NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y., Feb. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Pope Francis, began 2015 calling on all to pray for peace, and for sincere devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus. The emphasis on world peace and devotion to Our Lady is exactly the message which Father Nicholas Gruner, a Roman Catholic priest, has been spreading for the last 37 years.
However, Father Gruner and many other Catholics around the world believe that world peace is impossible without the help of the Virgin Mary. For this reason, they are begging the Pope to offer a special prayer that was requested by Mary and that, according to Her promise, will guarantee world peace. The five minute prayer is the Act of Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The request by Mary for this act of devotion to Her Immaculate Heart comes from Fatima, Portugal where Our Lady of Fatima, the Mother of Jesus, appeared to three children in 1917. Father Gruner, who has dedicated his life to spreading the message of Fatima including the daily recitation of the Rosary, says that Mary came to Fatima almost 100 years ago to give mankind a warning and to make a promise.
"We have the promise from heaven that peace will come when the Holy Father, in union with all of the world's Catholic bishops, performs this solemn five-minute prayer for Russia that Mary asked for," said Father Gruner.
This may sound strange or even absurd to non-Catholics, but Father Gruner and millions of Catholics believe, world peace and the conversion of Russia rest in the power of one man: the Pope. "The Pope has been given the power from God to almost immediately put an end to all war and to bring peace to the world," said Father Gruner.
According to the message of Fatima, the Beloved Mother of God Jesus came down from Heaven and told the three children that She would come to ask for the Consecration of Russia, and by this solemn single public act made by the Pope and the Catholic Bishops, Russia would be converted and a period of peace would be granted to the whole world.
If the consecration was not done, Our Lady of Fatima warned:
"Russia will spread its errors throughout the world, raising up wars....The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be annihilated."
"Many do not realize that the future of the world depends on this act by the Pope," said Fr. Gruner. "I am calling on all Catholics to beg the Holy Father and the Bishops to obey this mandate from heaven."
The Consecration of Russia has been one of the most controverted aspects of the visitation from Our Lady of Fatima. While several popes have undertaken general consecrations of the world in response to this request (including Pope John Paul II in 1982 and 1984), unfortunately, none of these consecrations have fulfilled the specific requirements Our Lady of Fatima's request.
"The rush toward war in Ukraine and the uprisings throughout the world are testaments to the fact that the Consecration of Russia has not been done," said Father Gruner. "Our Lady promised peace, and it is clear by the daily headlines, our world is not at peace."
Even if there are some in the Catholic Church's hierarchy who believe the consecration has already been done, Father Gruner said:
"They must agree that there would be no harm continuing to pray for Russia, and consecrating it again to the Immaculate Heart of Mary — this time, doing it exactly the way Mary asked for it."
Father Gruner continued: "Pope Francis, recognizing the importance of the Blessed Virgin's appearance to the three children of Fatima, dedicated his papacy to Our Lady of Fatima in 2013, and affirmed on January 1 the importance of prayer, telling Catholics that: 'prayer is at the root of peace.'"
Father Gruner further stated: "There is literally zero costs to the Church to do the Consecration of Russia. Compared to the trillions of dollars spent each year on the military – worldwide, we cannot fathom why there is not a greater outcry for this Consecration."
The Fatima apparitions have been approved by the Catholic Church for decades. Our Lady of Fatima gave tangible proof of Her appearance with the Miracle of the Sun, witnessed by 70,000 on October 13, 1917. The Miracle was reported on by secular newspapers in 1917, and these articles reveal that the sun danced and spun like a disc in the sky, defying the laws of science and nature. Eye-witness testimonies can be easily accessed by a simple Internet search under "Miracle of the Sun."
For more information about Father Gruner, Our Lady of Fatima, and the only solution for World Peace, please visit: www.fatima.org. Contact: Coralie Graham of the Fatima Center at 905-871-7720 ext. 103, or Carolyn Grossi at Grossi PR,216-407-5301.
SOURCE The Fatima Center