Fatima. Revelation at Tuy (1940-10-22)
In 1938, the Portuguese episcopate solemnly consecrated Portugal to the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mary. After that, the Portuguese bishops turned to the Pope with a request to consecrate the world to Jesus Christ and, together with this vow, to consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
In early October 1940, Don Manuel Ferreira, titular bishop of Gurza, and Father José Bernardo Gonçalves prepared a request to the Pope for consecration of Russia. In order for their appeal to have a greater chance of success, they asked Lucia to write a letter to the Pope asking for the consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, with special reference to Russia.
Lucia could not make such a request to the Pope, because the Virgin Mary demanded the Consecration of Russia, and not the world. Lucia began to persistently ask the Lord in prayer: what to do?
22-10-1940 — I received a letter from Father J. B. G. and the Bishop of Gurza telling me to write to His Holiness … With this purpose in view, I spent two hours on my knees before Our Lord exposed in the Blessed Sacrament: “Pray for the Holy Father, sacrifice yourself so that his courage does not succumb under the bitterness that oppresses him. The tribulation will continue and augment. I will punish the nations for their crimes by war, famine and persecution of My Church and this will weigh especially upon My Vicar on earth. His Holiness will obtain an abbreviation of these days of tribulation if he takes heed of My wishes by promulgating the Act of Consecration of the whole world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, with a special mention of Russia.”