Exactly 100 years after the “miracle of the sun” at Fatima, Cardinal Raymond Burke will offer Mass at a Marian conference celebrating the centennial of the messages of Our Lady to pray the rosary, do penance for sins, and consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart.
The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three peasant children in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. “Russia will spread her errors throughout the world” if it’s not consecrated to her Immaculate Heart, she warned. (The Bolshevik Revolution occurred in November 1917.)
She implored the children to pray the rosary every day and to make reparations for sins.
“More souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason,” Our Lady of Fatima told them.
Two of those children, Jacinta and Francesco, are now canonized. The canonization cause for the third, Sister Lucia, has been opened.
At the October 13, 1917, “miracle of the sun,” the “sun danced” and tens of thousands of onlookers were able to look directly at the sun.
The conference at Buckfast Abbey is called Fatima 100 years Later: A Marian Call For The Whole Church.
Burke, known throughout the Catholic world for his steadfast defense of the pro-life cause and Catholic orthodoxy, will open the conference and offer Mass on the mornings of October 12 and 13. He is one of the four cardinals who signed the dubia to Pope Francis asking for moral clarity on Amoris Laetitia.
It was Sr. Lucia who wrote to one of the deceased dubia signers, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, that the “final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan will be about marriage and the family.”
Caffarra said abortion and homosexuality show that “what Sr. Lucia said in those days is being fulfilled in these days of ours.”
In May at the 2017 Rome Life Forum, Burke called for the full consecration of Russia. The topic has been a controversial one in Catholic circles for some time, as many believe Pope St. John Paul II’s consecration of the whole world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary didn’t fully fulfill Our Lady’s request.
“The theology, the history, and the spirituality of Fatima are all explored over the two days,” the conference’s website explains. It will feature talks from Professor Roberto de Mattei and Fr. Thomas Crean, OP, both signers of the filial correction to Pope Francis
On October 14, there will be a Solemn Mass in honor of Our Lady followed by Eucharistic Adoration and enrollment in the Brown Scapular and Miraculous Medal.
The conference’s website describes it as a “time for discussion, a time for listening, a time for reflection upon all that has occurred in the intervening century, but perhaps more than anything else it is a reminder of how relevant the message of Fatima is today.”
Tickets for the conference cost £15 per day, not including meals. The conference promises to care for attendee’s temporal and spiritual needs. There are no rooms left at the Buckfast Abbey, but their website directs people to a list of nearby accommodations.