Significant world events on Marian Feastdays PDF Print E-mail

Before the Bolshevik revolution, many Russian poets and writers described Christian Orthodox Russia as “Mary’s land.” After the revolution, for many years, every Mass was said with the special intention of the conversion of Russia. It is interesting that these world events seem to coincide with Marian feastdays.

May 13, 1955, Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

The Soviets pulled out from Austria, after a daily rosary campaign involving some 700,000 individuals.

October 12-13 1960, anniversary of the Fatima miracle

Pope John XXIII gathered a million at Fatima to pray for Russia.

At the same time, a nuclear missile had malfunctioned and exploded at a Moscow launch pad, killing some 300 people. Among those killed were Soviet officials and the man reputed to be the USSR’s best nuclear scientist then, Marshall Nedelin.

May 13, 1980 Fatima

Pope John Paul II was gravely wounded by an assassin’s bullet.

November 20, 1989 Eve of the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The 200,000-strong protest march in Prague that demanded free elections and the resignation of Communist leaders caught fire in other cities, eventually leading to the fall of the Communist party from power.

December 7, 1988, eve of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

In his UN speech, Mikhail Gorbachev promised to withdraw 10,000 Soviet tanks, 8500 artillery pieces, and 800 fighter aircraft from Hungary, East Germany, and Czechoslovakia. On that same day, Gorbachev and US President Ronald Reagan also signed a treaty on Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) to eliminate the entire array of shorter-range nuclear missiles of both the United States and the Soviet Union.

September 14, 1989, eve of the Feast of the 7 Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The last wave of 13,000 East Germans left Hungary for West Germany, an event which led to the toppling of the Berlin Wall.

August 22, 1991, Feast of the Queenship of Mary

The coup attempt in the Soviet Union was defeated.

December 8, 1991, Immaculate Conception

The Soviet Union was declared official dead.