By Rev. Fr. Peter Chimombe
In 1917 between the 13th of May and 13th of October, Our Lady revealed herself to three shepherd children of Fatima namely Lucia, Jacinta and Francesco. Our Lady shared three secrets to the children which included the emergence of a communist revolution, persecutions against the Church, great suffering for the man in white (Holy Father-Pope) and the reign of the antichrist (2 Thes.2:8-12). There was a specific warning about Russia which was going “..to spread its errors” and hence the need for its consecration to Our Lady. On the last day of these apparitions which have been widely approved by the Church, there was a miracle of the dancing sun which was witnessed by over 70 000 people. One year after the attempt by Ali Agca on Pope John Paul’s life on 13 May 1981, Sr. Lucy the only survivor among the three children wrote on 12 May 1982 concerning the third secret;
“If we have not yet seen the complete fulfillment of the final part of this prophecy, we see that we are going towards it little by little with great strides.”
Recent events of our times resonate well with the Fatima prophecy. On 24 February 2022, the Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, triggering fears of a third world war. The biggest army on the planet rolled its war machine on a neighboring country, with civilians accounting for most of the casualties. Three days after the invasion, Putin put his nuclear team on high alert. His ambition seems to be the re-creation of the former Soviet empire and world dominance. The world can ignore this former KGB boss at their own peril. It is estimated that over seven million civilians will be displaced as refugees if the war doesn’t end soon. However, the European Union has imposed crippling economic sanctions on Kremlin and all the Russian Oligarchs who are bank-rolling Putin’s war. FIFA, UEFA and the International Olympic Committee have also suspended Russian teams and athletes from international sporting competitions. This war has united the entire world against a tyrant.
All these draconian measures may put Putin on a corner and who knows, he may press the nuclear button and entire populations will be annihilated from the face of the earth. Thomas Hobbes the Philosopher once wrote about a war situation which he described as a Leviathan or a state of nature, a man eat man situation which is like a football match without a referee. How close are we to the “great war” (World War 3) which will usher in a godless empire as revealed in the third secret of Fatima? Is Putin the antichrist referred to in 1 Thess. 2:8-12 whose aim is to establish a new world order and spread the errors of Russia as foretold by Mary, Our Lady of Fatima? Pope Francis has called for a day of fasting and prayer on 2 March 2022 (Ash Wednesday) for peace to prevail in Eastern Europe and the whole world. The United Nations Secretary General also pleaded with Putin “in the name of humanity” to stop this unprovoked war. In the Bible, Isaiah the prophet foresaw a world where people will beat their swords into plough shares, where a lamb will graze with a wolf under the watchful care of a child. Mary Mother of Peace, Pray for us.