The Fatima Sanctuary in St. Petersburg is planned to make it possible for the Russians and the Russian Catholics at the first place to show their gratitude to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for all Her mercies and also to help that Heart’s triumph be fulfilled. The project was approved by Bishop Joseph Werth, ordinary for Eastern Rite Catholics in Russia, on consulting with the Holy See.
The Sanctuary has an ecumenical and a universal value. There are many Orthodox brothers who highly appreciate the Apparitions of Fatima. For example, the Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Head of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, has recently visited Fatima, as did his predecessor – Nikodim Rotov, who died later after that visit in the arms of His Holiness John Paul I.