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6.0 Earthquake Shakes Portugal
the Day After
Abortion Referendum

Special to The Fatima Crusader

On August 22, 1960, the Feast of the Immaculate Heart, Our Lady said the following to the stigmatist Sister Elena Aiello, whose revelations enjoy the full approval of the Catholic Church:

“The hour of the justice of God is close and will be terrible.

“Tremendous scourges are impending over the world, and various nations are struck by epidemics, famines, great earthquakes, terrible hurricanes, with overflowing rivers and seas, which bring death and ruin.”

“If the people do not recognize in these scourges (of nature) the warnings of Divine Mercy, and do not return to God with truly Christian living, another terrible war will come from the east to the west. Russia with her secret armies will battle America and overrun Europe. The river Rhine will be overflowing with corpses and blood.”

This warning from Heaven came to mind when we received news that a 6.0 earthquake hit Portugal the day after its abortion referendum, the worst in 38 years. Though it did not cause “death and ruin”, it is hard not to see in this, a clear “warning of Divine Mercy” from the Triune God whom Our Lady of Fatima told us 90 years ago, “is already too much offended.”

Portugal’s abortion referendum was held Sunday, February 11, and only 44% of eligible voters ventured to the polls, which is below the 50% turnout required to make the outcome legally binding.

The holy site where Our Lady of Fatima first appeared on May 13, 1917. She appears as if alone and abandoned amidst the betrayals and sacrileges committed on and near this hallowed ground. Let us make sacrifices of Reparation to console Her Immaculate Heart.

Nonetheless Socialist Prime Minister José Socrates vowed to press ahead with the legalization of abortion, which he says he will achieve through his majority in Parliament.

Of those who cast ballots, 59% favored liberalizing abortion law and 41% opposed it. Before the referendum, there was a massive pro-abortion campaign led by the Prime Minister and key government ministers using the full resources of the Government.

A well-informed Fatima Crusader contact in Portugal said that while Catholic leaders often gave weak appearances of opposing abortion, the final word from many of them was “vote your conscience.”

This is the language of surrender, since appeals to conscience by modern Catholic churchmen usually fail to mention the duty of the Catholic to form his conscience according to the laws of Jesus Christ and His Church. It is little wonder the European news agency Agence France Presse headlined its February 12 report, “Portuguese Approval of Abortion Law Reform seen as Church Defeat.”

It is worth noting that the Portuguese in the north, except in the big cities, tended to vote against abortion, while the majority in the south voted in favor of abortion. Monday’s earthquake struck in the south.

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