Prayers Urged for Pope Benedict XVI
Fatima Center Press Release
April 20, 2005
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has been elected the 265th Successor of Saint Peter. He has chosen the name Pope Benedict XVI.
The Fatima Center joins with Catholics around the world in prayers for the new Pontiff. It also prays that the Pope’s choice of name is a cause for hope. The last Pope bearing the name Benedict was the reigning Pontiff when Our Blessed Mother visited Fatima in 1917.
During World War I, when Pope Benedict XV saw that all merely human efforts had failed, he adjured Our Lady to show him the way to peace. Eight days later, Our Blessed Mother came to Fatima with Her Message of peace for mankind, accompanied by dire warnings if Her requests were not granted.
"We can only hope that Pope Benedict XVI will be the one who finally consecrates Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary exactly according to the request of Our Lady of Fatima", said Father Nicholas Gruner, Director of the Fatima Center.
Our Lady of Fatima promised, "In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph, the Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, which will be converted and a certain period of peace will be given to the world."
Father Gruner comments, "Our Lady has promised that eventually a Pope will perform the Consecration together with all the bishops of the world, as Our Lady of Fatima requested. If it is not this Pope, then perhaps it will be the next. We know it will eventually be accomplished, and we will continue to respectfully request it until the Consecration is realized. We pray and work that the Consecration is done soon."
The Fatima Center also prays that the new Pope will restore the Church to traditional teaching and practice. The Holy Ghost can move the heart of a Pope to be a great restorer of Catholic Truth in a time of crisis. Blessed Pope Pius IX was liberal when elected, but through the grace of God, became one of the greatest champions of the Faith against liberalism in modern times.
The Fatima Message tells us to "pray a great deal for the Holy Father." The Fatima Center urges all Catholics to remain obedient to this directive from Heaven, to continue to pray for the soul of Pope John Paul II, and to pray that the Holy Ghost may guide and direct the new Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI.