Seers and Secrets, Deception and Delusion, and the Politics of Global Power
The famous apparitions of “Mary” at Fatima, a small town in northern Portugal, allegedly occurred on six occasions between May and October 1917, when “Mary” supposedly appeared to three child shepherds and entrusted them with three great messages (called “secrets”). The children were Lucia dos Santos, and siblings Francisco and Jacinta Marto. At the time when “Mary” supposedly appeared to them. Lucia was 10, Francisco 9, and Jacinta 7. Lucia became a cloistered nun in later years, but Francisco and Jacinta died at a very young age.
1917 occurred in the midst of World War One, a war such as the world had never experienced before. In that year the Roman pope, Benedict XV, appealed to the world for prayer for peace to be offered, not to Christ but to Mary, the Roman Catholic idol-goddess. A mere eight days later, on 13 May 1917, it was claimed that “Mary” appeared to the three children near Fatima. And it was during the “vision” of 13 July that the “three secrets” were supposedly given.
The cult of Fatima grew and spread very rapidly. The number of pilgrims was only 60 on 13 June 1917, but by October of that year it had shot up to 60 000. The number continued to rise, from 144 000 in 1923 to 588 000 in 1928.
The “Three Secrets” of Fatima, and the “Miracle of the Dancing Sun”
The “first secret” of the Fatima “revelations” was supposedly a vision of hell. Although they claimed this “vision” lasted only a moment, it shocked the three children so greatly that for the rest of their lives, we are told, they prayed for the conversion of sinners. “There were devils and souls submerged in a great sea of fire… between cries of pain and groans of despair. That horrified them and made them tremble with fear.”
The “second secret” of Fatima was, supposedly, a prophecy. “Mary” told the children that if men did not stop offending God, World War Two would begin. She also told them that Communism would expand, and that there would be persecution of the “Church” (the Roman Catholic institution) and of the pope of Rome himself. To prevent these evils, “Mary” asked for the devotion to her “Immaculate Heart” to be established in the world, and for the pope to consecrate Russia to her. Here, supposedly, are her words to the children:
“The war [the First World War, then raging] is going to end. But if people do not stop offending God, another and worse one will begin in the reign of Pius XI. When you shall see a night illuminated by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign that God gives you that He is going to punish the world for its many crimes by means of war, hunger, and persecution of the Church [meaning the “Church” of Rome] and 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 shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.”
As for the “third secret” of Fatima, this was not revealed, but supposedly written down by Lucia many years later, and placed in a sealed envelope which was given to the Romish bishop of Fatima, only to be opened in the year 1960. But as this “third secret” was not revealed to the world by the pope until (so the Vatican claims) the year 2000, it will be analysed at the appropriate place in this article.
And then also, on 13 October 1917 – the date of the last of the six Marian apparitions at Fatima – the so-called “Miracle of the Sun” is alleged to have occurred. We are told, by Roman Catholic historians of Fatima, that some 70 000 people, who had gathered around the three children, witnessed this “miracle” for about ten to twelve minutes. Lucia pointed up and said, “Look at the sun”, and the immense crowd looked into the sky. The sun supposedly became pale; it spun three times on itself speedily, whirling and casting off great shafts of multi-coloured light; then it seemed to jump out of its orbit and come forward towards the people on a zig-zag course, causing them to cry out in terror and beg “Mary” to save them from their sins; then it stopped, and returned again to its normal position.
But were the Fatima “visions”, and the solar “miracle”, genuine?