Vatican     AVOID SENSATIONALISM ON FATIMA SECRET: RATZINGER
The Vatican's top doctrinal official, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, said the third secret of Fatima contains no dogma of faith and, like other private revelations, is ``not essential'' for Christians.
   While praising Pope John Paul II's courage in announcing the secret on 13 May and ordering its publication, Cardinal Ratzinger said Fatima needs to be kept in perspective in order to avoid ``sensationalism.''
   The cardinal made the remarks in an interview published on Friday in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. He said his doctrinal congregation, which was working on a commentary on the Fatima messages, expected to publish that and the full text of the third secret by mid-June.
   The young Fatima visionaries said three messages were revealed by Mary when she appeared to them in 1917. The first two were made public decades ago, but the third, long rumored to contain an apocalyptic prediction, has been kept secret until now.
   
CNS
22 May 00

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