THE LAST SECRET OF FATIMA
The Revelation of One of the Most Controversial Events in Catholic History
By Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone
Softcover / 192pp
With an introduction by Pope Benedict XVI and including information previously suppressed, the Vaticans Secretary of State, Cardinal Bertone, definitively reveals and explains one of the most controversial events in twentieth-century Catholicismthe 1917 apparition of the Virgin Mary at Fatima.
During World War I, three Portuguese children received a vision in which Mary, the Mother of Jesus, foretold great global turmoil. The first part of their visionwarnings about World War II, communism, and the spread of atheismwere widely publicized, but Vatican officials were hesitant to reveal the visions concluding images, thus creating the "secret" of Fatima. Speculation about this secret gripped many Catholics, and the aura of intrigue surrounding Fatima grew when the Church hierarchy barred the last surviving visionary from speaking publicly.
In THE LAST SECRET OF FATIMA, Cardinal Bertone, the Vatican equivalent of prime minister and a top advisor to Pope Benedict, breaks the Vaticans official silence on the last secret. Rather than Armageddon, he claims, the final prophecy envisaged the 1981 assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II. Bertone argues the apparition at Fatima was a call to renewal for the Church, and he was assigned the task of promulgating this message by the Pope. Add to your cart or wish list above.