In an official statement, the Vatican Press Office announced that on that day Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, secretary of this Vatican Congregation, will present a document entitled, "The Message of Fatima," which includes a commentary to facilitate the understanding of Mary's prophetic Revelation.
Archbishop Bertone, accompanied by the Bishop of Leiria, His Excellency Bishop Serafim de Sousa Ferreira e Silva, will come in my name to ask certain questions about the interpretation of "the third part of the secret".
Sister Maria Lucia, you may speak openly and candidly to Archbishop Bertone
, who will report your answers directly to me.
The meeting between Sister Lucia, Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, sent by the Holy Father, and Bishop Serafim de Sousa Ferreira e Silva, Bishop of Leiria-Fatima, took place on Thursday, 27 April 2000, in the Carmel of Saint Teresa in Coimbra.
At this point, Archbishop Bertone
presented two envelopes to her
: the first containing the second, which held the third part of the "secret" of Fatima.
Immediately, touching it with her
said: "This is my letter", and then while reading it: "This is my writing".
therefore asked: "Why only after 1960?
According to the booklet, Pope John Paul sent Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, secretary of the doctrinal congregation, to Portugal to review the Vatican interpretation with Sister Lucia.
In a letter to the cloistered nun, the pope said, the archbishop "will come in my name to ask certain questions about the interpretation of `the third part of the secret.'
"You may speak openly and candidly to Archbishop Bertone
, who will report your answers directly to me," the pope wrote.
said the letter was read to Sister Lucia April 27, then she
read it again herself.
The archbishop also gave Sister Lucia an envelope containing what she
confirmed as the message she
had written in her
Sister Lucia "repeated her
conviction that the vision of Fatima concerns, above all, the struggle of atheistic communism against the church and against Christians and describes the terrible sufferings of the victims of the faith in the 20th century," Archbishop Bertone
The archbishop said he
had to ask Sister Lucia why she
had given instructions that secret should be revealed only after 1960, an instruction many people claimed was an order that it be published then.
asked Sister Lucia if Mary had fixed the date.
said the pope, who was elected in 1978, first read the contents of the wax sealed envelope in May 1981 while in Rome's Gemelli Hospital
recovering from the attack.