On March 21, 1982, before Pope John Paul II made his May 13, 1982 consecration of the world, the Holy Father sent Archbishop Sante Portalupi, the Papal Nuncio to Portugal, to speak to Sister Lucy in her Carmelite convent. The Nuncio was accompanied by Bishop Alberto Cosme do Amaral of Leiria (the diocese in which Fatima is located) and Dr. Francisco de Lacerda.
Archbishop Portalupi asked Sister Lucy specifically about the Consecration of Russia. Sister Lucy explained that the Pope must choose a date upon which His Holiness and all the bishops of the world make, each in his own cathedral and at the same time as the Pope, a solemn and public ceremony of Reparation and Consecration of Russia to the Most Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
On March 19, 1983, a second visit took place between Sister Lucy and Archbishop Portalupi. Sister Lucy had prepared a text for the occasion, which was officially read. Sister Lucy said that the consecration as requested by Our Lady of Fatima had not been done the previous May 13, because:
- Russia had not been the clear object of the consecration, and
- Each bishop had not participated in a public and solemn ceremony in his own cathedral.
Sister Lucy’s prepared text concluded with this line: “The Consecration of Russia has not been done as Our Lady requested. I was not able to make this statement (before) because I did not have the permission of the Holy See.”1 Sister Lucy is not permitted to speak openly without the permission of either the Holy Father or Cardinal Ratzinger. The interviews that took place between Sister Lucy and the Papal Nuncio were sanctioned by the Pope, and therefore are official. They prove, regardless of any subsequent attempt to distort, re-interpret or invent Sister Lucy’s words, that there is one precise way in which the Consecration of Russia can be fulfilled, and that this Consecration has not yet been accomplished.
- These two news items were reported in an article by Father Pierre Caillon of Centre Saint Jean, 61500 Sees, (Orne) France, which was published in the French monthly periodical Fidelite Catholique, (B.P. 217-56402, Auray Cedex, France). An extract of this article, containing the two news items in their entirety, was published in the October-December 1983 issue #13-14 of The Fatima Crusader. The complete article was reprinted in the September-October 1984 issue #16 of The Fatima Crusader. The facts published in these articles have never been contested.