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With an introduction by Pope Benedict XVI and including information
previously suppressed, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal
Bertone, definitively reveals and explains one of the most controversial
events in twentieth-century Catholicism—the 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 vision—warnings about
World War II, communism, and the spread of atheism—were widely
publicized, but Vatican officials were hesitant to reveal the vision’s
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 Vatican’s 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.
The Last Secret of Fatima By Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone reveals and explains the apparition of the Virgin Mary at Fatima. Three Portuguese children see the Virgin Mary and told of great global turmoil to come to our world. They received predicitons of WW II, communism, and the growth of atheism which was made pubic at the time but officials of the Vatican were hesitant to reveal the last images of the predictions. The Church eventually banned the last surviving visionary to speak of the experience publicly. Cardinal Bertone breaks the silence of the last scene, which was highly speculated to be Armageddon but instead it the final prophecy was the 1981 assassination attempt of Pope John Paul II.
I was raised Catholic and the story of Fatima was one that fascinated me from the start. The first time I heard it was in second grade and the story just stuck with me. When I saw that this book was available I HAD to read it. Cardinal Bertone answers candidly and honestly the questions that have been posed for many, many years. He talks about the three children of Fatima and their lives after they received these visions. Written in Question/Answer form, the book’s content comes from a
series of interviews that Giuseppe DeCarli conducted with Cardinal Tarcisio
of the three messages that Mary entrusted to Lucia to hold for the
Pope are revealed in their entirety. Along with them, it gives insights
into the apparitions themselves when Cardinal Bertone details his
meetings with Sister Lucia. The book also discusses the way in which
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger — later Pope Benedict XVI — felt about these messages. The parts I found most interesting were the details surrounding the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul
II’s life and his subsequent Entrustment of Russia and the World to
Mary’s protection. Pope John Paul II became known
as “The Fatima Pope.” I really feel like I learned so much more about Fatima than I ever knew. This book is fantastic and I highly recommend this book to anyone who "knows" the story of Fatima, you will be amazed at the things you didn't know. I give this book 5 STARS.