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The truth about the vatican's most impenetrable secret, hidden for over eighty years!

*On May 13, 1917, three young shepherds witness a vision of the Virgin Mary and hear the Holy Mother reveal three prophecies...

*Elements of the first two prophecies have already come true: the end of World War I, the rise of Russia as a superpower, and the beginning of World War II...

*The third secret was revealed in the year 2000, its details still shrouded in secrecy and controversy.

What is the Vatican trying to hide?

The Lady of Fátima left a final prophecy so powerful that no pope in over eighty years had dared reveal it. Why? The third secret is contained on a page of parchment written by the last surviving witness to the miracle...and hand delivered to the Pope. Even now, after the Vatican has released their version of the contents of the third secret, intense debate rages as to whether the Church has revealed the truth. Here, for the first time, is a complete inquiry into the mystery of Fátima: what the three shepherds really witnessed, the astonishing turn of their lives, the unfolding of the prophecies, and how the Fátima Secret has dominated Pope John Paul's reign and changed world history. Was the Fátima prophecy a warning to the Pope...or a vision so dire it must be suppressed at any cost?
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Product Details

  • Series: Whitley Strieber's Hidden Agendas
  • Mass Market Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (November 28, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440236444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440236443
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,414,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "dgapp" on April 3, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I powered through this book in a long afternoon. It is a fairly easy read; while I was going through it at times I felt like I was reading a Readers' Digest or a Scholastic (reading is fun!) book. All in all, I would have to say that Hesemann did a very good job of collecting and presenting the information. Througout the book, the author tends to stick close to facts and personal accounts, telling the real-life story of three kids who have made a lasting impact on Portugal and the Vatican if not the whole world. Speculation about what the visions really were are surprisingly few, considering the sensationalist packaging of the book. In fact, editor Whitley Strieber tosses out more opinion (*yawn*--UFO's did it...again) in his preface than the author does in the entire text. For anyone who just wants to find out the facts of the case this might be a good place to start.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By henri von wartensee on December 13, 2000
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I read this book in one night. I couldn't stop. It's a mindboggling trip into a world we too easily ignore. To me it proved that God indeed is watching us, cares for us and intervenes into our history. Hesemann is an excellent writer and he takes you on a guided tour through the fascinating world of miracles and apparitions, mystics and secret messages, deep into the most secret vaults of the Vatican. Does the fearsome 3rd Secret, published by the Vatican in June, indeed refers only to the past, is it indeed only symbolic? Hesemann doubts that - with good reasons. I hope he is wrong but I am afraid he isn't... this book concerns all of us!!
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 2002
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This book was a total waste of time and money. It basically goes over what is already known about the story of the three children that had the Fatima experience and then largely disappoints the reader by making suggestions why the Pope chose to tell the version of the third prophecy he did.
I do not normaly write reviews about books, but this book was such a let down, that I felt I should.
The cover leads the reader into thinking they will learn something new, or unknown about the third prophecy, but they don't. Save your time and money and don't buy this book.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 19, 2001
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Altogether, I found this to be a good but somewhat disappointing work. Written after the Vatican's publication of the third secret of Fatima in 2000, the book jacket refers to the controversy and doubts that still linger and poses the question, "What is the Vatican trying to hide?" Well, apparently, nothing. I don't want to spoil the story for future readers of this book, but I must say I was somewhat surprised to learn that the author pretty much accepts the authenticity of the Vatican's recent announcement. I am sure, though, that the more sensational references on the cover were the product of the publisher's marketing scheme and not that of the author. I do not mean to say that the book promises something that it does not deliver. Hesemann does give a fairly good description of the Fatima visions and provides a good background and assessment of the three prophecies. For myself, there just wasn't as much in this book as I would have wished. This is a very quick read, largely because the author, for the most part, does not go in to great detail. As a result, the force of his story and the impact of his conclusions is weakened. For example, I just cannot get overly enthusiastic about his contention that the efforts of Pope John Paul II (especially in terms of finally acceding to the Virgin Mary's 1917 request at Fatima to consecrate Russia) was largely responsible for the collapse of Communism.
Basically, this book is interesting and worth reading if you have some interest in the subject, but it is certainly not required reading for either New Age or Christian readers. There's really not much to get excited about here for either side. As an aside, I have to wonder what a Roman Catholic would think after reading this book--I've known one Catholic in my whole life , so the basic material of this book consists of concepts and traditions that I (coming from a Southern Baptist background) have little or no personal knowledge of.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael F. Burdick on October 8, 2008
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I am a big fan of the author Michael Hesemann, as his books are always of the highest quality and scholarship. His UFO-related books appeal to me more than his (later) books on religious (Catholic) subjects, but this book somewhat combines both topics. The emphasis in this book is on the "Marian" mysteries ("miracles?") of the 20th Century, on the Fatima apparitions, and on the life and beliefs of Lucia dos Santos--the child who apparently spoke with the apparitions of Mary (and, later, Jesus).
The author makes it clear that Lucia had a lasting impact on Catholic religious thought throughout the 20th Century. One sentence, toward the end of the book, sums up the whole Fatima impact:
"She [Lucia] repeated her conviction that the vision of Fatima concerns above all the struggle of atheist Communism against the Church and against Christians, and describes [in the "third secret"] the terrible sufferings of the victims of the faith in the twentieth century." [pp. 247-248]
In retrospect, these claims seem unfounded. I was planning to point out the lack of evidence for these claims by Lucia, especially that of persecution of Catholics in the 20th Century, but will keep my opinions to myself. (However, I wish to point out that I attended Catholic elementary school myself, and heard the same claims made by nuns and lay teachers.)
Historically, the year of the Fatima visions was the same year as the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia (from March through Nov., 1917). Surely, this could have influenced her impressionable young (10-year old) mind. And, it seems likely that this Bolshevik "threat" had a lot of conservative Christians nervous, including Lucia's parents, teachers, clergy, etc.
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