The first and second parts of the "secret" of Fatima were written down by Sister Lucia on August 31, 1941, and addressed to the Bishop of Fatima. They are as follows:
Part one and two: The vision of hell and the prophesy.
Our Lady showed us a great sea of fire which seemed to be under the earth. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repulsive likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and transparent. This vision lasted but an instant. How can we ever be grateful enough to our kind heavenly Mother, who had already prepared us by promising, in the first Apparition, to take us to heaven? Otherwise, I think we would have died of fear and terror. We then looked up at Our Lady, who said to us so kindly and so sadly:
Part two: (Russia and the collapse of Soviet Union in 1991)
"You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end: but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the Pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world".
The third part of the "secret" was written down at the request of the bishop of Fatima after Sister Lucia experienced a serious illness. The date was January 3, 1944.
"I write in obedience to you, my God, who command me to do so through his Excellency the Bishop of Leiria and through your Most Holy Mother and mine.
"After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: 'Penance, Penance, Penance!'.
"And we saw in an immense light, that is God, something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it, a Bishop dressed in white. We had the impression that it was the Holy Father.
"Other bishops, priests, men and women Religious, were going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and, half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other bishops, priests, men and women religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions.
"Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God".
Bestia quarta regnum quartum erit in terra, quod maius erit omnibus regnis et devorabit universam terram et conculcabit et comminuet eam.
Porro cornua decem regni decem reges erunt; et alius consurget post eos et ipse potentior erit prioribus et tres reges humiliabit
et sermones contra Excelsum loquetur et sanctos Altissimi conteret et putabit quod possit mutare tempora et legem, et tradentur in manu eius usque ad tempus et tempora et dimidium temporis;
et iudicium sedebit, et potentiam eius auferent, ut conteratur et dispereat usque in finem;
regnum autem et potestas et magnitudo regnorum, quae sunt subter omne caelum, detur populo sanctorum Altissimi, cuius regnum, regnum sempiternum est, et omnes reges servient ei et oboedient.
Et dixit mihi angelus. " Quare miraris? Ego tibi dicam mysterium mulieris et bestiae, quae portat eam, quae habet capita septem et decem cornua: bestia, quam vidisti, fuit et non est, et ascensura est de abysso et in interitum ibit. Et mirabuntur inhabitantes terram, quorum non sunt scripta nomina in libro vitae a constitutione mundi, videntes bestiam, quia erat et non est et aderit.
Hic est sensus, qui habet sapientiam. Septem capita, septem montes sunt, super quos mulier sedet. Et reges septem sunt:
quinque ceciderunt, unus est, alius nondum venit; et, cum venerit, oportet illum breve tempus manere.
Et bestia, quae erat et non est, et is octavus est et de septem est et in interitum vadit.
Et decem cornua, quae vidisti, decem reges sunt, qui regnum nondum acceperunt, sed potestatem tamquam reges una hora accipiunt cum bestia.
Hi unum consilium habent et virtutem et potestatem suam bestiae tradunt.
Hi cum Agno pugnabunt; et Agnus vincet illos, quoniam Dominus dominorum est et Rex regum, et qui cum illo sunt vocati et electi et fideles ".
Et dicit mihi: " Aquae, quas vidisti, ubi meretrix sedet, populi et turbae sunt et gentes et linguae.
Et decem cornua, quae vidisti, et bestia, hi odient fornicariam et desolatam facient illam et nudam, et carnes eius manducabunt et ipsam igne concremabunt;
Deus enim dedit in corda eorum, ut faciant, quod illi placitum est, et faciant unum consilium et dent regnum suum bestiae, donec consummentur verba Dei.
Et mulier, quam vidisti, est civitas magna, quae habet regnum super reges terrae."
.... et in ea sanguis prophetarum et sanctorum inventus est et omnium, qui interfecti sunt in terra!
It is, therefore, by a particular decree of Divine Providence that, at the fall of the Roman Empire and its partition into separate kingdoms, the Roman Pontiff, whom Christ made the head and center of his entire Church, acquired civil power.
- Pius IX, Apostolic Letter Cum Catholica Ecclesia, March 26, 1860.
321 AD: Emperor Constantine makes Christianity the state religion in the Roman Empire. Union of the Roman church and state.
330 AD: Removes the seat of the Roman government to Constantinople in the east. The Pope is left as effective temporal as well as spiritual ruler of Rome.
476 AD: The western Empire is divided between the 10 ancient Gothic kingdoms, bringing it to an end. The last Roman emperor in the west, Romulus Augustulus abdicates leaving a political power vacuum which was gradually filled by the Papacy over the next century. The Papacy in effect became the successor of the Roman imperial power, but as a religio-political world power (Church-and-state confederacy).
508 AD: Clovis, king of the Franks defeats the Goths. He converted to Catholic Christianity.
533 AD: Justinian decrees the Papal supremacy of the Bishop of Rome.
538 AD: Justinian defeats the 3 Arian Goth tribes - End of the Arian Controversy. Temporary reunification of the eastern and western empire, but later divided again after Justinian's death. Papal supremacy comes into force.
756 AD: Frankish king Pepin III defeats the Lombards and gives some of their former territory to the Papacy, establishing the Papal States in Italy.
800 AD: Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire in the west.
1054: The Great Schism between the eastern Orthodox Churches and the Roman Church.
1099: Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem
c. 1200-1300's: Waldenses, Albigenses, John Wycliff
1232: The Holy Roman Inquisition is established.
1299: The Ottoman Empire
1453: Constantinople falls to the Ottomans
1492: Columbus discovers America and opens the way for the European colonization of the New World.
The major European colonial empires were: Britain, France, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and Belgium (c. 1500's-1970's).
c. 1500's: The Protestant Reformation begins. Church-state separation (later) in Protestant nations. The Enlightenment, the rise of science, learning, and representative government based on principles of democracy and liberty of conscience.
1540: The Jesuit order (Society of Jesus) is established by command of Pope Paul III and Loyola to destroy the Reformation.
1559: The Papacy issues its Index Librorum Prohibitorum.
1572: Huguenotorum Strages - The slaughter of the Huguenots in France during and after the St. Bartholomew Day massacre.
1618-48: Thirty Years War
1648: Treaty of Westphalia
1620: Mayflower Compact
1644: Williams' treatise 'The Bloudy Tenent Of Persecution' argues for freedom of conscience and separation of church and state.
1776: Thomas Jefferson and the foundation of America. Separation of the three powers of government enshrined in the Constitution. Freedom of conscience and speech protected in the Bill of Rights.
1789: The French Revolution
1797: Treaty of Tolentino between the Papacy and Napoleon.
1798: Napoleonic Wars - General Louis Alexandre Berthier takes Rome, exiles Pope Pius VI and dissolves the Papal Govt. and its territories, the Papal States (Patrimony of Peter).
1800: A new pope is appointed and Pius VII ascends the Papal throne
1804: Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned Holy Roman Emperor and successor to Charlemagne. Later defeated by the British. Developed the Code Napoleon (Napoleonic legal code).
1806: End of the Holy Roman Empire.
1814-15: The Congress of Vienna restores the Papal States to the Papacy.
1822: The Holy Alliance issue the Secret Treaty of Verona undertaking to destroy or prevent the development of representative democratic governments across the world, especially in those colonial territories under the control of eg. Spain and Portugal.
1848: Revolutions across Europe
1870: The Risorgimento creates the unified Kingdom of Italy absorbing the Papal States into Italy.
1914-18: World War I - c. 15 million killed in the war.
1917: The Russian Revolution and the foundation of the Soviet Union (USSR).
1918: End of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations.
1922: End of the Ottoman Empire
1926: Count Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi (of Austria) and the Pan-Europa Movement.
1929: The Lateran Treaty establishes the Vatican City State in Rome as a sovereign state separate from Italy.
1933: Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli (later Pope Pius XII) and Reichs Vice-Chancellor Franz Von Papen sign the Concordat between the Nazi state (Third Reich) and the Vatican. It was Hitler's first international treaty. Von Papen and the Catholic Centre Party (Zentrum) had enabled Hitler and the Nazis to consolidate power in Germany through their support. In exchange for this Von Papen got the Vice-Chancellorship and Hitler was made Chancellor and took on dictatorial powers through the annulment of the previous Weimar constitution.
1940: The Tripartite Agreement is signed by Nazi Germany, fascist Japan and Italy. Basically Japan wanted to do in Asia as Hitler wanted to do in Europe - conquer a unified regional empire under their rule, as a means to the Axis plans of a new order of world domination and enslavement.
1942: Declaration by the Allied Powers (United Nations) based on the 1941 Atlantic Charter, after the US and the Soviet Union had been attacked by the Axis powers in 1941, and thus forced into entering the War.
1939-45: World War II - c. 55-60 million die in the war against Fascism. The Holocaust and the atomic bomb. Stalin, Mao and Hitler were responsible for the deaths of c. 40 million people each during their governments.
1945: Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin attend the Yalta Conference to decide the post-War division of Europe after the defeat of Nazi Germany. Europe is subsequently divided into the Soviet bloc (Warsaw Pact nations of E. Europe) and the western alliance later leading to the WEU/EC and NATO. (c. 1950's-1989: Cold War)
1945: The United Nations (UN), World Bank and IMF are established (1944: Bretton Woods Conference), to prevent another war between the major powers and to stabilize the world economy.
1946: Churchill's Zurich speech on a 'united states of Europe' based on continental Europe.
1947+: The post-War collapse of the European colonial world empires as many of these former colonies emerge into independence.
1949: North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) established.
1949: The Council of Europe (CoE) is established with the aim to reunify the nations of Europe.
1950: Robert Schuman Declaration on Europe.
1957: The Treaty of Rome establishes the European Economic Community (EEC).
1964: The Holy See (Vatican state) gains 'Permanent observer status' at the United Nations.
1965: Vatican II Council and the new focus on the unification of Christians (ecumenism) but under Papal primacy.
1984: The US Reagan administration establishes formal diplomatic relations with the Vatican State.
1989: Pope John Paul II meets Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.
1989-91: End of the Soviet empire in E. Europe paves the way for the enlargement and reunification of Europe.
Sept. 11, 1990: President George H Bush delivers his 'New World Order' speech to Congress.
1993: The EEC/European Community becomes the European Union (EU).
1996: Russia joins the Council of Europe.
1997: NATO-Russia Council established a consultative partnership (non-voting) role for Russia with NATO.
2000: The EU Nice Treaty sets the course for enlargement of the bloc.
Pope John Paul II meets Jorg Haider of the far-right neo-Nazi Austria Freedom Party. Meets Russia's President Vladimir Putin. The Vatican releases its document 'Memory and Reconciliation for the Faults of the Past' apologising for its persecutions.
Sept. 11, 2001: The US terrorist attacks and the subsequent 'War on Terror'. 2003: Pre-emptive military action commences against Saddam Hussein's Iraq.
1 Jan 2002: Launch of the Euro Single Currency in 12 of the current 15 EU nation states, replacing their old national currencies.
28 May 2002: NATO Rome Summit, attended by US President George W Bush, Blair and NATO heads of government. NATO-Russia Council established. Bush meets the Pope in Rome after the summit.
2003: 10 countries sign their Accession Treaties to join the EU in 2004.
Valery Giscard D'Estang and the Convention on the Future of Europe draft an EU Constitution. This is yet to be finalized but is expected to be presented for ratification by the 25 EU member states around June 2004, soon after enlargement.
Pope John Paul II calls for an explicit formal recognition of Europe's Christian (Catholic) roots and heritage in the EU Constitution. The issue of 'God' in the EU constitution?
22 February 2003: UK PM Tony Blair meets with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.
1 Jan 2004: Pope John Paul II calls for a 'new international order' in his 2004 World Day of Peace Message.
2 April 2004: The 7 NATO accession countries from the former Soviet bloc nations of E. Europe join the strategic alliance ahead of EU enlargement in May. NATO currently has 26 member states including the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany and Italy along with others in Europe.
1 May 2004: The 10 accession countries, most from the former Soviet bloc in E. Europe, join the EU bringing its enlarged membership to 25 states.
1 July 2004: The UN General Assembly adopts a resolution giving the Holy See an 'enhanced status' in UN work and policy making.
29 October 2004: The 25 heads of government of the enlarged Union sign the EU constitution in Rome, but the treaty remains yet to be ratified by all 25 EU member states. (Russia to join the EU in the near future?)
24 April 2005: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as Pope Benedict XVI following his appointment by the College of Cardinals, after the death of Pope John Paul II. Reiterates calls for the unification of all Christians.
2006: Pope Benedict XVI repeats the Vatican call for a new world order. Meets separately with the UN General Assembly president and UK PM Tony Blair at the Vatican.
Those who know what Rome has once been, are best able to appreciate what she is.
- Hallam, quoted in Ecclesiastical Empire
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