HILARY Cashman, seems to be misinformed regarding the apparitions in Nicaragua. Mother Teresa visited the site of the apparitions because Our Lady's message was the same as it always has been since her first appearance in modern times to St Catherine Laboure in 1830, "prayer and penance," and had nothing to do with politics.
When Bishop Antonio Vega authorised the visionary Bernardo Martinez of Cuapa to make known part of the messages given by Our Lady, Bernardo was visited by three civil servants who offered him a ranch with good land on condition that he said that the Virgin was Sandinista. When he refused because he said he could not betray her, the official newspapers Barricada, New Daily and the television began a campaign accusing him of being crazy, hysterical and hallucinating, while La Prensa, the newspaper which always defended Bernardo and gave news of pilgrimages was suppressed.
The hierarchy of Nicaragua made it known that "the requests of the Virgin do not oppose the teaching of the Church."
Because of the remarkable similarity of the Nicaraguan apparitions with those of Fatima Our Lady is known as Our Lady of Fatima. Needless to say she has asked the Nicaraguans to say the Rosary as a family each day, to love one another and to make peace.
In the Holy Father's latest encyclical on the Holy Spirit he tells us that the greatest obstacles to salvation are Marxism and consumerism. Peace will not be brought to the world by politicians, however eminent, but by ordinary people who put into practice Our Lady's own peace plan given to us at Fatima and Nicaragua, to say the Rosary every day, and to meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary on the first Saturday of each month.
The things suggested by Dr Cashman to help the people of Nicaragua are indeed laudable, they fulfill the second commandment that the Lord gave, "To love your neighbour as yourself," but the path outlined by Our Lady fulfills both first and second commandments, to love God and neighbour, and it is the worldwide failure of the first that has brought the world to the mess it is in. We are told in Scripture that war is the result of sin. We were reminded of this by Lucy at Fatima in 1917, and again by Cardinal Hume in 1982.
George Mockler Warrington