of us remember the time when Nikita Khrushchev visited
the United Nations in October, 1960 and boasted that "they
us" - would annihilate us! And to emphasize his boasting,
he took off his
shoe and pounded the desk before the horrified world assembley.
was no idle boast. Khrushchev knew his scientists had been
working on a nuclear missile and had completed their work
on November 1960, the 43rd anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution,
to present it to Khrushchev.
here's what happened. Pope John XXIII had opened and read
the third secret of Fatima, that was given to Sister Lucia
(Fatima seer). He authorized the Bishop of Leiria
( Fatima) to write to all the bishops of the world, inviting
them to join with the pilgrims of Fatima on the night of October
12-13, 1960, to unite in prayer and penance for Russia's conversion
and consequent world peace.
the night of October 12-13, about a million pilgrims spent
night outdoors in the Cova da lria at Fatima in prayer and
before the Blessed Sacrament. They prayed and watched despite
penetrating rain which chilled them to the bone.
the same time at least 300 dioceses throughout the world joined
them. Pope John XXlll sent a special blessing to all taking
part in this
unprecedented night of reparation. Well here is what happened.
On the night
between October 12 and 13, right after his shoe-pounding episode,
suddenly pulled up stakes and enplaned in all haste for Moscow,
subsequent engagements. Why?
Nedelin, one of the best minds in Russia on nuclear
energy and several goverment officials were present for the
of the missile that was going to be presented to Khrushchev.
countdown was completed, the missile, for some reason or another,
not leave the launch pad. After 15 or 20 minutes, Nedelin
and all the
others came out of the shelter. When they did, the missile
over 300 people. This set back Russia’s nuclear program
for 20 years,
prevented all - out atomic warfare, the burying of the U.S.
- and this
happened on the night when the whole Catholic world was on
before the Blessed Sacrament, gathered at the feet of our
in Fatima. Our Lady does not want nuclear war.
May 13, 1984, one of the largest crowds ever was gathered
Fatima to celebrate the anniversary of the first apparition
of Our Lady
there. On that very day a massive explosion destroyed two-thirds
surface-to-air and ship-to-ship missiles of the Soviet Union’s
the Northern Fleet, charged in wartime with cutting off NATO’s
sea lanes. According to Jane’s Defense Weekly of London,
this was “the
greatest disaster to occur in the Soviet Navy since World
War 11.” Is it not
time that we place more confidence in the promises and power
has read of the Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine. Direct
damage was about 2.7 billion dollars. The indirect cost was
far more, with
the contamination of 1,000 square miles of farmland. But the
effect was the spiritual effect on the Russian people. A prominent
writer pointed out that Chernobyl is the Ukrainian word for
a bitter herb used as a tonic in rural Russia.) Then he observed
that in the
Book of Revelation, it is written that a great star fell from
making a third part of the waters bitter. And the name of
that star is
uncanny speed this connection between the Chernobyl
disaster and the words of Revelation has spread across Russia,
Chernobyl the quality of an almost supernatural disaster.
It has had an
impact on the Russian people, especially when they remembered
Christianity came to the very region of Chernobyl to the tribe
of Rus in 998
May 18, 1988, the Associated Press reported that “Blast
Soviet’s sole missile motor plant.” The article
began, “A major explosion
has shut down the only plant in the Soviet Union that makes
rocket motors of that country’s newest long-range nucleasr
according to U.S. officials” The Pentagon issued a statement
happened May 12 and “destroyed several buildings at
propellant plant in Pavlograd,” about 500 miles southwest
of Moscow in
before that, on May 3, 1988, here in our own country, an
explosion ripped apart a Nevada plant that was probably handling
ammonium perchlorate used in the main rocket motor for the
Again, is not Our Lady preventing nuclear war, in response
to the prayer
of the Most Holy Rosary.