On the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25, 1984, Pope John Paul II consecrated Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary with the bishops of the world as Our Lady had called for in the apparitions of Fatima. Sister Lucia, Fatima visionary, said that Our Lady’s request for the consecration of Russia was finally fulfilled. On that day in Medjugorje, Our Lady said to Marija:
This was the one thousandth apparition at Medjugorje. Czechoslovakian Bishop, Pavel Hnilica, a close friend of Pope John Paul II, through the help of Mother Teresa, secretly went to Russia to perform the consecration in Red Square in union with the Holy Father. He performed a secret Mass and prayed the consecration prayer that John Paul II had written for the occasion in union with the consecration going on in Rome. Bishop Hnilica went to Rome and met with the Holy Father afterwards. John Paul II was deeply moved to learn of Bishop Hnilica’s part in fulfilling Our Lady’s wish for the consecration of Russia. He believed this to be a sign from Heaven that the Consecration was accepted. In this same conversation, the two friends spoke about Medjugorje and the connection of Our Lady’s requests in Fatima to what She is asking in Medjugorje.