BASIC R.C. BELIEF
A Village in Portugal, near where Mary is supposed to have appeared in 1917
to 3 children (aged 10, 9, and 7). Her instructions were that devotions to
her Immaculate Heart be established throughout the world, and that only by
doing this could a more terrible war be averted. She asked that Russia be
prayed for and consecrated to her Immaculate Heart. At first, these visions
were not believed, but solar phenomena witnessed on October 13, 1917
convinced many of their reality.
In October, 1930, the Pope declared that apparitions worthy of belief,
and devotion to Our Lady of Fatima was authorized under the title Our Lady
of the Rosary. In October, 1942 Pius XII consecrated the world, and
especially Russia, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Although this devotion is authorized, it has never been declared an
article of faith, so a Catholic is free to disbelieve Fatima.
POST VATICAN II
In 1982, Pope John Paul II visited Fatima to give thanks for his having
been spared during the assassination attempt several months before.
From International Fatima Rosary Crusade full pagee ad, THE NEW YORK TIMES,
6/17/90. "On May 13, 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three
children in the Portuguese village of Fatima. She brought them a heavenly
message of hope and warning for a sinful and war-torn world. Over the next
six months, Our Lady returned to give the children further messages, asking
for prayer, reparation and consecration and forewarning of dire world
events if Her requests were not granted. She insisted that we pray the
Rosary every day.
"Before She departed, Our Lady told the children at Fatima, `Only I can
help you.' On October 13, 1917, Heaven itself confirmed Our Lady's Message
with the great `Miracle of the Sun,' witnessed by 70,000 people. In the
years following, five successive Popes have approved Our Lady of Fatima's
message. Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1982, went to Fatima, Portugal, to
thank Our Lady of Fatima for saving his life from the assassination attempt
exactly one year before and said that the `Message of Fatimna is addressed
to every human being' and is `more relevant and urgent' than ever,.
"On July 13th, Our Lady revealed to the child seers what has become
known as the `Secret' of Fatima. Given in three parts, the first was a
terrifying vision of Hell. The second part was the startling prediction of
the rise of Communist Russia, the spread of its errors and its continuing
drive for world domination. The third part of the Secret, which was meant
to be revealed in 1960, has not yet been officially released by the Papacy
to whom it was entursted.
"Over the years, however, many scholars and investigators have been able
to piece together the basic substance of the Virgin's secret message.
Brother Michael demonstrates conclusively that Our Lady's Third Secret is
nothing less than an explicit prediction of the terrible crisis taking
place in the Church today.
"The loss of faith and defection of millions from the Church is a direct
result of disobedience to God and Our Lady and the rejection of our holy
Catholic Tradition in the name of modern `reform.' Cardinal Ratzinger (one
of the few who has read the secret) has confirmed that it `concerns the
dangers to the Faith and therefore to the life of the Christian and
therefore to the world.'
"The third part of the Fatima Secret is meant for you. It tells you how
to save your soul by guarding against today's false doctrines, false
practice and the wolves in sheep's clothing now in our midst."
Supernatural manifestations that don't glorify Jesus are Satanic in origin.
(II Thessalonians 2:9,10)
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