Fatima. Letter of Lucia to Irene Posnoff (1951)
On November 21, 1950 about a hundred Russian Catholics from different countries arrived at Rome for the jubilee year. The inspirer and soul of this pilgrimage was Miss Irene Posnoff, devoted to the two holy causes of the Marian apostolate and the conversion of Russia.
The Russian pilgrims decided to write the petition and to send it to the Pope asking him to make the consecration of Russia requested by Our Lady of Fatima. They united under the Russicum — Russian Catholic seminary. It was decided to wait another year so that the Russian Catholics from the whole world could be informed, and as well could join in.
At the end of 1951 or the beginning of 1952, the Pope Pius XII received the petition of the Russian pilgrims, the petition they had decided to send the year before in Rome. However, contrary to Lucia’s hopes, this petition still did not ask for the consecration of Russia «such as it was requested by Our Lady».
Miss Posnoff had written to Sister Lucia, and had received from her this very simple, but profound response:
Our Heavenly Mother loves the Russian people and I love them also; uniting myself to the secret designs of Her Immaculate Heart, I ardently desire their return to the right road which leads to Heaven. I know that the Russian people are great, generous and cultured, that they are capable of walking on the paths of justice, truth and good.
No sooner had I seen the kindness of the Mother of God in their regard than I began to look on them as brothers, and I wish nothing more than their salvation. I know that the true faith, the Christian faith is alive among you; I know that there are chosen souls among you who serve God and sacrifice themselves to obtain the salvation of those who have left Him. Nobody can and nobody must fulfil this great mission better than the very members of your country. It is a task which will take not just one day, but many years of work and prayer. But in the end, the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph, and it will be our happiness to have worked a little and suffered for Her triumph. Do not cease doing everything you can for the salvation of your people and your homeland.