We studied for years a detail of the relationship between Fatima and Balasar. The proclamation of the Consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary was made in the Apparitions Jubilee, on 31 October 1942. So we wanted to see what three newspapers of the time said, one of the Diocese of Braga and two of Porto. And the findings were interesting.
The Jubilee was celebrated in Lisbon, because there was no basilica in Fatima, and was prepared in advance. The day before, the Cardinal of Lisbon spoke to the country, but didn’t say any word about the Consecration; the daily newspapers made the same on the following day. Everybody ignored it. Two days later, news arrives from Rome and then the newspaper of the Diocese of Braga starts talking about it.
The proclamation seems to have been made among fears.
At that time, Balasar didn’t have yet electric energy and so Alexandrina could not hear nor Cardinal or Pope (who spoke in Portuguese). So she learned that the Consecration had been made by telegram Father Pinho sent to her... from Fatima.
Look at these sentences in which Alexandrina, a week later, recalls how she felt when knew the Consecration had been made:
When I learned by a telegram about the Consecration of the world to the beloved Heavenly Mother, Jesus let me have a few quick moments of consolation. Away from me, I did not know how to thank Jesus and Heavenly Mother. I raised my hands to heaven and said: Blessed Jesus, Blessed Heavenly Mother! It seemed to me that I myself put the Holy Father into the Heart of Jesus and Heavenly Mother. What joy, what joy! (...)
I prayed the Magnificat and ordered my sister to light a lamp in honor of Heavenly Mother.