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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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Product Details

  • 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 (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,580,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was one of the most boring books I ever read.
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Also, sometimes the questioning seems disjointed, as if the editor mixed up the questions.
Jessica W.
One comes away with no more real information, but lots more questions.
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31 of 36 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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9 of 10 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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4 of 5 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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9 of 13 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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By Librarian on March 4, 2015
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The Last Secret of Fatima

I’m not even sure why I bought this book. The order page was open and this popped up and I threw it into the shopping cart. Some time later, coming across it on the bookshelf, I began to read, thinking it would be a good way to learn more. However, I ended up with more questions than ever.

The book has a somewhat annoying interview structure between a “Giuseppe De Carli” and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who claims to have read the visionary’s letter on the last secret, and to have spoken to her as well. One comes away with no more real information, but lots more questions.

It seems that a lot of people had read or had access to Sister Lucia’s letter over the years, so the question of who might have tampered with it do get raised as well. Was it one page or four pages? Why is there no quote of the Virgin Mary as had been expected? Was the final release timed to attribute the vision to the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II and on what basis can one say that was the entire message, rather than an opening salvo? Why was Sister Lucia’s setting the date of 1960 seemingly ignored? Would it have changed Vatican II if it had been released as expected? When the interviewer asks hard questions directly (although he never seems to challenge the answers) Cardinal Bertone says: “That’s absolutely crazy.” He continues “Anybody can write books based on conspiracy theories…” and he adds more sarcasm. It was this very, seemingly arrogant, non-response that raised my concerns.

The book also has a lot of “fluff” of reminiscence in the middle part, that offers no value except as filler, in my opinion, or to memorialize Cardinal Bertone. The unease I experienced sent me to Wikipedia which gave ample counterpoint.
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