World Bishops' Peace Conference
Invitation to the Holy Father
The following letter of invitation was sent to His Holiness, Pope John Paul II. Let us pray that despite his recent illness and heavy schedule he will be able to come to the Fatima Peace Conference. Let us take to heart the words of Jesus to Sister Lucy. "Pray, pray a great deal for the Holy Father, he will do it (Consecrate Russia) but it will be late".
J. M. J.
13 August 1992
Most Holy Father,
75 years ago today, Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia of Fatima were kidnapped, jailed and threatened with death for no other reason than they chose to remain faithful to the Mother of God and Her Fatima Message.
During your recent surgery, Your Holiness may have recalled this terrible ordeal through which these children passed and, indeed, you may have been reminded of the attempt on your own life on May 13, 1981, in which Our Lady of Fatima miraculously intervened to save you.
So it is on this 13th of August, when we prayerfully commemorate these painful events, that Our Lady reaches out to you once more -- through me, Her most unworthy servant -- and invites you to attend a unique and historic Conference on Peace, October the 8th through the 12th in Her sacred city of Fatima.
As I write you, more than 100 of your brother bishops have already accepted this invitation to honor Our Lady on the 75th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun and to attend this five-day Conference concerning the plan for peace that God's Mother offered the world at Fatima in 1917.
It is our fervent prayer and hope that Your Holiness will accept this heartfelt invitation to attend this extraordinary gathering of bishops, priests and Catholic laypeople from around the world.
To our knowledge, this is the first time that so many Church leaders will examine the Fatima Message, and in particular, those requests that Our Lady made to the Catholic Bishops, upon which She declared that the peace of the whole world depends.
We know that your Paternal heart desires nothing so much as peace for all mankind and we affirm, with you, that it is only through the fulfillment of Our Lady's Fatima requests that this great and undeserved grace will be bestowed on humanity.
This Conference will be the first time that the full Fatima Message will be completely explained, defended and advanced among so many bishops, priests and theologians. Its importance can hardly be overstated.
As Your Holiness is undoubtedly aware, I have written to all of your brother bishops eight times over the last few years regarding Our Lady's full Fatima Message. I have, by the Grace of Almighty God and the generous support of hundreds of thousands of lay people, been able to send four books to all of the world's bishops, explaining even more fully the Fatima Message and the urgent necessity of immediately obeying Her commands.
I am convinced, just as Your Holiness must be, that the prophecies of Fatima -- especially the Third Secret -- are so critically important that if there is much more delay in making the full Fatima Message known and obeyed then extremely dire consequences must necessarily await mankind.
As Your Holiness has said at Fatima, Our Lady's message is more relevant and more urgent than ever. Our Lady Herself has told us "If My requests are not granted ... entire nations will be annihilated". Sister Lucia has explained "entire nations will be wiped off the face of the earth". Our Lady also told the children, "Russia will be the instrument of chastisement chosen by Heaven, to punish the whole world (for its sins) if we do not beforehand obtain the conversion of that poor nation."
The only way to obtain Russia's conversion is in fact through the consecration of that poor nation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by Your Holiness together with all the Bishops in the world. It is clearly and finally the only means that will work. To put it in Our Lady's words: "The moment has come in which God asks the Holy Father to make and to order all the Catholic bishops of the world to make the Consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart. God promises to save Russia by this means."
As you yourself have publicly noted at Fatima, sin has become enthroned in our world of today ... mankind has not followed the Fatima message, but rather gone in the opposite direction ... today Apocalyptic menaces loom over mankind ...
Your Holiness will recall that you made these remarks 10 years ago on the first anniversary of your deliverance by Our Lady of Fatima from the assassin's bullet.
Today in 1992, Most Holy Father, you know that sin has become even more "enthroned" than it was ten years ago. You may also be aware, as we have repeatedly reported in the pages of our journal, The Fatima Crusader, that the real dangers of war and nuclear annihilation are greater than at any time in all of human history.
False prophets for the last three years and more have been proclaiming "peace, peace", and yet "there is no peace". Indeed, they are the selfsame "foxes" of which Sacred Scripture warns us in the Thirteenth Chapter of Ezechiel.
Our Lady of Fatima beckons from the horizon one more time, calling the world to repentance and reparation through this historic Peace Conference at Fatima. She asks you to come so that you may encourage, support and sustain the Catholic faithful by your words and presence as they seek to bring about the peace and reign of Christ through love and perfect obedience to His Mother.
We urge you to acknowledge this call, Most Holy Father, especially now that apostasy, predicted in Sacred Scriptures and in the Third Secret of Fatima, overtakes so many pastors and lay people worldwide. In the face of tremendous, historic losses to the Church, we must never forget that Our Lady of Fatima encourages Her faithful servants with these words, "My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that leads you to God".
While we, who remain faithful to Our Lord, Our Lady and to Your Holiness as Their Servant, seek to do all we can to save the millions who would otherwise pine and perish in apostasy, we realize all too well that we cannot do it by ourselves.
In this time of crisis for the Church and the world, we acknowledge that when Our Lady of the Rosary said, "Only I can help you", that She meant for us to take Her words literally! We must obey Her now before it is too late for millions and millions of souls.
Most Holy Father, We Pray To God And To Our Immaculate Mother Mary That You Will Accept This Solemn Invitation To Attend This Great And Historic Event In Fatima In October, If Only For A Day Or Even An Hour.
While I have already written to you (along with your brother bishops), I cannot be certain that my earlier invitation was delivered to Your Holiness. We trust that this letter will reach you. If it proves impossible for you to attend, we humbly and respectfully request your Pontifical Blessing on this Conference for Peace and pray that you will at least give us a written message to be read to all the bishops who will be in attendance.
We are taking the liberty of sending this letter through various channels to ensure you actually receive a copy. We look forward to your reply.
In the name of the several hundred bishops who have written to us, and who await your word of command to fulfill Our Lady's Awesome Fatima Consecration request, I take this occasion to assure you of our prayers, sacrifices and good works. In the name of the over four million souls who have petitioned Your Holiness for the Consecration of Russia, we appeal to you to deliver the Church and Christian civilization from otherwise certain destruction. Most Holy Father, "Sto lat", and thank you.
Your Faithful Son in Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Father Nicholas Gruner.