This so-called “third secret” was supposedly written down, by the nun Lucia, in 1944. We are told that it happened like this:
When she (apparently) fell very ill in 1943, the Romish bishop of Leiria asked her to write down the “third secret”, but she did not feel she could do this. He then ordered her to do so, but still she felt she could not. But finally, “Mary” herself appeared to Lucia in the infirmary of the convent, on 2 January 1944, and ordered her to write down the “third secret”. So she did, on 3 January. She placed the document in a sealed envelope which was given to the safekeeping of the bishop of Leiria, and she wrote on the envelope that it could only be opened, either by the patriarch of Lisbon or by the bishop of Leiria, in (or after – there is some uncertainty here) 1960. But this instruction (if genuine) was entirely ignored: not only did the Inquisition (the “Holy Office”) ask the bishop of Leiria, in 1957, to send it to Rome, where it ended up in the Secret Archive of the Inquisition on 4 April 1957, but also, as we shall see in a moment, Pius XII claimed to have read it before 1960.
It was said to be a terrifying revelation. And it was not revealed to the world by the Vatican until the year 2000. Or so the Vatican wants the world to believe. There is no reason for us to believe the account above of how it came to be written down. As we have said, it was all part of Rome’s “lying wonders”. It was all a manufactured hoax, and all for political gain in the world. Poor Lucia was an obedient nun. She wrote as she was told – if she even wrote at all. Anyone could have been used. It did not have to be her. Was she alive or dead by this time? If alive, was she lucid? We have no way of telling. What matters is that it was all a great hoax.
Pope Pius XII, the pope of World War Two, believed, as we have seen, that Fatima would be fulfilled by the military conquest of the Soviets by the Nazis. The intention was that, with this being accomplished, the “third secret” of Fatima could be revealed to the world in the year 1960. As Avro Manhattan, an authority on the Vatican in world politics, wrote: “Pius, who always thought and planned in quasi-apocalyptic terms, had carefully planned his timing of revealing the final secret of Fatima. One day he ‘confided’ to a few intimates, who curiously enough seemed to have close connection with the Catholic and world press, how he had read the third prophecy. Upon reading it, Pius informed them, he had ‘trembled with fear, almost fainted with horror.’”
In other words, the whole thing was designed, by Pius and his pals, to have maximum effect once it was revealed.
Roman Catholic sources prefer to claim that it is not known whether or not Pius XII read the “third secret”. Pius’ intimate friend, a priest named Leiber, denied that the pope had fainted, or even cried, when reading it (which indicates he had read it). Well, they would, wouldn’t they?
But the Nazis did not conquer the Soviets and the War ended with the Nazis’ defeat. Pius XII then forged an alliance with America, in the post-War years, with the hope of instigating a third World War in time, so that Russia could be conquered, as we have seen. This period was known as the Cold War, a very dangerous period indeed in world history. And once again, he invoked “Our Lady of Fatima”, claiming that a third World War would accomplish what she had prophesied. And he convinced the millions of Roman Catholics in Europe and the USA that he was right.
But he was succeeded in 1958 by Pope John XXIII, who was a very pro-Communist pope, not an anti-Communist one as Pius had been. The Vatican claims that John XXIII obeyed the commandment given to Lucia, and opened the sealed envelope in 1960. Manhattan wrote: “Pope John XXIII, however, being a matter of fact man, fulling realizing the anticommunist implications of the [Fatima] cult, considered the revelation as an arm of the Pentagon and indeed as a leg-pulling burlesque. In France, the French hierarchy, at the personal instigation of Pope John, condemned the cult, as a war mongering movement meant to support the USA’s armed conflict against Russia.”
The official Vatican version is that, when John opened and read the “secret” in 1960 (or earlier in August 1959, in which case this pope, too, disobeyed Lucia’s instruction), he (and “ecclesiastical authorities”) decided not to reveal it to the general public, and gave it back to the Inquisition. It was argued that no one in authority had ever said the secret had to be revealed to the world in that year – only that the sealed envelope had to be opened then! But the real reason it was not revealed is as explained above: John XXIII was pro-Communist, and nowhere near as mystically-minded as Pius had been. He simply rejected the entire Fatima business as an anti-Communist, pro-American hoax.
John was correct about the Fatima cult being used, by Pius XII in alliance with America, to promote anti-Communism. The Fatima cult was used, during World War Two and its aftermath, to advance American anti-Soviet interests. In other words, Fatima was a political tool. And truthfully, this is what it has always been.
Apparently Pope Paul VI (who succeeded John) also read the “third secret”, on 27 March 1965, and also decided not to reveal it to the public. Then, after the attempt on his life on 13 May 1981, Pope John Paul II asked for the envelope to be brought to him, on 18 July of that year – and he read it, and identified himself with the “bishop dressed in white” mentioned in the text (more about this below). And on 17 May 2000, he announced that “since the times seemed ripe, did I deem it opportune to make public the content of the so-called third part of the Secret.”
And so it was that on 26 June in the year 2000, the “third secret” of Fatima (the world was told) was revealed to the world for the first time. For decades, rumours and speculations abounded as to exactly what was contained in it. It was purported to be a most horrifying vision. In 2000 the Vatican “revealed” it to the world, through Joseph Ratzinger, the cardinal in charge of the Vatican’s diabolical Office of the Inquisition, known today as the “Congregation for Doctrine.” Ratzinger was thus the Vatican’s top doctrinal official and the watchdog of the Roman Catholic faith. A few years later, of course, he became Pope Benedict XVI.
Explaining the timing of the publication of this “secret”, Ratzinger stated that until the close of the twentieth century, the vision would have made little sense to the world. He believed the particular period of struggle described by the vision, culminating in the attempted assassination of the pope in 1981, had ended, and therefore it was now appropriate to reveal the contents of the “secret.” And Lucia claimed that the Vatican’s interpretation was correct. Or again, so the cardinal said.
What then was the “third secret”, supposedly not revealed until 2000?
In their “vision”, the children supposedly saw an angel brandishing a flaming sword, threatening the world. But “Mary’s” splendour, radiating towards the angel, caused the flames to die out. Then the angel cried out with a loud voice, “Penance, penance, penance!” Then, in Lucia’s alleged words, this is what was seen next:
“A bishop dressed in white (we had the impression it was the Holy Father). Other bishops, priests, men and women religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big cross…. Before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins, and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way. Having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other bishops, priests, men and women religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions.”
Next, “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.”
No true Christian could believe such nonsense! Firstly, visions are no longer given by the Lord, nor are they ever given by Mary. Secondly, the content of this supposed “vision” is obviously spurious, for Lucia spoke of the biblical Antichrist as “the Holy Father” (if indeed she said these words at all), a title given by the Lord Jesus to the heavenly Father in Jn. 17:11, and never to be applied to any man. Thirdly, in the “vision” the pope prayed for the dead – a heathen and Popish practice indeed, without any scriptural support. Fourthly, angels simply don’t do what she said they did. And fifthly, the Bible nowhere commands men to do penance – this is a Roman Catholic concept and part of its false gospel of works – but constantly calls men to repentance. Repentance and penance are poles apart.
What did Ratzinger believe this “vision” to be all about? He said in 2000 that Rome does not have an official definition or interpretation of the “vision”. However, Lucia is said to have told the Vatican official sent to interview her that the vision “concerns, above all, the struggle of atheistic Communism against the Church [the “Church” of Rome] and against Christians [Papists] and describes the terrible sufferings of the victims of the faith in the 20th century.” And in his commentary on the text of the “vision”, Ratzinger wrote that it described the path of the “Church” of Rome through the twentieth century as a “journey through a time of violence, destruction and persecution”; a symbolic prophecy of the “Church’s” struggles in the twentieth century with evil political systems, and of its ultimate triumph.
“The history of an entire century,” declared Ratzinger, “can be seen represented in this image…. In the vision we can recognise the 20th century as a century of martyrs, a century of suffering and persecution for the Church, a century of world wars and many local wars.” He also declared that in the ascent of the mountain “we can undoubtedly see a convergence of different Popes. Beginning from Pius X up to the present Pope, they all shared the sufferings of the century…. In the vision, the Pope too is killed along with the martyrs.”
Ratzinger also appeared to believe that this struggle against atheistic Communism culminated in the assassination attempt on John Paul II, who was shot in 1981 and almost died at the hands of a Turkish gunman hired by the Soviet Union. He declared, when giving his interpretation of the “third secret”: “When, after the attempted assassination on 13 May 1981, the Holy Father had the text of the third part of the ‘secret’ brought to him, was it not inevitable that he should see in it his own fate?”
This is a good place to look at that assassination attempt. Why was it made? Who was behind it?
Moments after the shooting
Mehmet Ali Agca