Strasbourg, October 24, 2012 – On October
23, 2012 Father Nicholas Gruner of the Fatima Center in
Canada and Catholic attorney and author Christopher A.
Ferrara of the United States appeared at the
headquarters of the EU in Strasbourg, France to speak in
support of a motion for a declaration by the EU
Parliament calling upon Pope Benedict XVI to carry out
the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of
The motion is being sponsored by two
members of the Parliament of the European Union, the
Honorable Mario Borghezio and the Honorable Lorenzo
Fontana, who invited Father Gruner and Mr. Ferrara to
speak in its support at the time of its official
The motion refers to the threat of “great
danger at the present time to world peace and the
serenity of all European peoples” and notes that “the
Blessed Virgin Mary has promised a long period of
prosperity and peace, if and only if, the Holy Father
will consecrate Russia in a solemn and public manner, as
precisely specified by Her in the Message of Fatima.”
The motion provides for a declaration by
the EU Parliament formally requesting that “His
Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI… fulfill the will of the
Queen of Heaven” by performing the Consecration in order
to address European and world problems.
Speaking before the international press
corps in the press hall of the EU Parliament
headquarters in Strasbourg, Father Gruner and Mr.
Ferrara made presentations in support of the measure,
including a discussion of the content, undeniable
authenticity, and absolute urgency of the Fatima message
for the Church and humanity at large. They were
introduced by MEPs Borghezio and Fontana, who appeared
with them at the press conference.
“This was a God-given opportunity to
advance the cause of Our Lady of Fatima in a forum whose
deliberations will have considerable impact at the
Vatican. MEPs. Borghezio and Fontana are to be
commended for their courageous defense of the Blessed
Virgin before a hostile world. I pray the motion passes
and the EU Parliament calls upon the Pope to do his
duty,” said Father Gruner.
“I believe we succeeded in making a case
for the Consecration of Russia that would appeal even to
rational non-believers, who have nothing to lose by
voting in favor this measure,” said Mr. Ferrara.
The motion has been lodged with the EU
Parliament as an official legislative document and will
become part of the public record of EU proceedings. It
has already attracted the signatures of a growing number
of additional sponsors in the Parliament, including
members from Italy, Austria and Ireland.
Press inquiries should be directed to
Europe: Monica Tomassini, The Fatima Center, 011 39 06
39 73 55296, Rome
North America: Coralie Graham, The
Fatima Center, 905 871-7607, Canada