An Angel with a flaming sword in his hand; burning… it emitted flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; This is clearly a sign of an imminent chastisement. It is described in the 16th chapter of Apocalypse many times. When the vial of the wrath of God will be poured out upon the earth with the plagues of His chastisement. We are going to read a description like this in the interview of Sister Lucia to Father Fuentes in 1957. It is said that, “when the other resources were despised by men, the Most Holy Virgin in person, with her apparitions, her tears, fearfully offers us the last anchor of salvation”.
It is when “the flames died out in contact with the splendor that Our Lady radiated from her hand”. Then the Seer saw “in an immense light that is God”…: ‘a Bishop dressed in White’ we had the impression that it was the Holy Father.”
Why on earth should this matter be censored?
All these descriptions agree with Sister Lucia’s interview with Father Fuentes about the personal sufferings that Pope Pius XII faced because of the situation of the world and the Church As mentioned above, recent evidence suggests that it was John 23 who instructed the Bishop of Coimbra to obtain Sister Lucia´s official retraction of the published interview with Father Fuentes.
On May 13th, 1981, John Paul 2º following the assassination attempt on his life called for the envelope containing the Third Secret. He considers consecrating the world to Our Lady and composes an “Act of Entrustment” which he uses many times from 1981 to March 1984. But again the request of the Virgin Mary is ignored. Russia is not mentioned – it is replaced with the word “world”.
Even if this act to convert Russia could be achieved in the middle of a Roman apostasy it lacked all solemnity and universality, not to mention the failure to identify Russia as the principle recipient of Our Lady’s pledge. But it served to assuage the consciences of millions of unsuspecting Catholics.
This fact should raise at least a suspicion of how is it possible, after the apparent defeat of the enemies of the Faith, for the crisis within the Catholic Church to have continued? A crisis which contributes to a disastrous moral breakdown in society and the proliferation of sects. In the name of the Catholic faith Poland discards the communism only to continue to embrace a moral code which is anathema to Catholicism. Despite Karol Wojtyla’s claim to the contrary, where are the portents of Russia’s conversion to the Faith? What is able to explain the world’s present moral decline since his so called consecration of Russia?
If the objective of the Vatican was to create in believers and unbelievers alike a general unease towards the Secret, it has succeeded. But people in general, sooner or later, will ask why a secret, which as revealed by the Vatican is totally inconsequential to the Faith, has been shrouded in mystery and dreaded expectation since 1960: the year when the de-Christianization of the world started in earnest.
The Vatican’s interpretation of the Secret is bound up with historical events since 1984, at which time John Paul 2º consecrated the world to the Virgin Mary. It cites the breaking down of the Berlin Wall and the putative collapse of communism in Russia as signs that Heaven had deigned to accept the 1984 consecration. But these are signs of contradiction which ignore the fact that since the 1960´s the catastrophic crisis of the Catholic Faith has continued to escalate well past 1984 to the present day.
There are two main contradictions that can only be described as a deliberate act on behalf of the Vatican to deceive the Catholic intelligence and the general public.
First, the Vatican’s attempts to manipulate the time of the Secret’s description to tie in with the assassination attempt on John Paul.
Secondly, to convince people that the Consecration of Russia, as requested by Our Lady of Fatima in Tuy (1929), was carried out by John Paul 2º on March 25th 1984, caused the “conversion of Russia”.
To vindicate its stance on the Secret and the Consecration of Russia, the Vatican claims the support of Sister Lucia, who out of farm girl simplicity and rural ignorance seems to agree with such an interpretation. Anyway, her “connivance” is only indicative of a religious who besides confusing her vow of obedience to virtue with that of obeying every command of a new power, also enjoys the attention of hierarchy ever willing to accept her opinions on such matters as if they were divinely inspired. Yet these are the same people who have worked to radically change every aspect of Church teaching and practice since the early 1960´s and which the Seer herself has consented to accept as being the “will of God”, as she stated in a interview with Carlos Evaristo on December 12, 1993, partially transmitted on Portuguese television, March 1998.
The importance of 1960 for Fatima Prophecy
In order to add credence to its version of the Secret it became necessary for the Vatican to weaken the importance of 1960, which is referred to by Sister Lucia in all of her pre 1958 statements, as the year appointed by Our Lady for the Secret to be revealed. It is a fact that Sister wrote on the sealed envelope containing the Third Secret, before she handed it to Dom José Correia da Silva, Bishop of Leiria, that it could be opened in 1960.
Msgr. Bertone is therefore dispatched to Coimbra by the Vatican in April 2000 to question the Seer. The Vatican’s version of the question and answer session is as follows – Msgr. Bertone: “Why only after 1960? Was it Our Lady who fixed that date?”. The Sister replies: “It was not Our Lady. I fixed the date because I had the intuition that before 1960 it would not be understood, but that only later would it be understood. Now it can be better understood. I wrote down what I saw, however it was not for me to interpret it, but for the Pope.”
But it is evident on examining the facts that “intuition” is a word never before used by Sister when discussing 1960. Here we have to recall that up until the end of 1943 the gravity of the Secret prevented her from writing it down. For this reason, on the 2nd of January 1944 Our Lady appeared to the Seer and authorized her to commit the Secret to writing. This extraordinary event, coupled to Our Lady’s command for the Secret not to be published before 1960, confirms that there is no doubt whatsoever that She, (Our Lady) has presented us with a fait accompli. Therefore it is not open to somebody’s intuition to decide on these matters. The Mother of God has spoken to appoint the time for the Secret to be known. The Vatican’s newly staked claim that it was Sister Lucia, and not Our Lady, who requested that the Secret be published in 1960 contradicts all of the pre-1958 facts on the matter.
On May 17th, 1955, Cardinal Ottaviani met with Sister Lucia in Coimbra. She repeated to him that the Third Secret was not to be opened before 1960. Twelve years later at the Pontifical Marian Academy Conference the cardinal stated: “Lucia had written on a sheet of paper what the Most Holy Virgin asked her to say to the Pope. I asked Lucia why the message should not be opened before 1960. She replied: – Because then it will appear clearer -. That made me think that the message was of prophetic tone since prophecies, as is seen in Holy Scripture, are covered in a veil of mystery.”
There are many witnesses, statements and events which confirm beyond doubt that it was Our Lady who called for the secret to be published after 1960: Cardinal Cerejeira, Patriarch of Lisbon, Cardinal Ottaviani, Prefect of the Holy Office, Bishop João Pereira Venâncio of Leiria, together with Canons Galamba and Barthas proposed to all the bishops of the world that October 13th, 1960, should be set aside as a day of prayer and penance in order that Catholics could receive and honor the Message of God.
On September 7th, 1946, when closing the Brazilian Marian Congress of Campinas, Cardinal Cerejeira made the following declaration: “From the two parts of the Secret already revealed, the third part has not been made known, but it has been written and placed in a sealed envelope, and will be opened in 1960…”. Canon Barthas in his 1952 published conversations with Sister Lucia on October 17th, and 18th, 1946, asks her the question: “When will the third element of the secret be revealed to us?”. Both Lucia and the Bishop of Leiria, who was present at the interview, replied without hesitation or comment: “In 1960”. When the canon asked why the world must wait until this date the sister and bishop answered: “Because the Most Holy Virgin wishes it so.” And are we now to believe that the veil of mystery surrounding this date of 1960, which had captured the imagination of Christianity and the world, was no more than an intuition of Sister Lucia? An intuition she now cites as the authorization for the secret not to be revealed before 1960.
In June 1987, I received the answer to a letter I wrote to the Seer asking her the following question: “In what manner did Divine Mercy make known to you that the secret was to be revealed in 1960?” She replied: “I am not authorized to explain how it was made known. But let us remember the authorization that the Church could open my letter was not a command to publish it.” This letter with my name is mentioned in a note of the book above, p.201.
It is impossible to reconcile Sister Lucia’s pre 1958 statements regarding the publication of the Third Secret and those she has made now: “It was not Our Lady. I fixed the date because I had the intuition that before 1960 it would not be understood, but that only later would it be understood. Now it can be better understood.”
She is on record as stating that the Blessed Virgin Mary required the secret to be published, but not until 1960. And yet she declares in a letter written to me in 1987 that she lacks the authorization to explain this date and that there has never been a command for the Church to publish the Secret. In the first instance Sister Lucia employs the word ”authorization” in connection with the year 1960 and the Church’s role in the publication of the secret; and later on contradicts herself by replacing “authorization” with “intuition”. It is inconceivable that Church dignitaries, among them, Card. Ottaviani, Prefect of the Holy Office, together with the Patriarch of Lisbon, Card. Cerejeira, would have committed their wholesale support to something that was based purely on a Sister’s “intuition”.
1960 is confirmed as indicated by Our Lady in Sister Lucy’s Diary
On the site liberoquotidiano.it, Italian journalist Antonio Socci reveals some new text reportedly written by Sister Lucia of Fatima. Socci is the Italian journalist who in 2006 published the book, “The Fourth Secret of Fatima” which contends that there is an additional text composed by Sister Lucia and sent to the Vatican which has never been revealed. In this most recent article, Socci relays additional information reportedly from an unpublished diary of Sister Lucia, the provenance of which he reports is “contained in an official publication of the Carmel of Coimbra, the one where she lived and died (in 2005) Sister Lucia dos Santos, the last seer. Entitled “Um Caminho sob o olhar de Maria” and a biography of Sister Lucia, written by the sisters, with the valuable
unpublished documents of the same seer.
The specific context of the reported text surrounds the time in 1944 when Sister Lucia struggled mightily with writing down the third secret of Fatima. The relevant section of the article follows : “Towards 16:00 hours on January 3rd, 1944, in the Convent’s chapel, before the Tabernacle, Lucia asked Jesus to let her know His will: ‘I then feel that a friendly hand, affectionate and maternal, touches my shoulder.’
(Senti então, que uma mão amiga, carinhosa e maternal me toca no ombro, levanto olhar e vejo a querida Mãe do Céu. «Está em paz e escreve o que te mandam, não porém o que te é dado entender do seu significado. Depois de escrito, encerra-o num envelope, fecha-o e lacra-o e escreve por fora, que só pode ser aberto em 1960, pelo Sr. Cardeal Patriarca de Lisboa ou pelo Sr. Bispo de Leiria».)
It was ‘the Mother of Heaven’ who says to her… ‘be at peace and write what they command you to, but not that which you were given to understand about its meaning,’ (the meaning of the vision that the Virgin herself had revealed to her). After writing, put it in an envelope, closes it and seals it and writes out: which can only be opened in 1960, by the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon or the Bishop of Leiria.
Right after, says Sr. Lucia – ‘I felt my spirit flooded by a light-filled mystery which is God and in Him I saw and heard: the point of the flame-like lance which detaches, touches the axis of the earth and it [the earth] shakes: mountains, cities, towns and villages with their inhabitants are buried. The sea, rivers and clouds leave their bounds, they overflow, flood and drag with them into a whirlpool, houses and people in a number unable to be counted; it is the purification of the world from the sin it is immersed in. Hatred, ambition, cause destructive wars. Afterward I felt in the increased beating of my heart and in my spirit a quiet voice which said: ‘IN TIME, ONE FAITH, ONE BAPTISM, ONE CHURCH, HOLY, CATHOLIC, APOSTOLIC. IN ETERNITY, HEAVEN!’
This word, ‘Heaven,’ filled my heart with peace and happiness, so much so that, almost without realizing it, I continued to repeat for some time: Heaven, Heaven!’