The "Release" of the Third
Fatima Revered or Reviled?
by John Vennari
The following is an edited adaptation of a speech given by the
author at the Catholic Restoration Conference in Phoenix, Arizona in October
This presentation will be composed of two parts:
First: We will discuss what was released on June 26,
regarding the Third Secret, and make a few observations on those points that
dont seem to make sense.
Second: We will spotlight one section of the
Vaticans June 26, document on Fatima in which it says that the
Consecration of Russia has been accomplished, and that ... any
further discussion or request is without basis.
Well take a look at that.
So: First, The Third Secret.
Im taking for granted that the audience knows the following
about the Third Secret:
- that Sister Lucy, when she finally wrote down the
Secret in 1944, under obedience, had a very hard time doing it because of its
disturbing contents. Sister Lucys interior conflict was so great that on
January 2, 1944, Our Lady appeared to Sister Lucy and told her that yes, Heaven
willed that she write down the Secret;
- that on January 9, 1944, Lucy wrote to Bishop da Silva
of Fatima saying that she had written down the Secret in a sealed
envelope and in her note book;
- that the envelope containing the Secret was hand
delivered to Bishop da Silva on June 17, 1944;
- that in 1957, the Secret was transferred to the
Vaticans Holy Office;
- that the Secret was supposed to be released in 1960.
When Sister Lucy was asked Why 1960? she responded,
Because the Blessed Virgin wishes it so. Also, in 1955, Cardinal
Ottaviani visited Sister Lucy and asked her why the Secret should not be
released until 1960. Sister Lucy replied: Because then, it will become
The entire world was waiting for the year 1960, for the Secret to
be released. And in1960, Pope John XXIII read the Third Secret, and decided not
to release it to the world. It is reported that he said of the Secret
This does not concern my Pontificate.1
Im also taking for granted that the audience is familiar with
the magnificent work of Frère Michel of the Holy Trinity, The Whole
Truth About Fatima, in which he argues that the contents of the Third
Secret are probably an allusion to the present crisis of Faith that our Holy
Church has been suffering since the time of the Second Vatican Council.
Frère Michel, of course, is basing much of his work on top Fatima
scholars, especially Father Joaquin Alonso probably the finest in the
And so, on May 13, 2000, in Fatima, at the beatification ceremony
of Jacinta and Francisco Marto, the surprise announcement came. Vatican
Secretary of State Cardinal Sodano announced, in the name of Pope John Paul II,
that the Vatican planned to disclose the contents of the Third Secret.
On that day, Cardinal Sodano revealed what appeared to be a
small part of the Secret.
He spoke of the Secret containing the vision of a bishop
clothed in white who, while making his way amid the corpses of victims,
falls to the ground apparently dead, under a burst of
gunfire. (Cardinal Sodanos words)
One week later, on May 21, Vatican Spokesman Navarro-Valls seemed
to reveal the thinking behind the decision to disclose the Third Secret:
The publication of the prophecy will provide no
papal support for the anti-ecumenical traditionalism which has improperly
seized hold of certain aspects of the Message of Fatima, speculating in a
millenary key on the presumed, but not actual, contents of this unpublished
On the contrary, the decision to publish it arose
from the conviction that one could not allow Fatima to become hostage to a
partisan position (positione di parte). When it is published, each
aspect of the Message of Fatima will recover its just proportions, and taken as
a whole it will be more intelligible for
This, then, seems to be the prime motivation. It is an attempt to
extinguish, once and for all, the speculation among traditional-minded
Catholics that the content of the Third Secret speaks of the crisis of Faith
that the Church has suffered since the time of the Second Vatican Council.
And Navarro-Valls claims that once the Secret is released, the
Fatima Message will be more intelligible for everyone.
Lets see if hes right.
Here, then, is the Vision of the Third Secret that was released by
the Vatican on June 26, 2000:
At the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel
with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked
as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with
the splendor that Our Lady radiated towards him from Her right hand: pointing
to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice:
Penance, Penance, Penance! 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. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious
going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of
rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; 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. 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.
The official Vatican interpretation of this is that it is a
prophecy of the 1981 assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II. And of
course, most of you are aware, Cardinal Ratzinger has stated (I guess he had to
really) that Catholics are not under obligation to accept this interpretation.
Regarding what the Vatican released, there seems to be no reason to
doubt that this is actually part of the Third Secret. The problems, however,
show themselves in other areas.
First: The manner in which the Secret was delivered to us.
It was delivered in stages. And the way it was delivered seemed to be an
attempt to force-fit the Vaticans interpretation on the Vision of the
As I had said, on May 13, 2000, when Cardinal Sodano announced that
it would be released, he said that the Secret contained a vision where the Pope
falls apparently dead under a burst of gunfire: the prophecy of this
Third Secret, therefore, was fulfilled in 1981 with the assassination
attempt against Pope John Paul II.
Then for 5 or 6 weeks, before June 26, this myth was allowed to
build and to roll, and to permeate the media, that the Third Secret has been
fulfilled: it was the assassination attempt against Pope John Paul.
So by the time that June 26 came around, the world had already been
pre-conditioned to accept the prophecy of the Third Secret as being nothing
more than this 1981 assassination attempt.
Thankfully, not everyone accepted that interpretation; mainly
because it doesnt really square with the Vision of the Secret. And
Im not talking about Catholic writers only. There were those in the
secular press who could see that it all just doesnt jive:
For example, the July 1 Washington Post observed:
On May 13, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, a top Vatican
official, announced the imminent release of the carefully guarded text. He said
the Third Secret of Fatima foretold not the end of the world, as some had
speculated, but the May 13, 1981, shooting of Pope John Paul II in St.
Sodano said the manuscript ... tells of a
bishop clothed in white who, while making his way amid corpses of
martyrs, falls to the ground, apparently dead, under a
burst of gunfire.
But the text released Monday (June 26) leaves
no doubt about the bishops fate, saying that he was
killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at
him. Everyone with the pontiff also diesbishops,
priests, monks, nuns and lay people. John Paul survived his shooting at
the hands of a single gunman, Mehmet Ali Agca, and no one in the crowd
was harmed in the attack.3
In so many words, this secular newspaper cannot help but look at
Cardinal Sodano with a jaundiced eye and say, You werent quite
honest with us. You told us on May 13 that the Pope falls apparently
dead. But the text released on June 26 doesnt say he falls apparently
dead, it says clearly that he is killed. So, you didnt really tell
us the truth. You gave us a falsified picture of what the Secret actually says
and then you force-fit your interpretation into it.
Now, Im not quoting the Washington Post as if it is a
bastion of journalistic integrity. Im simply pointing out that what they
say is a common-sense reaction to the Vaticans interpretation.
If we look further, we see that the Washington Post is
stating that, as far as everything else going on in the Vision of the
Secret, the Vaticans interpretation doesnt fit:
In the Vision of the Secret, the bishop in white is killed.
In 1981, John Paul II was not killed; he survived the shooting.
So that doesnt fit.
In the vision, the gunfire comes from a group of soldiers.
In 1981, the gunfire did not come from a group of soldiers, but
from a single gunman.
So that doesnt fit.
In the vision, the Pope is killed, and so are bishops, priests,
religious and laypeople.
In 1981, no one else except the Pope was harmed during the
So that doesnt fit.
These are just some of the discrepancies that cause the average man
on the street, Catholic or not, to question the Vaticans interpretation.
(I could cite many similar quotations, especially from European and Italian
press, that reacted in a similar manner as did the Post).
Second: If the 1981 assassination attempt against John Paul
II is the fulfillment of the Third Secret, then we have a real problem with
something Sister Lucy wrote a year later, in 1982. Because on May 12, 1982, a
year after the attempt on the Popes life, Sister Lucy wrote to the Pope:
... if we have not yet seen the complete
fulfillment of the final part of the prophecy (Third Secret), we are going
towards it little by little with great strides. If we do not reject the path of
sin, hatred, revenge ... It is people themselves who are preparing their own
So, we see that one year after the assassination
attempt, Sister Lucy made it clear that the prophecy of the Secret has
not yet been completely fulfilled, that the world is moving in great strides
towards an even greater punishment because of sin; and she herself draws no
connection in her letter between the assassination attempt a year earlier and
the vision of the Pope being shot dead by a group of soldiers.
Third: There are difficulties concerning the manuscript
itself. In this way:
In 1957, just before the envelope containing the Third Secret was
transferred from Portugal to the Vatican, Auxiliary Bishop Venancio of Portugal
momentarily held the Secret in his hand. He took the opportunity to hold the
sealed envelope up to the light.
Bishop Venancio saw that this envelope contained a smaller
envelope, and inside that smaller envelope was a small folded piece of paper
with handwriting on it. Bishop Venancio could see, then, that the Third Secret
was approximately 20 to 25 handwritten lines on one small margined piece of
By contrast, what was released by the Vatican on June 26 was four
sheets of paper, 64 lines.
I recommend an article in the Summer 2000 edition of The Fatima
Crusader, Issue 64, entitled Are There Two Original Manuscripts on
the Third Secret? The article discusses the real possibility that there
may be two different, but complementary, texts of the Third Secret the
one that was written in her notebook, the other on one sheet of paper. This
thesis holds that on June 26, the Vatican released the four pages of her
notebook, but has yet to release the contents of the single sheet of paper.
And why are there two texts? Heres how Father Nicholas Gruner
He points out that whenever Our Lady of Fatima gave a vision to the
children, She always supplied the explanation.
On July 13, 1917, Our Lady of Fatima gave the children the vision
of Hell. And even though this vision seemed self-explanatory, Our Lady also
supplied the explanation: You have seen Hell where the souls of poor
sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My
Likewise on June 13, 1917, Our Lady opened Her hands and a light
came from Her hands. The light from one hand fell on Jacinta and Francisco and
then went upwards towards Heaven but the light from Our Ladys other hand
reflected off Lucy and spread out over the countryside. Lucy said that they
understood that this meant that Francisco and Jacinta would be taken to Heaven
soon, and that Lucy was to stay on earth in order to spread the Message of
Fatima. Even though the children understood, Our Lady still explained the
vision: She said I will take Jacinta and Francisco soon. But you
(Lucy) are to stay here sometime longer to spread Devotion to My Immaculate
So, theres good reason to believe that the Third Secret may
be structured along the same lines. The 64-line text that was released on June
26 was the vision, but we still have not been given the explanation, which may
be contained in the 23-line text which may, in fact, refer to the crisis
of Faith of our time; especially if the half-ruined city mentioned in the
vision represents the City of God, the Catholic Church. (Pope Leo XIII,
following St. Augustine, reiterated that the Catholic Church is the City of
God. This is found in the first paragraph of the 1884 encyclical against
Freemasonry, Humanum Genus).
The Fatima Crusader article lists a total of 10 reasons why
there may be actually two manuscripts.4
Fourth: In Sister Lucys Memoirs, at the end of
the Second Secret, we find the phrase, In Portugal, the Dogma of
Faith will always be preserved, etc. Many Fatima scholars have
seen this line as a segue into the Third Secret. Its the introduction of
a new idea, a new point. And its an indication that the Third Secret may
deal with a Crisis of Faith, since it seems that The Dogma of Faith
will be lost everywhere else.
But what was released by the Vatican leaves that line orphaned. It
is left hanging, with no connection to anything else that follows; and it gives
the distinct impression that something is missing.
Oddly enough, in 1984, even Cardinal Ratzinger spoke about the
prophecy of the Third Secret concerning the Dangers to the Faith.
Yet in the text of the vision that was released in June of this
year, there is no mention of the dangers to the Faith.
Presently, we are getting an even different message from Cardinal
Ratzinger. Im not going to speculate as to why. Im just pointing
out that it is yet another one of those points about the June 26 document that
doesnt quite add up.
And remember, Navarro-Valls had said that what the Vatican released
would make everything more intelligible.
Fifth: There are some curious and disappointing statements
from Cardinal Ratzinger in his June 26 Commentary (released along with the
Secret) that seem to be an attempt to cast doubt on the veracity of the Third
In the Commentary that accompanied the release of the Third Secret,
Cardinal Ratzinger said:
The concluding part of the secret uses
images which Lucy may have seen in devotional books and which draw their
inspiration from ancient intuitions of faith.
Why is that statement made?
Is this a subtle way of suggesting that perhaps the entire Third
Secret was merely a figment of Lucys imagination? That she got the ideas
and images not from Heaven speaking to her, but from devotional books?
Statements like this from Cardinal Ratzinger can not help but leave
the reader with the impression that this is an undermining of the Vision of the
And it certainly didnt help that in his Commentary, the only
Fatima expert mentioned by Cardinal Ratzinger was Father Edouard
Dhanis. Now Father Dhanis was a Jesuit who, during the 1940s and 50s, made a
veritable career out of trying to debunk Fatima. He was influential at the
Vatican and his writings enjoyed a wide distribution.
In the 1940s, Dhanis implied that Lucy invented the Fatima
secret. In fact, he casts doubt on any revelations that Sister Lucy received
from Our Lady after 1917. Other Fatima scholars at the time demonstrated time
and time again that Dhanis thesis was wrong. They even invited Dhanis to
come to Fatima after the war so that he could correct his erroneous views.
Father Dhanis refused to go to Spain and Portugal to examine the
primary documentation, he refused the invitation to interview Sister Lucy, and
he stuck to his thesis. During this time, another Fatima scholar (Father Jedin)
writing against Dhanis asked the question, Is this really the mark of a
sound critical mind?
Of course it isnt.
And it should also be noted that in 1967, Father Dhanis was one of
the primary authors of the infamous Dutch Catechism.
Yet Dhanis was the only Fatima expert that Cardinal
Ratzinger chose to mention by name in the June 26 Commentary on Fatima. Why not
mention Father Alonso, probably the finest Fatima scholar to date? Is this
Cardinal Ratzingers way of telling us that he agrees with Father
Dhanis flawed thesis?
His commentary can lead us to believe this.
Further, Cardinal Ratzingers June 26 Commentary on Fatima
contains no mention of the necessity of reciting the Rosary, the Brown
Scapular, the Five First Saturdays all constitutive elements of the
No wonder the June 27 Los Angeles Times said the following
concerning Ratzingers treatment of Fatima: The Vaticans top
theologian gently debunked the Fatima cult.5
In a similar manner, the Associated Press ran as its
headline: The Vatican closes its book on Fatima
The impression given is that with the release of the
Secret, Fatima is finished, the prophecies are all fulfilled,
including the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and
Regarding the Consecration of Russia, the June 26 Vatican document
states that Sister Lucy now claims that Pope John Paul IIs 1984
Consecration of the WORLD actually fulfilled Our Ladys request
regarding the consecration of Russia.
Heres what the June 26 Vatican document says:
Sister Lucy personally confirmed that this solemn
and universal act of consecration corresponded to what Our Lady wished
(Sim, esta feita, tal como Nossa Senhora a pediu, desde o dia 25 de
Marco de 1984) Yes it has been done just as Our Lady asked, on
25 March 1984 (Letter of 8 November 1989). Hence any further discussion
or request is without basis.7
There are a few problems with this statement.
First of all, it contradicts previous testimony of Sister Lucy
wherein she said on a number of occasions that the 1984 Consecration did
not fulfill the requests of Our Lady regarding the Consecration of
Here are three examples.
First: Just prior to the 1984 consecration, Lucy received
and read the Holy Fathers text. When asked by an old friend, Mrs. Maria
Eugenia Pestana about the upcoming consecration, Lucy made a negative gesture
and she replied, This act of consecration cannot be decisive
because Russia does not appear in it as the sole object of the
consecration.8 The other problem, of course, is
that the worlds bishops were not expressly commanded to participate in
the Consecration, neither did they do so.
Second: There is the testimony of a relative of Sister Lucy
who attended Lucys eightieth birthday celebration in 1987. At the time,
Lucy was questioned about the consecration but refused to respond. Then, and
this is a quotation from Frère François:
There came the turn of a certain cousin, who lives
and who, above all, knew very well what had to be asked and
under what conditions it had to be said. That cousin wanted to hear from the
very mouth of Sister Lucy of Fatima if the consecration of Russia to the
Immaculate Heart of Mary was truly done, according to the specifications of Our
Lady. The reply came clean, like a cannon ball and in a sudden manner:
Third: In 1989 Cardinal Law visited Lucy and asked her about
the consecration of Russia. She responded by asking and answering a question.
She said, [H]as it been done on the narrow road of the collegial
consecration that She (Our Lady) demanded and has been wanting? No, said
Sister Lucy, that has not been done.10
So, 1984, 1987, 1989, and other testimonies as well, Sister Lucy is
confirming that the 1984 consecration did not satisfy the conditions given by
Then what about this letter of November 8, 1989 that is contained
in the June 26 Vatican document where Sister Lucy says it was done?
Youll notice that the Vatican didnt footnote the source
of this letter. They only give the date. Were not told who it was written
to or anything. And Im sure that the reason they didnt footnote it
is because they know that long ago, this same letter had been discredited as a
forgery, not written by Sister Lucy at all. What was quoted in the Vatican
document is a supposed letter from Sister Lucy to a man named Walter Noelker,
dated November 8, 1989. If that entire letter had been quoted in its entirety,
the reader would have no trouble understanding why Fatima experts can not take
the letter seriously.
In this same Nov. 8 letter, the author (allegedly Lucy) refers to a
consecration made by Pope Paul VI during his 1967 visit to Fatima. The problem
with that is there was no such consecration, and Lucy should
know, because she was there.
Also, in the same letter, the author (allegedly Lucy)
declares the consecration of Russia could not be done during the course of a
Council.11 This is a flat contradiction to earlier statements made
by Lucy, and other Fatima experts, who have said that a gathering of the
worlds bishops is an ideal setting for the consecration of Russia to the
Immaculate Heart.12 In fact, several unsuccessful attempts were made
during Vatican II to have Paul VI perform the collegial consecration, but he
So, this dubious letter, which has all the appearances of being a
clumsy forgery, is the only proof that the Vatican document
offers that Russia has been successfully consecrated. This is the solid
factual foundation on which the June 26 Vatican document states with
unjustified pomposity: Hence any further discussion or request
(for the Consecration of Russia) is without basis.
(There were other forgeries as well. In fact, Father Paul Kramer
was instrumental in uncovering another forgery dated November 21, 1989.)
I want to quote one further observation concerning this November 8
letter; a very good point made by Mark Fellows in the September issue of
Catholic Family News:
We know that Sister Lucy has corresponded with the
present Holy Father,13 and had several face to face meetings with
John Paul. Yet after all the letters and meetings, John Paul has never been
able to claim that Lucy told him Russia had been consecrated to the Immaculate
Heart. The most logical reason for the popes silence is that Lucy has
dared to tell him that he in fact has not consecrated Russia according to the
wishes of Heaven....
Lets suppose however, that against all
reasonable evidence, Lucy really did write this gentleman in 1989 and approved
of the 1984 consecration. Why did it take her five years to decide the
consecration was valid? Once she finally figured it out, why did she confide
this important realization, this great good news, to a gentleman she
didnt even know and to no one else? Why didnt she
tell the Pope, her bishop, or her Mother
Well, I think we know why.
It is because the 1984 Consecration did not fulfill the
request of Our Lady, and the most solid evidence of this, beyond anyones
testimony pro or con, is the present condition of Russia.
Russia shows no signs of converting to the Catholic Faith. In fact,
Russia is now in a state of religious and moral bankruptcy.
What do we find in Russia?
- In 1998, the Federal Research Division of the Library
of Congress stated that Russia has the highest abortion rate in the world; that
there are 3.5 million abortions in Russia every year! ("Any
further discussion or request for the Consecration of Russia is without
- The divorce rate in Russia, now 16 years after the
consecration, matches the United States; which means it is an extremely high
divorce rate. Now, Sacred Scripture uses the term marrying and giving in
marriage when it wants to describe a nation or an historic period that is
in extreme moral decadence. Thats how Our Lord Himself described the
moral decadence at the time of Noah, a generation that merited the worldwide
punishment of the Flood. They were marrying and giving in marriage. Yet Russia
is now a nation whose citizens are marrying and giving in marriage
on a grand scale.
- Russia has the highest alcohol consumption in the
world, it is a country with one of the highest number of drunkards.
- Satanism is on the rise in Russia
- The birth rate in Russia is plummeting.
- Homosexuality is now rampant in Russia. In fact, Moscow
has the highest number of homosexuals in the country, along with the
corresponding increase in AIDS.
- Presently, and this is heart-wrenching, orphanages in
Russia are death camps for handicapped children. Last year, I wrote a report in
Catholic Family News about the fact that imperfect children
are shipped to Russian orphanages by their parents and left to waste away and
die in the most inhuman conditions.
A London Times reporter, Mark Franchetti, went to an
institution called Orphanage #12 that sits just north of Moscow.15
He described something called the lying room, where two rows of
metal cots are filled with children who cant walk. They have no prospect
of recovery, theyre left to waste away. He writes, for many of
these 40 boys and girls, this lying room is the final stop before burial in an
This same journalist reported that the childrens teeth are
not brushed in the morning, their bodies are only washed once a week, and that
the stench of this room is so stifling that he had to pull his sweater over his
nose when he entered it. Franchetti said, the smell a mixture of
human waste and disease seizes the throat and grips it for hours.
This is the room where these children actually live, where they spend all their
time, day in and day out.
Franchetti also reported that the children are severely
malnourished and they all suffer from excruciating sores.
There are about 600,000 of these children that have been abandoned,
isolated and condemned in these Russian orphanages. They are there because they
are imperfect; whether they have Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, or
even because they may have a club foot or a speech impediment. The parents put
them there because they believe it to be a social stigma to bring up an
Cruelty to the children at these orphanages is commonplace. There
are reports of a worker pushing the head of a child into a toilet, of children
who were beaten and locked in a freezing room without food because they tried
This problem is still going on. In March, Vladimir Putin said
We must do something about this, yet absolutely nothing is being
done. In fact, in April, Putin halted all foreign adoptions. Thus, parents
throughout the world who are willing to give loving homes to these destitute
children are now prevented from doing so.16
An investigative secular journalist, Kathleen Hunt, who authored a
report on Russian orphanages for Human Rights Watch said:
I have been to orphanages in Romania and to
refugee camps around the world, but this (in Russia) was the worst. There is no
excuse for the level of depravity. Its
There are many more reports about cruelty in Russian
orphanages.18 Suffice to say that the Triumph of Our Ladys
Immaculate Heart in Russia will not resemble the Nazi State. It will not
practice child extermination.
- The Catholic religion is still a minority in Russia.
And when Our Lady promised that Russia would be converted, She
meant the conversion to the one true Church of Her Son, the Catholic Church.
This has yet to take place. The Russian Orthodox religion remains the primary
religion in Russia, next after that is Islam, next after that is a collection
of Protestant denominations. In Russia, the Roman Catholic Church only has the
status of a sect among sects; that is, its pretty much on the same level
as Jehovahs Witnesses, the Mormons, the Quakers, the Hare Krishnas, the
Moonies, the Unification Church, and the Church of Scientology.19
This is the conversion of Russia?
These are signs of a new springtime?
This is the triumph of Our Ladys Immaculate Heart?
To say so is blasphemy. It is evidence of minds that can neither
recognize nor accept reality when it stares them in the face.
In truth, the fact that Russia has not been consecrated means that
we are still living under the threats of the severe chastisements warned of by
Our Lady of Fatima, including the annihilation of nations, if mankind
does not convert, and if Russia is not properly consecrated to Her Immaculate
The need for the Holy Father to Consecrate Russia specifically, and
by name, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in union with the bishops of the
world, is more urgent than ever.
Intimate Joy, World Event, Book IV, Ch.2.
2) Quoted from
The Disclosure of the Third Secret of Fatima by Frère
François, Catholic Counter Reformation, August, 2000.
3) Third Secret Spurs More Questions: Fatima Interpretation
Departs from Vision, Washington Post, July 1, 2000. (Emphasis
4) Are There Two Manuscripts on the Third
Secret?, The Fatima Crusader, Issue 64, Summer 2000. Also
available on the web at www.fatima.org
5) Catholic Church
Unveils Third Secret of Fatima, Los Angeles Times,
June 27, 2000.
6) Vatican Closes its Book on Fatima
Mystery, Associated Press, July 5, 2000.
Message of Fatima, op. cit., pp. 6-7.
François, Fatima Intimate Joy, World Event, Book 4, pp. 167-168.
9) Fatima Intimate Joy, World Event, Volume IV pp. 188-9.
10) Ibid., p. 190.
11) See CRC May 1990, p. 2,
and CRC August 1990, Fatima Inquest by David Boyce. (Cited from
Fellows, CFN, September, 2000).
12) See CRC No. 318,
April, 1999, p. 12, (Cited from Ibid.).
13) A portion of a 1982
letter is reproduced in The Message of Fatima.
This Present Darkness, Part II. Mark Fellows, Catholic Family
News September, 2000.
15) Mark Franchetti, Sunday Times
(London), Feb. 21, 1999.
16) Putin Halts Foreign Adoption
of Unwanted Babies, Sunday Times (London), Mark Franchetti, April
17) Cited from Mark Franchetti, Sunday Times,
(London), Feb. 21, 1999.
18) See Imperfect
Children Left to Die in Russias Orphanages, John Vennari,
Catholic Family News, April, 1999.
19) Figures taken from
Mark FellowsThis Present Darkness, Part II, CFN, Sept.
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