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The heavenly power of public, communal prayer is again dawning on the faithful as the China virus bulldozes across the world and totalitarian governments tighten their grip. In tonight's In-depth Report, Church Militant's Martina Moyski explains how in Austria the faithful are storming Heaven with prayers to break free.
Alexander Tschugguel, Catholic activist: "We are the country in which hundreds of thousands of people ... are standing up for freedom and against all dictatorship."
Austria is beset with some of the most oppressive COVID measures in the world — even pushing the jab on young children.
Karl Nehammer, chancellor of Austria: "As of tomorrow, every citizen, every person living in Austria, must be aware that they can be checked by the police at any time."
Protests against the tyranny are erupting throughout the central European nation, calling for those imposing the jab to be jailed, calling out media for its lies — and protestors carrying signs reading, "My life belongs to Jesus, not to you."
The new dictatorship is reminiscent of past events — the Nazi takeover of Austria during the Anschluss in 1938, followed by the Soviet stranglehold on the northeast part of the country after World War II.
But Austrian Catholics like Tschugguel are rising up.
Tschugguel: "We have heroes in our history, and we stand with them. We walk in their footsteps."
One hero is Fr. Petrus Pavlicek who, inspired by Our Lady of Fatima, rallied fellow Austrians in the late 1940s and early 1950s to pray the Rosary every day.
Pavlicek's public Rosary campaigns against the communists moved hundreds of thousands of faithful across the country — praying for the conversion of sinners, peace in the world and freedom for Austria. Believing the Soviets insurmountable, then-prime minister Julius Raab implored Austrians to "pray harder than ever."
Tschugguel: "We have to trust that the fight we are all fighting right now is not only carried by you all but is also carried by God when we pray."
To the world's astonishment, in May 1955 (the month of Mary), the Soviets agreed to a peaceful withdrawal from Austria.
Throngs of Austrians processed in gratitude, Rosaries in hand and bearing images of Our Lady of Fatima. The prime minister exclaimed, "We are free. O Mary, we thank thee!"
Tschugguel: "If we remain steadfast and endure, we will win this fight."
Pavlicek continued to believe that "peace is a gift of God, not the work of politicians," even as hundreds of political conferences had been held to remove the Soviets from his country.
Austrians are again lifting their voices to Our Lady, urging others around the world to pray with them "harder than ever" for the defeat of the new Marxist forces seeking the ruin of souls.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò is championing a Rosary initiative, beginning Thursday at St. John the Baptist Church in Front Royal, Virginia.
The archbishop is urging people around the world to follow this example — and Fr. Pavlicek's — to pray the Rosary together publicly for the Church and society.