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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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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Religion (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385525826
  • ASIN: B00378L4T8
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beth Milinski on February 6, 2014
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The Last Secret of Fatima By Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone reveals and explains the apparition of the Virgin Mary at Fatima. Three Portuguese children see the Virgin Mary and told of great global turmoil to come to our world. They received predicitons of WW II, communism, and the growth of atheism which was made pubic at the time but officials of the Vatican were hesitant to reveal the last images of the predictions. The Church eventually banned the last surviving visionary to speak of the experience publicly. Cardinal Bertone breaks the silence of the last scene, which was highly speculated to be Armageddon but instead it the final prophecy was the 1981 assassination attempt of Pope John Paul II.

I was raised Catholic and the story of Fatima was one that fascinated me from the start. The first time I heard it was in second grade and the story just stuck with me. When I saw that this book was available I HAD to read it. Cardinal Bertone answers candidly and honestly the questions that have been posed for many, many years. He talks about the three children of Fatima and their lives after they received these visions. Written in Question/Answer form, the book’s content comes from a series of interviews that Giuseppe DeCarli conducted with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. Each of the three messages that Mary entrusted to Lucia to hold for the Pope are revealed in their entirety. Along with them, it gives insights into the apparitions themselves when Cardinal Bertone details his meetings with Sister Lucia. The book also discusses the way in which Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger — later Pope Benedict XVI — felt about these messages.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eustachios on February 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles W. Anderson on May 6, 2015
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Length: 192 pages or, on audio, 5 hours 53 minutes.

I not only have the Kindle version and the audible version (Whispersync so I can listen while I drive or read while at home) but I bought the cd version to give to a friend at church.

However I absorb this book, it is a fantastic, life-altering experience. However, it is far more than simply making public the mysterious third secret. The full story of the appearance of Our Lady of Fatima is told, including the story of Sister Lucia up through her death, as well as Pope John Paul II and a bit of Pope Benedict XVI. In fact, this book includes a forward by the latter.

Indeed, Ladt Secret of Fatima is in my list of the Top 10 Books to Read Before You Die.

I was planning to write a lengthy review with much personal insight, but fear that might detract from the fantastic story told by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

Although I would have enjoyed listening to the real participants, even if it were told through interpreters, I greatly enjoyed, in fact, was fully immersed into this book.

I so enjoyed it that, rather than burn the file to cd, I purchased the set of five CDs, that I'm giving to a friend at church.

I have come to embrace the devout message coming from Fatima: Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy.

Incidentally, that prayer came to us from then nine-year-old Francisco, one of the three children blessed to communicate with Mother Mary at Fatma, Portugal.

To learn more about Sister Lucia and her two cousins, read Our Lady of Fatima and, of course, The Last Secret of Fatima.
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