Above, the four seers of Garabandal. They received visions of the Virgin Mary in the early 1960s in Garabandal, Spain. In one of the visions, the Blessed Mother spoke of events that would occur “after the Pope visits Russia.” Below, an interview in which Pope Francis reveals that he is currrently attempting to organize a visit to Moscow
American Philip Pullella, respected long-time correspondent for Reuters news agency on Vatican affairs, interviewing Pope Francis, 85, in the large Salone of the Domus Santa Marta, where the Pope lives, on July 2, 2022.
The interview touched on the Pope’s desire to travel to Moscow, Russia, and to Ukraine, on his hope to renew the present agreement between the Vatican and China, and on his possible resignation from the papacy. The Pope said he had no intention to resign
Pullella with Pope Francis, who is walking with the aid of a cane, in the Domus Santa Marta where the Pope lives
“I thought that if the president of Russia gave me a tiny window, I would go there to serve the cause of peace.” —Pope Francis, confirming to American Reuters correspondent Phil Pullella in a July 2 interview in Rome that he is seeking to make a trip to Moscow in the near future
Letter #84, 2022, Thursday, July 7: Pullella
Five days ago, on July 2, Phil Pullella of Reuters sat down for a long, wide-ranging interview with Pope Francis in the Domus Santa Marta, touching on a number of important issues, from rumors that he may soon resign the papacy (he said he had no intention of doing so), to reports that he suffers from cancer (he denied such reports), to his desire to renew the current agreement with the Chinese government, which expires in October.
But perhaps the most important point in this long interview was the Pope’s confirmation that he is making plans to travel to Moscow… if he can. (See bottom of the letter for several quotations from the interview).
Trip to Russia?
Pullella asked Pope Francis about the likelihood of a papal trip to Russia in the near future.
Francis said yes, he would like to make the trip, in order to help “the cause of peace.”
Here is how Pullella reported the Pope’s words:
“As for other trips, Pope Francis said he would like to go to Kyiv, Ukraine, and could go after his trip to Canada in late July, but he would like “to go to Moscow first. We exchanged messages about this because I thought that if the president of Russia gave me a tiny window, I would go there to serve the cause of peace.”
So from these words of Francis we gather that “we” (evidently the Vatican and the government in Moscow) have “exchanged messages” about a possible papal trip to Moscow, but, as of today, there is no further information on the real possibility of such a trip.
However, a spokesman for the Russian government quickly denied there were such contacts.
On July 6, yesterday, this was the headline and communique on the website of Interfax in Russia:
No substantive contacts on possible Putin-Pontiff meeting – Kremlin (link)
Moscow, July 6, Interfax – A possible visit of the Pope of Rome to Russia and his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin are not being discussed for now, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Journalists asked Peskov at a press briefing on Wednesday whether Putin was ready to meet with Pope Francis who expressed such a wish on Tuesday.
“Such a summit visit needs to discussed, it needs to be prepared but, to my knowledge, there are no substantive contacts to that effect for now,” Peskov said.
[End Interfax communique]
So the possibility of a papal trip to Moscow does seem to be “under study,” at least in the Vatican, but the matter is not yet at a point where anything can be confirmed officially.
If such a trip would occur, it is thought that it might come quite soon, perhaps in September.
A connection with Garabandal?
Meanwhile, such talk of a possible visit of the Roman pontiff to Moscow has raised eyebrows in those circles of Catholics who have studied the apparitions of Garabandal, Spain.
In Garabandal — which is in northern Spain, not far from Lourdes, France, on the other side of the Spanish-French border — the Virgin Mary is said to have revealed to four young women, in 1962, in one of numerous apparitions during the early 1960s, that, after a future papal trip to Russia — until now, of course, no such trip has ever been made. there is no precedent for it —”hostilities will break out” in “different parts of Europe.”
In other words, turmoil, perhaps war, is said to be what will come after a papal trip to Moscow.
Here is what one observer of these matters wrote in December, after Pope Francis, in different circumstance (it was before the start of the war in Ukraine) on the homebound papal plane from his visit to Greece, announced that he hoped to visit Moscow, the capital of Russia, in the near future.
“Shivers ran down my spine as I read it,” wrote Ding Cervantes, on December 12, 2021, in the Philippines (link). “All the prophecies… are coming together, especially those told years ago by the Blessed Mother during her Garabandal, Spain apparitions (1961-65). These apparitions were confirmed as authentic by St. Padre Pio, St. Teresa of Calcutta, and, albeit indirectly, St. Pope Paul VI who were contemporaries.
“As far as I know, never has Heaven given us so many hints on when a major prophecy is to occur…
“In his book, Garabandal, Finger of God, author Albrecht Weber, a German who was involved with Garabandal since the early years (he is now deceased and buried in Garabandal), quoted visionary Conchita as having said: ‘The Pope will go to Russia, to Moscow. As soon as he returns to the Vatican, hostilities will break out in different parts of Europe.’
“On June 19, 1962, the seers of Garabandal were given a vision of the tribulations to follow, making them scream in fear for several minutes.
“When asked the Blessed Mother about it, she replied that communism, led by Russia, would unexpectedly take over many parts of democratic countries where Christians would be persecuted.
“At the height of such an event, God would send to the whole world the Great Warning which will simultaneously penetrate, in the manner of the Holy Spirit, the consciences of each living person on earth, both believers and unbelievers.” (link)