Akita and Fatima

Dr. Ricardo B. de los Santos, PhD

The anecdote on Bishop John Shojiro Ito’s meeting with the then Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger concerning the Akita apparitions while the latter was still Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith had a compelling message, in itself. Bishop Ito, Bishop of Niigata was the one who pronounced that the apparitions were worthy of belief and was seeking for higher approval from the Congregation. Even as he was just approaching, the future Pope Benedict XVI had to stop him curtly because he said there was no need any more to discuss the matter concerning the Akita apparitions. Even before he could protest being stopped however, the Cardinal told him that the apparitions were already approved because the messages from Akita were essentially the same as those of Fatima.

Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa was an unlikely visionary of Our Lady. She was born prematurely and even had a bad appendix operation causing her to suffer from many ailments which included immobility and deafness. A nun taking pity on her brought her water from Lourdes and she regained mobility after a decade. She was later allowed to join the Handmaids of the Holy Eucharist in the Our Lady’s Shrine Redemptoris Mater Convent of Seitai Hoshikai in Yuzawadal in the outskirt of Akita. This is where the apparitions started on July 6, 1973 where Our Lady asked her to pray the rosary and make reparations and also promised to cure her from deafness. She also asked her to pray the “Prayer of the Handmaids of the Holy Eucharist.”

In her second apparition, the Virgin Mary told her that she “desire souls to soften the anger of the Heavenly Father. I wish with my Son, for souls who will repair by their suffering and poverty for the sinners and the ingrates.”

On the anniversary of the Fatima apparition on October 13, 1973, she said: “My daughter, listen to what I have to say to you…As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity… The good as well as the bad, sparing no priest nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they would envy the dead. Each day recite the prayer of the rosary. With the rosary, pray for the Pope, cardinals and the priests. The work of the devil will infiltrate the Church in such a way that one would see cardinals opposing cardinals, and bishops against other bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned by their confreres…churches and altars sacked, the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press to many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord. The demon will be implacable against souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of many souls is the cause of my sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will be no pardon for them; with courage, speak to your superiors… It is bishop Ito who directs your community. Do you still have something to ask? This is the last time I will speak with you in living voice. From now on, you will obey the one sent to you and your superior. I alone am able to save you from the calamities that approach.”

Several other nuns attest that the three-foot-wooden statue became animated and saw it for themselves. This wooden statue is supposed to be a replica of the “Our Lady of All Nations” which is in Amsterdam except that the artist who carved it is a Buddhist and is used to depicting faces in an oriental fashion which made Our Lady’s features look like Japanese. He would never would have thought that this statue would shed blood and weep. Sister Sasagawa herself came from a Buddhist family which gave her up to be taken cared by the nuns.

Concerning the blood and tears, they were examined by non-Christian experts who found them human tears and type AB human blood. During the 1973 apparitions, the statue shed tears for 101 times which is why the nuns were able to get some samples for laboratory analyses. Dr. Kaoru Sagisaka from Akita University Biochemistry department and another one who wanted to remain incognito.

One outstanding medical cure may be cited as documented by Fr. Joseph Oh who documented the miraculous cure of the brain tumor of one Theresa Chon from Seoul, South Korea in 1981 just to cite one here. Of course, Sister Agnes Sasagawa was able to hear normally as promised by Our Lady.

The prayer alluded to by the Virgin Mary to recite is presented below:

The Akita Prayer

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, totally present in the Eucharist, I consecrate my body and soul to be entirely one with Thy Heart, being sacrificed at this very instant in all the altars of the world and giving praise to the Father, pleading for the coming of His Kingdom. Please receive this humble offering of myself. Use me as Thou would for the glory of the Father and the salvation of souls.

Most Holy Mother of God, never let me be separated from thy Beloved Divine Son. Please defend and protect me as thy special child. Amen.

Sister Sasagawa also had for some time, a stigmata on her left hand which matched the stigmata which appeared on the statue, at the same time, but on the right hand. Sister Sasagawa and Bishop John Ito both interpreted this to mean that the practice of communion in the hand is not pleasing to God and warned against it.

To corroborate the vital link between Fatima and Akita, former Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican, Howard Dee disclosed in an interview with Inside the Vatican in 1998 that Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger himself said that the message of the third secret of Fatima and the message of Our Lady in Akita are essentially the same in content. However, he said, that he was surprised that the Ratzinger Report did not include this.

Now, it is very plain to see that the reason why the popes decided to keep the Third Secret of Fatima still secret is because it involves the hierarchy of the Catholic Church from the Pope down to the priests. Now, one can recall how John XXIII who had the earnest tendency to open the sealed secret even before Our Lady’s instruction found himself doused with a heavy spirit upon learning its content; disowning it as not of his pontificate and calling the Fatima visionaries as “doomsday prophets”. Now, too, we realize Pope Paul Vi chilling admission that the “smoke of Satan “has entered the Church. These are the Popes who started and closed the Second Vatican Council and they are now canonized saints having been installed in record time because of the relaxed canon in the proclamation of saints. They were even proclaimed much earlier than the Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen, in whom the only outstanding “fault” only is his staunch stand against homosexuality. Notice that the cardinals and bishops lobbying against him are part of the gay lobby.

Now also, one can call to mind the 33-day reign of Pope John Paul I propitiously happening just as he had openly decided to investigate Vatican’s financial mess. And now, also, one would remember how Pope John Paul II was hoodwinked into believing that the reform of Roman Ritual for Exorcism was necessary when in fact the newer version is more demon-friendly because the real exorcists in the field were never consulted and the armchair-general cardinals who are modernists watered it down to perhaps, a mere exorcism for ghosts. They even have the statues of St. Michael the Archangel removed from auspicious parts of churches because they actually don’t believe in the existence of the devil or are simply serving him.

Consider too, how Pope Benedict XVI had to resign in the midst of Church scandals which seemed to have overwhelmed his pontificate. And now, we have a pope who really needs our prayers, especially the rosary as eminent in the messages because he couldn’t even properly answer the dubias raised by traditional cardinals and would even resort to synodalities which when analyzed are simply political consensus bodies for the usual modernistic claims of updating the church.

If the strange course of events affecting the papacy mean nothing to you and are simple coincidences or natural courses of history, then please be reminded of the revelations made by Bella Todd before the U.S. Congress before her death, a communist converted by no less than the Ven. Fulton Sheen; and the well-evidenced revelations concerning the St. Gallen Mafia which brought about Pope Francis’ rise to power. Then, too, you would recall how Anibale Cardinal Bugnini, a providentially-exposed Freemason, scuttled the original Vatican Ii schema to institute the so-called Vatican Ii reforms.

But don’t you forget that Vatican II is not the magisterium as somebody said and the Perpetual Sacrifice is indeed perpetual and could not and should not be changed. And remember too, that Vatican II is never dogmatic but is only pastoral in nature. As such, it may not be followed since if it’s a guide found to be untrue to its directions then the real teachings of the church, the true magisterium overrides any of its reform agendum.

Ricardo B. de los Santos

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