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:
It is with great joy to announce that the interior work on my Fátima book is now complete with 580 pages. The cover design shall be approved today and fulfillment of orders begins in about 3 days.
For more information, please visit En Route Books and Media over the next few days. I shall update this web site accordingly as time permits.
In the meantime, please join me in thanking God for this great grace. The true work begins now and I shall make yet another notable announcement related to the book when things are ready.
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 December 28, 2012. This article had been translated into Croatian and published in the publication “Crkva na kamenu” (The Church on the Rock) at this URL address, though it is no longer available.
On the British tabloid Daily Mail Online, there recently appeared an article by Chris Rogers and Marshall Corwin concerning the six alleged seers of Medjugorje. Rogers and Corwin write a fairly simple article that recounts some basic history of Medjugorje. It also mixes the authors’ own experience with Medjugorje and the alleged seers. I would like to take the opportunity to respond to some questionable statements made by Rogers and Corwin in their article.