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STATEMENT FROM THE SUPERIOR GENERAL
Concerning a rumor supposedly coming from Fatima on October 7, 2001

October 9, 2001

The last couple of days the news has spread amongst our faithful that "Sister Lucia of Fatima had an apparition of the Blessed Virgin, requesting that the Carmels pray (the Rosary) especially on the 6th & 7th of October, in order to prevent a blood bath, which is about to happen".

This is a false rumor and has been denied by the Carmel of Coimbra.

It is probably based upon the following:

  • An initiative of the Association of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima. This Association asked several Episcopal Conferences to make October 7, feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, a particular day of prayer for peace in the world. The Associationís press release indicated that Sister Lucia and the Carmel were united with this initiative.

  • The fact that the Coimbra Carmel prayed for 24 hours in a row on October 7, and that the Mother Prioress considers that these are grave times.

  • An internal communication between some Carmels that was badly interpreted.

All this, added to the tension that presently exists in the world produced the false news described above.

Nevertheless, the present time can be very well understood in the light of the Fatima message, and of the invitation to have recourse to the protection of Our Lady and to implore Godís clemency by the prayer of the Rosary, especially during this month of the Rosary.

+ Bernard Fellay
Superior General

 
 

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