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In order to deliver the greatest experience to our visitors we use cutting edge web development techniques that require a modern browser. During the apparitions of Fatima between May and October , the Virgin Mary entrusted three child shepherds with three secrets. The first was a vision of hell that deeply shocked the little children. Since then, they have intensely prayed for the conversion of sinners.
Cardinal Bertone talks about the third secret of Fatima
Though the vision lasted for only a moment, it was enough to never forget. The greatest of the seers remembers it as so: "There were devils and souls submerged in a great sea of fire That horrified them and made them tremble with fear. The second secret was prophetic.
Now a veil is drawn back on a series of events which make history and interpret it in depth, in a spiritual perspective alien to present-day attitudes, often tainted with rationalism. Throughout history there have been supernatural apparitions and signs which go to the heart of human events and which, to the surprise of believers and non-believers alike, play their part in the unfolding of history.
This too is the message of Fatima which, with its urgent call to conversion and penance, draws us to the heart of the Gospel. Fatima is undoubtedly the most prophetic of modern apparitions. Alamongordo Prophecies. The cardinal's announcement was an effort by the Vatican to put an end to the kind of fevered speculation that has at times overshadowed the shrine's spiritual importance to hundreds of millions of Catholics.
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Versions of the secret, broadcast on hundreds of Web sites usually under headlines like, ''Third Secret Revealed! Fatima fanatics have held hunger strikes -- one even hijacked a plane -- to try to force the Vatican to disclose the secret.
During John Paul's first visit to the shrine in , on the first anniversary of the assassination attempt, a knife-wielding Spanish priest tried to kill the pope, but was wrestled to the ground by security officers. John Paul has always credited the Virgin of Fatima with saving his life.
After he visited the shrine in to give thanks for his survival, a bullet extracted from his body was placed alongside diamonds in a gold crown worn by a statue of the Virgin.
In , on the 10th anniversary of the attack, he returned again to give thanks for his life as well as for the collapse of Communism, which believers say the Virgin of Fatima also predicted in The cardinal said the secret in its entirety would soon be published by the Vatican ''after the preparation of an appropriate commentary. The pope did refer to the prophecies today, speaking of ''Fatima, where these times of tribulation were foretold,'' but he made no mention of the ''third secret.
The pope first learned of the secret a few days after he was elected in , the Vatican said.
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He did not announce it himself today, said his spokesman, Dr. Joaquin Navarro-Valls, because he was ''personally involved.
In a new tribute at a prayer service at the shrine on Friday night, the pope donated to the shrine the ring given to him by Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, the late primate of Poland. Cardinal Wyszynski, whose long fight against Communism in Poland inspired the present pope and millions of their countrymen, told John Paul after his election in that he would lead the church into the new millennium.
Navarro-Valls dismissed speculation that the gift was a signal that the pope was set to resign as '' percent wrong. The fact that the pope put the two dead witnesses to the Virgin's apparitions on the path of sainthood today was another sign of his devotion to Fatima.
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