May 15, 2000
volume 11, no. 92
THE CHURCH IN RUSSIA Series INTRODUCTION|
During this "month of Mary" and the focus on Fatima with the beatifications on May 13th of the Fatima Shepherd Children Jacinta and Francisco Marto by His Holiness Pope John Paul II, and with the debut of the DailyCATHOLIC now being published daily in Russian to reach all parts of the former Iron Curtain, we present a special series written by Father Robert J. Fox, director of the Fatima Family Apostolate and editor of the full color Immaculate Heart Messenger. We are delighted to work with Father Robert Fox in bringing you this special series on Our Lady's plans for the conversion of Russia. If anyone knows the temperature of the Faith in the former Soviet Union it is Fr. Fox. These articles first appeared in earlier issues of his full-color magazine Immaculate Heart Messenger which Fr. Fox edits and publishes. To order a subscription or to find out about other materials such as books and tapes or about the upcoming 18th Annual National Marian Congress to be held on the weekend of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary on June 9-11 at the Shrine in Alexandria, South Dakota, call the toll-free number: 800-721-MARY or 800-213-5541.
When Archbishop Kondrusiewicz arrived at Fatima he mentioned to me his desire to meet with Sr. Lucia. That of course, was entirely out of my hands. So I replied that such a desire could only be fulfilled with permission of the Vatican. The Pope at the time was in Brazil. But the Archbishop would have yet another week in Fatima and there was time to negotiate the whole thing with the Vatican, the papal nuncio in Portugal and the Mother Superior. He did talk with Sr. Lucia for about 45 minutes. But nothing about it will be published. That was personal between Sr. Lucia and the Archbishop, whom, we can surmise, reflected on the past 74 years and the future.
The 74 years since the Bolshevik Revolution overthrew the Kerensky government and the czar was not enough time to destroy the several crosses which have been seen at the Kremlin over the domes of the Cathedral there. The crosses have remained in place since the 1917 Russian revolution. Is it not strange that an atheistic government intent on destroying all religious faith allowed the basic symbol of Christianity to remain at the seat of its power?
Uspenski Cathedral, Arkhangelski Cathedral, the Cathedral of the Dormition (Assumption) and all the chapels have been well preserved mostly as museums. They remained as a national historic treasure with their rich art and religious icons.
Tuesday: part twoTwo Golden Thrones
May 15, 2000 |
volume 11, no. 92
THE CHURCH IN RUSSIA