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Was the Recent Aurora Borealis
A Sign of World War III?

Marian T. Horvat
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Brilliant red lights reached northern Greece

On the night of November 4, the skies across large areas of Europe were filled with dazzling displays of red, pink and green lights. The spectacle went as far south as Italy, from Liguria and Emilia Romagna in the north right down to Puglia.

People in Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia and even Central Macedonia in Greece witnessed the rare phenomenon, which scientists identify as an aurora borealis.

There are also photos of the phenomenon from the Ukraine, Turkey, Austria and Russia.

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Rare phenomenon in parts of the Ukraine & throughout Russia

Germany also got a good showing over Munich, Berlin and Frankfurt, helped by clear skies. As did Austria, the Netherlands, England and Ireland.

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An unusual sight: the northern lights viewed in Vienna, left, Munich, middle, & Ireland, right

Canada and northern parts of the United States were also bathed in lights. Residents in Washington, northern Idaho, Montana, northern Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Illinois, Michigan, parts of New York, Vermont, Virginia, New Hampshire and Maine had the chance to see the aurora. At least a faint glow reached as far south as Texas and North Carolina.

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Left to right, Glasgow, Montana; Milnocket, Maine; Rockbridge County, Virginia

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In Western Australia, the lights danced for hours on end

The scientists have their technical explanations, of course. They identify it as a very strong geomagnetic storm, where bursts of plasma and energetic waves from the Sun crash into the Earth’s upper atmosphere.

But even with all their super-sophisticated equipment, they did not predict anything of this magnitude or intensity.

For Catholics, however, such far-reaching lights can have another significance. Many recall another grand show of lights across Europe that directly preceded World War II, fulfilling a Fatima prophecy.

The ‘unknown light’ of 1938

On January 25, 1938, during the reign of Pope Pius XI, the sky lit up with an aurora borealis seen over all of Europe as far south as Southern Australia, Sicily, Portugal and across the Atlantic to Bermuda and Southern California. It was remarkable for the brightness of its green strip lights and red glow. Among Catholics It became titled as the “Fatima Storm” since many believed it to be the fulfillment the second part of the Fatima Prophecy.

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November 5, 2023: lights over Bratislava Devin, Slovakia on Sunday evening; below, top, clearly visible to the naked eye in Croatia, bottom, skies in Bosnia

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Below, rare colors in Zorza Polarna, Poland

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I was surprised to learn that many young and middle aged Catholics have never heard of the Fatima Event since, for them, the Fatima story is over and done. After the release of the supposed Third Secret in 2000, then-Cardinal Ratzinger announced in June 2000 that the events of the Third Secret of Fatima “belong to the past.” And so many Catholics closed the book on Fatima.

So what is the second part of the Message? After showing the three shepherd children a vision of Hell during the July 13, 1917 apparition, Our Lady told the children this:

“If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end; but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the reign of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that He is about to punish the world for its sins, by means of war, famine and persecutions against the Church and of the Holy Father.

“To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. If My requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, it will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated.”

As we know, the Consecration was not made, The First Saturday devotion was poorly spread, Russia was not converted.

And so, when the brilliant “unknown lights” appeared in 1938, many Catholics wondered if that was the great sign from Heaven. In fact, within two months of this dazzling display, Hitler’s armies invaded Austria, signaling the beginning of World War II.

In her Third Memoir written in 1941 Sister Lucy noted that, even though the scientists explained the lights as an extraordinary aurora borealis, God had made her understand this was a sign that “His justice was about to strike the guilty nations.”

The facts & a question

To conclude, let me note some facts and ask a single question.

First, the facts. On the world scene, the Israel-Hamas war in the Middle East is threatening to escalate into a Third World War. Given the intensity of Israel’s bombardment and ground operation, the scope for miscalculation is great.

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A warning to the world from Heaven?

Added to this is Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, an ongoing war from 2022 that has resulted in growing tension between US and Russia. Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, recently warned that continued aid to Ukraine may cause a direct confrontation with Russia and Belarus, which could result in the start of World War III.

Then there is China which is threatening to impose a blockade on Taiwan, which could craw in the US and explode into an international conflict. All of these scenarios involve the threat of nuclear launches.

On the Church scene, the Synod on Synodality has closed, opening unheard of questions for discussion: women deacons and priests, married priests, acceptance of the whole LGBT agenda. This week the Vatican announced that transgender persons can be baptized as Catholics and serve as godparents.

In fact, today the Heart of Jesus and Mary is being offended more than any time in History. We are living in the disastrous aftermath of Vatican II, where Popes have abandoned Catholic doctrine and morals, changed the Sacraments, embraced religious liberty and ecumenism, and are fighting to abolish the hierarchical structure of the Church established by Jesus Christ.

Thus, the question arises: Could this aurora borealis be another warning from Heaven, a sign of an approaching World War III and the Chastisement that Our Lady at Fatima and Quito warned us would come if mankind did not convert? It is only a question, but one that any serious Catholic should consider in view of the days in which we are living.

uk aurora borealis

A spectacular show all across the United Kingdom

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Lofoten Islands & Hellesylt, Norway: Reported as the strongest lights ever seen

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In times of war the skies of Ukraine are illuminated

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Green lights in Calgary, Canada

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Incredible displays on the Isle of Man & Moray Firth, Scotland


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Posted November 10, 2023

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