Lucia de Jesus dos Santos, the last of three children who witnessed the apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Fatima died on Sunday, as reported direct from the Vatican. "She had been weak for several weeks and had not left her cell," Coimbra Bishop Albino Cleto told the Church's Radio Renascenca.
The Vatican interpreted one part of the visions as foretelling the attempt to kill the pope and Communism's persecution of Christianity. The apparitions took place the same year as the Russian Revolution.
The first two parts of the prophecies were known for decades. The first saw a vision of hell, the second predicted the outbreak of World War II. But it was the third part, the third secret of Fatima, which kept the world intrigued for more than 80 years.
There are some who believe there is a connection between the death of Lucia and the death of the seated Pope at the time of her death. I fear this to occur and truly pray it is not so. I just have this uneasy feeling of who will replace Pope John Paul II. Perhaps it is some non-factual notion I possess which hints of a newly seated Pope to be an omen which will usher in WWIII. Certainly Bubba Bush would have nothing to do with the decision makers would he?
I will have John Hogue author of The Last Pope as my guest on Thursday February 17th. Perhaps John will have some answers.
**Below is an article I wrote on Christmas Eve 1999.
The Third Letter of Fatima...12/24/99
by Mitch Battros (ECTV)
For some reason the Third Letter Of Fatima kept coming to me over the last few days. Maybe just because it's Christmas time. I'm really not sure of the reason for an insistent inner voice telling me to publish this once again. Finally I am giving in.
Below is a response from Father Gruner of the described official Fatima Centre in Italy. I had sent them a letter asking to clarify what the "third letter of Fatima" really means. Below is their answer.
Greetings Mr. Battros,
Father Gruner has asked that we thank you for your e-mail via the Internet. In answer to your thoughts, firstly, the Third Secret has never been officially revealed by the Pope or the Vatican, and its contents are only known by a few people connected with the Vatican. Therefore, we do not know exactly what it says.
Cardinal Ratzinger, who has read the Third Secret, said, ";The Third Secret refers to the dangers to our Faith, and therefore to the life of the Christian and therefore to the life of the world."; Father Gruner wrote in his book, 'Jesus Tells Us, Make It Known,' ";..as Father Alonso pointed out, it (the Third Secret) refers to the guilt of some of the upper hierarchy, that is bishops and Cardinals, for the state of apostasy within the Church today". Also, Sister Lucy said that if you want to know what the Third Secret contains the book of Apocalypse in the Bible. Cardinal Silvio Oddi said, ";The Blessed Virgin was alerting us against the apostasy in the Church".
Sister Lucy said before 1986, ";The punishments predicted in the Third Secret have already begun". Pope John Paul II allegedly said, when asked about the Third Secret, ";..It should be sufficient for all Christians to know this: If there is a message in which it is written that the oceans will flood whole areas of the earth, and that from one moment to the next, millions of people will perish, truly the publication of such a message is no longer something to be so much desired".
Let us continue to pray, especially the daily Rosary, do penance and live good lives as Our Lady of Fatima requested. Please remember us in your prayers, and may God bless you and may our heavenly Mother Mary draw you ever closer to Her Divine Son Jesus.
Sincerely in Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Sr. Jane Frances Theresa, S.R.
Below comes from a follow-up article I wrote one month later.
The Third Secret Of Fatima Revealed?...01/25/00
by Mitch Battros (ECTV)
Again, I want to reiterate, I believe all science, and in this case prophecy, should be held to the test of "subjective conjecture" and should be seen as an interpretation of material presented. Having said this, I will disclose what has been sent to me.
Over 30 years ago, Conchita of Garabandal said the "Warning" will happen on a Thursday in April between the 8th & 16th of the month, within the lifetime of Joey Lomangino (now 65) [and before the end of the century according to many sources], on the feastday of a young martyr of the Eucharist & on the day of a great event in the Church.
Our Lady of Emmitsburg Message states "...This is a rejuvenating time but a time of cleansing from the ways of your self..." This Jubilee year seems a perfect time...the Warning would be 04/13/2000. Mirjana of Medjugorge said her first secret, will not be worldwide, but will nonetheless serve to "shake us up". This "secret" might concern some catastrophic event prior to the "Miracle" as described at Garabandal (2nd secret?). Seemingly, the first 3 secrets and the Warning/Miracle must tie-in.
It has been prophesied John Paul II will be the last Pope before the end of time (as we know it) or "transition" is another specific and spectacular promise made at Garabandal. At the time of the apparitions of Garabandal, Pope Paul VI was Pope. Our Lady told the visionaries that, including the present Pope, there would be only 3 Popes until the end of time (the end of the Marian age, climaxing with the Miracle).
John Paul II, who despite all sorts of problems besetting the world and his Church seems to be quite optimistic about the future. He has repeatedly said that the Great Jubilee year will mark the beginning of a "springtime for Christianity". But how can he be so optimistic and so apparently certain of the future?
Since he is a deeply prayerful man - he opens his day with up to two hours of individual prayer then celebrates Mass and prays throughout the day - and he is Jesus' vicar on earth, so he is guided by the Holy Spirit the source of his certainty may be supernatural in nature.
Further, if persistent 'rumors' that emanate from the Vatican are correct he is also a visionary, purportedly receiving his own visions of his beloved 'Markka' - the Blessed Virgin Mary. In addition, he has read and evaluated Fatima's famous third Secret, yet to be revealed to the world, and may also be guided by its contents. In short, he has guidance that no one else possesses - and he is optimistic!
Fatima's Third Secret appears to involve a supernatural event as inadvertently disclosed by one of the few people alive who have read it - Archbishop Loris Capovilla. It is possible that he believes Fatima's Third Secret will come to conclusion during the Great Jubilee celebration in the Catholic Church.
A star, the bolide (asteroid) , will illuminate the earth causing it to appear to be surrounded by flames during a period of some twenty minutes, an event which will spread panic everywhere...This will occur in the near future. When the bolide (asteroid) lights up the earth making it appear that the whole world is in flames, many people will wish to die at that shower of fire...a fear which will in fact cause the death of many people; those who are just and who believe will not suffer."
According to prophecy, Jesus says Divine events will be explainable scientifically for the spiritually weak. So even though God may act through nature, many will attribute these events to "nature" alone. According to NASA the Sun has been entering a very unusual cycle in which it is expected to have unusually large solar storms.
The Garabandal visionaries referenced a bright light in relation to the Warning, and Jacinta (of Fatima) supposedly told a Mother Godhino that a time would come when a warning would be sent to the whole world in which the skies would light up with a bright light shocking the world with its suddenness and magnitude.
Before the "Miracle" will come the "Warning" (the original Spanish term was "Aviso", which translates as "Announcement", "Warning", or "Notification". It will precede (by between 8 days and 1 year) the Miracle prophesied by Our Lady at Garabandal, which will in turn precede the chastisement.
A flash of brilliant white light (obviously bright enough to attract the attention of the third of the people in the world who will presumably be sleeping) will occur, "like 2 stars that collide and make a lot of light, but don't fall down." (Conchita's description).
Now remember; what you read above is simply subjective conjecture and should be judged with discernment and questioned. The articles are now five years old and the summary conclusions should indeed be taken to task.
The Third Secret of Fatima has long been a fascination. I remember when I was 11 or 12 years old seeing a movie on this subject and was, and still am, riveted by this story. Why? I simply cant answer, but for whatever reason it holds power and moves me in a way that is hard to describe.
I admittedly have become more science based since I wrote the two articles, and I have become more cynical over time. After learning the ways of peer reviews and backing up anything I endorse with scientific facts, will actually bring even more credibility to any such unfolding events as outlined above especially as it relates to solar events or asteroids.
I believe my more cynical nature, in part, is due to the ongoing battles I have with so many coming forward with absolute non-sense. I have no doubt as this article gets passed around, a new surge of UFO, Channelers, Aliens, Planet-X freaks, Visionaries and you name it, will be coming forward in droves claiming they have some new secret knowledge only they possess and requesting us to follow them hoping they will share their specialness.
Oh boy!!! Here we go again. Okay, wait a few minutes, let me have a Gatorade and freshen up a bit. Okay Im ready. Bring it on
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