A Night Illumined by an Unknown Light

On July 13, 1917, after showing the three shepherd children a vision of hell, Our Lady then confided to them the second part of the Secret of Fatima: 

“If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end; but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the reign of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that He is about to punish the world for its sins, by means of war, famine, and persecutions against the Church and of the Holy Father. 

“To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. If My requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated.”[1]

Here Our Lady warns of the events – including war! – to be foreshadowed by the “night illumined by an unknown light”. She also provides the solution for preventing these events: the Consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart and the devotion of the Communions of Reparation on the First Saturdays. The night of the “unknown light” occurred. But, unfortunately, Our Lady’s requests have gone unheeded, and many of the predicted events have already occurred. Thus it would seem that ‘the annihilation of nations’ is looming on the horizon…

The Night of the Unknown Light

By 1938, World War II was about to break out. It would begin “during the reign of Pius XI,” signaled by “a night illumined by an unknown light”. On the night of January 25-26, 1938 – during the reign of Pope Pius XI (1922-1939) – the sky became a brilliant blood-red. Likened to the blaze of a gigantic fire and filling the evening sky, it was seen across Europe and even in parts of North America and North Africa. 

It was determined to be a most extraordinary aurora borealis,[2] but Sister Lucia expressed reservations about this. She wrote in her third memoir on August 31, 1941 that no matter what cause the light could be attributed to, “God made use of this to make me understand that His justice was about to strike the guilty nations…” This was the sign of the beginning of World War II and the other dire events predicted in the Second Secret.

As Fatima author Mark Fellows writes:

“The blood-red sky lasted for many hours, and was seen around half of the world at the same vivid intensity. Lucy and the Sisters watched the pulsating, violently hued inferno from Tuy. Of all the descriptions of that night, the most precise one had been prophesied over 20 years ago by the beautiful Lady at Cova da Iria. A ‘night illumined by an unknown light’, the Virgin told Lucy, would be ‘the great sign given by God that He is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and the Holy Father…’ … Within two months of the great sign, Hitler’s armies invaded Austria. As the Blessed Virgin had prophesied, the Second World War began ‘in the reign of Pius XI’.”[3]

During the Reign of Pope Pius XI[4]

Some critics argued that Sister Lucia’s prophecy that war would begin during the reign of Pius XI was incorrect, claiming that the Second World War began with the German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939 – as is widely and erroneously believed – when Pius XII was pope (installed on March 12, 1939), not Pius XI. However, the invasion of Austria (March 1938), the annexation of Czechoslovakia, the formation of military alliances and the decision to invade Poland were the beginnings of the war, though a ‘state of war’ had not yet been ‘officially’ declared by the major world powers against one another.[5]

All of these events occurred during the pontificate of Pope Pius XI. Thus, it is historically inaccurate to claim that Our Lady’s prediction of a worse war breaking out during the reign of Pius XI was an error. Not only does such an assertion demonstrate a lack of historical knowledge, but worse it betrays a lack of piety and reverence, and at worst, could be construed as blasphemous.

Also, during the same night of January 25-26, 1938,

“in Moscow’s Lubianka prison a man by the name of Kristian Rakovsky was being interrogated by Josef Stalin’s chief interrogator. During the interrogation Rakovsky revealed Germany’s plan to dominate Europe. He proposed that the Soviet Union join Germany in an invasion of Poland, which would lead to Europe’s retaliation against Germany and not the Soviet Union. According to Rakovsky’s plan, France and England would wear each other out, after which the Soviet Union would turn on Germany and collect the spoils of the war. This fateful interview began at the same time the unknown light in the sky was beginning to fade. It resulted in the Soviet Union’s instigation of and participation in the war, and Rakovsky’s plan was carried out to the great benefit of the Soviet Union. Again, this decisive step toward World War II occurred during the reign of Pope Pius XI.”[6]

The Solution: The Consecration of Russia

In addition to World War II, all the other events prophesied by Our Lady in July 1917 have already occurred – at least to some degree. We certainly should not think that these prophecies are ‘complete and done with.’ In fact, it is most likely that there will be more ‘hunger, famine, war, and persecutions of the Church.” It seems certain that more “good will be martyred,” that the Pope and papal office will suffer even greater trials. It’s manifestly obvious that we have not yet seen the ‘annihilation of nations.’

But to prevent all of this, Our Lady had appeared to Sister Lucia in Tuy, Spain on June 13, 1929 to make Her formal request for the Consecration of Russia. Then, since the Pope and Catholic bishops still had not obeyed Our Lady, in 1952 Our Lord told Sister Lucia, “It is never too late to have recourse to Jesus and Mary.” Thus, Heaven’s solution is still available to us.

Regarding the importance and efficacy of the Consecration of Russia requested by Our Lady, we can see a foretaste in Portugal of what the world will enjoy when the Consecration is finally properly done.

On May 13, 1931, the 14th anniversary of the first apparition at Fatima, in the presence of 300,000 faithful, the bishops of Portugal solemnly consecrated their nation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. As a result of this Consecration, Portugal experienced a threefold miracle:[7]

  1. There was a magnificent Catholic renaissance; a vast renewal of Catholic life, which manifested itself in many areas, including a drastic upsurge in priestly and religious vocations and religious communities.
  2. There was a miracle of political and social reform, in accordance with Catholic social principles, Antonio Salazar ascended to power and “inaugurated a Catholic, counter-revolutionary program. He strove to create, as much as possible, a Catholic social order wherein the laws of government and social institutions are harmonized with the law of Christ, His Gospel and His Church. A fierce adversary of socialism and liberalism, he was opposed to ‘everything which diminishes or dissolves the family.’”
  3. “[T]here was a twofold miracle of peace. Portugal was preserved from the Communist terror, especially from the Spanish Civil War which raged (1936-1939) next door, and Portugal was also spared from the devastation of World War II (1938-1945).” 

Then in 1936, the Portuguese bishops vowed that if Our Lady protected Portugal from the ravages of the Spanish Civil War, they would express their gratitude by renewing the Consecration of Portugal to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which they did on May 13, 1938.

On February 6, 1939, seven months before declaration of World War II and a year after the “night illumined by an unknown light” (January 25-26, 1938), Sister Lucia wrote to her bishop, Msgr. da Silva, telling him that war was imminent, but that “in this horrible war, Portugal would be spared because of the national consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary made by the bishops.[8] And Portugal was spared the horrors of war.

Sister Lucia then wrote to Pope Pius XII on December 2, 1940, telling him that “Portugal was receiving special protection during the war that other nations would have received if the bishops would have consecrated their nations to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

And on May 13, 1942, Portugal’s Cardinal Cerejeira maintained that “the miraculous blessings Our Lady obtained for Portugal as a heavenly reward for the 1931 consecration of that nation were only a foretaste of what She will do for the entire world, once Russia is also properly consecrated to Her Immaculate Heart. As the Cardinal said: ‘What has taken place in Portugal proclaims the miracle. And it foreshadows what the Immaculate Heart of Mary has prepared for the world.’”[9]


Which would you rather have: the Catholic renaissance and peace experienced by Portugal after the national consecrations of 1931 and 1938, or the state of affairs currently seen not only in the USA and Canada but throughout the entire world? It is long past time for the Pope, in union with all the Catholic bishops of the world, to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!


[1] Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité, The Whole Truth About Fatima, Vol. I: Science and the Facts, p. 182; cited in The Devil’s Final Battle, p. 2.

[2] This phenomenon exhibited many characteristics not associated with an aurora borealis. It would appear many simply assigned it that designation because they had no more appropriate term or explanation. It was indeed an unusual event, quite likely even supernatural, and so it makes sense that it would not be readily described by existing scientific terminology and rational explanations.

[3] Fatima in Twilight [Niagara Falls: Marmion Publications, 2003], pp. 101-102; cited in The Devil’s Final Battle, p. 15, footnote 53.

[4] Source: https://fatima.org/about/fatima-what-you-can-do/understanding-prophecies-for-our-time/

[5] Japan invaded Manchuria in 1931 and then China in 1937. Mussolini’s Italy invaded Ethiopia in 1935. And, of course, Spain suffered from a terrible and anti-Catholic and communistic war from 1936 to 1939 in which Germany, Italy, the Soviet Union, Great Britain, and various other world powers were all substantially involved. Various historians have argued that this revolution was, in fact, part of World War II, even though we designate it the “Spanish Civil War.” All this military aggression is inseparable from what textbooks generally call “World War Two.” A war rarely has ‘neat’ start and ending dates, though later generations like to assign such dates so as to catalog their history. Heaven, however, is not bound by such arbitrary determinations, and Heaven’s perspective is clearly more accurate than man’s. 

[6] For a text of the Rakovsky interview, see Manifold, Deirdre, Towards World Government: New World Order, Firinne Publications, Galway, Ireland, 1993, pp. 26-52. This book is available for purchase at https://canisiusbooks.com/twg.htm

[7] The Only Way to World Peace, pp. 24-25.

[8] Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité, The Whole Truth About Fatima, Vol. II: The Secret and the Church, p. 428; cited in The Only Way to World Peace, pp. 25-26.

[9] The Only Way to World Peace, p. 26

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