Father Burgos or Otets Aleksandr, as he is known in Russia, was a seminarian at the Bidasoa Ecclesiastical College (Pamplona), thanks to the support of a scholarship from the Roman Academic Center Foundation (CARF); later he extended his studies at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome) to work later in the diocese of Valladolid (Spain), to which he belongs. It was in 2002 when he offered to go to Russia to minister to Catholics of the Latin and Byzantine Rite, two Catholic minorities of the approximately one million Catholics living in Russia, 0.6% of the population.
His arrival at his assignment in St. Petersburg was not easy. The parish had been without a pastor for a year and there was no community life. A year later, they managed to get the parish registered. The parishioners, he explains, "are Russian Orthodox people, who want to convert to Catholicism, but without leaving their tradition and rites".
This year the construction of a Shrine to the Virgin of Fatima has been approved. This is a widespread devotion in that country. Since John Paul II consecrated Russia to Our Lady of Fatima and on May 15, 2017, the Russian bishops consecrated their country also to the icon of this invocation of Our Lady.
In this sense, the icon is meant to be a call to the unity of the Church in the person of Mary under the patronage of Fatima. On the icon, in addition to the traditional letters MR ZY indicating the divine maternity of Mary, two inscriptions have been engraved. The upper one indicates the title of the icon: image of the Blessed Virgin of Fatima. The lower left one, in larger characters, reads; Toboiu Edinstbo which means In you Unity.