MAY 13, 2000: THE THIRD SECRET OF FATIMA

MAY 13, 2000: THE THIRD SECRET OF FATIMA

Saturday, May 21, 2016 the Holy See Press Office published the following communiqué on various articles regarding the “Third Secret of Fatima”:

“ Several articles have appeared recently, including declarations attributed to Professor Ingo Dollinger according to which Cardinal Ratzinger, after the publication of the Third Secret of Fatima (which took place in June 2000), had confided to him that the publication was not complete. In this regard, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI declares ‘never to have spoken with Professor Dollinger about Fatima’, clearly affirming that the remarks attributed to Professor Dollinger on the matter ‘are pure inventions, absolutely untrue’, and he confirms decisively that ‘the publication of the  Third Secret of Fatima is complete’.”

Pope Benedict in Fatima, May 13, 2010:

FATIMA POpe benedict

I want to provide more information and some background relative to the events of May and June 2000. At the end of this column I have placed links to articles from the Vatican Information Service from May and June 2000 that relate to the papal visit to Fatima in May 2000 by John Paul II to beatify Jacinta and Francesco, two of the three shepherd children to whom Our Lady appeared six times in 1917, revealing three secrets.

Our Lady of Fatima

But first, a personal story about that historic day.

I was working at the Vatican Information Service at the time and wrote the first story you see here – the Friday, May 12 story entitled “Pope Arrives Portugal to Beatify Jacinta and Francisco.”

The following day, May 13 a colleague of ours at VIS was married in the Chapel of the Canons in St. Peter’s Basilica. Following the Mass, given my ability to speak both English and Italian, I was asked to accompany the family members of both the American groom and our Italian bride on a chartered bus to the reception. When we arrived at the site of a very beautiful villa on the Old Appian Way, the reception began with cocktails, picture taking, etc. At a certain point we all noticed that our colleagues from VIS had not yet arrived but the newlyweds (and the caterers!) naturally wanted to start the meal.

Shortly after we started the meal, our colleagues arrived with enormous smiles on their faces, and one of them, Piers, was waving a sheet of paper on his hands, shouting, “the Third Secret of Fatima was revealed today!”

Because I had been asked to escort the bridal party relatives to the wedding reception and act as translator, I was the only member of the VIS team who had not been alerted there would be big news that day from Fatima. Thus, I was the only member not to return to the office after the wedding ceremony. And I guess I was so busy acting as language liaison between the two families I did not even notice that my VIS colleagues were not with us at the reception!

Here are those links, in chronological order:

1. Vatican City, May 12, 2000 (VIS) – POPE ARRIVES IN PORTUGAL TO BEATIFY JACINTA AND FRANCISCO

http://visnews-en.blogspot.it/2000_05_15_archive.html

2. Vatican City, May 13, 2000 (VIS) – CARDINAL SODANO READS A TEXT ON THE “THIRD SECRET”

http://visnews-en.blogspot.it/2000_05_13_archive.htm

3. Vatican City, June 26, 2000 (VIS) – Presentation of Message of Fatima:

http://visnews-en.blogspot.it/2000/06/presentation-of-message-of-fatima.html

4. Vatican City, June 26, 2000 (VIS) – Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith on Fatima Message:

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20000626_message-fatima_en.html

 

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