The Possible Manuscript of
the Third Part of the Secret of Fatima,
known as ''the Third Secret''
Possible manuscript of the Third Secret
All good Catholics hear the divine and infallible teachings of their Mother, the Holy Roman Catholic Church. When she defines dogmas, this obedience is due to her under pain of heresy and apostasy. For all the rest of her teachings, Catholics must obey under pain of mortal sin, because of her God given divine authority (Oeuvres de Mgr de Ségur, tome VI, pp. 138-153).
On July 13, 1917, at Fatima, Portugal, Our Lady confided to the three children a Secret in three parts. Sister Lucy revealed the first two parts of the Secret in the series of short memoirs she wrote at the behest of her bishop, beginning in 1941. "The Secret," she wrote," is composed of three distinct parts, and I shall reveal two of them. The first was the vision of hell ... The second concerns devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary." Our Lady also asked for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart and the consequences of failing to heed this request:
"She opened Her hands once more, as She had done during the two previous months. The rays of light seemed to penetrate the earth, and we saw as it were a sea of fire. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls [of the damned] in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in huge fires, without weight or equilibrium, amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. (It must have been this sight which caused me to cry out, as people say they heard me). The demons could be distinguished [from the souls of the damned] by their terrifying and repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, black and transparent like burning coals. This vision lasted but an instant. How can we ever be grateful enough to our kind heavenly Mother, Who had already prepared us by promising, in the first apparition, to take us to Heaven. Otherwise, I think we would have died of fear and terror." (English translation of text in Sister Lucy, "Third Memoir")
"You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end; but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the reign of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that He is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions against the Church and of the Holy Father.
"To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. If My requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated. In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world. In Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved etc. Do not tell this to anybody. Francisco, yes, you may tell him." (English translation of text in Sister Lucy, "Fourth Memoir")
According to Fatima scholars, the word "etc" after the sentence "In Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved", in the second part of the Secret, indicates the words belonging to the third part of the Secret, known also as the Third Secret of Fatima, which was finally written down in 1944 under orders from the Bishop of Fatima.
From the second part of the Secret of Fatima
From the first and second part
of the Secret of Fatima
However, the third part of the message was not revealed in Sr. Lucia’s memoirs.
As far as I know, the Catholic Church has not yet revealed The Third Secret of Fatima, therefore Catholics may still hold pious opinions in this regard, waiting until the Catholic Church talks and thus ends the matter :
"Roma locuta est, cause finita est " : Rome has spoken; the case is ended. (saint Augustin, sermon CXXXII)
Since some time, in the Internet circulates a manuscript claimed by the site Tradition in Action to be the authentic Third Secret of Fatima (see the photo above). To avoid misunderstandings, I will name this photo "the one-paper manuscript".
As I mentioned above, since the Catholic Church has not publicly revealed the Secret, the faithful are not to believe that the one-paper manuscript is the real Third Secret of Fatima.
Portuguese Text of the Manuscript
Tuy 1 de abril de 1944 ou 4 de janeiro de 1944
Agora vou revelar o terceiro fragmento do segredo: Esta parte é a apostasia na Igreja!
Nossa Senhora mostrou-nos uma vista do um indivíduo que eu descrevo como o ‘santo Padre’, em frente de uma multidão que estava louvando-o.
Mas havia uma diferença com um verdadeiro santo Padre, o olhar do demonio, êste tinha o olhar do mal.
Então depois de alguns momentos vimos o mesmo Papa entrando a uma Igreja, mas esta Igreja era a Igreja do inferno, não há modo para descrever a fealdade d’êsse lugar, parecia uma fortaleza feita de cimento cinzento com ângulos quebrados e janelas semelhantes a olhos, tinha um bico no telhado do edificio.
Em seguida levantamos a vista para Nossa Senhora que nos disse Vistes a apostasia na Igreja, esta carta pode ser aberta por O santo Padrre, mas deve ser anunciada depois de Pio XII e antes de 1960.
No reinado de Juan Pablo II a pedra angular da tumba de Pedro deve ser removida e transferida para Fatima.
Porque o dogma da fé não é conservado em Roma, sua autoridade será removida e entregada a Fatima.
A catedral de Roma deve ser destruida e uma nova construida em Fatima.
Se 69 semanas depois de que esta ordem é anunciada Roma continua sua abominação, a cidade será destruida.
Nossa Senhora disse-nos que êsto está escrito, Daniel 9, 24-25 e Mateus 21, 42-44
Traduction française du manuscrit
Tuy, 1er septembre 1944 ou 1er avril 1944
Maintenant je vais vous révéler le troisième élément du secret. Cette partie est l'apostasie dans l'Église.
Notre-Dame nous montra l'individu lequel je le décrit comme le 'Saint-Père' devant une multitude qui l'applaudissait.
Mais il y avait une différence d'un vrai Saint-Père, son regard diabolique, celui-ci avait le regard du malin.
Puis, après quelques moments, nous vîmes le même Pape entrer une Église, mais cette Église était l'Église de l'enfer ; il n'y a pas de moyen de décrire la laideur de cette place. Elle ressemblait à une forteresse grise en ciment, avec des angles brisés et des fenêtres semblables à des yeux; elle avait un bec sur le toit de l'édifice.
Ensuite, nous levâmes les yeux vers Notre-Dame qui nous dit : Vous avez vu l'apostasie dans l'Église; le Saint-Père peut ouvrir cette lettre, mais elle doit être rendue publique après Pie XII et avant 1960.
Au royaume de Jean Paul II, la pierre angulaire du tombeau de Pierre doit être enlevée et transférée à Fatima.
Puisque le dogme de la Foi n'est pas préservé à Rome, son autorité lui sera enlevée et donnée à Fatima.
La Cathédrale de Rome doit être détruite et une nouvelle doit être construite à Fatima.
Si 69 semaines après la publication de cet ordre, Rome continue ces abominations, la cité sera détruite.
Notre-Dame nous dit que ceci est écrit dans Daniel 9:24-25 et dans Matthieu 21:42-44.
English translation of the Manuscript
Tuy April 1, 1944 or January 4, 1944
Now I am going to reveal the third fragment of the secret: This part is the apostasy in the Church!
Our Lady showed us the individual who I describe as the “holy Father” in front of a multitude that was cheering him.
But there was a difference from a true holy Father, his devilish gaze, this one had the gaze of evil.
Then, after some moments we saw the same Pope entering a Church, but this Church was the Church of hell; there is no way to describe the ugliness of that place. It looked like a gray cement fortress with broken angles and windows similar to eyes; it had a beak in the roof of the building.
Next, we raised our eyes to Our Lady who said to us: You saw the apostasy in the Church; this letter can be opened by the holy Father, but it must be announced after Pius XII and before 1960.
In the kingdom of John Paul II the cornerstone of Peter’s grave must be removed and transferred to Fatima.
Because the dogma of the faith is not conserved in Rome, its authority will be removed and delivered to Fatima.
The cathedral of Rome must be destroyed and a new one built in Fatima.
If 69 weeks after this order is announced, Rome continues its abomination, the city will be destroyed.
Our Lady told us that this is written,[in] Daniel 9:24-25 and Matthew 21:42-44
This one-paper manuscript appears to have been written in the city of Tuy, Spain, situated just across the northern Portuguese border. In fact, on October 24, 1925, Sister Lucy entered the "Institute of the Sisters of St. Dorothy" in Tuy, Spain. She stayed there until 1946, year when she returned to Portugal.
The date of the manuscript, on the top right corner, has 5 numbers, whose last 3 digits represent the year 1944. Sister Lucy wrote the date in this manner also in other letters. Here below is a real letter from Sister Lucy of Fatima. Please notice its writing style which is very similar to that of the one-paper manuscript.
Letter from Sister Lucy
One question arises about the first 2 numbers in the date of the one-paper manuscript we are analyzing:
Does the first number represent the month or the day of the letter?
Without much hesitation, we can see that the first number is the number 1 whereas the second, the number 4. If the author wrote the month first, then the letter was written on the 4 of January 1944.
According to historical facts and testimonies, Sister Lucy committed the Third Secret to paper between the second and ninth of January 1944. On January 2, 1944 Our Lady appeared to Sister Lucy and bade her to write down the Third Secret. Our Lady demanded the Secret to be revealed to the world no later than 1960. When later asked why the people had to wait for the Third Secret to be revealed in 1960, Sister Lucy stated:
"Because the Blessed Virgin wishes it so," and "It [the Secret] will be clearer then".
On January 9, 1944, Sister Lucy wrote to Bishop da Silva, informing him that the Secret was finally written down:
“I have written what you asked me; God willed to try me a little, but finally this was indeed His will: [the text] is sealed in an envelope and it is in the notebooks ...” (Quoted by Father Alonso, "Fatima 50", October 13, 1967, p. 11)
On June 17, 1944, Sister Lucy delivered the enveloppe containing the secret to her confessor, Bishop of Gurza who, the same evening, handed it to Bishop da Silva, bishop of the diocese of Leiria-Fatima.
The Third Secret was written
on a Single Sheet of Paper and contains around 20-30 Lines
Bishop da Silva in front of
the envelope containing the
At a first look, the one-paper manuscript numbers 24 lines and together with the date and salutation JMJ (JESUS MARY JOSEPH) it makes 25 lines. This salutation is found also in other letters of Sister Lucy, like the one above. We also notice the margins in the four parts of the one-paper manuscript.
Bishop da Silva, from 1944 to 1957, was entrusted with keeping the Third Secret. On the envelope containing the Secret — seen at the bottom of the photograph above — he wrote with his own hand:
"Este envelope com o seu conteudo sera entregue a Sua Eminencia O Sr. Cardeal D. Manuel, Patriarca de Lisboa, depois da minha morte.
Leiria, 8 Dezembro de 1945
†Jose, Bispo de Leiria."
This envelope with its contents shall be entrusted to His Eminence Cardinal Manuel (Cerejeira), Patriarch of Lisbon, after my death.
Leiria, December 8, 1945
†Jose, Bishop of Leiria.
Around the end of 1956, the Papal Nuncio to Lisbon, Archbishop Fernando Cento, relayed the order from the Vatican’s Holy Office to Bishop da Silva that all the documents Sister Lucy had written were to be sent to the Vatican, including the Secret.
In March 1957, Bishop Venancio, Fatima’s auxiliary bishop, implored one final time that Bishop da Silva read the Secret before handing it over to the Vatican. Bishop da Silva declined to read it, saying, "That doesn’t interest me." Bishop Venancio, not authorized to open the seal, held the envelope containing the Third Secret up to the light to better see the contents, and then carefully noted what he could of the contents. He made these observations: the Secret was written on one sheet of paper, with margins of 3/4 of a centimeter on both sides of the page, with approximately 25 lines of text. Cardinal Ottaviani, who actually read the secret, and Father Alonso both agree that the text of the Third Secret contains only 20 to 30 lines.
Fr. Alonso was official archivist of Fatima for sixteen years. It is said that since 1976, a collection of the works of Father Joaquin Alonso on Fatima, consisting of 5,000 documents in 14 volumes — the result of Father Alonso’s 11 years of research up to that time, has not yet completely been published.
In 1966, alarmed by growing modernist attempts to revise and reinterpret the Message of Fatima, Bishop John Venancio of Fatima commissioned Father Joaquin Alonso, a learned Claretian priest, to write a comprehensive history of the apparitions from the time they occurred onwards. With access to all the relevant documents, Fr. Alonso began a task that was to consume nearly a decade, and the result of his research would be the collection of over 5700 documents, which would fill 24 volumes of 800 pages each.
In 1975, Fr. Alonso completed his exhaustive 24-volume work on Fatima. However, in a startling move, the Bishop of Fatima literally stopped the presses to prevent the books from being published. No official reason was given for suppressing the work, but doing so was obviously consistent with the earlier Vatican decisions to suppress the Third Secret itself, and forbid Sr. Lucia to speak on the subject. To date, only two of the volumes have been published, both in heavily edited form.
In 1992, the first volume of Fr. Alonso’s critical study of Fatima was finally published. It had been heavily edited, however, and 23 other volumes still awaited approval for publication. The published text does not include Fr. Alonso’s interpretation of the contents of the Third Secret. A second volume, also heavily edited, was published in 1999.
When Father Alonso died at the end of 1981, most of his monumental work on Fatima remained unpublished. However, in one short book approved for publication shortly before his death, Fr. Alonso maintained that the Third Secret refers to a "crisis in the Faith of the Church and to the negligence of the pastors themselves."
Cardinal Ottaviani, as "Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith" in 1967, stated that he had read the Third Secret and that it was written on a single sheet of paper. He testified to this fact on February 11, 1967, during a press conference at the time of a meeting of the Pontifical Marian Academy in Rome :
“And then, what did she [Lucy] do to obey the Most Holy Virgin? She wrote on a sheet of paper, in Portuguese, what the Holy Virgin had asked her to tell ...”
Cardinal Ottaviani is a witness to this fact. In the same press conference, he states:
“I, who have had the grace and the gift to read the text of the Secret – although I too am held to secrecy because I am bound by the Secret ...”
“Lucy tells us that she wrote it on a sheet of paper. Cardinal Ottaviani, who has read it, tells us the same thing: ‘She wrote it on a sheet of paper ... ’.” (Father Alonso, VSF, p. 60)
If the one-paper manuscript is the real Third Secret, it confirms the words of Cardinal Ottaviani, among other witnesses, and proves that the June 2000's manuscript containing 62 lines of handwritten text on four sheets of paper, being publicly revealed by the Vatican as the "Third Secret"Secret, was a forgery.
The Third Secret contains Words from Our Lady
The one-paper manuscript actually contains citations attributed to Our Lady :
"Next, we raised our eyes to Our Lady who said to us: You saw the apostasy in the Church; this letter can be opened by the holy Father, but it must be announced after Pius XII and before 1960..."
The Vatican’s June 2000 manuscript of the Third Secret, published in the Vatican’s booklet, "The Message of Fatima", contains no words of Our Lady. If the one-paper manuscript is authentic, it confirms the Vatican announcement in 1960 that the Third Secret contains words from our Lady.
In the fall of 1952, Pope Pius XII sent a priest, Fr. Joseph Schweigl, S.J., on a special mission to interrogate Sr. Lucia in her convent in Coimbra, Portugal. On his return, Fr. Schweigl revealed that the entire Third Secret has two parts, one of which concerns the Pope. The other contains the continuation of words spoken by the Blessed Virgin. Sr. Lucia’s memoirs indicate that those words begin with the phrase: "In Portugal, the dogma of the faith will always be preserved etc."
The Vatican announcement appearing in the February 8, 1960 communiqué of the Portuguese news agency A.N.I. (at Rome) tells us that the text of the Third Secret contains the actual words of Our Lady :
“It has just been stated, in very reliable Vatican circles, to the representatives of United Press International, that it is most likely that the letter will never be opened, in which Sister Lucy wrote down the words which Our Lady confided as a secret to the three little shepherds in the Cova da Iria.” (Quoted by Father Martins dos Reis, "O Milagre do sol e o Segredo de Fatima", p. 127-128. Cf. Father Joaquin Alonso, VSF, p. 55-56.)
No reason was given for withholding the text, and when efforts were made to question Sr. Lucia, it was learned that she had been forbidden to speak about it and that she was under an order of silence which has remained in force for over 40 years. These developments stunned and disappointed millions of Catholics who had been eagerly awaiting the revelation of the Secret.
Prior to 1960, the Fatima apparitions were still officially considered "worthy of belief," and the whole Church believed in Fatima with the blessing of Church authorities at every level. And it still appeared likely that the Church would ultimately heed the message of the Mother of God. The Vatican decision not to reveal the Secret in 1960 marked a turning point which continues to our days. The silence of witnesses, prohibition of publications and the suppression of the Third Secret clearly shows that it is not the same Catholic Church who speaks through the Vatican, after HH Pope Pius XII.
The Third Secret was written as a Letter
The one-paper manuscript was written as a letter addressed to a particular person, with date and fingerprint signature on the bottom right corner.
Sister Lucy herself tells us that the Third Secret was written as a letter. We have the written testimony of Father Jongen who, on February 3-4, 1946, interrogated Sister Lucy:
“‘You have already made known two parts of the Secret. When will the time arrive for the third part?’ ‘I communicated the third part in a letter to the Bishop of Leiria,’ she answered.” (Revue "Mediatrice et Reine", October 1946, p. 110-112)
Next we have the decisive words of Canon Galamba:
“When the bishop refused to open the letter, Lucy made him promise that it would definitely be opened and read to the world either at her death or in 1960, whichever would come first.” (Quoted by Father Alonso, VSF, p. 46-47)
In February 1960, the Patriarch of Lisbon declared:
“Bishop da Silva enclosed (the envelope sealed by Lucy) in another envelope on which he indicated that the letter had to be opened in 1960 by himself, Bishop Jose Correia da Silva, if he was still alive, or if not, by the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon. ("Novidades", February 24, 1960, quoted by La Documentation Catholique, June 19, 1960, col. 751.)
Father Alonso tells us:
“Other bishops also spoke – and with authority – about the year 1960 as the date indicated for opening the famous letter. Thus, when the then titular Bishop of Tiava, and Auxiliary Bishop of Lisbon asked Lucy when the Secret was to be opened, he always received the same answer: in 1960.” (Father Alonso, VSF, p. 46)
On the contrary, the June 2000' false "Third Secret" released by the Vatican is
- not addressed to anyone;
- dated at the end — yet, according to custom in Portugal since the 18th Century, no letter is dated at the end but only at the beginning;
- not signed by Sister Lucy or anyone else; and
- clearly, it is not a letter.
Copies of letters written by Sister Lucy have been included in her published memoirs – these letters all have an addressee, a date, and her signature.
If you examine and compare the two photocopies of the letters below with true letters from Sister Lucy posted above, you will conclude that the two letters below cannot be from Sister Lucy of Fatima.
First page of Vatican 2000' false Third Secret
Fourth page of Vatican 2000' false Third Secret
A detailed analysis and responses to objections regarding the one-paper Manuscript, the possible 3d Secret of Fatima, will soon be treated with in another paper, God willing!