The M+G+R Foundation

Hidden Truths About the Marian Apparitions of Fátima: Revealed!

A comprehensive summary about the Fátima events

Published by The M+G+R Foundation

Edited into a single document by Lee Penn


Overall Document Outline

1. Introduction
2. The events of Fátima in 1917
3. Fátima from 1917 to 1942 - the Church failed to act in timely fashion, even with its knowledge of the significance of Fátima

3-a. The Church authorities in Portugal knew what Fátima meant, and acted accordingly.
3-b. Additionally, the laity (and some rank and file priests) knew what Fátima meant, and acted accordingly.
3-c. The Vatican knew what Fátima meant, and acted hesitantly and tardily.

4. The Consecration of Russia has not yet been done as Mary requested
5. Ecclesiastical culpability for the horrors of the 20th and 21st Centuries
6. The falsification of the Third Secret of Fátima in 2000, and other ecclesiastical crimes
7. The Goal of the Enemies of Fátima.
8. The authentic Third Secret, and related Marian warnings

8-a. Our Lady's warnings have been consistent since Her modern apparitions started in 1830.

- La Salette, 1846
- Rosa Mystica, 1947-1966
- Garabandal, 1961-1965
- Akita, 1973

9. Conclusion


1. Introduction


This document, which summarizes what miguel de Portugal has published about Fátima, allows the reader to review the details of:


2. The events of Fátima in 1917


With the appearance of Our Lady to the three shepherd children of Fátima, Heaven gave mankind an opportunity to mitigate the disasters of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Mankind - and in particular, the Administration of the Roman Catholic Church - failed to fully cooperate with this grace. We have lived with the results of this decision, and will soon experience the consequences in full.
The most official version is in the letter composed by Sr. Lucía to Pope Pius XII on October 24, 1940; her letter was modified by the Bishop of Leiria before forwarding it with the date of December 2, 1940. (2) This document contains most of the first two parts of the Secret of Fátima. The entirety of the first two parts of the Secret of Fátima was revealed by Sr. Lucia in her Fourth Memoir. This Memoir had been requested by the Bishop of Leiria on October 7, 1941 and was completed by Sr. Lucia on December 8, 1941. (2)

A translation, recently confirmed by miguel de Portugal, follows:

"You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go; to save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart, if what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and will have peace; the war (referring to WW I) is going to end; but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will start (referring to WW II) during the Pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illuminated by an unknown light, know that it is the great sign that God gives you that He is going to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, hunger, and of persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father.

To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded Russia will be converted and will have peace; if not, she (Russia) will spread her errors throughout the world, promoting wars and persecutions of the Church, the good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated: finally my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, which will be converted, and peace will be granted to the world for some time. In Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved, etc." (3)

After this "etc." began the text of the still undisclosed words of "Third Secret of Fátima."

[Note: The comments within parenthesis were added by The M+G+R Foundation to ensure that the reader understands what Our Lady meant.]

miguel explained this message from Our Lady as follows: (4)
On October 13, "supernatural events accompanied the final apparition of Mary at Fátima. Many of these events (including the 'dance of the Sun') were observed by 50,000-70,000 people (believers and unbelievers alike), and were widely covered at the time by secular Portuguese newspapers." (5)



3. Fátima from 1917 to 1942

The Church failed to act in timely fashion, even with its knowledge of the significance of Fátima



As the world crises of the 1920s and 1930s deepened, Heaven was not silent. Our Lord and Our Lady told the Church, through Sister Lucia, what needed to be done to prevent the oncoming disasters.

December 1925

On December 10, 1925, "the Virgin Mary told Lucia to make public the request for devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary." (5)

"Our Lady specified how the faithful should make reparation to Her Immaculate Heart: '... all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.'" (6)

February 1926

On February 15, 1926, Our Lord "reminded Lucia of Mary's request made on December 10, 1925 to spread the devotion to Her Immaculate Heart, and insisted upon obedience." (5)

December 1927

On December 17, 1927, Our Lord told Lucia, "My daughter, write what they ask of you. Write also all that the most holy Virgin revealed to you in the Apparition, in which She spoke of this devotion [referring to this request from Our Lady: "Jesus wishes to make use of you to make Me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart."] As for the remainder of the Secret, continue to keep silence." (6)

June 1929

Our Lady visited Sr. Lucia at her convent in Tuy, Spain June 13, 1929, and asked for the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart, and for the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. (3)

The Virgin Mary said:

"The moment has come in which God asks the Holy Father, in union with all the Bishops of the world, to make the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, promising to save it by this means. There are so many souls whom the Justice of God condemns for sins committed against me, that I have come to ask reparation: sacrifice yourself for this intention and pray." (5)

The Communion of Reparation was intended to prevent the German and Japanese aggression that led to the outbreak of World War II. This consecration of Russia was not intended to prevent the establishment of a Communist government there; that had already occurred in 1917. Rather, it was intended to prevent Russia from spreading her errors - godlessness, in particular - throughout the world after World War II.

From 1917 to 1939

From the beginning, local and Diocesan church authorities knew of the significance of the Fátima requests. Pope Pius XI was notified in 1930. Nevertheless - and despite the appropriate actions taken by the Church authorities in Portugal from 1917 onward - the Vatican did not respond adequately or in timely fashion to Heaven's requests. (7)


3-a. The response of The Church authorities in Portugal

The Church authorities in Portugal knew what Fátima meant, and acted accordingly


From 1920 to 1957, Bishop D. José Alves Correia da Silva governed the Diocese of Leiria, which contains the village of Fátima. (9) He was known as the "Bishop of Fátima," and is buried in the Basilica of Fátima because of his commitment to Fátima and his recognition of its significance. (8)



3-b. The response of the laity

The laity (and some rank and file priests) knew what Fátima meant, and acted accordingly


In 1946-47, Msgr. Harold Colgan and John Haffert co-founded the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fátima. (10) Haffert worked with Sister Lucia to develop the "Fátima Pledge" in 1946; this became the "Blue Army Pledge" in 1948. (11) Haffert also was the editor of Scapular Magazine, which led one million Americans to enroll in the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fátima and to pray for the Soviet Union. (11) The Blue Army and its message of prayer was endorsed by Pius XII, Cardinal Tisserant (dean of the College of Cardinals under Pius XII), Bishop de Silva of the Diocese of Leiria, Paul VI, and Padre Pio. (12) (The Marian Movement of Priests, which promotes itself as the replacement for the Blue Army, has never gained such ecclesiastical endorsements.) (12)

The Soviets themselves blamed the Blue Army (along with Hitler and the Cold War) for their failure to communize the whole world after 1917. (12)  The Blue Army prospered, despite Soviet-backed accusations that the movement was a CIA front, despite accusations that the Blue Army was financed by the schismatic, far-right Archbishop Lefebvre, and despite "opposition of many around the Pope." (12) Again, faithful laymen and humble priests understood what Fátima meant, and carried Our Lady's message worldwide, despite opposition from the Soviets and from some churchmen in high places.



3-c. The response of The Vatican

The Vatican knew what Fátima meant, and acted hesitantly and tardily


By August 1931, time had run out.

Because of the Vatican's tardiness, the time for the Pope to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary (and to avert the chastisement of the world) ran out. In an August 1931 letter to her bishop, Sister Lucia said that the Virgin Mary informed her that Her "requests had not been fulfilled in time, and that the consequences would be dire: (5)

"They did not wish to heed my request. Like the King of France, they will repent and do it, but it will be late. Russia will have already spread her errors throughout the world, provoking wars, and persecutions of the Church; the Holy Father will have much to suffer."

(The "King of France" is an allusion to a message given by Christ in June of 1689 to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, calling upon Louis XIV to consecrate France to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This was not done in timely fashion - and France began its move toward the Revolution, which began 100 years later.) (5)

By August 1931, time had already run out. Very soon, events in Asia, Africa, and Europe set the world on course to totalitarianism and global war. In September 1931, Japan attacked Manchuria, the first act of aggression in what became World War II. The world depression deepened, paving the way for the Nazi seizure of power in Germany. (5)

During the night of January 25-26, 1938, an unprecedented aurora lit the sky over most of Europe and North America. The red glow was so intense that fire crews in some areas were sent out to look for local fires. Sister Lucia saw the sky turn red from 9 pm until 2 am, and knew that this was the "unknown light," the "great sign" from God that it was too late to avert war. (5)

After this "great sign," a chain reaction of events led Europe toward a new world war

In 1938, under Pius XI:

On March 12, Austria was annexed by the Third Reich. On October 1, Germany began to occupy the Sudeten region of Czechoslovakia, with the acquiescence of France and Britain. On the night of November 9-10, Nazi troopers carried out "Kristallnacht," a national pogrom against the Jews.

In 1939, under Pius XII:

On March 15, Germany occupied the remainder of Czechoslovakia. On August 23-24, the USSR and Nazi Germany signed a non-aggression treaty which provided for the division of Poland between the two dictatorships. On September 1, Germany invaded Poland; this was the officially recognized beginning of World War II. In response, France and Britain declared war against Germany on September 3. The USSR invaded Poland on September 17; Catholic Poland was divided between the Nazis and the Soviets. Italy invaded Albania on April 7, and used that country as a base to attack Greece in 1940.

During the reign of Pius XI, as the Church failed to seek all the aid that it could have obtained for the whole world from God and from the Virgin Mary, the Nazis and their allies were invoking all the aid they could get from below. (13) God allowed satan a free hand once His Church had ignored His requests. (5)

Contrary to Ratzinger's accusations in his speech at Auschwitz on May 28, 2006, (14) God had not been "silent." Instead, the Vatican had been deaf to timely warnings from Heaven. (5)



4. The Consecration of Russia has not yet been done as Mary requested


The Holy See delayed the consecration of Russia to 1942 (October 31 and December 8), with repeat efforts in 1952, 1964, 1982, and 1984. (5) The consecration prayers were not done in accordance with the formula requested by the Virgin Mary. In particular, Our Lady requested the consecration of Russia - not "the world," as the Vatican prayers have usually petitioned - to Her Immaculate Heart. (15)

The 1982 and 1984 attempts - carried out after Russia has completely overrun the world with "her errors" - were done in closer conformity with the instructions that Our Lady had given to Sister Lucia in 1929. "El Sol de Fátima" asked Sister Lucia in an interview whether the 1982 Consecration had been done correctly. She replied, "Yes. But late." Our Lord seems to have granted the temporary collapse of the Soviet Union as a show of His immense power. However, Russia has spread her errors everywhere from 1929 until now. (16)

The most recent Papal consecration was done by John Paul II in 1984. Many commentators believe (and publicly insist) that this consecration was done as Mary requested, and was successful. Unfortunately, this is not the case - if we believe the Marian message revealed in the 1940s and quoted above. (Pope John Paul II did not seek out the details of Fátima events until after the assassination attempt against him on May 13, 1981.) (8)

Mary's July 1917 prophecy set forth a specific sequence of events: (3)
None of these events have occurred yet. (3)

On October 8, 2000, John Paul II prayed thus to Our Lady: "Here we stand before you to entrust to your maternal care ourselves, the Church, the entire world." (15) However, the Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ knows the difference between Russia and the World; She requested the consecration of Russia, specifically. (15)

The consecration efforts from 1942 onward were too late to avert World War II, the Holocaust, and the global spread of Russia's deadly errors. The time for the consecration to have occurred, with the full effect desired by God, came and went during the Pontificate of Pius XI. By 1938 - indeed, by August 1931 - it was too late to avert the disasters that Heaven had warned against.

To add to their enormous crimes and Heaven-defying negligence, the Temple Masters of our time were similarly late in responding to the requests made by Our Lord to Sr. Faustina during the 1930s to foster devotion to God's greatest attribute, His Mercy. (17) Because of these additional ecclesiastical acts of omission and commission, mankind has undergone (and will soon undergo) devastating and preventable suffering. The controlling hierarchs of the Church will be held accountable for this suffering before the Just God - and this accountability will begin before the Temple Masters die. (17)

When Pope John XXIII read the Third Part of the Secret, he did the only two things he could reasonably do: (2)
Pope John's successors made similar efforts. (2)
It is 80 years too late to prevent the chastisement of mankind that Our Lady warned against at Fátima and in more recent apparitions. Present-day agitation to consecrate Russia according to the form given to Sr. Lucia is pointless. (3) Indeed, these requests are opening a spiritual trap for mankind. Many of the faithful believe that if the Consecration were done correctly now, it would avert a new and greater World War. What would happen to these people's Faith if the Consecration were done now in the prescribed form by the Vatican authorities - and then the nuclear Third World War came anyway? The question answers itself. (18)

However, with our prayers and acts of reparation, we can still reduce the severity of the impending great chastisement. (19)



5. Ecclesiastical culpability for the horrors of the 20th and 21st Centuries


With World War II and its associated genocides, and with the worldwide spread of Russia's errors after 1945, more than 100 million people have been killed; countless more have endured extreme suffering. (19) All of this occurred because the Church hierarchy chose to disobey clear, simple directives from Our Lord and Our Lady. (19)


6. The falsification of the Third Secret of Fátima in 2000, and other ecclesiastical crimes


In recent years, the Church authorities have remained negligent - or worse

1.- In 1996, during his tenure as Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger attempted to deflect apocalyptic expectations surrounding the Apparition and the messages given by Our Lady. (20)
With these statements, Cardinal Ratzinger was - in effect - dismissing the original Fátima revelations and events as a lie. miguel de Portugal warned Ratzinger that if this were the case, "The Vatican has endorsed, and continues to endorse, the biggest financial fraud in the history of the Church and should be prosecuted in an International Tribunal." miguel concluded with a warning to Ratzinger and his allies: "Lying, denying, and ignoring is not the way to serve the Truth Incarnate - Jesus Christ. Confessing wrongdoing and seeking forgiveness is. miguel de Portugal, in the Name of God, have pleaded with and warned those who shamelessly control, for the satisfaction of their egocentric purposes, the Church founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ. There is still time to temper the level of suffering God will allow upon the Church and mankind by abandoning the erroneous path chosen by the Masters of the Vatican." As might have been expected (given their previous behavior), the Vatican - and Ratzinger and his confederates - did not heed this warning.

The documents that the Vatican released on June 26, 2000 were disinformation: the alleged text of the Third Secret, and more than 30 pages of literary obfuscation "explaining" it. In perpetrating this fraud, the Vatican was trying to cover its tracks for its abysmal failure at not having heeded the Message of Fátima at the proper time. (2) It is oddly coincidental that this document was released on June 26, (25) the date of the death in 1975 of Josemaría Escriva, the "saint" who founded Opus Dei. (26)


Several items illustrate the Vatican's deceit

In the Vatican "secret," Sr. Lucia described a vision. The only words that were spoken were from the angel who said: "Penance, Penance, Penance!" (27)

However, when Sr. Lucia revealed the first two parts of the Secret decades ago, she noted that Our Lady told her, "In Portugal, the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved; etc.... Do not tell this to anybody. Francisco, yes, you may tell him." The "etc." contained the words of Third Secret, which was a statement by the Virgin Mary, and not a vision. Francisco could see Our Lady and the visions, but could not hear her words. That is why Lucia needed the permission of Our Lady to tell Francisco what she had heard. If the Third Secret had been a vision (as the Vatican claims), Francisco would have seen it, just as he saw the vision of Hell on that same day. (27)

In the Vatican version of the "secret," Lucia referred to "...a Bishop dressed in white, we had the impression that it was the Holy Father ..However, at the time of the July apparition, the children did not know who the Holy Father was; only later did two priests explain this to the visionaries. (27) As Sr. Lucia told her bishop in her Third Memoir, written in the second half of 1941:

"One day we spent our siesta down by my parents' well. Jacinta sat on the stone slabs on top of the well. Francisco and I climbed up a steep bank in search of wild honey among the brambles in a nearby thicket. After a little while, Jacinta called out to me: 'Didn't you see the Holy Father?' 'No'. 'I don't know how it was, but I saw the Holy Father in a very big house, kneeling by a table, with his head buried in his hands, and he was weeping. Outside the house, there were many people. Some of them were throwing stones, others were cursing him and using bad language. Poor Holy Father, we must pray very much for him.' I have already told you ... how one day two priests recommended us to pray for the Holy Father, and explained to us who the Pope was. Afterwards Jacinta asked me: 'Is he the one I saw weeping, the one Our Lady told us about in the secret?' 'Yes, he is', I answered. 'The Lady must have shown him also to those priests. You see, I was not mistaken. We need to pray a lot for him'." (27)

Again, Our Lady told the Third Secret to Lucia; the Secret was not a vision, as the Vatican claims it to be.

1.- When John Paul II asked God for forgiveness for the sinful acts and omissions of the Church Administration during the Year 2000 Jubilee celebrations, he did not include public prayer for forgiveness of this fateful - and lethal - negligence. (19) Thus, he squandered a major opportunity to mitigate the tribulations that have come upon the world since 2001 (and are still to come with full force, in the near future).

2.- The memoirs of Sister Lucia were published in March 1990 (6th ed.) and again in July 2003 (7th ed.). Both books contain images of handwritten text from Sister Lucia, including the secrets that were initially made public in the 1940s. miguel de Portugal has inspected the images side-by-side, and found that the 2003 "text" was altered from the real manuscript that had been published in earlier editions of the memoirs. (28) This crude deception is evident from variations in handwriting, punctuation, and wording between the two editions of the "same" text. (28) (The M+G+R Foundation has published "Details of the Modification of the Fátima Secret," a side-by-side comparison of the 1990 and 2003 versions of Sr. Lucia's manuscript). (29)

This fraud points to a general problem with literature on Fátima. As a rule, the older the book or document is, the more likely it is to be accurate. Specifically, The M+G+R Foundation has good and sufficient reason to accept the accuracy of the many letters that were handwritten by Sr. Lucía before 1950 to her Confessor, her Bishop, the Pope, her Spiritual Director, and her family. (2) (In those days the ecclesiastical wolves in sheep's clothing had not identified the events of Fátima as a real enemy to their ambitious plans.) The more recent the work is, the greater the likelihood that Church "editors" have subtly altered the history and the message to suit their personal agenda. In particular, The M+G+R Foundation has reason to believe that many statements which have been credited to Sr. Lucía from 1990-1995 until her death in 2005 were not always necessarily true, complete or un-altered by deceptive third parties. (2)

All of these ecclesiastical crimes represent a fulfillment of the prophecy in which the dragon "poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, to sweep her away with the flood (Revelation 12:15). (27)



7. The Goal of the Enemies of Fátima


The enemies of the authentic message of Fátima come from the extreme left and the extreme right, but they have a common foe. (30) Their target is the traditional (but non-fanatical) Faith that the Catholic Church has passed on to us for 2,000 years (despite the often scandalous, faithless behavior of her leaders).

Both the leftists and the rightists, who wish to remake the Church and the world to attain their self-centered political goals, intend to undermine the authentic teachings of the Church, so that they can foist their own counterfeit "Christianity" on the disoriented faithful.

An effective way to discredit the Faith would be to make the Popes of the 20th Century, the most prominent teachers of the Catholic Faith, appear to be superstitious and gullible. Since the Popes from 1917 onward publicly supported Fátima and other legitimate Marian apparitions, the enemies of the Faith seek to discredit the Popes and their true teachings by discrediting the Marian apparitions that the Popes have endorsed.

These ecclesiastical Masons (31) reason to themselves that if they can discredit Fátima, they can destroy belief in all other authentic Marian apparitions (the ones not manipulated by the same cults within the Church), since Fátima is the highest profile apparition of the Virgin Mary. (32)

Other opponents of the message of Fátima

The enemies of the true message of Fátima may also be found outside the walls of the Vatican.

1. An attack in the form of a novel

Javier Sierra is a best-selling Spanish novelist, and is an editorial consultant for "Más Allá de la Ciencia" ("Beyond Science"), a respected New Age style magazine that is popular in Spain and Latin America. (33) Sierra has published "The Lady in Blue" in Spanish, English, and 21 other languages; the star of his tale is Sister Maria de Jesus de Agreda, author of "The Mystical City of God" (a work popular among pious, conservative Catholics). (34) Sierra's novel presents the idea that "all Marian Apparitions, with one exception, were the result of nuns bilocating - a project controlled by The Vatican since time immemorial."

Furthermore, Sierra suggests that the angels of God are helping to "unmask" these Marian Apparitions - including those which the Church and the faithful have long accepted as legitimate and worthy of belief. (34) Sierra convincingly combines provable facts with theological and spiritual error, making his novel a seductive trap for the disoriented faithful. (34) miguel warns that with the doubts about Guadalupe and other legitimate Marian apparitions spread by Sierra, "the eight lane highway-landing strip has been prepared for the arrival of the False Christ. Sierra has even provided a subtle hint that could justify bringing aliens into the picture - were it necessary." (34)

2. Right wing, "traditionalist" groups

The enemies of Fátima also include right wing, "traditionalist" groups that promote their own version of the Fátima message, for monetary gain or to obtain political power.

In particular, The M+G+R Foundation is in no way connected to, and does not endorse, the ministries associated with the Rev. Nicholas Gruner, the Canadian priest who founded The International Fátima Rosary Crusade, publishers of The Fatima Crusader. (35) Gruner's self-appointed mission has been to hound the Vatican to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as requested through the Fátima events. According to Gruner, this action would prevent the nuclear holocaust that will otherwise take place. However, the time frame for such consecration lapsed many decades ago. (3) Gruner's efforts have been and remain futile; the Third World War will come. (36)

When Catholic neo-fascist (37) groups such as the Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property proclaim that "America Needs Fatima," they are exploiting a message from Heaven to promote a very misguided, worldly agenda: the restoration of "Christendom." (38) That "restoration" will come (39) - but it will not be for the good of souls. Rather, such an establishment of the "Social Reign of Christ the King" will be the prelude to the final satanic deception of mankind, the brief but deadly reign of the False Christ. (40)



8. The authentic Third Secret, and related Marian warnings


Mary's warnings, as given in authentic apparitions since 1830, are coherent; the messages given are consistent with each other across time and space. Thus, it is possible to know the key parts of the long-hidden Third Secret of Fátima.

The (real) Third Secret: provable facts from the record

A. The May 13, 2000 sermon by Pope John Paul II

On May 13, 2000, Pope John Paul II visited Fátima and celebrated the Eucharist as part of the ceremonies for the beatification of Francisco and Jacinta Marto, two of the three visionaries of 1917. During the Mass, the Pope offered a homily which revealed much of the authentic contents of the Third Secret. (41)

1.- John Paul II tied the apparitions of Fátima to Chapter 12 of the Book of Revelations, one of the Scripture readings that were part of the Mass.

He said, "According to the divine plan, 'a woman clothed with the sun' (Revelations 12: 1) came down from heaven to this earth to visit the privileged children of the Father. She speaks to them with a mother's voice and heart: she asks them to offer themselves as victims of reparation, saying that she was ready to lead them safely to God." (42)

His Holiness identified the "Apocalyptic woman" of Revelations 12 with Mary as She appeared at Fátima. It logically follows that the fulfillment of the remaining prophecies from the Book of Revelations was soon to come.

2.- He reminded us that Francisco and Jacinta lived with the knowledge of the Secret engraved in their hearts, guiding their every action.

As John Paul II said, "In her motherly concern, the Blessed Virgin came here to Fátima to ask men and women 'to stop offending God, Our Lord, who is already very offended'. It is a mother's sorrow that compels her to speak; the destiny of her children is at stake. For this reason she asks the little shepherds: 'Pray, pray much and make sacrifices for sinners; many souls go to hell because they have no one to pray and make sacrifices for them.'" (42)

When Our Lady warns that "the destiny of her children are at stake," we ought to pay close attention - and not dismiss Her warnings as pious, pessimistic fables!

3.- The Pope said that the example of the life of prayer and penance that Francisco and Jacinta gave us was to be emulated by the faithful as we lived through the period of Tribulations. Such prayer and penance would assist us in living through the Tribulations while shortening them.

Regarding the visionaries' lives of penance and reparation, the Pope said, "God told only Francisco 'how sad' he was, as he said. One night his father heard him sobbing and asked him why he was crying; his son answered: 'I was thinking of Jesus who is so sad because of the sins that are committed against him'.

He was motivated by one desire - so expressive of how children think - 'to console Jesus and make him happy'. A transformation takes place in his life, one we could call radical: a transformation certainly uncommon for children of his age. He devotes himself to an intense spiritual life, expressed in assiduous and fervent prayer, and attains a true form of mystical union with the Lord. This spurs him to a progressive purification of the spirit through the renunciation of his own pleasures and even of innocent childhood games. Francisco bore without complaining the great sufferings caused by the illness from which he died. It all seemed to him so little to console Jesus: he died with a smile on his lips. Little Francisco had a great desire to atone for the offences of sinners by striving to be good and by offering his sacrifices and prayers.

The life of Jacinta, his younger sister by almost two years, was motivated by these same sentiments. ... Little Jacinta felt and personally experienced Our Lady's anguish, offering herself heroically as a victim for sinners.

One day, when she and Francisco had already contracted the illness that forced them to bed, the Virgin Mary came to visit them at home, as the little one recounts: 'Our Lady came to see us and said that soon she would come and take Francisco to heaven. And she asked me if I still wanted to convert more sinners. I told her yes'. And when the time came for Francisco to leave, the little girl tells him: 'Give my greetings to Our Lord and to Our Lady and tell them that I am enduring everything they want for the conversion of sinners'. Jacinta had been so deeply moved by the vision of hell during the apparition of 13 July that no mortification or penance seemed too great to save sinners." (42)

4.- John Paul II clearly tied this period of Tribulations to the present time, and said that he was the Holy Father whom Jacinta had seen suffering so much.

The Pope honored the many martyrs of the 20th Century, and said, "An innumerable cloud of courageous witnesses to the faith have left us a precious heritage which must live on in the third millennium. Here in Fátima, where these times of tribulation were foretold and Our Lady asked for prayer and penance to shorten them, I would like today to thank heaven for the powerful witness shown in all those lives. And once again I would like to celebrate the Lord's goodness to me when I was saved from death after being gravely wounded on 13 May 1981. I also express my gratitude to Bl. Jacinta for the sacrifices and prayers offered for the Holy Father, whom she saw suffering greatly." (42)

John Paul II added that with the beatification of the visionaries of Fátima, "the Church wishes to put on the candelabrum these two candles which God lit to illumine humanity in its dark and anxious hours. ... May the message of their lives live on for ever to light humanity's way!" (42)

These "dark and anxious hours" for humanity were the present time, from 2000 (the year of the beatification) onward. Thus, the Pope circumvented those who wished to consign Fátima and its Secrets to the past.

5.- Finally, the Pope associated the dragon of Revelations 12:3 ("Another portent appeared in heaven; behold, a great red dragon") with the evil that pervades the world today.

The Pope said, "These words from the first reading of the Mass make us think of the great struggle between good and evil, showing how, when man puts God aside, he cannot achieve happiness, but ends up destroying himself. How many victims there have been throughout the last century of the second millennium!

We remember the horrors of the First and Second World Wars and the other wars in so many parts of the world, the concentration and extermination camps, the gulags, ethnic cleansings and persecutions, terrorism, kidnappings, drugs, the attacks on unborn life and the family. The message of Fátima is a call to conversion, alerting humanity to have nothing to do with the 'dragon' whose 'tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth' (Revelations 12: 4). Man's final goal is heaven, his true home, where the heavenly Father awaits everyone with his merciful love." (42)

For the Pope, the dragon remained a present danger, and the evils he described were not limited to Communism or to the Soviet bloc. When the Pope said that the message of Fátima is "a call to conversion, alerting humanity to have nothing to do with the dragon," he signaled that the alert is ongoing, as the battle against the dragon continues.

In this way, John Paul II tied the Third Secret and its warnings to the present time and to the immediate future, giving the lie to the propagandists who say that the Third Secret pertains only to the past. As John Paul II continued to weave the Book of Revelations together with the world of today, he was subtly reminding us of the reality of that book and its prophecies, and reminding us that we were - and are now - living in the End of These Times.


B. The custodians of the Third Secret from 1942 through Paul VI

Sister Lucia wrote down the Third Secret in 1942, sealed it in an envelope, and gave it to Bishop D. Manuel Maria Ferreira de Silva, of the Diocese of Gurza; he gave it to D. José Alves Correia de Silva, the Bishop of Leiria - who then sealed the envelope containing the Secret inside another envelope, and kept it until he died in 1957. (2) The next Bishop of Leiria, D. João Pereira Venáncio, then received the envelope and later sent it to John XXIII in Rome. Pope John read it, re-sealed the envelope, and did not share it with anyone, according to Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani (who headed the Holy Office/Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 1959 until his retirement in 1968). Ottaviani believed that the envelope with the Secret passed to Paul VI.


C. The sad contents of the Secret

It is known that the Third Secret would sadden those who hear it. On October 11, 1917, two days before the Miracle of the Sun, during questioning by Father Formigäo, Jacinta was asked: If people would know the secret, would they become sad? Jacinta answered: Yes. The same question was posed to Francisco, without Jacinta being present, and his answer was identical: Yes. (2)


D. No evidence that the Secret was to have been released by the "Pope of 1960"

There is no verifiable, original-source evidence to support the rumor that the Pope was supposed to reveal the Third Secret to the world in 1960. (2)

Assembling and summarizing the above evidence: the (authentic) Third Secret tells us that we are living through the fulfillment of the prophecies of the Book of Revelations now (and in the immediate future), and that we should respond with prayer and penance. The Third Secret is Apocalyptic, and has not been already fulfilled.



8-a. The coherence of the Marian Apparitions

Our Lady's warnings have been consistent since Her modern apparitions started in 1830


La Salette, 1846

Our Lady gave the following secret to Melanie (one of the visionaries), and allowed her to make it public in 1858. Our Lady warned of tribulation for the world, and apostasy in high places in the Church:

"The priests, ministers of my Son, the priests, by their wicked lives, by their irreverence and their impiety in the celebration of the holy mysteries, by their love of money, their love of honors and pleasures, the priests have become cesspools of impurity. Yes, the priests are asking for vengeance, and vengeance is hanging over their heads. Woe to the priests and to those dedicated to God who by their unfaithfulness and their wicked lives are crucifying my son again! The sins of those dedicated to God cry out towards Heaven and call for vengeance, and now vengeance is at their door, for there is no one left to beg mercy and forgiveness for the people. There are no more generous souls, there is no one left worthy of offering a stainless sacrifice to the Eternal God for the sake of the world.

God will strike in an unprecedented way. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth! God will exhaust His wrath upon them, and no one will be able to escape so many afflictions together. The chiefs, the leaders of the people of God have neglected prayer and penance, and the devil has bedimmed their intelligence. They have become wandering stars which the old devil will drag along with his tail to make them perish. God will allow the old serpent to cause divisions among those who reign in every society and in every family. Physical and moral agonies will be suffered. ...

The society of men is on the eve of the most terrible scourges and of gravest events. Mankind must expect to be ruled with an iron rod and to drink from the chalice of the wrath of God. ...

Extraordinary prodigies will abound everywhere because the true faith has been extinguished and the false light illuminates the world. Woe to the princes of the Church who only concern themselves with the accumulation of riches upon riches, protect their authority and rule with pride. ...

The Vicar of my Son will suffer a great deal, because for a while the Church will yield to large persecution, a time of darkness, and the Church will witness a frightful crisis. The true faith of the Lord having been forgotten, each individual will want to be on his own and be superior to people of the same identity. They will abolish civil rights as well as ecclesiastical, all order and all justice would be trampled underfoot and only homicides, hate, jealousy, lies and dissension would be seen without love for country or family.

The Holy Father will suffer a great deal. I will be with him until the end and receive his sacrifice. The mischievous would attempt his life several times to do harm and shorten his days but neither he nor his successor will see the triumph of the Church of God. ...

Nature is asking for vengeance because of man, and she trembles with dread at what must happen to the earth stained with crime. Tremble, earth, and you who proclaim yourselves as serving Jesus Christ and who, on the inside, only adore yourselves, tremble, for God will hand you over to His enemy because the holy places are in the state of corruption. ...

Water and fire will give the earth's globe convulsions and terrible earthquakes which will swallow up mountains, cities.... Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the Antichrist." (43)

As Mary warned, so it has happened. Rome has lost the Faith, and is now the seat of the Antichrist. (44)


Rosa Mystica, 1947-1966

In Her Apparitions of Montechiari and Fontanelle, Italy, (1947 - 1966), (44) Our Lady stated: "I wish that the 13th July be celebrated each year in honour of the Rosa Mystica (the Mystical Rose)". During this apparition, which occurred on July 13, 1947, (44) Pierina asked whether a miracle would follow.Our Lady replied:

"The most evident miracle will be this: Those who have given their souls to God - the religious who, for a long time now, have become indifferent thus betraying their vocation and as a result of their offenses have brought about the punishments and persecutions which are raging against the Church at the present time - will stop to offend Our Lord. They will again lead a life according to the original spirit of their saintly founders."

During the third apparition, on October 22, 1947, Our Lady said,

"I have placed myself as the mediatrix between my Divine son and mankind, especially for the soul consecrated to God. Tired of the continuous offenses, He already wanted to dispense His justice." (44)

During the fourth apparition, on November 22, 1947, (44) Our Lady appeared in the Basilica of Montichiari in the presence of some people. Among them were several priests. Pierina heard the words:

"Our Lord can no longer watch the many grievous sins against purity. He wants to send a flood of punishments. I have interceded that He may be merciful once more! Therefore, I ask for prayer and penance to atone for these sins." (45)

Now we know that these "grievous sins against purity" include child abuse by priests and religious worldwide, and the complicity and connivance of bishops - up to and including Joseph Ratzinger. The Church was warned more than 60 years ago, and turned a deaf ear. How much longer can the "flood of punishments" be delayed?


Garabandal, 1961-1965

In Her apparitions of San Sebastián de Garabandal, Spain (1961 - 1965), Our Lady warned of impending chastisement unless mankind repented:

In Her first message, given on October 18, 1961, the Virgin Mary said:

"We must make many sacrifices, perform much penance and visit the Blessed Sacrament frequently. But first, we must lead good lives. If we do not, a chastisement will befall us. The cup is already filling up and if we do not change, a very great chastisement will come upon us." (46)

The last message of Garabandal was given on June 18th, 1965, through the intervention of St. Michael the Archangel. (46) Our Lady said:

"As my message of October 18 has not been complied with and has not been made known to the world, I am advising you that this is the last one. Before, the cup was filling up. Now it is flowing over. Many Cardinals, many Bishops and many priests are on the road to perdition and are taking many souls with them. Less and less importance is being given to the Eucharist. You should turn the wrath of God away from yourselves by your efforts. If you ask His forgiveness with sincere hearts, He will pardon you. I, your Mother, through the intercession of Saint Michael the Archangel, ask you to amend your lives. You are now receiving the last warnings. Pray to us with sincerity and we will grant your requests. You should make more sacrifices. Think about the passion of Jesus." (45)

It is ironic that the Vatican has not approved the apparitions of Rosa Mystica or Garabandal, yet the behavior of the leaders of the Church has silently confirmed the truth of these apparitions. (45)


Akita, 1973

From July 5 through October 13, 1973, Our Lady appeared to Sister Agnes, a nun living in Akita, Japan. The Virgin Mary gave three verbal messages to the Sister - who was "stone deaf" at the time. A statue of Our Lady shed blood, human perspiration, and tears on various occasions from July 1973 through September 1981. The Bishop of the Diocese in which these phenomena occurred gave approval to them in a 1984 pastoral letter, and this letter received the approval of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1988. The Akita apparition is fully approved by the Church, just as Fátima was. (47)

On August 3, 1973, Our Lady told Sister Agnes that:

"In order that the world might know His anger, the Heavenly Father is preparing to inflict a great chastisement on all mankind. With My Son I have intervened so many times to appease the wrath of the Father. I have prevented the coming of calamities by offering Him the sufferings of the Son on the Cross, His Precious Blood, and beloved souls who console Him forming a cohort of victim souls. Prayer, penance and courageous sacrifices can soften the Father's anger." (48)

On October 13, 1973, Our Lady told Sister Agnes that:

"As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and the priests.

The work of the devil will infiltrate even the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against other bishops. The priests who venerate Me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres.... churches and altars sacked, the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord." (8)

"The demon will be especially implacable against souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of My sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will be no longer pardon for them." (48)


Summarizing

From La Salette to Fátima to Rosa Mystica to Garabandal to Akita, the message is clear to those with eyes to see and ears to her: the Great Chastisement is imminent. The apostasy, unspeakable lust, greed for power and wealth, lies, and willful negligence committed by the Temple Masters of our time have contributed greatly to our peril, and brought humanity to the precipice.

As the lights go out worldwide, let us nevertheless keep the faith, abide in charity, and remain hopeful. Such hope is not facile optimism, but is based on the promises made by God through Scripture and his prophets. Even amidst trials, we may say with Job:

"I know that my Redeemer lives, and at last He will stand upon the earth, and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then from my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see on my side, and my eyes shall behold, and not another." (Job 19:25-27)

The world is not ending, and the trial will be brief. After the Great Tribulation comes the True Dawn, the return in Glory of our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He will rescue His people, cast Lucifer and his lieutenants into the Abyss, and renew the face of the earth. Although evil seems triumphant now, its dark towers (in the Vatican and elsewhere) will soon crumble to nothing. Soon, we will see the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady.



9. Conclusion


Pope John XXIII, Paul VI, and John Paul II did all that they humanly could to make the message of Fátima known to the faithful and to the world, and to shore up the Faith and Marian devotion. (28) Rather than further offending God by blaming them for all that ails the Roman Catholic Church today, we should examine whether or not we, ourselves, are fully living out the directions given by Jesus and Mary.

In particular: (28)
As the Blue Army's John Haffert reminded us in his memoirs: "'The Rosary is not the most important request' ... the essential request ... was ... 'Will you be willing to accept whatever God will send you and to offer it up for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary?' ... she emphasized that it is the fulfillment of one's daily duty, according to one's state in life ... which is the primary condition for turning back of the tide of evil which threatens today's world ... " (12)

The choice is ours. Either we make sure that we have an ample supply of oil for our lamps or we do not have it. The consequences of either choice could not be clearer in the Holy Scriptures according to Matthew 25:1-12. The world should now consider itself amply warned!



NOTES                                              

(1) "Impressions of the Second Apparition," http://www.mgr.org/fatima061317.html

(2) "The Third Part of the Secret of Fátima," http://www.mgr.org/fatimathirdpart.html

(3) "A New Look at the Part of the Secret of Fátima Released Decades Ago," http://www.mgr.org/ANewLookAtFatima.html

(4) "A New Look at the Part of the Secret of Fátima Released Decades Ago," http://www.mgr.org/ANewLookAtFatima.html; this is a paraphrase of miguel's explanation at the bottom of that document.

(5) "How the Roman Catholic Church Administration Missed the "Fátima Opportunity" for Peace Between 1917 and 1931," http://www.mgr.org/MissedOpportunity.html

(6) "Attachment 1 - Detailed Chronology of Key Events," http://www.mgr.org/attach1.html

(7) The details in this section are from: "How the Roman Catholic Church Administration Missed the "Fátima Opportunity" for Peace Between 1917 and 1931," http://www.mgr.org/MissedOpportunity.html

(8) "'Damage Control' from Heaven," http://www.mgr.org/FatimaSecretModifiedPart2.html

(9) Catholic-Hierarchy.org, "Bishop José Alves Correia da Silva," http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/bishop/balvesc.html

(10) The Blue Army of Our Lady of Fátima, "The Founders of the Blue Army," http://www.wafusa.org/about_blue_army/founders.html#haffert

(11) Wikipedia, "John Haffert," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Haffert

(12) "The Blue Army of Fátima," http://www.mgr.org/BlueArmy.html

(13) "The Key Role Played by Occult Practices in Nazi Germany," http://www.mgr.org/NazismAndTheOccult.html

(14) "The Manifestation of the AntiChrist," http://www.mgr.org/TheAntiChrist.html

(15) "In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph," http://www.mgr.org/fatimaentrustment.html

(16) "Our Lady of Fátima: Messages - Response - Consequences," http://www.mgr.org/olof.html

(17) M+G+R Foundation, letter of June 14th and 15th, 1996, http://www.mgr.org/blwn3aa.html

(18) See the note added on October 9, 2001, at the end of the following document: "The Fátima Conspiracy and Other Global Conspiracies," http://www.mgr.org/fatconspiracy.html

(19) "The Marian Apparitions in Fátima and the Roman Catholic Church Administration," http://www.mgr.org/fatima.html

(20) "Former Cardinal Ratzinger and the Message of Fátima," http://www.mgr.org/RatzOnFatima.html

(21) "Third Secret of Fátima: nothing sensational, it regards crisis of faith," Echo of Mary, issue 130 (year 12, no. 6), November-December 1996, http://www.medjugorje.org/echo/e130.pdf, viewed 02/24/10; the MGR Foundation has the same newsletter and article on its site at http://www.mgr.org/041697RatzP4.html

(22) "Former Cardinal Ratzinger and the Message of Fátima," Page 4 of 5, http://www.mgr.org/041697RatzP4.html

(23) An image of the original article, in Portuguese, is available at: "Former Cardinal Ratzinger and the Message of Fátima," Page 5 of 5, http://www.mgr.org/041697RatzP5.html

(24) Translation provided by: The M+G+R Foundation, "Former Cardinal Ratzinger and the Message of Fátima," Page 3 of 5, http://www.mgr.org/041697RatzP3.html

(25) "The Third Part of the Secret of Fátima - In Conclusion," http://www.mgr.org/fatimaconclusion.html

(26) CatholicCulture.org, "Ordinary Time: June 26th," http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?id=178

(27) "The Third Part of the Secret of Fátima: In Conclusion - Part II," http://www.mgr.org/fatimaconclusion2.html

(28) "The Text of the Secret of Fátima Has Been Shamelessly Modified," http://www.mgr.org/FatimaSecretModified.html

(29) "Details of the Modifications to the Fátima Secret," http://www.mgr.org/MemoriasIrmaLuciaFinal.html

(30) This is a summary and extension of: "The Fátima Conspiracy and Other Global Conspiracies," http://www.mgr.org/fatconspiracy.html

(31) "Ecclesiastical Secret Societies: Who Are They? How to Detect Them?," http://www.mgr.org/ecclmason.html

(32) "The Third Part of the Secret of Fátima Disinformation Campaign," http://www.mgr.org/fatimadiscredit.html

(33) Wikipedia, "Javier Sierra," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Javier_Sierra

(34) "The Lady in Blue: What could be the final blow to Marian Apparitions," http://www.mgr.org/TheLadyInBlueWarning.html

(35) "Appendix No. 5," http://www.mgr.org/appendix5.html

(36) "The Day After The Nuclear Holocaust," http://www.mgr.org/dayaft.html

(37) "Tradition Is Not Fascism," http://www.mgr.org/TraditionIsNotFascism.html

(38) "The Return to 'Christendom' - the State and Church Alliance," http://www.mgr.org/WhatWentWrongPart4.html

(39) Lee Penn, False Dawn, Chapter 25, "A Speculative Postscript: After the 'Anti-Tradition,' the Final 'Counter-tradition,'" http://www.mgr.org/FalseDawn-CH25.html

(40) "The Staged Second Coming of Christ," http://www.mgr.org/TheFalseChrist.html

(41) "The Third Part of the Secret of Fátima: Its Confirmation by His Holiness John Paul II," http://www.mgr.org/fatimathirdpartconfirmed.html

(42) "The Third Part of the Secret of Fátima - It Is Revealed by His Holiness John Paul II in His Homily at Fátima," http://www.mgr.org/fatimahomily.html

(43) "The Apparitions of Our Lady of La Salette in 1846," http://www.mgr.org/ololas.html

(44) "Apparitions of Our Lady - Rosa Mystica - at Montichiari-Fontanelle," http://www.mgr.org/rosamystica.html

(45) "We Have Been Warned By The Virgin Mary. Are We Going To Listen?," http://www.mgr.org/bookcover.html

(46) "The Apparitions of San Sebastián de Garabandal," http://www.mgr.org/garabandal.html

(47) M+G+R Foundation, Bishop Ito's letter of approval for Akita, http://www.mgr.org/akitaletter.html

(48) "Our Lady of Akita, Japan - Messages and Details," http://www.mgr.org/akita.html

(49) "Fátima - Index of Documents," http://www.mgr.org/fatimaPage.html

(50) "The Holy Rosary With Scriptural Meditations," http://www.mgr.org/Rosary.html

(51) "Stations of the Cross," http://www.mgr.org/viacrucisdetailed.html

(52) "The Sacrament of Reconciliation," http://www.mgr.org/OnReconciliationAndOtherMatters.html

(53) "Mary, True Mother of God Because She Is the True Mother of Jesus," http://www.mgr.org/motherhood.html

(54) "Suffering: Mankind's Participation in Its Own Redemption," http://www.mgr.org/redempt2.html

(55) "The First Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary," http://www.mgr.org/FirstSaturday.html

(56) "What Is The Prelature of The Holy Cross and Opus Dei," http://www.mgr.org/sect01.html

(57) "Enough of Marches! Enough of Petitions! Enough Politicking" Pray! Pray! Pray!," http://www.mgr.org/PrayPrayPray.html

(58) "Wolves In Sheep's Clothing," http://www.mgr.org/wolves.html

(59) "It Is Imperative That The Faithful Understands The Catholic Faith ... To Avoid Dangerous Errors," http://www.mgr.org/abort-theology.html



Published on March 21st, 2010 - First Day of Spring
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In Spanish: Resumen completo sobre los acontecimientos de Fátima

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