Despite the best efforts of Vatican bureaucrats, it as possible to determine the essence of what has become known us the "Third Secret of Fatima"
addition to the message of Fatima allegedly given by the Virgin Mary
to the general public in the series of apparitions from May 13 to October
13, 1917, she confided, on July 13 of that year, a secret which was
to be given later to all the faithful by Sister Lucy and the
The secret is divided into three distinct parts. and Sister Lucy, with the approval of her bishop, revealed the first two parts in 1941. The third part was written down between January 2 and 9, 1944, under holy obedience to her bishop: Sister Lucy said at the time that the Blessed Virgin had appeared to her and given her permission to do so.
The pope and her bishop could read it immediately, Sister Lucy said According to: the last surviving child of Fatima: the Blessed Virgin asked that the third part of the secret be made known to the faithful at the latest by 1960.
According to Brother Michael of the Holy Trinity; a French monk who has researched the secrets of Fatima and written about them (Science, and the Facts, The Secret and the Church and ?The Third Secret). "We are now living through the Third Secret."
The immediate recipient if the Third Secret was Bishop Jose da Silva, the bishop of Leiria/Fatima. He then tried to commit it to the Holy Office, but Rome refused to receive it: It was then agreed that if Bishop da Silva happened to die; the envelope would be entrusted to Manuel Cardinal Cerejeira, the patriarch of Lisbon.
Says Brother Michael: "It is, therefore false to say, as has been so often repeated after 1960; that the Third Secret is destined explicitly and exclusively for the Holy Father."
According to the French monk" Sister Lucy did want Pope Pius XII to know the secret immediately.
That didn't happen.
It is known that the Third Secret is perhaps 25 or 30 lines of handwriting That's because an assistant of Bishop da Silva held the sealed envelope up to the light and told an associate what he had seen inside ? one small piece of paper.
"This allows us to reject as certainly inauthentic, several texts much too long, which some forgers have tried to foist upon the public as being the true Secret of Fatima," says Brother Michael.
All available evidence indicates that Plus XII preferred to wait until 1960 to read the message. But he died. The envelope was still sealed when Pope John XXIII opened it in 1959, one year after the death of Pus XII.
John XXIII read the secret, then asked for translation help because, of course, of was written in Portuguese. That help was provided by Msgr, Paulo Jose Tavarez who was later appointed bishop of Macao. The secret was also read by John XXIII to the Prefect of the Holy Office.
In a move that left loyal Catholics incredulous, an: unsigned press release from the Vatican in February of 1960 said, in part, "Although the church recognizes the Fatima apparitions, she does not desire to take the responsibility of guaranteeing the veracity of the words that the Three shepherd children said that the Virgin Mary had addressed to them."
Say, Brother Michael:" .one is disheartened by the massive examples of incoherence, inaccuracies and falsehoods which have been uttered by responsible authorities in Rome itself on the subject of Fatima..."
The next opportunity for the Third Secret to be revealed to the faithful, was at the death of John XXIII and the consecration, of Paul VI. That: Pope Paul VI read the secret is known by the testimonies of his closest associates. Again it was held back.
Next to wear the shoes of the fisherman was Pope John Paul I, who was very devoted to Our Lady of Fatima. He went on a pilgrimage to Cova da Iria in 1977 ?and Sister Lucy asked to meet with him. He died before making any official comment as pope on the Third Secret.