Fatima, The Three Secrets
The First Secret
The first part is the
vision of hell.
Our Lady showed us a great
sea of fire which seemed to be under the earth.
Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in
human form, like transparent burning embers, all
blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in
the conflagration, now raised into the air by
the flames that issued from within themselves
together with great clouds of smoke, now falling
back on every side like sparks in a huge fire,
without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks
and groans of pain and despair, which horrified
us and made us tremble with fear.
demons could be distinguished by their
terrifying and repulsive likeness to frightful
and unknown animals, all black and transparent.
This vision lasted but an instant. How can we
ever be grateful enough to our kind heavenly
Mother, who had already prepared us by
promising, in the first Apparition, to take us
to heaven Otherwise, I think we would have died
of fear and terror.
The Second Secret
We then looked up at Our
Lady, who said to us so kindly and so sadly:
“You have seen hell where the souls of poor
sinners go. To save them, God wishes to
establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate
Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls
will be saved and there will be peace. The war
is going to end: but if people do not cease
offending God, a worse one will break out during
the Pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night
illumined by an unknown light, know that this is
the great sign given you by God that he is about
to punish the world for its crimes, by means of
war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and
of the Holy Father.
To prevent this, I
shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia
to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of
reparation on the First Saturdays. If my
requests are heeded, Russia will be converted,
and there will be peace; if not, she will spread
her errors throughout the world, causing wars
and persecutions of the Church. The good will be
martyred; the Holy Father will have much to
suffer; various nations will be annihilated. In
the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The
Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and
she shall be converted, and a period of peace
will be granted to the world”.
The Third Secret
The third part of the
secret revealed at the Cova da Iria-Fatima, on
13 July 1917.
I write in obedience to
you, my God, who command me to do so through his
Excellency the Bishop of Leiria and through your
Most Holy Mother and mine.
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.
Letter from Pope John Paul
II to Sister Lucia
To the Reverend Sister
of the Convent of Coimbra
In the great joy of Easter, I greet you
with the words the Risen Jesus spoke to the
disciples: “Peace be with you”!
be happy to be able to meet you on the
long-awaited day of the Beatification of
Francisco and Jacinta, which, please God, I will
celebrate on 13 May of this year.
on that day there will be time only for a brief
greeting and not a conversation, I am sending
His Excellency Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone,
Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine
of the Faith, to speak with you. This is the
Congregation which works most closely with the
Pope in defending the true Catholic faith, and
which since 1957, as you know, has kept your
hand-written letter containing the third part of
the “secret” revealed on 13 July 1917 at Cova da
accompanied by the Bishop of Leiria, His
Excellency Bishop Serafim de Sousa Ferreira e
Silva, will come in my name to ask certain
questions about the interpretation of “the third
part of the secret”.
Sister Maria Lucia,
you may speak openly and candidly to Archbishop
Bertone, who will report your answers directly
I pray fervently to the Mother of
the Risen Lord for you, Reverend Sister, for the
Community of Coimbra and for the whole Church.
May Mary, Mother of pilgrim humanity, keep us
always united to Jesus, her beloved Son and our
brother, the Lord of life and glory.
With my special Apostolic Blessing.
JOANNES PAULUS PP. II
From the Vatican,
19 April 2000.
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