and Russia. … Those who have warned for years that hostilities with Russia will break out at some future date were often laughed to scorn. … But not everyone is blind. Since hostilities broke out on August 8, a number of those in the secular media frankly admit their belief that the Cold War never really came to a close. Even secular journalists note that since the alleged collapse of Communism, we have not seen a period of peace, nor have we seen evidence that Moscow wants to relinquish control over its satellite states.
- 08/12/08 - The Diabolical Disorientation
in the Secular World — “Health Care” (Part 1)
Many of us tend to think of the diabolical disorientation spoken of by Sister Lucy (one of the three seers of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima) mainly in regard to the Catholic Church and the spiritual realm. But as the Church goes, so goes the world — and logically so. God’s ways are perfect. The one true Church of God is the Catholic Church established by Our Lord Jesus Christ. Catholicism as established by Our Lord is a way of life. God’s ways are right-thinking and His laws are perfect. But the more a person strays from Truth, that is, from the Catholic Faith, the more skewed his thinking may become. Mind you, his thinking may be just as the world wants him to think, but generally the way the world thinks is completely different from God’s ways, and often anti-God…
- 07/16/08 - A Sad Day for Catholics in Canada
It has become increasingly difficult to pick up a newspaper these days and not be fearful about the unparalleled crisis and devastation that plague many areas of the world. The war in Iraq rages on and the ever present threat of terrorism is never far from our minds. However, perhaps the most destructive and devastating war continues to rage on unabated, that is the war against the unborn.
- 07/15/08 - Obedience and Diabolical Disorientation
For the last four decades many who have clung to the Mass of all time have been ridiculed, falsely accused of being in schism, and most of all falsely accused of being “disobedient” to the “magisterium, since the old Mass is outlawed”. Of course none of that was true and the accused were aware of that.
- 07/14/08 - Vatican Decrees Excommunication
for Women “Ordained” as Priests
St. Louis Archbishop, Raymond Burke, issued a declaration of excommunication against two Roman Catholic women who reside in his diocese, and one other woman who lives in Germany. These three women were “ordained” as priests in November by an organization calling itself Roman Catholic Womenpriests.
- 07/11/08 - 54-day Rosary Novena for Triumph of Immaculate Heart of Mary starts July 12!
- 06/18/08 - Vatican’s Working Document
for Synod Undermines Inerrancy
of Sacred Scripture
On June 12 the Vatican released its “Instrumentum laboris” (working document) for the upcoming October Synod of Bishops. The document entitled “The Word of God in the Life and the Mission of the Church” contains a disturbing section that appears to undermine the inerrancy of Sacred Scripture.
- 05/13/08 - 54-day Rosary
Novena for Triumph of Immaculate Heart of Mary starts today, May 13!
- 05/12/08 - Good Counsel Publications Announces Launch of Web Site for The Secret Still Hidden
In The Secret Still Hidden Christopher A. Ferrara, American Civil Rights Lawyer and Journalist, accuses the Vatican Secretary of State of cover-up and deception.
- 04/30/08 - Re: Leading American
Catholic Writer accuses Vatican Second-in-command of Cover-Up and Deception
This press release was sent to various media to alert them to a breaking
story, which cannot fail to interest and then shock and provoke … Catholics and
non-Catholic alike. The
Secret Still Hidden, set for publication on May 8th, is the extensively
documented exposé of the Vatican’s on-going 48-year suppression of the most important
part of the Third Secret revealed to Sister Lucia of Fatima. Compared to this
devious web of deceit spun by certain people in the Vatican, the fictional Da
Vinci Code looks like a simple child’s mystery story!
- 04/15/08 - MEDIA RELEASE
American Civil Rights Lawyer and Journalist Accuses Vatican
Secretary of State of Cover-Up and Deception
On the eve of the Pope’s visit to America, a major scandal in Italy involving the Pope's Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone — who will be accompanying the Pope — is about to erupt on these shores. In Italy, the renowned Catholic television host and commentator, Antonio Socci, has publicly accused Cardinal Bertone of concealing a text containing the words of the Virgin Mary in the famous "Third Secret" of Fatima. Bertone's "interpretation" of the Third Secret has been ridiculed in the Italian press.
- 03/19/08 - “Pray a Great Deal for the Holy Father... ” May He Re-affirm the Traditional Good Friday Prayer.
I am just a simple Catholic who believes, like other Catholics, that we must know our Faith in order to help save our own souls and to help all the souls whom God places on our path. We must also do our Catholic duty by defending the Faith…. So without the terminology of professional theologians or canon lawyers, I can give in simple language the viewpoint of an ordinary Catholic layman with regard to the February 4, 2008 indication given by Pope Benedict XVI, regarding the Good Friday prayer for the conversion of the Jews, in the old Latin Rite. This we are told was done in an attempt to appease outspoken members of some Jewish groups who complain they don't want Catholics praying for their conversion.
- 02/13/08 - Sister Lucy’s
Beatification Process to Begin
On February 13, 2008, the third anniversary of the death of Sister Lucy, Pope Benedict XVI announced he will dispense with the five-year waiting period established by Canon Law to open the cause of beatification of Sister Lucy of Fatima.
- 12/17/07 - A Colossal Monument to Diabolical Disorientation
The new Church of the Holy Trinity opened at Fatima on October 12, the eve of the 90th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun. It is a project conceived and completed by Shrine Rector Luciano Guerra, the man who permitted Hindus to worship at the Catholic altar at Fatima in 2004. Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Bertone presided over the building’s consecration, blessing the new church accompanied by an altar girl at his side who carried the holy water.
- 09/26/07 - Two Italian Journalists Assaulted by Vatican Bodyguards at Bertone Event
Two Italian journalists, whose research leads them to conclude that there is still a part of the Third Secret yet to be released, were physically assaulted at a recent event conducted by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Bertone to promote his book L’Ultima Veggente di Fatima (The Last Seer of Fatima).
- 09/24/07 - Vatican Bodyguards Rough up Socci and Paolini
Cardinal Bertone refused any challenge regarding the Third Secret at a September 21 special event held in Rome near the Vatican, in which he conducted a formal presentation of his book The Last Seer of Fatima which propounds the entire Third Secret has been revealed.
- 09/18/07 - Declaration of Dr. Solideo Paolini
“Some of the media (and here in Italy there were not many) have reported the news of an interview given by His Excellency, Archbishop Loris Francesco Capovilla, Personal Secretary of John XXIII, in which it is alleged he would deny the existence of 'the Fourth Secret' of Fatima. Having spoken many times about this matter with Archbishop Capovilla, and publishing the information he gave me because at that time he gave me explicit permission to publish it, therefore I now make the following observations: …”.
- 08/21/07 - Report from Italy: My Meetings with Archbishop Capovilla and the Socci – Cardinal Bertone Struggle
Italian journalist Solideo Paolini reports in detail on his meetings with Archbishop Capovilla, former personal Secretary of Pope John XXIII, in which Mr. Paolini obtained the crucial testimony of the Archbishop that there are two texts of the Third Secret. This is an edited transcript of the speech given by Mr. Paolini to nearly 200 bishops and priests at the Last Chance for World Peace Conference in Botucatu, Brazil in August 2007.
- 07/07/07 - Papal Document Vindicates
Adherents of Latin Mass
Pope Benedict XVI’s document Summorum Pontificum, easing restrictions for the celebration of the Old Latin Mass, was released on July 7. “What earlier generations held as sacred remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful,” the Pope wrote.
- 06/07 - The Explosive Testimony of Archbishop Capovilla
Italian journalist Solideo Paolini, author of a book on Fatima entitled Do Not Despise Prophecy, obtained the crucial testimony of Archbishop Capovilla, former personal Secretary of Pope John XXIII, that there are indeed two separate texts of the Third Secret of Fatima. Earlier this year, John Vennari, editor of Catholic Family News, had the opportunity to ask Mr. Paolini some questions regarding his interview with Archbishop Capovilla and to explain why the testimony of Archbishop Capovilla is important.
- 05/29/07 - Who
— between you and me — is Deliberately Lying?
On May 12, Antonio Socci issued a forceful response originally titled “Dear Cardinal Bertone: Who — Between You and I — is the one Who’s Lying and Knowing It?” The article appeared in the May 12 edition of the Italian paper Libero as “Socci Destroys Bertone”. Here is the full text of Socci’s rebuttal, previously summarized in “Antonio Socci Refutes Cardinal Bertone’s New Book on the Third Secret”.
- 05/23/07 - Cardinal Bertone vs. Antonio Socci
Cardinal Bertone attempts an answer to Antonio Socci’s explosive book accusing the Vatican of covering up the Third Secret of Fatima, but the Cardinal only succeeds in embarrassing himself and confirming the suspicions of the faithful.
- 05/16/07 - Antonio Socci Refutes Cardinal Bertone’s New Book on the Third Secret
Antonio Socci explains that Cardinal Bertone’s new book on the Third Secret of Fatima does not answer any of the key questions posed by those who speak of the probability of a second text of the Secret yet unpublished. Rather, the Cardinal resorts to personal attacks.
- 01/02/07 - “The Fourth Secret
On November 22, 2006, Antonio Socci’s Il Quarto Segreto di Fatima (The Fourth Secret of Fatima) hit bookstores in Italy. The author, after much investigation, comes to the conclusion that the Vatican has not formally released the entire Third Secret.
- 09/06/06 - Blessed Jacinta and Francisco: Finalization of Canonization Process is Near
Virtual Fatima recently reported that the conclusion of the process for the canonization of Blessed Jactina and Francisco is near. “The path is still very long, but it could take months instead of years”, said the Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Cause of the Saints.
- 07/21/06 - Pope Benedict XVI Calls for Prayer and Penance this Sunday for Middle-East Cease Fire
Fatima Center urges Pope to Consecrate Russia.
Confronted with the worsening situation in the Middle East, Pope Benedict XVI has named Sunday as a day of prayer and penance for peace in that region.
- 04/06 - Rector Guerra's Latest Conference
Tied to the future opening of the new concrete basilica at Fatima, scheduled to be completed by 2007, a special conference was held in Fatima on the weekend of Sister Lucy's translation, February 17 and 18. It was entitled: "The Sanctuary — Divine Initiative in Favor of Men," and hosted by Rector Guerra.
- 03/06 - Portuguese Press Reports: "Fatima Rejects Control by Pope"
As a result of The Fatima Crusader and other Catholic journals reporting repeatedly on the scandal of Rector Guerra's ecumenical follies, the Vatican has finally intervened, as explained in this report.
- 03/06 - Sister Lucy Laid to Rest at Fatima
In this article, John Vennari takes us to Fatima as a witness to the front page news of the Portuguese press — the translation of Sister Lucy's body from the cemetery of the Carmelite Convent in Coimbra to the basilica of the Fatima Shrine.
- 02/21/06 - Dispelling the Misleading Announcement of Sept. 12, 2001 Regarding Father Nicholas Gruner, S.T.L.
On September 12, 2001, the day after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, certain Vatican officials thought it more urgent to publish an unprecedented “announcement” in L’Osservatore Romano concerning Father Nicholas Gruner. This short reply is offered for the convenient reference of those who seek the truth.
- 02/08/06 - Limbo to be Cast into the Outer Darkness?
On November 30 the world's press announced that the Vatican seems poised to abolish Limbo. A thirty-member theological Commission, under the auspices of Archbishop William Levada, newly-appointed Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is now studying the matter.
- 11/12/05 - Niagara Falls Review Spotlights Father Gruner and the Fatima Center
Father Nicholas Gruner spreads the Fatima Message from Fort Erie base. It's a message of hope and despair, a warning and a promise, a vision for restless and dangerous times.
- 11/07/05 - Satanism Running Rampant in Russia
"We are alarmed with the increased activity of Satanists in the city", said Father Andrei, rector of the Orthodox Church-on-the-waters in Murmansk.
- 08/21/05 - Drama at Fatima
Shrine Authorities Disrupt Pilgrimage of Reparation.
"I think they would have been more intelligent to leave us alone," said Bishop Richard Williamson. "As it is, they fired up a sense of combat in quite a few combative Catholics."
- 05/16/05 - A Holy Sign in the Sky
With so much news in the air about War, the message for Peace has to rise to the occasion. Highway 190 Billboard in the Sky asks "Do you want World Peace?" It asks a question we all know the answer to; however, how many know the way to peace? The Fatima Center is also using the sign in the sky to help launch their prime time TV Campaign, airing "Heaven's Key to Peace" a new and revealing one-hour documentary.
- 05/11/05 - New Pope Benedict is Only One Act Away from World Peace
Locally Produced Documentary Explains All on Prime Time Broadcast. The critically acclaimed documentary "Heaven's Key to Peace" willbroadcast on the major television networks in Western New York and Southern Ontario. The documentary contains the amazing explanation of how easy peace can be attained, and why the message is being ignored.
- 04/20/05 - Fatima Center Urges Prayers for Pope Benedict XVI
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has been elected the 265th Successor of Saint Peter. He has chosen the name Pope Benedict XVI. The Fatima Center joins with Catholics around the world in prayers for the new Pontiff. It also prays that the Pope’s choice of name is a cause for hope. The last Pope bearing the name Benedict was the reigning Pontiff when Our Blessed Mother visited Fatima in 1917.
- 04/15/05 - Sacrilege: Consecrated Host Sold on EBAY
Catholics throughout North America are stunned and outraged at the news that a consecrated Host from a 1998 Papal Mass in Rome was sold on EBAY.
- 04/05/05 - Statement from the Fatima Center on the Death of Pope John Paul II
The Fatima Center joins with Catholics worldwide offering prayers for the soul of Pope John Paul II. The need for our prayers is clear as the Papacy is the greatest responsibility that any human being can undertake and Almighty God demands more from His "servant of the servants of God" than from any other man. We must never forget that the Message of Fatima tells us that we must "pray, pray a great deal for the Holy Father".
- 02/15/05 - Fatima Center Mourns the Death of Sister Lucy
It is a time of both sadness and joy. A time of sadness, since the world is deprived of the presence of the last surviving seer of Fatima who in 1917 and thereafter received the Message of Our Blessed Mother. A time of joy, as Sister Lucy’s earthly sufferings are over. Our Blessed Mother promised that She would take the three children of Fatima to Heaven, and Our Lady will keep Her word.
- 02/14/05 - Did the True Secret of Fatima Die with Sister Lucy? Fatima Center Asks
While the Fatima Center mourns the death of Sister Lucy, the lone surviving seer of Fatima, it also asks if the true Secret of Fatima has died with her. For 45 years, she had been forbidden by the Vatican to speak of the mysterious Secret, and died under this imposition of silence.
- 12/03/04 - The Fatima Event of the Decade! Heaven's Key to Peace
"Heaven's Key to Peace" is a riveting, one-hour documentary which explains how the world can achieve lasting world peace. Whatever you do — wherever you are — you MUST see this brilliant and inspiring new documentary on Our Lady's Message and its critical importance to our times. Never before has Fatima been explained so fully and convincingly.
- 11/04 - Father Fox Continues to Defend the Indefensible
This article is written to respond to three items posted on the “Fatima Family Apostolate” website operated by Fr. Robert J. Fox. These three items — a “clarification” by the rector of the Fatima Shrine, an article by a so-called “scholar of Fatima,” and a letter from the Vatican nuncio in Washington — were posted by Fr. Fox in an apparent effort to stem mounting criticism of his dogged defense of the recent “interreligious” activities at the Fatima Shrine, which have provoked protests by concerned Catholics around the world.
- 10/06/04 - Vatican Calls for Resignation of Fatima Bishop and Shrine Rector
Correio da manha, the leading daily newspaper in Portugal, caused an uproar in the Catholic world when it reported in a front page article in its September 29 issue that “Rome is shocked with Fatima.” According to the newspaper, the Vatican “is critical of the prayers offered by the Dalai Lama and those of a Hindu priest in the Shrine” and has announced to the Portuguese Episcopal Conference (PEC) that they must replace the Bishop of Fatima and the Shrine Rector. If not, the paper reported, the Vatican will assume direct control of the Fatima shrine.
- 08/31/04 - Shrine Rector Attempts to Justify Hindu Prayer Service at Fatima
Rector Guerra defends the Hindu worship service at Fatima in a Communique he issued on June 29, 2004, eight weeks after the May 5 occurrence, claiming that "no rite was performed on or off the altar". This is in sharp contrast with the Portuguese SIC television broadcast that clearly shows the Hindu "priest" chanting at the Catholic altar. We publish here the Rector's complete statement, followed by our own commentary. Includes "Five Quick Responses to Rector Guerra" from five other writers.
- 08/28/04 - Fatima, Faith and Fidelity in Action. A Time for Action ----- NOW
How much longer must we suffer such deep sorrow and sadness upon seeing the return of our fallen soldiers? How much longer must we witness beheading, war, famine, and man’s inhumanity to man? The fulfillment of the Message of Fatima is the solution to these problems. However, we need you to heed the clarion call to action. We need you to join with us in this weekend of fidelity, devotion and action. ... Father Gruner is calling you to action by sponsoring the Fatima Center’s first Seminar for Ambassadors of Jesus, Mary and the Catholic Faith.
- 08/12/04 - Pagan Leader to Speak at Saint Joseph's Oratory: Update!
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will speak at Saint Joseph's Oratory in Montreal. Shankar, according to the Associated Press, "has become the rage of New Age spiritualism". ... But if the Sri Sri event is not a religious one, why is it being held at one of Canada's most hallowed Catholic Shrines rather than at a local Fire Hall or a school gymnasium? Why are Catholics involved with organizing it in the first place?
- 08/11/04 - Help Us Save St. Joseph's Oratory From Pagan Influence!!
A scandal is scheduled to take place at the famous shrine, St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal, Canada on August 14, 2004. A man named Sri Sri Ravi Shankar — who is the "founder of the Art of Living Foundation, a United Nations non-governmental organization" — is scheduled to speak, teach and/or do meditation in the Basilica!
- 07/04 - Pictures of a Desecration: Photo Report of Hindu Ritual at Fatima
Catholic Family News , through the help of The Fatima Center, has obtained a video copy of the SIC television broadcast of the Hindu ritual performed at Fatima on May 5, 2004. This sacrilege took place with the blessing of Fatima Shrine Rector Guerra and the Bishop of Leiria-Fatima, Serafim de Sousa Ferreira e Silva. SIC, a national television station in Portugal, reported on the Hindu ritual at Fatima the same day it took place. The announcer called it an “uncommon ecumenical experience.”
Includes a "Brief Chronology Leading up to Sacrilegious Hindu Ritual at Fatima", outlining key events on the road to sacrilege at Fatima, which escalated since the pan-religious conference of October 2003 but actually started with a Congress at Fatima in 1992, presided over by Shrine Rector Guerra.
- 06/30/04 - Thousands of Catholics Raise Their Voices in Protest Against Hindu Rituals at Fatima Shrine
Catholics by the thousands are up in arms against a recent unprecedented event at Portugal’s Fatima Shrine. On May 5, 2004, a Hindu prayer ritual was conducted at the altar in the Little Chapel of the Apparitions, the chapel built over the spot where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three children at Fatima in 1917. SIC television, a national station in Portugal, broadcast the event the same day it took place. The Fatima Center has obtained a copy of the broadcast, and is now circulating photographs of the event.
- 06/25/04 - Father Fox’s Modernist Assault on Fatima
While claiming to be obedient to the Law, the Pharisees of old emptied the Law of its true meaning and replaced it with a corrupted human interpretation. Today, Fr. Robert J. Fox and his fellow apologists for the “new” religion of “ecumenism” and “inter-religious dialogue” are doing much the same with the Message of Fatima.
- 06/03/04 - Hindu Ritual Performed at Fatima Shrine
On May 5, 2004 — the Feast of Pope Saint Pius V — the Little Chapel of the Apparitions at Fatima was allowed to be used for a pagan Hindu ceremony. This Little Chapel (also called the Capelinha) is built on the site where Our Blessed Mother appeared to the 3 children of Fatima in 1917. ... The outrage occurred with the blessing of Shrine Rector Msgr. Guerra. No one may use the Capelinha without Rector Guerra’s permission.
To Petition the Holy Father and the Bishops of Portugal
against this outrage, CLICK HERE
- 04/28/04 - An Open Letter to the Faithful of Portugal
This open letter addressed to the faithful of Portugal was published in the Portuguese newspapers 24 Horas, O Independente, and Semanario. It explains the terrible betrayal that is taking place in Portugal with the construction of a new ecumenical “multi-faith” Fatima Shrine, why it is happening, and what can be done about it.
CLICK HERE for Issue 75 of The Fatima Crusader.
- 02/05/04 - Shrine Rector Confirms New Ecumenical Orientation at Fatima
After two months of silence, Fatima Shrine officials finally spoke publicly about the alleged plan to turn Fatima into an Interfaith Shrine. Three news reports came from Fatima on the subject. The first was a January 1 Zenit report on a December 28 Communiqué from Fatima Shrine Rector, Msgr. Guerra; the second was the Shrine’s own web posting of the December 28 Communiqué that was somewhat different from what Zenit reported (the reason for which will be explained); the third was a brief interview with Msgr. Guerra posted on a Medjugorje web page.
To Petition the Holy Father and the Bishops of Portugal
against this outrage, CLICK HERE
- 01/02/04 - Statement from John Vennari on Zenit’s Fatima Report
Zenit news posted on January 1 the article "What is Happening in Fatima?" in which the alleged plan to turn Fatima into an Interfaith Shrine was discussed. The article contained various falsehoods that call for an immediate response.
- 01/02/04 - More News on the Interfaith Program at Fatima
Articles published in the Fatima Shrine's own journal give the appearance that the pan-religious program at Fatima is the way of the future. John Vennari also shows how ecumenical Church leaders "dialogue" with those Catholics who challenge the new ecumenical policy of the post-Conciliar Church and how the new program of "Dialogue and Proclamation" is a head-on collision with Church teaching throughout the centuries.
- 11/24/03 - Site of Fatima Apparitions to Become "Interfaith" Facility?
Roman Catholics worldwide have been shocked and dismayed by press reports of a plan to build, at a cost of $47,600,000, a huge stadium-like "interfaith" facility beside the existing Fatima Shrine in Portugal, opening the Catholic holy site to worship on an equal footing by non-Catholics of all kinds, including Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, and other pagans.
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- 11/14/03 - Fatima to Become Interfaith Shrine?
Updated 11/24/03: Includes response to Archbishop Fitzgerald’s "denial".
From October 10-12, 2003, a pan-religious conference was held at Fatima entitled "The Present of Man – the Future of God: The Place of Sanctuaries in the Relation to the Sacred". John Vennari, editor of Catholic Family News, traveled to Fatima to cover the Congress and attended the three-day event. It contained some of the most explicit heresy he has ever encountered.
- 11/12/03 - Outrage Expressed at Catholic Sanctuary Being Turned into Shrine for Pagan Worship!
The plan to turn the Fatima Shrine into a place where all the religions of the world will gather to pay homage to their various gods has aroused strong opposition. "According to Catholic Moral Theology", says Father Paul Kramer of the Fatima Center, "this is a grave sin against the First Commandment and an act of Apostasy."
- 08/27/03 - Battle over Bethlehem Church
A feud has arisen at the church believed to stand where Our Lord was born, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The feud is between the Greek Orthodox, Armenian and Catholic Churches, all three of which have claimed rights of ownership and access to the church for over 150 years.
- 8/15/03 - Controversial Priest Encouraged by Pope's Secretary
Despite claims by Vatican officials that he has been suspended, Father Nicholas Gruner is encouraged by a warm letter from the Pope's personal secretary and large crowds at recent Rosary Rallies.
- 10/03/01 - "Fatima Priest" is Not Suspended
In this statement , released October 3rd, 2001, the Committee for the Defense of the Priesthood gives three reasons why the "suspension" of Father Gruner, "announced" by the Vatican on September 12th, is not valid. Even if it were, the Committee says, Father Gruner has every right to continue his work making known the full Message of Our Lady of Fatima.
- 03/12/01 - New Miracle for Padre Pio
Special to the Fatima Network! A Third Miracle for Padre Pio provides the impetus for his expected canonization. Read the full story here.
- 02/05/01 - Gorbachev's In-Law Held Prisoner
News Flash! Read John Vennari's report on Mikhail Gorbachev's brother-in-law, held prisoner for many years in a Russian insane asylum.
- 12/15/00 - Press Conference Rome 2000
Update to Chronology of a Coverup — and key questions for Msgr. Bertone, Cardinal Ratzinger and other Vatican officials.
- 11/27/00 - On the Entrustment Ceremony in Rome
Consecration fraud or reason for hope? A fascinating and informative news article on the "Entrustment Ceremony" that took place in Rome on October 8, 2000.
- 10/07/00 - The Conditions for the Consecration of Russia
Father Gregorius Hesse, renowned theologian, canonist and author, explains the conditions necessary for the fulfillment of Our Lady of Fatima's request to consecrate specifically Russia to Her Immaculate Heart.
- 08/04/00 - Priest told to drop Civil Suit or Be Excommunicated
The Congregation for the Clergy threatens an unprecedented excommunication against Father Gruner in a move to force an end to Father Gruner's justified libel action against Monsignor McCormack.
- 06/26/00 - Excerpts of the Vatican's Release of "The Third Secret"
Read the actual text of the first two parts of the Secret of Fatima, the alleged Third Secret, and Sister Lucy's May 1982 letter to Pope John Paul II, as published in the Vatican's booklet, The Message of Fatima, released on June 26, 2000.
- 06/21/00 - Third Secret "Commentary" Raises Concerns over "Whitewash"
Father Gruner and Father Kramer of the Fatima Center question the need for a Vatican "Commentary" on the text of the Third Secret as well as the timing of the Vatican's press conference on June 27, 2000 honoring Cardinal Casaroli and hosting Mikhail Gorbachev.
- 05/13/00 - Vatican's Statement on the Third Secret
Read the official Vatican statement delivered by Secretary of State Cardinal Sodano about the upcoming release of the full text of the "Third Secret of Fatima".
- 05/13/00 - A Fatima Miracle
Read about the woman whose prayers to Jacinta and Francisco led to a miraculous cure and, in consequence, to the beatification of the two child seers. This moving story is exclusive to Our Lady's web site.
- 04/10/00 - Pope's Visit to Fatima
Read the most recent information about the Holy Father's planned visit to Fatima in May for the beatification of Jacinta and Francisco Marto and a meeting with Sister Lucy.
- 03/17/00 - Cardinal Kung Dead at 98
Inspiration for millions of faithful Catholics in China's underground Church, Cardinal Ignatius Kung is dead at age 98.
- 03/07/00 - Persecution in China
"The good shall be martyred..." In this exclusive report on the increasing persecution of Catholics in China, the words of Our Lady of Fatima are revealed in all their tragedy and horror.
- 02/16/00 - Russian Danger Increases
In yet another report specially written for Our Lady's web site, the increasing danger posed by a newly militant Russia demonstrates the absolute necessity of obeying Our Lady's command and consecrating "that poor nation" as She asked at Fatima.
- 02/02/00 - Nuclear Threat Increases
This report specially written for Our Lady's web site reveals the frightening facts about the growing nuclear threat from a newly militant Russian government under the control of a former KGB spymaster.
- 01/12/00 - Satanism on the Rise in Russia
John Vennari, editor of Catholic Family News, contributes this startling and disturbing report on the rise of Satanism in a Russia that many have claimed is already converted to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
- 10/19/99 - Bishop's World Peace Conference 2000
Complete audio coverage of all speakers at the October 1999 Hamilton, Ontario event. Including Father Gruner, John Vennari and Joseph Kung. Listen to the live recording here.
- 07/28/99 - Father Malachi Martin Dead at 78
One of our greatest modern authors has died at age 78 in New York City. Read Father Charles Fiore's report on the life and death of Malachi Martin.
- 06/03/99 - Veil of Veronica Re-Discovered!
Years after being stolen from the Vatican, this precious relic of Our Lord's passion and crucifixion is rediscovered by a priest.
- 05/07/99 - The Pope Declares Padre Pio Blessed
In an exclusive report, Catholic Family News editor John Vennari describes the beatification ceremony of Padre Pio in Rome on May 2nd, 1999.
- 03/12/99 - Small Christian Communities Threat to Catholic Faith
In this revealing and disturbing article, Catholic Family News editor John Vennari examines the threat poised to the faith of Catholics by the growth of the "Small Christian Communities" movement within the Church.
- 01/18/99 - Nuclear Disaster Looms
In a startling article, Catholic Family News editor John Vennari reveals the growing threat poised by Communist China's nuclear missile program.
- 11/08/98 - Abortion legalized in Ireland?
In one of the few nations in which the murder of children in their own mother's wombs remains illegal, there are new calls to legalize abortion.
- 06/30/98 - Dangers to World Peace Increase!
In this excerpt from a Los Angeles Times' article, Tad Szule demonstrates that the dangers to world peace are greater now than during the Cold War.
- 06/02/98 - Frightening Old Testament Parallels
Retired U.S. General Albion Knight Jr. writes on the frightening similarities he sees between Old Testament history and the United States today.
- 01/08/98 - Catholic Priest Fights for His Work and Career
A Canadian Catholic priest is facing the threat of imminent suspension of his priestly faculties by Vatican bureaucrats, while local church authorities turn a blind eye to the growing controversy surrounding this arbitrary action.
- 12/07/97 - The Consecration Controversy Continues
As the debate over Our Lady's Fatima request for the consecration of Russia continues, read the most recent news from Russia that even the New York Times wouldn't print.
- 11/05/97 - Physician-Assisted Suicide in Oregon
In the wake of the November 1997 vote in Oregon legalizing physician-assisted suicide, read what a major Catholic health organization has to say on this important moral issue.
- 06/13/97 - Fatima Priest to be Released!
The publishers have announced that the long-awaited biography of Father Nicholas Gruner is to be released at the beginning of July 1997. Read all about it here and even reserve your own advance copy from Catholic Books Online.
- 04/27/97 - Father Marcel Nault Dies
In a letter to friends of the Apostolate, Father Gruner discusses the life and recent passing of this pious priest and dedicated defender of Our Lady.
- 04/21/97 - China Cracks-down on Catholics
In this Web-exclusive reprint from The New York Times, correspondent Patrick E. Tyler reports on the growing crack-down on Roman Catholics in China and details the shocking persecution of clergy and laity alike.
- 01/18/97 - Pledge of Support for the Pope!
Countering false and malicious charges that it is against the Holy Father, Our Lady's Fatima Apostolate has issued a new public pledge of its support and love for the Successor of St. Peter, respectfully petitioning His Holiness to consecrate Russia.
- 01/02/97 - Satanism Practiced in the Vatican?
Two prominent Churchmen, both Vatican insiders, have alleged that a satanic conspiracy exists within the Vatican itself and is dedicated to the destruction of the Catholic Church. Read the shocking details here first!
- 11/24/96 - The Third Fatima Congress: A Special Report from Rome
"Fatima 2000: World Peace and the Immaculate Heart of Mary," the Third Fatima Congress organized by Our Lady's Apostolate, concluded successfully in Rome with the adoption of new resolutions calling on the Church to release the Third Secret and fulfill the Blessed Virgin's request for the consecration of Russia. Well over 100 delegates attended this historic event which brought together bishops, priests, religious and laypeople from around the world.
- 10/18/96 - The Mystery of the "Third Secret of Fatima" *SPECIAL UPDATE*
The Third Secret of Fatima is considered by many to be the greatest mystery of the 20th Century and may well hold the clue to the survival of our civilization and Holy Faith. In this special and exclusive update, new information about the Secret is revealed as well as the continuing story of Father Nicholas Gruner's heroic efforts to have it released. Riveting reading!
- 09/23/96 - The Perestroika Deception by Anatoliy Golitsyn: A Special Web-Reprint of the Commentary by Cornelia R. Ferreira.
By popular request, Mrs. Ferreira's article, reprinted with permission from Catholic Family News, is a penetrating and incisive review of the new book by Anatoliy Golitsyn. In his book, Golitsyn, a former high official of the Russian KGB, argues that the political "change" occurring in Russia is merely cosmetic, a carefully-contrived pretense designed to lull the West into a sense of complacency and promote our unilateral disarmament. With access to unique sources of information and background, Gotlitsyn demonstrates that the danger from Russia is, contrary to the popular opinion, actually increasing.
- 09/10/96 - The Net Reviews Our Lady's Web Site!
The Net, one of the country's leading Internet magazines, reviews the FATIMA NETWORK in their October 1996 issue and gives Our Lady's Web Site highest marks for content and technical skill.
- 09/02/96 - The Fatima Crusader Announces the Third Fatima Congress is to be held in Rome
The Fatima Crusader, in association with His Grace, Archbishop Benedict to Varpin, has announced that it will host a Third International Fatima Congress. This conference, entitled "Fatima 2000: World Peace and the Immaculate Heart of Mary," is to be held in November 1996 in Rome, Italy. Delegates will be invited from amongst the episcopacy, priesthood, religious orders and laity and the event will feature leading Fatima experts and conservative Catholic theologians from around the world.
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