POPE REVEALS THIRD FATIMA SECRET
FATIMA, Portugal (CWNews.com) HOLY FATHER'S BLOOD MENTIONED IN FATIMA SECRET
John Paul II Makes Allusions During Beatification Homily
Pope John Paul II has made public the
famous "third secret" of Fatima.
The secret involves a vision of an assassination attempt on a Pope-- a vision
that matches the attempted killing of Pope John Paul II himself on May 13,
The Holy Father, who was in Fatima on May 13 for the beatification of two of
the three children to whom the Virgin Mary appeared in 1917, asked
Cardinal Angelo Sodano to read a message to the congregation at the end of
the beatification ceremonies. That message, delivered in Portuguese,
explained the third secret in general terms.
Cardinal Sodano announced that the complete text of the third secret would
soon be made available by the Vatican, together with a commentary
produced by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The third secret of Fatima has been the subject of intense speculation among
Catholics. The exact content of that message had been known only to the
Pope, his predecessors, and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the prefect of the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The secret details a vision of a "bishop dressed in white" who is caught up in
a battle against an atheistic system that oppresses the Church. That bishop
"falls to the ground, as if dead, after a volley of gunfire." Sister Lucia, the sole
surviving Fatima seer, has confirmed that the "bishop dressed in white" is
Since surviving the attempt on his life-- which occurred on the feast of Our
Lady of Fatima-- Pope John Paul II has repeatedly said that he believes the
Virgin Mary is responsible for his survival.
The following is the text of the statement read by Cardinal Sodano at the
close of the beatification ceremonies in Fatima:
At the conclusion of this solemn celebration, I feel bound to offer to our
beloved Holy Father John Paul II, on behalf of all present, heartfelt good
wishes for his approaching 80th birthday and to thank him for his significant
pastoral ministry for the good of all God's holy Church.
On the solemn occasion of his visit to Fatima, his Holiness has directed me to
make an announcement to you. As you know, the purpose of his visit to
Fatima has been to beatify the two "little shepherds." Nevertheless he also
wishes his pilgrimage to be a renewed gesture of gratitude to Our Lady for
protection during these years of his papacy. This protection seems also to be
linked to the so-called "third part" of the secret of Fatima.
That text contains a prophetic vision similar to those found in Sacred
Scripture, which do not describe with photographic clarity the details of
future events, but rather synthesize and condense against a unified
background events spread out over time in a succession and a duration
which are not specified. As a result, the text must be interpreted in a
The vision of Fatima concerns above all the war waged by atheist systems
against the Church and Christians, and it describes the immense suffering
endured by the witnesses to the faith in the last century of the second
millennium. It is an interminable Way of the Cross led by the popes of the
According to the interpretation of the 'little shepherds,' which was also
recently confirmed by Sister Lucia, the "bishop clothed in white" who prays
for all the faithful is the Pope. As he makes his way with great effort
towards the Cross amid the corpses of those who were martyred (bishops,
priests, men and women religious and many lay persons), he too falls to the
ground, apparently dead, under a burst of gunfire.
After the assassination attempt of May 13 1981, it appeared evident to his
Holiness that it was "a motherly hand which guided the bullet's path,"
enabling the "dying Pope" to halt "at the threshold of death." On the occasion
of a visit to Rome by the then bishop of Leiria-Fatima, the Pope decided to
give him the bullet which had remained in the jeep after the assassination
attempt, so that it might be kept in the Shrine. At the behest of the bishop,
the bullet was later set in the crown of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima.
The successive events of 1989 led, both in the Soviet Union and in a number
of countries of Eastern Europe, to the fall of the Communist regime which
promoted atheism. For this too his Holiness offers heartfelt thanks to the
most holy Virgin. In other parts of the world, however, attacks against the
Church and against Christians, together with the burden of suffering which
they involve, tragically continue. Even if the events to which the third part
of the secret of Fatima refers now seem part of the past, Our Lady's call to
conversion and penance, issued at the beginning of the 20th century,
remains timely and urgent today.
The Lady of the message seems to read the signs of the times-- the signs of
our time-- with special insight. The insistent invitation of Mary most holy to
penance is nothing but the manifestation of her maternal concern for the
fate of the human family, in need of conversion and forgiveness.
In order that the faithful may better receive the message of Our Lady of
Fatima, the Pope has charged the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
with making public the third part of the secret, after the preparation of an
Let us thank Our Lady of Fatima for her protection. To her maternal
intercession let us entrust the Church of the Third Millennium.
Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, Sancta Dei Genetrix!. Intercede pro
Ecclesia Dei! Intercede pro Sancto Patre Iohanne Paolo II! Amen'."
VATICAN CITY, MAY 14 (ZENIT.org).
At the end of yesterday's
beatification Mass at Fatima, John Paul II had another surprise in
store. He entrusted Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican Secretary of State,
with an announcement about the famous "third secret" of Fatima.
"The vision of Fatima concerns above all the war waged by atheist
systems against the Church and Christians, and it describes the immense
suffering endured by the witnesses to the faith in the last century of
the second millennium. It is an interminable Way of the Cross led by the
Popes of the twentieth century," the Italian Cardinal explained.
"According to the interpretation of the 'little shepherds,' which was
also recently confirmed by Sister Lucia," continued Cardinal Sodano,
"the 'Bishop clothed in white' who prays for all the faithful is the
Pope. As he makes his way with great effort towards the Cross amid the
corpses of those who were martyred (Bishops, priests, men and women
religious and many laymen), he, too, falls to the ground, apparently
dead, under a burst of gunfire."
The Pope did not want to make the announcement, in part because it is a
private revelation and in part (and perhaps above all) out of modesty,
because it affects him personally. However, during the beatification
ceremony homily he implicitly acknowledged with evident signs of
emotion, that these revelations have decisively marked his understanding
of his pontificate and his vision of the world over the last two
Secret and Attempt on Pope's Life
While reading the announcement, Cardinal Sodano added, "After the
assassination attempt of 13 May 1981, it appeared evident to His
Holiness that it was 'a motherly hand that guided the bullet's path,'
enabling the 'dying Pope' to halt 'at the threshold of death.' " Because
of this, on the occasion of a visit to Rome by the then Bishop of
Leiria-Fatima, the Pope decided to give him the bullet that had remained
in the jeep after the assassination attempt, so that it might be kept in
the Shrine. At the behest of the Bishop, the bullet was later set in the
crown of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima."
However, the third secret was only partially revealed. To know its full
content, the world will have to wait until it is published by the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, presided by Cardinal Joseph
Ratzinger, who are preparing a commentary to facilitate its
understanding. This text is expected within a few days.
Nevertheless, during the beatification homily, John Paul II made highly
interesting references, which are likely related to it. Above all, he
made it clear that the Fatima message is a "call to conversion."
Moreover, the Pontiff confirmed some particular aspects of the three
secrets: Jacinta's and Francisco's premature deaths, the 20th century's
terrible wars and persecutions, the need to pray to "shorten" the evils
against man, and the attack that he himself suffered in 1981 in the
Vatican. He also quoted the Apocalypse, when it speaks of the "dragon,"
which symbolizes evil, and he affirmed that when man "puts God to one
side he cannot find happiness but, on the contrary, ends in
The confirmation of the "second secret" of Fatima, which refers to the
world wars, was alluded to indirectly by the Pope, when he said: "How
many victims there have been in this last century of the second
millennium! I am thinking of the horrors of the two great wars and other
conflicts in other parts of the world. I am also thinking of the
concentration camps and the extermination, the gulags, the ethnic
cleansing, the persecutions, terrorism, kidnappings, drugs, attacks on
the life of the unborn and against the family."
In so far as the first secret is concerned, the premature death of the
children, the Holy Father recalled Jacinta's words who said, referring
to Francisco, that "the Virgin has come to see us and has said that very
soon she will come to take him."
The Bishop of Rome's reference to the third secret, which is now
partially revealed, was expressed in these words: Fatima "prophesized
the tribulations of these times and the Virgin asked for prayers to
shorten these evils."
He added that because of this "I want to thank God for having saved me
from death on May 13, 1981. I also express my appreciation to Blessed
Jacinta for the sacrifices and prayers for the Pope whom she saw
PRELATE EXPLAINS DISCLOSURE OF THIRD FATIMA SECRET
Pope John Paul II waited until the Jubilee year
to disclose the "third secret" of Fatima because the message concerned "the
popes of the 20th century," the Vatican's Secretary of State has disclosed.
In an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Cardinal Angelo
Sodano said that with the 20th century now concluded, the Holy Father saw
no reason to delay public announcement of the message of Our Lady of
Fatima. Also, he said, in light of historical developments, "the symbolic
visions contain nothing mysterious."
Pope John Paul II read the third secret shortly after his election, the cardinal
continued. But perhaps because the message takes the form of a symbolic
vision, he did not show any special interest in that message until after the
assassination attempt of May 13, 1981. At that point, however, the Pontiff
immediately recognized the relevance of the vision, and gave credit to the
Virgin Mary for preserving his life.
Joaquin Navarro-Valls, the spokesman for the Holy See, said that Pope John
Paul had chosen not to release the secret himself, but to allow Cardinal
Sodano to make the dramatic announcement. The reasons for that decision,
he said, were twofold. First, the Pope felt a measure of personal reserve
about publicizing the message, since he himself is clearly a protagonist in the
prophetic vision. Second, he wished to indicate the official character of the
announcement while still clearly preserving the distinction between this
vision, which is a private revelation, and the body of Revelation transmitted
through Scripture and Church tradition.
When journalists asked whether the announcement could be taken as a
signal that the Pope is now considering stepping down, the papal spokesman
quickly dismissed such speculation. A smiling Navarro-Valls remarked: "In
the 17 years that I have worked for the Pope, I have never heard him make
the slightest allusion to that subject."
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