Sister Lucia

Sister Lucia

THE SECRETS OF FATIMA 

There continues to be much confusion around the secrets of Fatima. Here are the complete secrets of Fatima. This is the unedited and complete letter of correspondence to Msgr. José Correia da Silva, Bishop of Leiria from Sister Lucia regarding the details of the secrets.

The Secrets of Fatima consists of a series of visions and prophecies that the Blessed Virgin Mary entrusted to the three little Shepherds Lúcia, Jacinta and Francisco on July 13, 1917. It is one secret but divided into three parts.

The two first parts of the secrets of Fatima  were revealed in 1941, in a document written by Sister Lúcia, at the request of Msgr. José Correia da Silva, Bishop of Leiria. The first part contained essentially the Vision of Hell. The second referred to the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in order to save souls from Hell and to prevent the Second World War.

In 1943, when Sister Lucia was asked by the Bishop of Leiria to reveal the third part of the secrets of Fatima, Lúcia struggled for a short period, being “not yet convinced that God had clearly authorized her to act.” However, on 3 January 1944, Lucia wrote the “secret” down, sealed it in an envelope and gave it to the Bishop to have its custody.

To ensure better protection for the “secret” the envelope was placed in the Secret Archives of the Vatican on 4 April 1957. Sister Lucia was informed of this.

The full text of the third part of the “secret” was officially released by Pope John Paul II in year 2000, a few months after the beatification of Jacinta and Francisco Marto. This third prophetic vision detailed the assassination of the Holy Father and describes the terrible sufferings of the martyrdom Church of our times.

Image of hell from Fatima

Painting depicting the vision of hell that the seers of Fatima were shown. Painting by Salvador Dali

The secrets of Fatima

The first and second part of the secret 

 As presented by Sister Lucia in the third memoir of 31 August 1941: for the Bishop of Leiria-Fatima

This will entail my speaking about the secret, and thus answering the first question.

What is the secret? It seems to me that I can reveal it, since I already have permission from Heaven to do so. God’s representatives on earth have authorized me to do this several times and in various letters, one of which, I believe, is in your keeping. This letter is from Father José Bernardo Gonçalves, and in it he advises me to write to the Holy Father, suggesting, among other things, that I should reveal the secret. I did say something about it. But in order not to make my letter too long, since I was told to keep it short, I confined myself to the essentials, leaving it to God to provide another more favourable opportunity.

In my second account I have already described in detail the doubt which tormented me from 13 June until 13 July, and how it disappeared completely during the Apparition on that day.

Well, the secret is made up of three distinct parts, two of which I am now going to reveal.

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. The 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.

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 of Fatima

Painting depicting the vision of the third secret of Fatima

The third part of the Fatima secret revealed at the Cova da Iria-Fatima, on 13 July 1917.

The third part of the “secret” was written “by order of His Excellency the Bishop of Leiria and the Most Holy Mother…” on 3 January 1944.

The sealed envelope was initially in the custody of the Bishop of Leiria. To ensure better protection for the “secret” the envelope was placed in the Secret Archives of the Holy Office on 4 April 1957. The Bishop of Leiria informed Sister Lucia of this.

According to the records of the Archives, the Commissary of the Holy Office, Father Pierre Paul Phillipe, OP, with the agreement of Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani, brought the envelope containing the third part of the “secret of Fatima” to Pope John XXIII on 17 August 1959. “After some hesitation”, His Holiness said: “We shall wait. I shall pray. I shall let you know what I decide”.

In fact Pope John XXIII decided to return the sealed envelope to the Holy Office and not reveal the third part of the “secret”.

Paul VI read the content with the Substitute, Archbishop Angelo Dell’Acqua, on 27 March 1965, and returned the envelope to the Archives of the Holy Office, deciding not to publish the text.

John Paul II, for his part, asked for the envelope containing the third part of the “secret” following the assassination attempt on 13 May 1981. On 18 July 1981 Cardinal Franjo Seper, Prefect of the Congregation, gave two envelopes to Archbishop Eduardo Martinez Somalo, Substitute of the Secretariat of State: one white envelope, containing Sister Lucia’s original text in Portuguese; the other orange, with the Italian translation of the “secret”. On the following 11 August, Archbishop Martinez returned the two envelopes to the Archives of the Holy Office.

Soon after Pope John Paul II composed a prayer for what he called an  “Act of Entrustment”, which was to be celebrated in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major on 7 June 1981.

The Third Secret 

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.