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.
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!
Cardinal Bertone talks about the third secret of Fatima
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, former Vatican secretary of state, speaks with EWTN on May 4, 2017. Credit: Daniel Ibanez / CNA.
.- The third secret of Fatima deals with past events, but at the same time its call to conversion is always current, always up to date, said Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State emeritus.
In an interview with CNA, Cardinal Bertone spoke about the third secret of Fatima, how the decision to release the secret was made, and his memories of his three meetings with Sr. Lucia, the longest-living of the three shepherd children who had been the custodian of the secret until it was released by the Vatican at the request of Pope John Paul II.
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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:
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
- Fátima and Its Secret: A History
- How Many Lines of Text?
- The 1967 Allocution of Cardinal Ottaviani
- The Mysterious Date of 1960
- Fuentes and Sister Lúcia
- Sister Lúcia and a “Terrifying” Secret?
- The 1960 Portuguese News Article
- The “Silencing” of Sister Lúcia
- Portugal and the Dogma of the Faith
- Ratzinger, Dhanis and Fátima
- Pope Benedict XVI and Fátima
- Dollinger and Fátima
- Various Considerations
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.
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.