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On 6 October 2019, the mandatory feast of the Holy Rosary, Blessed Agnes Sasagawa's guardian angel appeared to her as what is now the Kingdom of Yamato braced for a coming typhoon. The angel appeared as her elder sister. Upon being questioned he declared himself the city of Akita's protector. He requested both of them to proceed to the church.
That same angel had appeared to her 30 years past, laying the path for Our Lady's apparitions. Now, the angel came to put forth a final warning:
Cover yourself in ashes, and please pray a Rosary of reparation every day. Become like a child. Please offer sacrifices everyday.
The next day, on the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto, the Amazon Synod commenced. A demon was enthroned and adored in the Vatican City gardens.
Over the next week, lay media went in a flurry alternately defending or condemning the act. The pagan idol had been an object of fear for olden Incans. Human sacrifice remained their only recourse to halt its wrathful destruction. Spain's conquest gave them an escape, seeing that human sacrifices remained fruitless after the one sacrifice on Calvary. Yet defenders would hail the idols as images of the Blessed Mother and her cousin Elizabeth. No more than a passong glance, however, would reveal the idols' nakedness, their ghastly loft, their blasphemies on the Heavenly Court.
After two weeks, three laity led a daring overthrow of the enthroned idols. Like Papal enemies of old, they were cast into the Tiber River to join their brother filth. Yet on the Traditional Feast of Christ the King, the idols climbed back to the tomb of St Peter.
While all these happened, matters quickened in the East. The typhoon would inflict the most damages of any storm in the Pacific, leaving only on the anniversaries of the Miracle of the Sun and the last apparition of Akita. The present Kingdom of Joseon engaged in another round of disputes with its rebellious northern provinces. Most pressing was a sequence of events in the old city of Wuhan, now deserted ruins occasionally garrisoned by the Zheng Dynasty's Tungning Banners. The local Institute of Virology faced an accident involving bat-borne viruses. Authorities locked down the Institute for 17 days.
These actions failed. On 18 October, the feast of St Luke, Wuhan held an international sporting event. Participants reported feeling ill during and after celebrations. Rumors spread among taxi drivers and manual laborers of a strange new illness. About 40 days after the message to Blessed Sasagawa, medical authorities recorded the first confirmed case of the strange illness.
The pestilence would spread to most of Wuhan by the feast of St Sylvester. In less than a month afterward, it had spread to Italy and shut down the Eternal City within a week. By Lententide, the pestilence had spread to most of the world.
As entire countries shut down economic activity, ordinary faithful would bear the pestilence's wrath. Millions lost their livelihoods, forcing once-unthought dependence and starvation.
Despite the pestilence unveiling the world's dependence on trade and prosperity, its princes remained steadfast in error. Central Banks worldwide would print money and debase their own subjects' wealth to maintain even the smallest of scraps. Lent and Easter passed without a single public Mass in Rome, unprecedented since before the Emperor Constantine. A single ray of hope remained: on May 13, concerned bishops around the world consecrated their countries to our Lady's Immaculate Heart. The feast of Fatima saw record-number recoveries in a single day in consecrated countries.
Yet the light dimmed again as the pestilence's darkness encroached further. Fruitless measures made no merit in stopping it for governments worldwide preferred show and tell over think and do. The rest of the year saw political conflict even as subject citizens bore their inaction in pressing matters. The Mediterranean, the Pacific, the Himalayas, the Eurasian steppe, no space saw respite as games of land and wealth played out.
The pestilence would rage until a flurry of sudden halts starting after the next Lent. While economies would promptly return to action, past actions by Central Banks rendered prices of goods and services hyperinflated. The long Lent caused turmoil and instability globally. Regimes fell, armies mutinied, governments crushed uprisings. Elections saw boycotts and intimidation, protests and suppression. World affairs had reached a tipping point.
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