The Shrine of Fátima and Russia


So who is Our Lady of Fátima?

I first heard of Fátima back in the late 80s when I moved to Portugal. Legend, or rather history, tells us that in 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared to 3 shepherd children that were grazing their sheep.

“The Russian Revolution”

At the time, there was a lot going on in Russia. During World War I, the people of Russia were starving and their economy was in shambles. Their army was no match for Germany and they suffered enormous casualties. This increased animosity towards the government and a desire for a solution. Sounds familiar.

“Was it all just a political manoeuvre?”

The children revealed a prophecy that prayer would lead to the end of the Great War. They were also told that there would be a miracle to prove that what had been said was true and this miracle was to take place on the 13th October of the same year. On this day the ‘lady’ would reveal her identity and perform a miracle so that all those that witnessed it would believe. They were told to “devote themselves to the Holy Trinity”, and to pray “the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world and an end to the war”.

  1. In the end my immaculate heart will triumph.
  2. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me.
  3. Russia will be converted.
  4. A period of peace will be given to the world.
The crown of the ‘Virgin’ with the bullet that struck John Paul II

“Are we about to witness another revolution in Russia?”

Currently, Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine is said to be a failure and seems to be placing Russia where it was back in 1917. We hear rumours that the economy is collapsing, that their army is no match for the Ukrainian army and that this war has also led to enormous casualties on the Russian side. We are also being told that this has once again increased animosity towards the government and a desire for a solution. A revolution?



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Amanda Gleaves

Amanda Gleaves

Artist, Portuguese teacher, Singer / Songwriter, Writer and Philosopher…kinda…