Sr. Lúcia and the Seventh Apparition

A relatively little-known aspect of the history of Our Lady’s apparitions in Fátima, Portugal concerns a comment made to Sr. Lúcia about a “seventh” apparition. On May 13, 1917, in her first apparition to the three shepherd children, Our Lady stated, “I have come to ask you to come here for six months in succession, on the 13th day, at this same hour. Later on, I will tell you who I am and what I want. Afterwards, I will return here yet a seventh time.”[i] Has this seventh apparition already occurred? We shall look at this matter presently.

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Cardinal Bertone Talks About Third Secret of Fátima

Catholic News Service carried an article with an interview from Cardinal Bertone and the third part of the secret of Fátima.

Pity that I did not have this available prior to the publication of my book!

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Pope Francis Speaks on Medjugorje

During the return journey to Rome from Portugal, Pope Francis was asked about Medjugorje by the journalist Mimmo Muolo from Avvenire.

The Vatican’s web site has a transcription of the press conference. At this time, there is no official English translation (which will appear here when it is available), though Catholic News Agency has issued an unofficial one. Between these two texts, I would like to offer my thoughts in order to help people understand what has happened.

Here is a video of the press conference:


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Fátima Book Chapters

Hello Everyone!

I am providing the list of chapters for my Fátima book in order to whet your whistles a bit before book ordering becomes available.


Table of Contents

  1. Fátima and Its Secret: A History
  2. How Many Lines of Text?
  3. The 1967 Allocution of Cardinal Ottaviani
  4. The Mysterious Date of 1960
  5. Fuentes and Sister Lúcia
  6. Sister Lúcia and a “Terrifying” Secret?
  7. The 1960 Portuguese News Article
  8. The “Silencing” of Sister Lúcia
  9. Portugal and the Dogma of the Faith
  10. Ratzinger, Dhanis and Fátima
  11. Pope Benedict XVI and Fátima
  12. Dollinger and Fátima
  13. Various Considerations

Appendices

Bibliography

Upcoming Presentation

It is my honor to announce that I will be presenting a paper at the upcoming Thinking Fatima Congress at the Sanctuary of Fátima this June 21-24, 2017.

The title of my paper is On Imaginary Visions in the Theological Commentary of Cardinal Ratzinger.

If you are able to make it, please do come and listen. There are many excellent talks that will be at this Congress. Not all are available in English, especially the individual language-group presentations. Nevertheless, there are plenty of bi-lingual people who are quite kind and may be willing to discuss summaries of the presentations with others.

The Congress will be a month after the canonization of Blesseds Francisco & Jacinta. I shall pray for all of you at their tombs.

Quis ut Deus? A Reminder on the Place of Politics

Originally published at Catholic Lane on October 13, 2012.

While following political developments, I became nonplussed but could not name why.  As I was puzzling-out my thoughts, I unexpectedly received assistance from the Servant of God, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.  I would like to share my observations and reflect for a moment on the place of politics in society.

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