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Summer 1979

THE FATIMA CRUSADER
Issue 03

Our Lady
“If My requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace. If not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated.”

Our Lady of Fatima
Pope John Paul II Supports Our Lady of Fatima’s Call to Collegial Consecration
As Cardinal, John Paul II fervently promoted the collegial consecration of the world to Mary. However, Our Lady of Fatima requested the Collegial Consecration of Russia, which involves the Pope together with all of the bishops of the world solemnly and publicly consecrating specifically Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Published here is a reprint of a letter written by the Polish bishops with Cardinal Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II).

Recent Events
Report on recent visits of the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue.

Toronto
Our National Fatima Statue Tours Parishes in Archdiocese
Taken from The Catholic Register
This is a reprint of an article from the May 12, 1979 issue of The Catholic Register, which reported on the tremendous success of the visits of the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima to various parishes within the Archdiocese of Toronto.

The Veneration of Images
The excerpts, published here, from well-known Church documents help us to understand the teaching of the Church concerning the veneration of images of the Saints and of Our Lord and the benefits to be gained.

The Popes Approve of Fatima
Since the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, many of the popes have shown their recognition of the authenticity of the Fatima apparitions and have also strongly encouraged devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. This is a report on the support given by the popes for the Message of Fatima.

“The Rosary: A Gospel Prayer”
by Pope Paul VI
Pope Paul VI discusses the importance of the Rosary, which he confirms by calling it the “summary of the entire Gospel”, and urges the faithful to pray the Rosary frequently.

The Indestructible Relationship Between Mary and the Eucharist
by Rev. Armand Dasseville, O.F.M. Cap.
Mary’s solicitude is closely united with the healing and sanctifying power of the Holy Eucharist. This unique relationship between Mary and the Most Blessed Sacrament stems from the two greatest hours of grace in Mary’s life, the Annunciation and the Crucifixion.

TV Viewing Time Is Far Outdistancing Prayer Time
It is not that men today do not have the time for quiet, reflective prayer. The problem is that television viewing is consuming time that should be spent in prayer and the media is conditioning our minds to non-religious thinking, drawing us from times of prayer.

Our Blessed Mother — Mediatrix of All Graces
Mary is so closely united to the Trinity that to be devoted to Her is to glorify the One Who created Her: God. She acts as our intercessor with God, and Her dignity supplies for our lowliness.

My Immaculate Heart Will Triumph 
A small note of encouragement from the first editor of the fledgling The Fatima Crusader, reminding the readers that we are assured by the Queen of Heaven that we are on the winning side. By joining together, and working and praying for the Consecration of Russia, we share in the Triumph of Our Lady.

Dear Friends of Our Lady
by Father Nicholas Gruner, S.T.L., S.T.D. (Cand.)
In this letter, Father Gruner thanks all of the friends of Our Lady who supported the Apostolate throughout the previous year, and he explains what you can do to help promote Our Lady’s Message.