The Three Secrets of Fatima consist of a series of visions and prophecies claimed to be given by an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three young Portuguese shepherds, Lucia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto, on July 13, 1917.
During her many appearances to the children, "Our Lady" bestowed upon them three prophecies. On July 13, around noon, the lady is said to have entrusted the children with three secrets. The second secret is a statement that World War I would end and supposedly predicts the coming of World War II should God continue to be offended and if Russia does not convert.
This secret's controversy is second only to the supposed final secret of Fatima, as it seemingly predicts both the all-encompassing World War II, the radical, bloody, and extreme anti-religion ideology of the Soviet Union; the proxy wars and limited direct confrontations that would be initiated between the Western Democracies and the Soviet Bloc. It was announced on 13 May 2000, 83 years after the first apparition of the Lady to the children in the Cova da Iria, that the third secret would finally be released. I write in obedience to you, my God, who command me to do so through his Excellency the Bishop of Leiria and through your Most Holy Mother and mine. The Vatican withheld the third secret until June 26, 2000 – despite Lucia's declaration that it could be released to the public after 1960. There are some groups who dispute that the full text of the third secret has been officially published. The Vatican has maintained its position that the full text of the Third Secret was published in June 2000. On May 13, 1917 a luminous Apparition of the Virgin Mary appeared to three peasant children and delivered a prophecy that would change the world. The three children - Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco took their flock of sheep to a natural hollow in the ground known as the Cova da Iria to graze, just outside the town of Fatima in Portugal. But the visions of Mary -- and her series of prophecies remained apparent to the three children.
The Three Secrets of Fatima consist of a series of visions and prophecies allegedly given by an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three young Portuguese shepherds, L?cia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto, on May 13, 1917. On July 13, 1917, around noon, the lady is said to have entrusted the children with three secrets. When asked by the Bishop of Leiria in 1943 to reveal the third secret, L?cia struggled for a short period, being "not yet convinced that God had clearly authorized her to act." However, in October 1943 the bishop of Leiria ordered her to put it in writing.
To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. This secret's controversy is second only to the supposed final secret of F‡tima, as it seemingly predicts both the all-encompassing World War II, the radical Anti-theistic ideology of the Soviet Union; the proxy wars and limited direct confrontations that would be initiated between the Western Democracies and the Soviet Bloc. Some have complained that the second prophecy was not disclosed until August 1941, after World War II had already begun. The third part of the secret was allegedly written down "by order of His Excellency the Bishop of Leiria and the Most Holy Mother ".
In June 1944, the sealed envelope containing the third secret was delivered to Silva, where it stayed until 1957, when it was finally delivered to Rome. It was announced by Cardinal Sodano on May 13, 2000, 83 years after the first apparition of the Lady to the children in the Cova da Iria, that the Third Secret would finally be released.
And we saw in an immense light that is God: 'something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it' a Bishop dressed in White 'we had the impression that it was the Holy Father'. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God. After explaining the differences between public and private revelations, he cautions people not to see in the message a determined future event: "The purpose of the vision is not to show a film of an irrevocably fixed future. The Vatican withheld the Third Secret until June 262000, despite L?cia's declaration that it should be released to the public after 1960.
When 1960 arrived, rather than releasing the Third Secret, the Vatican published an official press release stating that it was "most probable the Secret would remain, forever, under absolute seal." After this announcement, immense speculation over the content of the secret materialized.
The release of the text sparked immediate criticism, even outrage, from the Catholic Church in Portugal. The London Times for June 29, 2000, reported that "The revelation on Monday that there were no doomsday predictions has provoked angry reactions from the Portuguese church over the decision to keep the prophecy secret for half a century." Portuguese newspapers reported that many people felt "dismayed, cheated, and betrayed" by the news. Some sources claim that the four-page, handwritten text of the Third Secret released by the Vatican in the year 2000 is not the real secret, or at least not the full secret. The three children claimed to have been visited by a Marian apparition six times between May and October 1917. Her appearance to three shepherd children in Portugal in 1917 was, according to many witnesses, accompanied by several unexplained events, including a shared vision of the sun dancing and moving about erratically in the sky.
The first two were disclosed by Lucia dos Santos, the eldest of the three children, after she wrote them down in the early 1940s, but the third and final prophecy was not to be revealed until 1960. Two of the secrets were revealed in 1941 in a document written by Lucia, at the request of Jose da Silva, Bishop of Leiria, to assist with the publication of a new edition of a book on Jacinta. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. Some critics have noted that the "Prophecy" was not disclosed until August 1941, after World War II had already begun. Bishop Silva, visiting Lucia on 15 September 1943 while she was bed-ridden, first suggested that she write the third secret down to ensure that it would be recorded in the event of her death. And we saw in an immense light that is God: ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it' a Bishop dressed in White 'we had the impression that it was the Holy Father'. The most prominent among these is The Fatima Center, which is run by Father Nicholas Gruner.
A report from the Zenit Daily Dispatch dated December 20, 2001, based on a Vatican press release, claimed that Lucia told then Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, in an interview conducted the previous month, that the secret has been completely revealed and published, and that no secrets remain.Bertone was entrusted by John Paul II with the publication of the third part of the secret of Fatima.
Joaquim Fernandes and Fina d'Armada that the events described in the third secret of Fatima did occur exactly as foretold, with one exception: at the end, the "Bishop dressed in White" was saved from certain death. Predictably Jacinta told her parents about the Apparition and there was a general reaction of disbelief. Standing at the step of the Torres Novas bus was an old man, whose appearance in face and figure reminded one of Paul Deroulede. The sky was swept clear of clouds and the sun followed its course in its usual splendor, so that no one ventured to gaze at it directly.
They had so longed to see the sign from Heaven: they had seen and were satisfied and radiated burning faith. Those who were the first to arrive were also the first to depart, running out on the roadway, traveling on foot with their footwear in a bundle on their heads or strung from their staffs.


Two of the secrets were revealed in 1941 in a document written by L?cia, at the request of JosZ da Silva, Bishop of Leiria, to assist with the publication of a new edition of a book on Jacinta. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church.
However, the provenance of the document is easily traced to 1935, when it was first written down, though Sister Lucia avowed that the three children first received it in June 1917.
In his announcement, Cardinal Sodano implied that the secret was about the persecution of Christians in the 20th century that culminated in the failed assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1981. Its meaning is exactly the opposite: it is meant to mobilize the forces of change in the right direction. Clergy as well as laypeople had been outraged that the text had been read in Rome and not at the Fatima shrine in Portugal where the reported events took place.
In particular, it is alleged that Cardinals Bertone, Ratzinger and Sodano engaged in a systematic deception to cover up the existence of a one-page document containing the words of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which some believe[citation needed] contains information about the Apocalypse and a great apostasy. Well, 1960 came and went, and the third prophecy was not revealed because the Vatican said the world was not quite ready for it.
When asked by the Bishop of Leiria in 1943 to reveal the third secret, Lucia struggled for a short period, being "not yet convinced that God had clearly authorized her to act." However, in October 1943 the bishop of Leiria ordered her to put it in writing. The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repulsive likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and transparent.
Lucia insisted to them it must be released by 1960, saying, "by that time, it will be more clearly understood." When 1960 passed without any such announcement, immense speculation over the content of the secret materialized. This research concludes that the "Bishop dressed in White", of whom Lucia says "'we had the impression that it was the Holy Father'", who "prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way" was Bishop D. Lucia`s mother was convinced that her child was lying and punished her continually when she refused to deny her story.
They went, with hearts overflowing with joy, to bring the good news to their hamlets that had not been wholly depopulated for the time being.
Bishop Silva, visiting her on 15 September 1943 while she was bed-ridden, first suggested that she write the third secret down to ensure that it would be recorded in the event of her death.
Therefore we must totally discount fatalistic explanations of the OsecretO, such as, for example, the claim that the would-be assassin of May 13, 1981 was merely an instrument of the divine plan guided by Providence and could not therefore have acted freely, or other similar ideas in circulation. Portuguese Catholics responded to the release of the text with disbelief, saying that if the words did not concern some kind of terrible catastrophe such as war, holocaust or apocalypse, there had been no reason for the Vatican to keep them secret.
These sources contend that the Third Secret is actually composed of two texts, where one of these texts is the published four-page vision, and the other is a single-page letter allegedly containing the words of the Virgin Mary which has been concealed. This reluctance to disclose the secret lead to speculation among the faithful that it contained information about our future that was so horrific that the Pope dared not reveal it. Lucia then wrote the secret down and sealed it in an envelope not to be opened until 1960, when "it will appear clearer." The text of the third secret was officially released by Pope John Paul II in 2000, although some claim that it was not the real secret revealed by Lucia, despite assertions from the Vatican to the contrary. The war is going to end: but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the Pontificate of Pius XI. Finally, in mid-October, Bishop Silva sent her a letter containing a direct order to record the secret, and Lucia obeyed.
The Congregation for the Clergy announced on September 12, 2001, that Gruner's suspension was "confirmed by a definitive sentence of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature." Father Gruner rejected the validity of the suspension and continues to perform the functions of a priest. Lucia, who had spoken to Our Lady, was announcing with expressive gestures, as she was carried along shoulder-high by a man and passed from group to group, that the war would end and that the soldiers would return. According to the most popular interpretation, the three secrets involve Hell, World Wars I and II, and the shooting of Pope John Paul II. How can we ever be grateful enough to our kind heavenly Mother, who had already prepared us by promising, in the first Apparition, to take us to heaven. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light*, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father.
On November 22, 2006, the Italian author Antonio Socci published Il Quarto Segreto di Fatima (The Fourth Secret of Fatima) in Italian, which also argues that the Vatican has not formally released the entire Third Secret.
When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father.
The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world. She was under strict obedience according to her Carmelite vows, but when she received the secret, she had heard Mary say not to reveal it. As for the third part of the Secret, in 1941, Sister Lucy declares that for the moment she is not permitted to reveal it.The Writing Down and the Transmission of the SecretThe dramatic account of the writing down and the transmission of this vital Message begins in 1943. These critics, for example, point to the fact that Lucia's vision, as recorded in the officially released text, does not contain any words from Mary, as one might expect, and says nothing about a crisis of faith in the Church. They started to gather the sheep thinking a storm was brewing in the distance when there was a second flash that caused total concern. Finally, in mid-October, Bishop Silva sent her a letter containing a direct order to record the secret, and L?cia obeyed. Sister Lucy was living at that time in the convent of the Dorothean Sisters of Tuy, in Spain.
He feared that she would die before having revealed the Third Secret of Our Lady and he sensed that it would be the loss of an exceptional grace for the Church. Canon Galamba, the friend and advisor of the Bishop, then suggested to him an extremely judicious idea, that he at least ask Sister Lucy to write down forthwith, the text of the Third Secret and then that she place it in an envelope sealed with wax, to be opened later.On September 15, 1943, Bishop da Silva went, therefore, to Tuy and he asked Sister Lucy to write down the Secret "if she really wanted to". But the seer, undoubtedly under the impulse of the Holy Spirit was not content with this vague order. She requested of her bishop a written order, formal and perfectly clear A— that is very important. The final Message of the Virgin of Fatima is, as previously were Her other requests, linked to marvelous promises.
It is an exceptional grace offered by God to our 20th Century in order to meet its most urgent needs. But again it is necessary that the pastors of the Church have sufficient faith and docility to the designs of Heaven in order to be instruments of this outpouring of grace that God wants to bestow upon the world through the sweet mediation of His Immaculate Mother. In 1943, God desired that it be the Bishop of Leiria, who demanded of this messenger the writing down of the Third Secret.Finally, in mid-October, 1943, Bishop da Silva made up his mind. Sister Lucy experienced at that time, for almost three months, a mysterious and terrible anguish. She has related that each time she sat down at her work table and took her pen in order to write down the Secret, she found herself obstructed from doing it.


She confirmed to her that such was truly the Will of God and gave her the light and the strength to accomplish the writing that had been commanded.The extreme care that Sister Lucy then took to transmit it with complete safety to its recipient, Bishop da Silva, is a new proof of the exceptional importance which she attributes to this document.
It was Bishop Ferreira, Archbishop of Gurza, who received from the hands of Sister Lucy, the envelope sealed with wax containing the precious document. The immediate recipient of the Secret was Bishop da Silva and he could have read it at once.
But frightened by the responsibility that he would have to assume, he did not dare, he did not wish to have knowledge of it.
It was then agreed that if Bishop da Silva happened to die, the envelope would be entrusted to Cardinal Cerejeira, the Patriarch of Lisbon. It is therefore false to say, as has been so often repeated after 1960, that the Third Secret is destined explicitly and exclusively to the Holy Father!Fact #2. It is true, however, A— I provide several proofs of it in my book A— that Sister Lucy wanted Pope Pius XII to know the Secret without further delay.
Finally, this promise to disclose the Secret immediately after the death of Sister Lucy or in any case, "in 1960 at the latest", surely corresponds to a request by the Virgin Mary Herself.
In fact, when in 1946, Canon Barthas asked the seer why it would be necessary to wait until 1960, Sister Lucy replied to him in the presence of Bishop da Silva, "Because the Blessed Virgin wishes it so."Briefly stated, I have established it solidly in my book and we have all the proofs that God desired and willed that the final Secret of Our Lady be finally believed by the Pastors of the Church and made public to the faithful.
A detailed analysis of the facts have enabled me to formulate a plausible hypothesis but I have not arrived at any certitude.In mid March, 1957, Bishop da Silva entrusted his Auxiliary Bishop Venancio with the responsibility of delivering the precious document to Bishop Cento, the Apostolic Nuncio to Lisbon at that time. Bishop Venancio implored his bishop to finally read the Secret and to make a copy of it before sending the manuscript to Rome, but the old bishop persisted in his refusal.
Bishop Venancio, who related this to me in Fatima on February 13, 1983, had to content himself with looking at the envelope while holding it up to the light.
We thus know that the Third Secret is not very long, probably 20 to 25 lines, that is to say about the same length as the Second Secret. This allows us to reject as certainly inauthentic, several texts much too long, which some forgers have tried to foist upon the public as being the true Secret of Fatima.On the 16th of April, 1957, the sealed envelope arrived in Rome.
But they haven't willed to know it as they did not want to be influenced." Pope Pius XII, therefore, without a doubt, preferred to wait for 1960, but he died before then.
What a loss for the Church!4The Unanimous and Fervent AnticipationAt the approach of 1960, older ones remember it, the whole Christian people confidently awaited the promised public unveiling of the Secret.
And you Italians (here present) you no doubt know that in 1959 there was in the whole country a great movement of devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
On the 13th of September, 1959, all the Bishops of the country solemnly consecrated Italy to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This picture is depicted according to Sister LucyA’s description of this most solemn vision on June 13, 1929. For copies of this picture, and other free literature further describing this most important message contact Appendix A– Our Lady of Fatima Returns"). We know that this period of apostasy will be over when the Holy Father succeeds in commanding all the Catholic Bishops to consecrate Russia according to the command of the Most Holy Trinity given to Sister Lucy at Tuy. Let us notice that this transmission of the Secret to the Sovereign Pontiff thus took on an official character and gathered around it a certain solemnity, which shows the esteem which Fatima was held in that era. He was content to declare "I am waiting to read it with my confessor." "The reading of the Secret," Monsignor Capovilla stated precisely, "was done a few days later. But because of the difficulty raised by expressions peculiar to the language, assistance was requested of the Portuguese translator of the Secretariat of State, Mgr.
Later, Pope John XXIII had it read to Cardinal Ottaviani, Prefect of the Holy Office.Let us open here a brief parenthesis.
In 1960, it was evident that the Church had already officially recognized the Divine authenticity of the Fatima apparitions, proved, moreover, more solidly than any other by incontestable prophecies and dazzling miracles as Father Gruner has reminded us. In accordance with the command of the Most Blessed Virgin transmitted through Sister Lucy, the two prelates in charge, the Bishop of Leiria and the Patriarch of Lisbon had publicly undertaken to reveal the complete content of it by 1960 at the latest. For more than 15 years, no authoritative declaration had come out to refute these repeated promises echoed throughout the entire world by Cardinals, Bishops and Fatima experts as renowned as Canon Galamba, Canon Barthas or Father Messias Dias Coelho.
The disclosure of the first two Secrets in 1942 with the consent of Pope Pius XII constituted moreover a precedent. So that the faithful perfectly had the right to expect from the supreme authority this promised revelation. They had at least a right to an exact and straightforward explanation on the part of the Holy Father.Alas, on February 8, 1960, it was all of a sudden learned through a simple press release that the Third Secret of Fatima would not be revealed. It publicly and without any valid reason cast the most ignominious suspicion upon the credibility of Sister Lucy and upon the whole of the Fatima Message!According to Mgr. But what is certain is that the Portuguese authorities in charge were odiously disregarded. Neither Bishop Venancio nor Cardinal Cerejeira had been consulted or notified by Rome.Upon re-reading and analyzing this lamentable press release of February 8, 1960, or even more by studying the miserable article published in June by Father Caprile in la CiviltA  Cattolica, one is disheartened by the massive examples of incoherence, inaccuracies and falsehoods which have been uttered by responsible authorities in Rome itself on the subject of Fatima.
This tells you how much the decision to take no notice of the expressed will of the Immaculate Virgin, Queen of the Apostles, demanding that Her Secret be revealed by 1960, was unjustified and unjustifiable.
It is certain also, that it did immense harm to the Fatima cause.One can say that it was from this date after this public disregard for the "Secret of Mary" that devotion to the Most Blessed Virgin began to decrease in a perceptible and then alarming manner in the very bosom of the Catholic Church. For in disregarding the prophecies and requests of Fatima, not only was it the Virgin Mary, but God Himself Who had been disregarded, Who had been ridiculed in front of the world. The conditional punishment announced through the maternal warning of the Immaculate One was then going to be carried out tragically, inevitably.Footnotes". See Brother Michael's book , pages 484-486) [Mother Pascalina was in charge of a few sisters who looked after Pope Pius XII].The Third Secret3.
This is at least what Mother Pascalina Lehnert affirmed to the journalist Robert Serrou on the occasion of a photographic reporting session at the Vatican on May 14, 1957 (, pages 486-502.
Sometimes they would huddle at the foot of the statue rather than fly away (, pages 578-586. This is totally refuted by Brother Michael in Volume I as noted above.Science and the Facts7.



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