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The Bishops Speak . . .

"Very gratefully I received your letter dated first Friday in August 1992, signed Father Nicholas Gruner.

As a great lover of Our Lady of Fatima I highly appreciate your endeavors to promote the devotion and love for Our Lady of Fatima, and I am grateful for your complete and valuable information and incitements I received in the past.

I support your praiseworthy action with my prayers.

If I can do something to sustain your Crusade, I am very willing to do so with great pleasure.

Finally I thank you for your extremely important work, and united with you in the love for Our Lady of Fatima, I will offer the Holy Mass for the success of the Peace Conference."

Yours sincerely in Christ,

Bishop of Manado, Indonesia

"You are right it is the seventh time in four years that you have been communicating and I am grateful for that.

More I thank the Lord and Our Lady of Fatima for your perseverance, courage and patience in promoting the consecration of Russia to Our Lady.

I beg to be excused for the delay of my answer due to the pressure of works and I gladly would like to attend the Fatima Peace Conference on October 8 to 12, 1992 at Fatima.

It is for me a privilege and honor to attend the 75th anniversary of the miracle of the sun on October 13, 1992."

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Protacio G. Gungon, D.D.
Bishop of Antipolo, Philippines

"It is very agreeable to acknowledge receipt of your letter of June 26, Feast of the Sacred Heart.

Really this is the seventh time in four years that I have the satisfaction to receive a letter from you.

By your letter I am informed of the great and important event, the Fatima Peace Conference on the next October 8. I thank you sincerely for such a fraternal invitation and I am sorry to communicate that I cannot participate because, 1) I am only a simple emeritus bishop, who represents nobody or nothing. 2) I am 83 years. I have many pastoral commitments with which I can't entrust to others. But, in exchange for my nonparticipation I assure you my presence in spirit and my prayers for the total success of the Conference."

With my cordial greetings, I remain fraternally Yours in Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

Bishop Emeritus of Illapel, Chile

"Replying to your letter about the Fatima Peace Conference, I will let you know that I, in the spirit of the Holy Father John Paul II, will pray for the good success of the above mentioned conference.

Unfortunately I cannot leave the Vatican at the time the conference is being held."

With kind regards and good wishes,


Bishop Peter Canisius van Lierde
VICAR GENERAL of Vatican City

"In September of 1954 I spent three happy days in Fatima, met the parents of Jacinta and Francisco, also a sister of Lucia. Arriving on the evening of 12th I was present 13th, 14th and left after Mass on the morning of 15th, had the privilege of celebrating Mass in the small chapel of the apparitions.

You have my prayers and good wishes in your work for the Mission of Fatima."

Yours fraternally in Jesus Christ,

John A. Torpie
Bishop of Cairns, Australia

"Peace and joy. I am most grateful for your personal invitation to attend THE FATIMA PEACE CONFERENCE to be held from October 8th onwards. You can be sure, Fr. Gruner, that I support your efforts to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as per Her appeal. My prayers and sacrifices are with you for this purpose.

Please do pray to Our Lady of Fatima for me and for our diocese, as I too shall pray for Her mission and for the success of your work."

With fraternal good wishes, Devotedly Yours,

Bishop of Ajmer-Jaipur, India

"I thank you for the inspiring letter you forwarded to me on the Feast of the Sacred Heart this year.

I am fully convinced that a true devotion to Our Lady of Fatima and the acceptance of its message can stimulate spiritual life for the good of the Church.

With God's blessing on your apostolate for peace in the world, I remain,"

Sincerely in Christ,

Apostolic Pro-Nuncio,
Papua New Guinea

"Thank you very much for your recent letter in connection with the Fatima Peace Conference, and by which you invite me to attend.

It is indeed gratifying that men and women are giving so much of their energy, talent and time to promote peace and to invite all to do the same by seeking the intercession of Our Blessed Mother Mary, Mother of Our Lord and of the Church. I am therefore deeply touched by your most kind invitation to me to attend this Conference for Peace."

With every prayerful wish for a successful conference, I remain,

Yours very sincerely in Christ,

Archbishop of Tamale, Ghana

"With my best gratefulness for your so kind invitation, I am happy to tell you how I appreciate your great devotion to Our Mother of Fatima.

Many thanks for all the prayers your community and you will have for my beloved dying country."

Sincerely yours in Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

Guy Poulard
Bishop of Jacmel, Haiti, W.I.

"I wish to thank you for your remembrance of me, your kind words, and cordial invitation.

I wish to assure you that I will be present in spirit and in prayer during the observance of the sacred anniversary of the Apparitions at Fatima.

With prayerful good wishes, as I ask Our Lady, the Mother of the Church, and our loving Mother to watch over your many endeavors."

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Cardinal Carberry of St. Louis

"I can only partake with my prayers to the "FATIMA PEACE CONFERENCE" and you may rest assured that I will do so.

Trusting in the total success of the Peace Conference and of the great Cause you have been working for so much and wishing the perfect fulfilment of your big heart's great desire."

I remain in the Heart of Mary, Yours Very Gratefully,

Retired Bishop of Meghalaya, India

"My apologies for the delay in replying to your kind invitation to attend the Fatima Peace Conference.

I would indeed very much like to attend with the other bishops of the world but unfortunately this is not possible. The reason is that I have already committed myself to be in Brazil at the very time that the Conference is due to be held. We have increasing numbers of Korean Catholics emigrating to Brazil and my pastoral visitation to them cannot be cancelled at this stage.

In my diocese of Cheju I am promoting the First Saturdays Devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. Hundreds of Catholics come from every parish in the diocese and beginning at 10 p.m. together they recite the Rosary and attend Mass at an outside location known as "The Hill of Grace". This Devotion is attracting more people here. Be assured that we will all be with you in spirit and will join in prayer for the success of the Conference.

I know that Our Lady of Fatima will amply reward all your efforts in spreading devotion to Her Immaculate Heart. With renewed apologies for the delay in replying to your invitation."

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Bishop of Cheju, Korea