Ukraine 12th May 1914
The year 988 marks the beginning of Christianity in Kievan Rus’ when Grand Prince Vladimir and his family were baptised. Kievan Rus’ was a loose federation of Eastern Slavic and Uralic people and ‘Belarus, Ukraine and Russia, all claim Kievan Rus’ as their cultural ancestor’. In 1037, Prince Yaroslav the Wise, dedicated the region to the Mother of God, making it the first European state to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Our Lady appeared in the village of Hrushiv some 350 years ago and a weeping willow was planted to commemorate the apparition. A spring developed under the tree and in the Cholera plague of 1855, the villagers restored the spring, and from then on, no one died of cholera.
On 12th May 1914, two weeks before WWI, twenty-two people were mowing the field near the church of The Holy Trinity, when they saw Our Lady. She asked for prayer, fasting and penance and said,
“There will be a war. Russia will become a Godless country. The Ukraine, as a nation will suffer terribly for eighty years – and will have to live through the world wars but will be free afterwards.”
(In 1929, Stalin’s intensive collectivised farming destroyed Ukraine’s independence. This plan to ‘liquidate the kulaks as a class’, was the beginning of the famines which killed between 7 and 10 million people.)
26th April – 15th August 1978
Ukraine had been a Christian state for nearly one thousand years, when Our Lady appeared in Hrushiv a third time. Exactly one year after the Chernobyl disaster, Marina Kizyn, aged twelve, saw a bright light covering the church of the Holy Trinity, and a woman, who appeared to be floating above the cupola. Over the next four months approximately 500,000 people saw Our Lady, including the KGB and Russian Military personal. The apparition was also filmed and shown on TV.
‘I have come on purpose to thank the Ukrainian people because you have suffered most for the Church of Christ in the last seventy years. I have come to comfort you and to tell you that your suffering will soon come to an end. Ukraine will become an independent state.’
‘Do not forget those who have died in the Chernobyl disaster. Chernobyl is a reminder and a sign for the whole world.’
‘Forgive your enemies, through you and the blood of the martyrs will come the conversion of Russia. The times are coming which have been foretold in the end times…. See the desolation which surrounds the world…. the sin, the sloth, the genocide. Pray for Russia. Oppression and wars continue to occupy the minds and hearts of many people. Russia, despite everything continues to deny My Son…. if there is not a return of Christianity to Russia, there will be a third world war, and the whole world faces ruin.’
The fact that Our Lady appeared shortly after Chernobyl, (a nuclear disaster) saying it was a sign for humanity, and there ‘will be a third world war’, if Russia does not return to Christianity, we really need to heed her warning. This was 1987, three years after St. Pope John Paul II consecrated the WORLD to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart on 25th March 1984. Over the years, several Popes made a Consecration, but not exactly how Our Lady asked at Fatima – for the Pope, (in unison with all the bishops of the world) to Consecrate Russia i.e., to specifically name Russia.
According to Fr. Amorth, St. Pope John Paul II dearly wanted to say RUSSIA but was persuaded against it by Vatican officials. They said it could provoke the Orthodox, sparking a political conflict. After his Consecration of the World, the Pope added,
“Especially those nations which you yourself have asked for their consecration”.
This Consecration of the world would have been beneficial, but it is clear, Our Lady is still waiting for the Pope to Consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart. Only then will the errors of Russia – Godless Communism – be defeated, and an era of peace will be granted to the world.
(Our Lady appeared to Bruno Cornacchiola, at Tre Fontane in Rome (12th April 1947). Future prophecies include – a nuclear war, a global earthquake, and persecutions.
Hugh Owen (Kolbe Center) has graciously allowed us to include his presentation.
Creation, Evolution and the Crisis of Faith – The Church in Ukraine Can Save the World – Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation