Dear Mr Presidents
This report by the Mariologist Fr René Laurentin, referring to a meeting of Presidents Reagan and Gorbachev in 1987 and a letter sent to the Presidents from the Medjugorje seer Marija Pavlovic, is adapted from his book Seven Years of Apparitions, Time for the Harvest?
Here are the circumstances which I have been able to gather: The American Ambassador, Alfred H Kingon, had spent two weeks in Medjugorje in 1987. He had met Marija, and the idea came up that she should write a letter to President Reagan. Mr Kingon promised to deliver it to him personally. Here is the translation of Marija’s letter:
Dear President Reagan,
The Mother of God appears every day in this village of Medjugorje in Yugoslavia. She gives us a message of peace. We know that you are making efforts for peace in the world, and we pray each day for you. We want to let you know that you can count on our prayers and our sacrifices. We wish to help you, in this manner, in your heavy task. Our Holy Mother told us that one can avoid wars through prayer and fasting. I hope that this message will help you, and that the daily apparitions will be for you a sign that God loves His people. United in prayer, in the Heart of Jesus and the Heart of Mary, we express to you our love and we greet you in peace, through the Queen of Peace.
The message was delivered to President Reagan before his meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev, at the beginning of December 1987. On December 8, Ambassador A. H. Kingon telephoned from Brussels: “The President would have wanted to call Marija himself” he said, “but even at this moment he is in conference with Mikhail Gorbachev. I have delivered the message to him and he was very enthusiastic about it. After he had read it he said, ‘Now I am going to this meeting with Gorbachev with a new spirit.’”
The first call took place a little before 8:00pm, while Marija was still at Mass, and it was her friend Kathleen (the American) who took it. Later on that same evening of December 8th, the phone rang again at Marija’s, and Kathleen thought that this time it wqas President Reagan himself who was calling from Washington. But the conversation was cut off at the beginning, and that happened again three more times. Each time the line was cut off.
Consequently, on December 14, Ambassador A. H. Kingon wrote a letter to Marija asking her to write a message of peace to the leader of the Soviet Party. He would make sure that the Ambassador of the United States in Moscow would transmit personally the message to Mikhail Gorbachev. He added: “It would be wonderful if the two heads of states, of the two most powerful countries in the world, to be informed of your prayers and know the message of the Blessed Virgin.”
Around Christmas, Marija received a photograph from Reagan with these words written in his hand:
To the seer, Marija Pavlovic, cordial greetings. I thank you and I wish you everything for the best. May God Bless you. Sincerely, Ronald Reagan.
The Medjugorje visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti
Former Presidents Ronald Reagan (USA) and Mikhail Gorbachev (Russia)