As the world awaits Pope Francis’ upcoming Consecration of the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, taking place in Rome on October 13, we look back at another Consecration, very much influenced by Medjugorje…
October 8, 2013 A.D.
As the world awaits Pope Francis’ upcoming Consecration of the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, taking place in Rome on October 13, we look back at another Consecration that took place today, 13 years ago and was very much influenced by Medjugorje.
On October 8, 2000, Pope John Paul II, a well known believer in Medjugorje entrusted the new millennium to Our Lady. Because A Friend of Medjugorje had written about the upcoming Entrustment to take place, and with Caritas distributing leaflets and posters about the Entrustment, many arranged prayer groups, parishes and spontaneous gatherings across the world to prepare for and pray during the Entrustment. The Entrustment was to take place in St. Peter’s Square in Rome. People gathered here at Caritas, as well as at the Caritas Mission House in Medjugorje to pray in unison with those in Rome. Pope John Paul II had the statue of Our Lady of Fatima flown in for the occasion, much like the upcoming October 13 Consecration, which will also take place in front of the Fatima statue. The following is from the Caritas Words of the Harvesters Field Angel newsletter of October 2000:
“On the 8th, Holy Mass began at 10AM in Rome in St. Peter’s Square. There were 1,156 Bishops and 80 Cardinals present from every corner of the world. Not since the time of the Second Vatican Council has there been so vast a representation of a gathering of the world’s Bishops. The Universal Church was truly present in this historic meeting.
“Marija Lunetti, the visionary from Medjugorje traveled to Rome where she met with [Caritas’] founder on October 8th. A few days earlier, our founder was speaking with her and asked her to ask Our Lady if She would appear early on October 8th during the Consecration in St. Peter’s Square. Marija asked Our Lady during her regular apparition on October 7th. When Marija and our founder met on the morning of the 8th in Rome, he asked her what Our Lady said in response to the question. Marija said that Our Lady said,
October 7, 2000
“He then asked Marija what she thought Our Lady meant by saying,“I will be present.” Marija responded that she did not know if Our Lady would appear to her or if Our Lady meant She would be present just as if during an apparition but not seen by her.
“As it turned out, Our Lady did not appear early to Marija on October 8th, but all felt She was truly there especially when the Holy Father, evidently inspired by some sense of Our Lady’s presence during the whole event, stated during the Consecration ceremony, in almost the exact words that Our Lady said to Marija the day before, that Our Lady is present with us. At 12 o’clock noon, the Pope knelt before the statue of Our Lady of Fatima and entrusted the entire Church and the world to Our Lady. Those members of our community who were present in Rome along with Marija were near the altar where the Holy Father was celebrating the Mass and Consecration ceremony. In fact, as the Bishops and Cardinals processed in, no more than five feet away from our community members and Marija, some recognized Marija, and she happily jumped in the line, greeting them as they passed her. They were obviously delighted to see her present on this day. Our community members expressed to us that they felt they were experiencing something beyond historic, as Bishops walked by two by two taking over 30 minutes to process. Everyone present felt something immensely important was taking place…”
The Words of the Harvesters newsletter continues:
“…As for what happens next, it is difficult to imagine. We believe this moment of entrustment was the moment Our Lady was given the graces to crush the power of satan. This will lead to the moment of the triumph, the victory of Her Immaculate Heart. In time, we will see the physical manifestation appear of what has already taken place in the spiritual realm, a complete victory over all hearts who desire Jesus to rule as King…”
Interestingly, Our Lady of Medjugorje gave a message shortly after the October 8, 2000 Entrustment:
October 25, 2000
A Friend of Medjugorje wrote shortly after the October 8 Entrustment, that as satan begins to lose his power, we will most likely see the throes of his aggression taking place. We have certainly seen the aggressiveness of evil that has escalated since the Entrustment of October 8, 2000, with 9/11 and other tragic world events inspired by evil. Seeing Our Lady’s of Medjugorje’s hand so strongly involved in the October 8 Entrustment, and with 13 years behind us since the last formal Act of Entrustment, with much anticipation and joy do we await this new Consecration of the World to take place in Rome at St. Peter’s in front of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima.
Picture taken in Rome on October 8, 2000 by the founder of Caritas, who was present with his wife and another Community member, along with Medjugorje visionary Marija for the entrustment of the new millennium to Our Lady.