Item description for The Last Secret of Fatima: My Conversations with Sister Lucia by Tarcisio Bertone, Giuseppe De Carli & Pope Benedict XVI...
Overview Offers a revealing account of the controversial 1917 apparition of the Virgin Mary at Fatima in Portugal, breaking the Vatican's official silence on the final secret and arguing that the event represents a call to renewal for the Church.
With an introduction by Pope Benedict XVI and including information previously suppressed, the Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Bertone, definitively reveals and explains one of the most controversial events in twentieth-century Catholicism--the 1917 apparition of the Virgin Mary at Fatima. During World War I, three Portuguese children received a vision in which Mary, the Mother of Jesus, foretold great global turmoil. The first part of their vision--warnings about World War II, communism, and the spread of atheism--were widely publicized, but Vatican officials were hesitant to reveal the vision's concluding images, thus creating the "secret" of Fatima. Speculation about this secret gripped many Catholics, and the aura of intrigue surrounding Fatima grew when the Church hierarchy barred the last surviving visionary from speaking publicly. In""THE LAST SECRET OF FATIMA, ""Cardinal Bertone, the Vatican equivalent of prime minister and a top advisor to Pope Benedict, breaks the Vatican's official silence on the last secret. Rather than Armageddon, he claims, the final prophecy envisaged the 1981 assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II. Bertone argues the apparition at Fatima was a call to renewal for the Church, and he was assigned the task of promulgating this message by the Pope.
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Studio: Doubleday Religion
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 9" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date May 6, 2008
Publisher Doubleday Religion
ISBN 0385525826 ISBN13 9780385525824
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More About Tarcisio Bertone, Giuseppe De Carli & Pope Benedict XVI
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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A politicalized account Oct 21, 2009
It is unfortunate the Secretary of State representing the Vatican has elected to issue this less than honest account of the third secret of Fatima. The Vatican have held in their possession the three secrets of Fatima for decades, however elect to wait until the last visionary, Sister Lucia, passes away to comment on it. I strongly recommend everyone read Antonio Socci's brilliant, yet unintended rebuttal to Cardinal Bertone in his title, "The Fourth Secret of Fatima". With the skills of the investigative journalist he is, who actually set out to support the Vatican position, he drew a conclusion in opposition.
Leaves a lot of questions Aug 21, 2009
I found the book easy to read, and it did contain a lot of interesting information. However, I did find the structure a bit confusing (who was asking questions, whose opinion was being expressed?). Although I am an educated Catholic who knows more than the average person (and even the average Catholic) there were often references to people or events that were unfamiliar to me, and since they were not explained (the book was sorely in need of annotations) and since I didn't have a computer handy to constantly Google information, I often was left with incomplete information. I liked the interview format, and the length was about right. It just seemed incomplete. I did learn new things (for example the connection and importance of the name Fatima with Islam)
Interesting Book, But Leaves Questions Unanswered Jun 25, 2009
This book only deals with the subject of the Last Secret of Fatima for a short while and the focus seems to want to deterr from the story of Fatima. A few nice insights into the Fatima visionary Sister Lucia, but overall it seems to be a bit of a let down. There are remarkable insights into the mind of Cardinal Bertone, the Author - who is a brilliant man - however this seems like it was two small books of different subjects, mashed together.
Penance, penacne, penance. Nov 14, 2008
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.
Manipulated imagination Oct 17, 2008
Imagination and subjectivity under a Catholic guide, this is the core of this book. Poor document as History, because the distortion toward what was described by Lucia dos Santos in the first original report made in 1917: a very different "entity" description was then reported; not that one that inspired the Virgin Mary statue today in the Fatima shrine. A fatal lack that suffers all this kind of apologetic books, with the bless of the Catholic marian-hiperdulians. The Truth about this kind of religious experience is very different of they think: the human being "saw" NOT with only his eyes but essentially with his education within his belief system. Is that so difficult to understand ? Why this obsession with more and more secrets, ever not revealed ? Its a classic answer of all the messianic expectations.