On the Third Part of the Secret of Fatima

by Kevin Symonds, En Route Books, £26.96

This book is a quite comprehensive treatment of a difficult subject, and one that breaks significant new ground with regard to the third part of the secret of Fatima, an issue over which conspiracy theorists have burned much midnight oil.

The secret as a whole was given to the Fatima seers during the July 1917 apparition. The first part was the terrifying vision of hell they saw, while the second part of the secret concerned the warning given by Our Lady about the outbreak of World War II, and how Russia would spread its errors throughout the world. Her remedy for these things was the consecration of that country to her Immaculate Heart and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. She also promised that in the end her Immaculate Heart would triumph and a period of peace would be given to the world.

Then came the third part of the secret, which was written down by Sister Lucia in January 1944, taken to Rome in 1957, and only finally revealed in the year 2000 at the behest of Pope John Paul II.

This was a vision seen by the seers in which a “bishop dressed in white” – taken to be the Pope – struggled up a mountain through a half-ruined city, followed by numerous Catholics of all ranks. At the top of the mountain was a rough wooden cross, and here the pope and his followers were all killed. This vision was explained in 2000 as symbolic of the sufferings undergone by the Church during the 20th century in particular.

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