Bertone shows original Third Fatima Secret letter on TV
Appearing on an Italian TV station, Holy See Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, has shown the original copy of Fatima Sister Lucia's letter detailing the so-called Third Secret revealed to her by Our Lady.
Catholic News reports that Cardinal Bertone showed the letter, which was first revealed in 2000, on the program "Port a Porta" on the Rai Uno network.
He first opened an orange envelope with a translation in Italian of the letter, and then he opened a white envelope and showed the original letter written in 1944.
The cardinal read the phrase that appears on the outside of the envelope: "Through express order of Our Lady, this envelope can be opened in 1960". Inside is the letter in which Sr Lucia revealed the Third Secret of the Fatima apparitions of 1917.
In 2000 Pope John Paul II decided to reveal the secret, which did not refer to any worldwide catastrophe, but rather to the attempt on his life on 13 May 1981.
Latin Mass letter coming soon, Bertone says
Meanwhile, in an interview with Italian Catholic daily "Avvenire", Cardinal Bertone said that the Motu Propio authorising the universal celebration of the Mass of St Pius - known as the Tridentine Mass - will be made public "soon", Catholic News says.
During the interview, Cardinal Bertone, said the Motu Propio that would be signed by Pope Benedict XVI would authorise any priest to celebrate the Tridentine Mass without the need for prior approval by the local bishop.
The Vatican secretary of state said Catholics "will not have to wait long" for the publication of the Motu Propio, adding that the Pope "has written an accompanying letter that explains the reasons for the decision and why he hopes the authorisation will be calmly accepted".
Cardinal Bertone did not say whether the Motu Propio would open the possibility for the return to communion with the Rome of the Priestly Fraternity of St Pius X, founded by French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, who was excommunicated by the Vatican on 30 June 1988 after ordaining four bishops without the pope's consent.
The cardinal also said the pope's letter to Catholics in China would also be published soon, and that it has already been approved by the pope and is being translated into various languages.
Cardinal Bertone shows original letter containing third secret of Fatima on TV (Catholic News, 4/6/07)
Cardinal Bertone announces Latin Mass to be universally authorized "soon" (Catholic News, 4/6/07)
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Our Lady of Fatima (Wikipedia)
Cardinal confirms plans to revive Latin Mass (CathNews, 21/5/07)
No fourth Fatima secret (CathNews, 15/5/07)
Fatima pilgrims pray for missing girl (CathNews, 14/5/07)
Sister Lucia's remains to be moved to Fatima (CathNews, 17/1/06)
Imminent canonisation of first two Fatima seers (CathNews, 23/2/05)
Last Fatima witness Sister Lucia dead at 97 (CathNews, 15/2/05)
5 Jun 2007