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Introduction to the Third Secret of Fatima

The greatest secret in post apostolic times is the Third Secret of Fatima.  

The greatest public miracle in the same period is the Dance of the Sun at Fatima.

At noon on May 13 1917, the Madonna appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima Portugal and promised to return at the same time for the next five months on the same day. At the third of the apparitions, the children asked for a sign so that people would believe that the Madonna was appearing to them. The Madonna promised to perform a public miracle three months later at noon on the 13th of October. At the same apparition, the Madonna gave the children a message which was to be opened in 1960. That message came to be known as the Third Secret of Fatima. 

Three months later, seventy thousand people gathered to see the miracle. Some had walked for days. At noon solar time, a heavy rain abruptly ceased. The clouds parted like curtains. The sun came out and performed an explosive and ferocious dance in the sky, dropping three times to tree top level. People fell to their knees in the mud and cried for mercy. Many thought it was the end of the world. When it was over, the ground was dry and their clothes were fresh and clean as if they had come from the laundry.  

Four decades passed. In 1960, The pope opened the sealed envelope, and read the twenty line letter from the Madonna. He turned pale, and declined to reveal the secret. The secret is widely thought to include a warning about a world wide calamity if the pope did not perform an action which he believed the Soviet Union would regard as an act of war.

Since 1960, the popes and their nearest collaborators have read the secret. Here and there a part of the secret has been revealed. Like pieces of a mosaic, those parts have been reassembled. The reconstructed Third Secret is presented below. 

Where some pieces have been missing, the author has taken the liberty to recreate those pieces out of what the Madonna, Lucy, and others have said elsewhere.

The Third Secret Reconstructed

“You saw the ruin of the world. In order to prevent this, God wished to establish the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. If the Holy Father had done so, many souls would have been saved. Because he did not, the devil will infiltrate the Church. And mount the throne of St Peter. continued.....

Explanation of the Third Secret

You saw the ruin of the world

The First Secret was the Vision of Hell. It lasted just a moment. Lucy said if it had lasted longer, they might have died. A moment later, Our Lady said  “You saw Hell where the souls of poor sinners go.“ 

In the case of the Third Secret, Our Lady showed the children the Vision of the Bishop in White. 

Then, She explained the vision, beginning with the same words as the Second Secret. “You saw .... ”

The Secret weighed heavily on Pope John XXIII. In his Opening Speech to Vatican II, he wished to separate himself from those who foresaw trouble ahead. Several had read the secret with him. He assumed that a couple dozen more had been told the contents verbatim and that many more had the general idea. He felt is necessary to counter the pessimism of the third secret. Therefore in denying that pessimism he chose to use the word most associated with the first line of the secret. He attacked those who saw “ruin and calamity”. “He mocked, disdainfully, those whom he called ‘prophets of doom.’

And there was no doubt among any of us that he was speaking of the three prophets of Fatima, toward whom he was hostile.”said Malachi Martin who had seen the third secret in his capacity as trusted assistant to Cardinal Bea. continued.....

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