September 1931 – Japan invaded Manchuria in China, the event which many historians now consider as the first in the chain of events which led to the Second World War.
1931 – Our Lord said to Sister Lucy: “They did not wish to heed My request! … Like the King of France they will repent of it, and they will do it, but it will be late. Russia will have already spread its errors throughout the world, provoking wars and persecutions against the Church”.
Now I want to speak a bit about events from the history of the country, which was the subject of my historical studies during many years — Spain. In 1931 in this country happened a revolution, the monarchy fell and the Republic was proclaimed. From the beginning, the Spanish Second Republic began to manifest anti-Catholic tendencies.
May 11–13, 1931 — In many Spanish big cities many churches and convents were burned, pillaged and destroyed. The Republican government ignored (and sometimes encouraged) these events.
October 13, 1931 — During the parliamentary debates about anti-religious and anti-Catholic articles of the new Spanish Republican Constitution, the leader of left-wing Liberals and future prime-minister, Manuel Azana, solemnly proclaimed: “Spain ceased to be Catholic”.