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Vatican Archbishop denies further Fatima secrets

Sister Lucia, the sole surviving Fatima visionary, has not received any new messages from the Virgin Mary in the wake of 11 September, according to Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone.

Speaking on Portuguese radio, Archbishop Bertone stressed that the "secret of Fatima" has now been revealed completely. As secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he was reacting to rumors that Sister Lucia, who now lives in a Carmelite convent in Coimbra, Portugal, had received new messages from the Virgin.

Catholic World News reports that the most common rumors have suggested that Sister Lucia had sent a private letter to Pope John Paul II regarding the terrorist attacks of 11 September, or that she had complained that a part of the Fatima message was still begin kept secret.

At the request of Pope John Paul and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Archbishop Bertone visited Sister Lucia at her convent in November. She told him "with absolute clarity and precision" that she had not been the source of these rumors. Sister Lucia flatly denied having spoken to the journalists or priests who have claimed to speak on her behalf.

The archbishop said that Sister Lucia is "very lively and lucid, despite the fact that she is about to celebrate her 95th birthday." She left no doubt that she considered the Fatima message complete.

The "Third Secret of Fatima", which had been the subject of wide speculation for decades, was made public by the Vatican on 26 January last year, at the request of Pope John Paul II. The secret involved a vision of "a bishop dressed in white" -- presumably the Pope -- who was shot during a widespread persecution of the Church. Pope John Paul said that the message was "an invitation for believers to pray very hard for peace in the world, and to do penance, to open their hearts to conversion."