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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Religion (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385525826
  • ASIN: B00378L4T8
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,050,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The apparition of Mary, the mother of Christ, to three children in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917 has long fascinated Roman Catholics and others intrigued by the vision's prophetic messages, particularly the so-called Third Secret. Journalist De Carli explores the meaning of the visions and puts them in historical context in this extended interview with Bertone, the Vatican official charged with verifying the last secret. Before its release in 2000, Bertone met with the only surviving visionary, Sister Lucia, for confirmation. In subsequent meetings before her death, Bertone gained her assurance that no further secrets remained. This book also discusses the significance of the visions to the late Pope John Paul II, who believed his assassination attempt was foretold in the last secret and emphasized the visions' essential purpose of calling people to conversion. Included are a chronology, theological commentary written by Pope Benedict XVI when he was head of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the last secret's text. This guide will be of special interest to Fatima devotees. (May 6)
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About the Author

CARDINAL TARCISIO BERTONE is the Secretary of State for the Holy See. Prior to his current position, Bertone was Archbishop of Genoa, Italy, and during the papacy of John Paul II, he was the number-two figure in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In 2000, Bertone was sent to Fatima by Pope John Paul II to prepare for the release of the “final secret.”

The book is translated by ADRIAN WALKER, an American theologian living in Europe, who has served as translator for Pope Benedict XVI's Jesus of Nazareth.

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Bambino on November 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you're wondering what all the fuss over Fatima is all about, than this book is for you. I had often heard people talk about Fatima but didn't know why people had such a devotion to it. This book showed me the beauty and mystery surrounding Fatima. Most of it is in a question and answer interview form with Cardinal Bertone, who met with Sister Lucia and was heavily involved in all the Fatima business. It tells the story of Fatima from the beginning with the three peasant children, the apparitions, the three secrets and how different popes handled it etc. This is all private revelation but never before (according to the book) has a pope headed a request that was made in a private revelation (consecrating Russia to Mary's Immaculate Heart.)

This was an uplifting book which gives a lot of hope for our troubled times now. The world now offends God just as much as it did back then, and this book encourages a real devotion to Our Lady to ask our Lord to have mercy on us.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jessica W. VINE VOICE on August 9, 2010
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First off, the editing of the book needs work. I was reading through the introduction, and kept wondering who had written it. There was nothing at the end of the introduction, nor at the beginning. I finally deduced that it was written by the interviewer (Giuseppe de Carli). This is very confusing. Also, sometimes the questioning seems disjointed, as if the editor mixed up the questions. I thought as well that the book ended rather abruptly. If they were shooting for a similar style as "Salt of the Earth", or "Ratzinger Report" (both interviews with then Cardinal Ratzinger, both of which I have read), they failed miserably at doing a good imitation.

Speaking of the interviewer, Giuseppe, he was so aggressive, almost confrontational in his interview style that several times I almost stopped reading and would have except for two things. One was just the sheer information that Cardinal Bertone was sharing, information I had never had knowledge of, or my knowledge was so limited (like the miracles surrounding the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II on pages 51-53). Other good advice was given on apparitions (under 'Medjugorje' pages 92-96). It was also so good to come to know more about Sister Lucia (I expect I'll be picking up her book next) and her most needed common sense. Other worthwhile from the book are the appendices: the secrets themselves, commentary from Cardinal Ratzinger, and Pope John Paul II's act of entrustment.

The second thing was the attitude of Cardinal Bertone himself: so common sense, so approachable and accessible. I will be looking for books of his as well.

So, I definitely recommend this book but only if you can stand the interviewer's style.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eustachios on February 14, 2012
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This book gives you an insight into Bertone's interactions with Sr. Lucia. The book is entitled "The Last Secret of Fatima" but this is a mistaken translation of the Italian (here rendered in English), "The Last Seer ["Veggenti"] of Fatima." The mistake in translation can give one the impression it is about the famous "third secret" rather than being about Sr. Lucia.

The book contains the famous commentary upon the third secret, which is otherwise only obtainable in print from the Vatican's bookstore in Rome or electronically on the Vatican's web site.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ALAN F. MERWIN on July 13, 2010
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I don't recommend this book. This is just another poor soul trying to disprove what happened here in Fatima. This author tries to explain that the Church will no longer revisit this subject. This is simply not true. The subject will be revisited again and again because the requests by Our Lady of the Rosary have not been done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fillpraycloset on January 8, 2014
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Where to begin? This is my first foray into the Apparition of Fatima. Sure, I pray the Fatima prayer when I pray the rosary, but did you know that it came from this apparition? Specifically from the little children who say:

Poor Holy Father. We have to pray a lot for him – Jacincta

I pray a lot for sinners so they won’t cause the Pope to suffer too much – Francisco

I was most taken by the innocence of the children in this book. While the world was concerned about the fascination of secrets and reading between the lines of the apparition and alleged Vatican cover up, these children (who are Blesseds) especially Sister Lucia were concerned with the message:

After all, it is the call to conversion, prayer and penance issued by Our Lord’s Mother herself. The Fatima message is saturated with the Gospel.

Indeed, Bertone weaves the message, implications, timeline, history and mystery in such a way that I could not put it down! Not even in the bath.

Because this book is incredibly rich (and one pass really doesn’t do it justice) I would like to reflect on one part that has made the largest impression on me. This impression, to me, was so bright, I was surprised because of it’s loose attachment to the Fatima message and chronicle

Enter – A Prayer in the Blue Mosque. Perhaps this is most interesting for me to reflect upon because I am a relatively new Catholic, perhaps it’s the wisdom and deep compassion of His Holiness Benedict XVI, Supreme Pontiff Emeritus. When asked if Cardinal Bertone prayed in the mosque as his (at the time) Pontifical counterpart had, his response:

Of course.
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