“Russia has been given a special gift from Heaven, that God […] has entrusted Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
“It’s not because Russia needs it, because Russia is bad or worse or whatever, it is about a choice of God.”
“Putin knows more about Fatima in this regard than the pope does.”
“Even people I’ve known for a long time, they say, well you know, ‘well our country hasn’t been asked to be consecrated so we’re good, they’re the ones that are bad’. No! Wait a minute, just hold on! A consecration, what does the word mean? It means to set something aside for a holy purpose. It means that God wants Russia to be set aside to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for a special purpose, for a holy purpose. That’s a vessel of election […]”
“Well, God has elected Russia from all eternity, at this time, to be consecrated to God’s service, particularly through service to the Blessed Virgin, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
- Fr. Nicholas Gruner, video: Did Putin ask Pope Francis for Consecration?