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 National Review Online has published an article of my composition entitled Fatima and Russia’s Errors. If you have a moment, check it out!
Sts. Francisco & Jacinta Marto, pray for us!
Catholic News Service has a nice article on Cardinal Saraiva Martins and the last three Popes with respect to Fátima. I encourage you to read it.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Recent popes have had a special affection for Our Lady of Fatima, but no pope’s connection can match that of St. John Paul II.
“We cannot forget that he was saved by Our Lady of Fatima from the assassination attempt here in St. Peter’s. This is fundamental and central. It is never forgotten,” Portuguese Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, former prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, told Catholic News Service March 29.
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The Diocese of Mostar-Duvno has released a new article from Bishop Ratko Peric with information on Medjugorje.
At this time, the article is available only in Croatian and Italian (English now available). It is entitled “Medjugorje Apparition Attacks on the Diocesan Bishop Pavao Zanic” (NAPADI MEĐUGORSKE POJAVE NA DIJECEZANSKOGA BISKUPA PAVLA ŽANIĆA).
In the article, Peric recalls his predecessor, Bishop Pavao Zanic and his ministry. As the Bishop when the Medjugorje phenomenon began (and for the its first 12 years), he had the task of examining the facts of the case. Peric recalls some of the highlights of this time. To this effect, he depends upon the infamous “Diary” of Vicka for some of the early history.
In his conclusion, Peric lauds Zanic as being “a man full of moral integrity,” to whom the people “listened to a preacher of truth” and that he was a “courageous shepherd, ready to die for the truth and for his faithful flock (Biskup se Žanić u svoje 23 godine episkopata predstavio kao čovjek potpuna moralnog integriteta, rado slušan propovjednik istine, neumoran djelitelj svetih sakramenata i hrabar pastir, spreman umrijeti za istinu i za svoje vjerno stado).
Peric ends with some remarks that condemn suspect activity on the part of the “Gospa” of Medjugorje and the “visionaries.”