Our Lady of Fatima
In the year 1917, at the place called Cova-da-Iria not far from the village of Fatima in Portugal, the Mother of God was appearing to three shepherd children during six consecutive months beginning on May 13. She had asked them to pray very much and to make sacrifices for sinners.
Threefold Secret of Fatima
On July 13, Our Lady had shown to the children hell where the souls of poor sinners are suffering. The Most Holy Virgin revealed the Secret to the shepherds, which later, by Her requests, should be communicated to the Church hierarchy.
These six appearances constitute the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. But they were not the last time the three children would be visited by Our Lady. She would appear to Francisco and Jacinta before their deaths, in 1919 and 1920. And Lucia had a number of apparitions of the Mother of God and Her Divine Son.
Third Secret of Fatima
The Third Secret of Fatima is the final part of the whole Secret of Fatima trusted to the children on July 13, 1917 by Our Lady. The third part is logical continuation of the words of the Mother of God: “In Portugal, the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved; etc…” , as they are given in the Fourth Memoirs of Sister Lucia.
The contents of the Third Secret is still questionable. On the one hand, Vatican said that the text published by the Vatican on June 26, 2000 contains the complete Third Secret of Fatima. This text describes the vision of the children that the Pope and the members of Church hierarchy have been killed on the way to the cross. On the other hand, independent researchers are finding more and more evidence to suggest that this vision can not be a full Third Secret, but only a part.