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The Bishops Speak ...


Dear Father Gruner,

I don't know how to thank you for all the troubles you have taken to enable me to pay a visit to Fatima and take part in the Peace Conference. I will certainly remember this visit with immense gratitude for a long time to come. I fully understand the troubles and trials you had to face in the past and which you will have to face in the future also. I am sure the Lord will help you and give you the graces you need to play the role of a prophet. I assure you of my special prayers for all the intentions.

Please convey my blessings and gratitude to all the people working with you, whom I had the opportunity to meet at Fatima. On my way back to India, I spent three full days in Rome and I had an opportunity to be received for a private audience, with the Most Holy Father. It was a very brief audience and therefore I did not discuss with him what I had seen and heard in Fatima. In one word I tell you how impressed I was by your simplicity, humility and spirit of suffering.

I hope this finds you in the best of health. With the expression of my greeting for you and assuring you every blessing, I remain,

Yours fraternally in Our Lord,

Anthony Cardinal Padiyara 
Archbishop of Ernakulam, Kerala, India

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Dear Father Nicholas Gruner,

Thank you very much for your invitation letter to "The Fatima Peace Conference" from October 8 to 12, 1992 at Fatima, and especially for the special conditions that you and the organizers have reserved for me if I am able to attend.

I earnestly wish to be present in this special occasion, because of the love of Our Lady of Fatima that I and our Vietnamese Catholics devote heartedly; otherwise, to join the pilgrims gathering at Fatima, a very special place for praying, especially on this special occasion of the 75th Anniversary, is a precious and unusual thing. Regretfully, in our present situation, it is very difficult . . . Moreover, from October 5 to 13, 1992, we — as the President — organize the annual assembly of the Conference of Vietnamese Bishops. My absence in this assembly is unsuitable. Would you and the organizers please save for me your sincere understanding!

I will offer the Holy Sacrifice of Mass for the success of this Conference, providing many spiritual benefits for all souls, especially true, lasting peace and freedom for all over the world, of course for Viet-Nam, too.

Yours sincerely,

Paul-Mary Nguyen-Minh-Nhat 
Bishop of Xuan Loc Diocese 
President of Conference of Vietnamese Bishops

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Dear Father Leonard,

Thank you for inviting me to attend the Fatima Peace Conference which will be held 8th to 13th October. I regret that I cannot accept your kind invitation. You may be interested to know that a number of Catholics are joining a diocesan pilgrimage of Fatima.

We have a parish dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima and it will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary. For the convenience of the Faithful we will hold the celebration on Sunday, 11th October. So, we will be united with you in prayer to Our Lady of Fatima.

With my prayerful best wishes,

Sincerely yours in Christ,

John B. Cardinal Wu 
Bishop of Hong Kong

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Photo showing some of the more than forty bishops attending a session on the third day of our intense five day schedule. Over sixty bishops attended our conference to study Our Lady of Fatima's solemn request to the Pope and the Bishops to together publicly consecrate Russia to Her Immaculate Heart in order to bring peace to the world.

Dear Father Nicholas Gruner,

Dear Father Nick, I am all for you and the movement and therefore I would be offering a Mass for your intentions, especially for the success of the "Discussion of the Collegial Consecration of Russia . . . as a condition of world peace". I would ask the people and my priests who are truly sons of Our Lady to pray for the success: "8th Oct '92".

Rev. Father Nick, whatever decisions you make, please do not forget us, share with us that our people would do whatever is pleasing to our Mother and Her Son.

May God bless you and your works.

Love and prayers,

Monsignor Nicholas Mang Thang, Auxiliary Bishop 
Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

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Dear Father Gruner,

You will be pleased to know that I arrived here safely after my visit to Fatima. But for your invitation, I would not have been present. It was indeed a very moving experience to be present among thousands of the faithful in a place that has been made holy by the apparitions of Our Lady.

I much appreciated the care you took to keep us informed through various lectures about the worldwide movement working against the Church and the spread of the Gospel. It is good to be forewarned so that we can prepare ourselves to meet these challenges.

At a later date, I am making plans to consecrate our Archdiocese, the world and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Meanwhile, the message of Fatima must be proclaimed in all its integrity.

This evening I have been invited to preach in the Cathedral about Our Lady of Fatima and Her message.

I request you in a special way to please thank your devoted helpers, other Associates, and all devotees of Our Lady.

May God bless you and your apostolate.

Yours sincerely in Christ,

Alan de Lastic, Archbishop of Delhi, 
New Delhi, India

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Dear Father Gruner,

APPRECIATION AND GRATITUDE

I wish to express my deep appreciation and gratitude to you and your organization for inviting me to the Fatima Peace Conference and for sponsoring the trip. I am a child of Mary and the name Fatima was enough for me to jump at the invitation.

I was glad to be part of that Conference and to have listened to the message of Fatima explained in all its richness. I was one of those who spoke very little and maybe you can still recall what I said. I said that I believed that God and Our Lady had a purpose for bringing the Conference about and that you and ourselves the bishops, should listen and be attentive to one another and to what the Holy Spirit and Our Lady wanted to tell us.

I came home spiritually enriched and refreshed and thank God and the Fatima Crusaders for the opportunity.

Every best wish for Christmas to you and your team.

Rt. Reverend Dr. J.B. Adelakun 
Bishop of Oyo Diocese, Nigeria

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Dear Reverend Father Nicholas Gruner,

After my travel and my participation in the Conference of Peace in Fatima and also after the pleasant peregrination to Fatima, Tuy, Pontevedra, and Compostela, I wish to thank you, my dear Father Gruner, for the opportunity which you had granted me. You are very kind and generous. All the Bishops have commented on your gentility and have eulogized your edifying piety for the Virgin Mother of Fatima. I can myself tell that the days of our familiarity are profitable for my spiritual progress.

Thank you very much! 
Heartly, in Jesus and Mary

D. Antonio de Mirnada 
Bishop of Taubate, Brazil

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Our free Fatima literature table for the Bishops at our Peace Conference.

Dear Father Leonard,

May I begin by thanking you for the letter you wrote to me on the First Saturday of September and for the copy of Father Paul Trinchard's book, The Awesome Fatima Consecrations you enclosed with it. Unfortunately the book was stolen on transit (evidently in some Post Office!) but your letter and Archbishop Arulappa's arrived safe.

I was not able to go to Portugal for the Fatima meeting of Bishops, but I sent a Representative. I hope it was successful.

I am most grateful to you, Father Gruner, and to the many clients of Mary who, inspired by the love of the devotion to this Blessed Mother, are doing all you can to awaken the world to the stark reality of the Message of Fatima. As can be expected, many people, including bishops, are not only not interested but are even antagonistic. Nevertheless, in spite of their present negative attitude, the Marian movement is gathering momentum and I feel sure that Her Immaculate Heart will triumph in the end.

May I mention here that I belong to the first generation of Catholics in this part of Nigeria and happen to be the first native Nigerian to be made a Residential Bishop. After serving as Bishop of Umuahia for 30 years I am at present a retired Bishop and the Parochus of a small Parish (St. Theresa's). We are very grateful to God that the Church has made tremendous progress in Nigeria. But it is facing a serious Moslem threat that reminds one of that which Christianity in Africa suffered from the 5th to the 15th centuries.

From the look of things the only hope we have for the survival and growth in Nigeria and Africa, is in God through Our Lady of the Rosary. That is why, while praying for the salvation of the sinful world through the Rosary and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we in Africa include our own peculiar petition for the liberation of the Church from the thralls of Mohammedanism and the reconversion of Africa.

Assuring you of my prayers and begging for yours, 
I remain, 
Yours Gratefully in Jesus and Mary,

Anthony G. Nwedo, C.S.Sp., 
Bishop Emeritus of Umuabia, Nigeria

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Dear Father Leonard,

May I thank you for your kindness in sending me the book entitled, The Awesome Fatima Consecrations by Father Paul Trinchard.

I think it will be of tremendous interest and am delighted to have it. Unfortunately, due to my present state of health, I will not be able to give the reading time and consideration it deserves. I thought it best to let you know so that you will not be waiting in vain to hear from me.

I will not attend the Fatima Peace Conference, but 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 endeavors.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

John Joseph Cardinal Carberry

Archbishop Emeritus of St. Louis

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In Coimbra October 12, 1992

Cardinal Padiyara and Bishop Michaelappa in the center with Father Gruner, standing with some Swiss pilgrims on the steps of St. Elizabeth of Portugal's Church in Coimbra.

On October 11 Cardinal Padiyara obtained permission from the Mother Prioress and "Sister Lucy" to meet with him and Father Gruner on October 12, 1992.

Despite the important stature of the Cardinal, and the pledged word given by "Sister Lucy" and Mother Prioress to meet His Eminence and Father Gruner that day and at that time, they were not allowed to meet Sister Lucy as promised.

It was claimed that Sister Lucy was not feeling well and was not able to meet anyone. Cardinal Padiyara and Father Gruner left before 11 A.M. A few minutes later Mrs. Corizon Aquino, ex-president of the Philippines met Sister Lucy.

It is obvious that Mother Prioress and/or others in the community of Mount Carmel in Coimbra, do not want the real Sister Lucy to meet Father Gruner.

Thus they had time to visit St. Elizabeth's in the same city.

Dear Reverend Father,

You permitted me to live a Marian pilgrimage experience that has touched me deeply. As far as I am concerned, I prefer the climate of Fatima to the one of Lourdes. It's much easier to pray and meditate. As members of my diocese have a great devotion towards Mary, we will try to organize a beautiful site that we already have chosen for many years, to install there a large statue of Our Lady of Fatima. I will have to find that statue of Our Lady of Fatima.

Once more, thank you for enabling me to go to Fatima and I pray for you.

Please believe, Reverend Father, all my best fraternal wishes of respect.

Monseigneur Jean-Baptiste Some 
The Bishop of Die Bougou, Burkina Faso