Special messages on Iraq
1. The Shockwaves of Iraq
I told you that the timetable for the spread of terrorism would move ahead quickly with the American withdrawal. The terrorists would be international and not limited by national boundaries. They would join forces and no longer be isolated. They would see victories in their grasp that they thought would be years away.
The events in Iraq will send shockwaves. Other governments will realize how helpless they are. As the terrorists claim great victories, they will recruit many more.
Europe thinks that it is far away but the collapse of Iraq will be such a blow that even Europe will tremble. All is ablaze, but far sooner than anyone imagined. The timetable is moved up. No one will grasp the depth, the magnitude and the results of this collapse in Iraq.
2. The Papacy’s Greatest Moment
I want to speak of the pope’s role in world events and his relationship to world leaders. The papal office is worldwide. The pope travels and is welcomed everywhere. He is, truly, the only universal figure on earth.
I want to speak of three phases of the papacy. Centuries ago, the pope was a central figure in the formation of Europe. As Europe sent forth its explorers and its missionaries, the role of the pope was also extended.
All of this gave rise to the modern papacy in which the pope, by his travels and the means of communications, is seen and heard all over the world. In spite of this high profile and worldwide recognition, he is not seen as integral to world events. This role is given to political leaders who make the daily decisions which determine war or peace, prosperity or poverty.
I speak now of a third moment, a future moment close at hand, when political leaders will be completely helpless in the face of the events. In this moment of great darkness every political leader will be powerless.
At that moment, I will raise the papacy to its greatest height. When mankind asks, “To whom shall we turn?”, suddenly the great light of the papacy will shine out upon the world and all will realize, once again, the great gift of the Catholic Church.
3. Satan’s Enticements
The Catholic Church has existed for centuries and will continue to exist until the end of time. This is Jesus’ promise, “I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Mt.28:20). But it is about the next few years that I must speak. In these years, Satan will attack the Church as never before. She is the last and final bulwark that prevents his worldwide domination. If he destroys her, he would have no adversary that is his equal.
He will entice the Church with the false goals of popularity, acceptance by the world, and acclaim by world leaders. The world will welcome the Church with open arms. Currently, the world criticizes the Church for its moral teachings. The world says the Church is bigoted and out of touch. The world wants the Church to compromise, to adapt, to change, just as so many other Christian Churches have done.
The Catholic Church loves all mankind. It is universal and reaches out to everyone. However, how can the Church save a drowning world? Must it join the world in the water? Should it not stay on firm ground to throw the world a lifeline? The enticement is to adapt, to jump in and to be more immersed.
4. Events in Iraq
The events in Iraq are not just moving up the timetable. They are a breakthrough of such magnitude that no world leader can foresee the consequences. This is the breakthrough which gives new life and new existence to terrorism. Now, they will take over a whole country with all its resources. They will establish Sharia Law and claim a victory of great magnitude. Other governments will fear and world markets will be affected. The magnitude of the breakdown taking place in Iraq is difficult to describe.
I can only use the word “magnitude” because the terrorists will bring about the collapse of an existing government. World leaders do not grasp the hearts of the people who have been told so many things which they no longer believe.
For them, reality lies with those who are waving their weapons. The terrorists are experts at causing fears. Even though their numbers are small, they can overwhelm many who fear and no longer believe the promises of their government.
5. The Coming Synod
The Catholic Church has existed for 2000 years only because I have held her in my heart. This happened from the very beginning because I was with the disciples on Pentecost Day.
Now, I must place the Church even more deeply in my heart because of all the events that will take place. The Synod of Bishops looms on the horizon. This Synod does not result from great fervor or a pouring out of the Spirit. It results from the breakdown in morality, the walking away from Church teaching, the new pressures of modern life and the growing secularism even within the Church.
In many areas, the Church is crumbling. Even the foundations are weak. The Synod will be an attempt to patch the Church together, to stop the exodus of its many members, and to usher in a time of return, a welcome-back. This will be the spirit of the Synod just as “opening the windows” was the spirit of Vatican II.
But what will result from the discussions at the Synod? Such discussions, although animated by sincere desires, carry within themselves great dangers. They carry seeds that are not always seeds of new life but of darkness. Such seeds will be present and that is why I must protect the Church from now until the Synod is completed.
6. A New Role For the Pope
After Pentecost, as the apostles set out, I went with them. This was a gift given to me by the Holy Spirit. For all these centuries, I have been the Mother of the Church. Nothing has happened in the Church, the great moments and the sinful moments, that have not been recorded in my Immaculate Heart.
Right now, I want to reveal the Church’s present situation, the dangers that surround it, and the events that are coming. I want every Catholic to know this revelation. It is not to be secret and sealed for years, only to be revealed later. This time is short and the whole Church must have this revelation. The more Catholics who see and understand, the safer will be the Church and the world.
The Holy Father heads the Church but the papacy should not just be a teaching office. These events have a role to play in world history. This role has been removed from the papacy over the recent centuries. However, the events have already begun which will throw the world into the greatest confusion. These events will have a secondary result of making the papacy grow more and more important. This will be a surprising shift. Only as events bring the world to its knees, will the world look again to the papacy and the Catholic Church as the one source of light out of the darkness.
7. Satan’s Worldwide Plan
I must speak out. I can no longer hold the words in because the world and its leaders do not understand all the events that are taking place in Iraq and Syria. These events are just flashpoints. Satan has his pot of evil boiling over, first in one place and then in another.
Right now, Satan foresees the possibility of setting the whole world ablaze. He does not yet possess all that he needs but, for the first time, the possibility of pouring out his flames upon the whole world is becoming possible.
To explain, I must speak about World War II. That, too, was Satan’s pot of evil boiling over. However, at that time, Hitler and Mussolini did not contain the amount of evil that is now present. Also, there was a faithful and firm America that was a wall against that fire. Satan, however, did win a great victory when the atomic bomb was discovered. As the door of one evil closed, a greater door opened.
Satan sees two things. First, he sees the extent of his evil powers. He sees all the people whom he holds and all of the weapons which they possess. In assessing his own strength, he knows he does not yet have enough evil to cover the world.
Second, he sees President Obama, who singlehandedly has neutralized America which now sits on the sidelines and merely follows the events. As Satan sees these two realities, he knows what he must do to seize this opportunity to bring about the moment when he can set the world ablaze. When that moment arrives, he will act immediately.
I must also speak clearly about the Church which has so failed the gift of Fatima. Sister Lucy was a faithful messenger. As World War II began, she alone knew why. My Mother had told her that this war would break out during the reign of Pope Pius XI if the Church did not listen and heed Her messages.
The work of Fatima and the task of Sister Lucy were meant to be fulfilled during her lifetime, but the Church did not listen to her. She was a religious, who lived a hidden convent life. She could only send messages. When these were rejected, she just sent more messages.
I will no longer send messages to the popes. They have never listened and they still do not listen. Instead, I will send a pope who himself is the messenger. He will need to deliver the message to no one. He knows what he must do.
I say all of this because no one sees the magnitude of what is happening in the Middle East nor how close Satan is to gaining the power to turn the whole world into his hell.
8. Oil On the Lampstand
The future of the Church will not be an easy path. First, the Church has suffered from so many sides. Its critics rejoice because their voices are so strident and their words are so well received. Second, the Church has inner enemies who are hidden and do their work without being seen. They want to strip the Church of her supernatural elements so she can appear a fully modern institution. Yet, of these I do not speak.
The Church will share in events which will shake the world. Not only nations but the Church, also, will be shaken. The structures, the finances, the very work itself will be endangered by these events.
However, the Church will have the strength of faith not shared by the nations. This is why I must speak now. When the events begin, fears and even panic can enter into the Church. However, a moment will come when a great light of faith takes hold. The Church will say, “It is for this very moment that we exist. In the darkness, we will be the light to the nations”. There will be a fresh resolve. The events that should destroy the Church will be used to lift her up and place her light on the lampstand. At last! At last!
9. Prevailing Over Hell
All see the Church’s organizations and its institutions. However, what really is the Catholic Church? Why is it so important at this moment? We must go back to Jesus’ promise, “You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Mt.16:18).
Does any other institution have that promise? Has it been given to any nation or union of nations? Only the Church has the promise, “Hell shall not prevail against you”.
As hell pours out its fire, and as Satan seeks the total destruction of the world, he knows that only the Catholic Church has Jesus’ promise. “Prevail” does not just meant “to survive”, it means to overcome, to conquer, and to gain the victory.
If the world were just a group of nations, even strong nations united perfectly, Satan could still win the victory. However, the Church exists. It is in the world (as Jesus said). It lives in history, just as the nations do. It suffers. It bleeds. It sorrows. It lives and it prays. That is the Catholic Church. Someday, in the very midst of the great battle that lies ahead, when Satan attempts to reduce the world to ashes, the Church will also prevail. The Catholic Church is the only hope for mankind and Satan knows Jesus’ promise.