Appeared in Winter 1993, Vol. XIX, No. 4
The association of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (known to history as Lenin) with the most important week in the Christian calendar and the greatest Marian apparition of the twentieth century seems jarring and completely out of place. Instinctively we recoil at having the memory of religious events like Fatima and holy week tied in any way to the ruthless cunning of the arch-revolutionary who founded the world’s first atheistic state. Yet by a series of strange coincidences these two religious events are closely connected with the coming of the Bolshevik revolution.
THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT
The apparitions of the Blessed Virgin to three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal in 1917 have been long associated with the traumatic upheavals occurring in Russia that same year. This association is supported by the focus on Russia in the messages entrusted to the children and even more by the precise timing of the revelations.
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