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The Secret in Three Parts:

The Third Part

Context

In her Fourth Memoir (dated December 8, 1941), Sister Lucy copied the first two parts of the Fatima Secret word-for-word – including what appears to be the conclusion to the whole Secret:

In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.

Partial Text of the Third Secret

Sister Lucy then immediately added the following text to her Fourth Memoir:  

In Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved etc.

Commentary

Fatima scholars have been unanimous in their belief that this phrase begins the third part of the Secret and the word "etc." that Sister Lucy wrote indicates the rest of the words Our Lady spoke in the text of the Third Secret.

Here it must be noted that immediately following the words "In Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved etc.", Our Lady said to Sister Lucy: "Tell this to no one. Yes you may tell it to Francisco." The "this" that can be told to Francisco refers to the last thing said during the vision. If it was only a vision, without an explanation, then Francisco didn't need to be told anything, because he had just seen it himself already. But if "this" refers to additional words of the Virgin by way of explanation of the vision, then Francisco would have to be told because, as we know, he could not hear Our Lady during the Fatima apparitions. Francisco saw but did not hear, and would thus have needed to be informed about what Our Lady had said about the vision.

Nor can one argue plausibly that "you may tell it to Francisco" refers merely to the words Our Lady spoke during the second part of the Secret. The phrase "Tell this to no one. Yes, you may tell it to Francisco" follows immediately after "In Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved etc."1 Clearly, then, the "etc." indicates the words, not yet written down, that Sister Lucy could tell Francisco orally. Those words clearly belong to the Third Secret, which was finally written down in 1944 under orders from the Bishop of Fatima.

Vatican’s Version of the Third Secret, Released on June 26, 2000

On June 26, 2000, the Vatican released what they claim to be the "third part" of the Secret of Fatima, given by Our Lady to the three shepherd children on July 13, 1917, but this text contains no actual words of Our Lady indicated by the "etc.". The text that the Vatican released is as follows:

After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!’. And we saw in an immense light that is God: ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it’ a Bishop dressed in White ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father’. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels, each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God.2

Commentary

There are many reasons for stating that the above text cannot be the whole Third Secret. First, there is solid evidence that the text above is, at best, part of the notebooks of Sister Lucy – not the actual 25-line letter in which Sister Lucy gives the actual words of Our Lady. For a comparison between the alleged Third Secret released on June 26, 2000 and the Third Secret text that has been alluded to by various witnesses, see Chapter 12 of The Devil’s Final Battle. There is also the testimony of what the text actually contains from people who have read it or studied it thoroughly (see Chapter 13 of The Devil’s Final Battle).

A year and a half after the release of the alleged Third Secret, Msgr. (now Cardinal) Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and co-author of the Commentary on the vision that was released on June 26, 2000, held an interview with Sister Lucy. The November 17, 2001 "interview" consisted of nothing more than Bertone’s Italian language report of what Sister Lucy is supposed to have said in Portuguese. According to Bertone, Sister Lucy said that the consecration of the world in 1984 has been "accepted by heaven" (for what purpose she did not say), and that "everything has been published."

The "interview", which Bertone claims went on for two hours, contains only 44 words alleged to be from the mouth of Sister Lucy concerning the matters in controversy (the consecration of Russia and the Third Secret). No transcript or other independent record of the "interview" has ever been provided, making it impossible to determine what exactly Sister Lucy was asked during the closeted two hour interrogation, or the context of the 44 words she is alleged to have uttered during those unrecorded two hours. [The numerous suspicious circumstances of this secret "interview" are analyzed in Chapter 14 of The Devil’s Final Battle, entitled "Let Us Hear the Witness, for Heaven’s Sake"].

Related Articles:

June 26, 2000 Hoax
The Devil’s Final Battle

Notes:

1. Father Fabrice Delestre, Society of St. Pius X, "June 26, 2000: Revelation of the Third Secret of Fatima or a Curtailed Revelation", SSPX Asia Newsletter, July-August 2000, p. 24.

2. English translation of Sister Lucy, "Third Part of the ‘Secret’ ", in Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, S.D.B., and Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, The Message of Fatima, June 26, 2000, p. 21.