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The 13th Day


There is a new movie about Mary’s appearance at Fatima Portugal in 1917.  It is called the 13th Day.  The name 13th Day is in reference to the day on which the apparitions which took place, the 13th of the month from May to October in 1917.



The Importance of Fatima


Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR, has said of this film, “I believe the film, The 13th Day, is a wonderful contribution to the promotion of the message of Our Lady of Fatima.” Pope John Paul II, shortly after the attempt on his life on May 13th, 1981, reviewed all the material on Fatima and said that the message is “more important now than it was in 1917.” Pope Benedict XVI has said, “Learn the message of Fatima! Live the message of Fatima! Spread the message of Fatima!”


Mary appeared to three children and asked them to spread her message to the world that we all needed to repent of our sins and turn toward her Son, the One True God (in union with the Father and the Holy Spirit.)  She asked the children to pray the rosary and to make sacrifices for the conversion of poor sinners.  Mary told how God desires that we have peace, but we must do penance for our sins to avoid the punishment of war.

Mary’s Warnings All Came to Pass

Mary had foretold how Russia would lead to the annihilation of many countries.

“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”

This message was revealed before the Communist “October Revolution” which actually took place in November according to our calendar due to the fact that the Russians use a different calendar than ours.  The children who received the message were from a poor farming village and had little education.  They had never heard of the country Russia, and had assumed that it was a reference to some woman.

Mary had also foretold of the coming of World War II.

“The war (World War I) is going to end: but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the Pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father.”

The prophecy about the sign of another coming war was fulfilled Jan. 25, 1938. The night was illumined by a strange light that stretched from the north pole to as far south as the Adriatic.   The newspapers around the world reported it, but were unable to explain it, except by saying that the Aurora Borealis was going nuts.  And less than two months later, on March 13 of that year Hitler invaded Austria. 

Historians disagree on when to date the beginning of World War II. Many will use the date of September 1939, when Germany invaded Poland.  However, a good argument could be made that it began when Hitler invaded Austria in March of 1938.

This was very important to Hitler and his claims for greatness.  He compared Germany’s role then with the Holy Roman Empire, which lasted from the crowning of King Charlemagne as Emperor on 25 December AD 800 until its dissolution in 1806. The head of the House of Habsburg was often elected as the Holy Roman Emperor. And the dynastic capital of Habsburg Monarchy was Vienna Austria.

The second great era of German rule was by Otto von Bismarck. It lasted from 1871 till 1918.

Hitler began what he called the Third Reich, or the Third Reign. This term was meant to show the continuity of German greatness with these two previous periods. And according to Nazi propaganda it was to last 1,000 years like the First Reich, or First Reign, that began with Charlemagne.

With the militarily forced annexation of Austria, the Third Reich of Germany began its global domination of foreign countries.

This unknown light in the sky which foretold the coming of this horrible war, WWII, was reported in The New York Times less than two months before World War II was to begin.

See The New York Times
 January 26, 1938, Page 25



On May 13, 1981  there was the assassination attempt of the Holy Father John Paul II.  This was implied in the Third Secret given to the children.  Pope John Paul II said that one hand had shot the bullet and another guided it.  The attempted assassin was a professional who said that he never missed.  He shot Pope John Paul II from point blank range.  And yet, miraculously the bullet narrowly missed several vital organs and arteries, and his life was preserved.

John Paul II, as Mary had requested,  consecrated Russia [the whole world]  to Jesus through the Immaculate heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  He did this on March 25, 1984  [Feast of the Annunciation.]   It was  *AFTER*  this that Gen. Secy. Mikhail Gorbachev came to power, in 1985, and promoted many social reforms.  Solidarity was legalized in Poland in 1988, and won in elections in 1989.  In that same year the Communist Bloc in Eastern Europe collapsed and the Berlin Wall was opened in November of that year.

Russia no longer persecutes the religious freedom of its neighboring countries, and this came about after this consecration in 1984.


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