This coming October 13th marks the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, a miraculous event that occurred on the very same date in 1917. According to EWTN, between the years 1916 and 1917, “through the tutelage of an angel and the Blessed Mother, two young children were led to holiness in just a few short years. That tutoring began in the spring of 1916 with three visitations of the Guardian Angel of Portugal, apparitions which served as preparation for the visits the following year of the Mother of God.”

Many credible eyewitnesses have recounted the Catholic miracle, such as Dr. Jose Garrett, and even anti-Catholic sources, notably O Seculo editor Avelino de Almeida, have validated claims that the miracle proposes. Anomalies relayed in various accounts claim that  “after a period of rain, the dark clouds broke and the sun appeared as an opaque, spinning disc in the sky. It was said to be significantly duller than normal, and to cast multicolored lights across the landscape, the people, and the surrounding clouds. The sun was then reported to have careened towards the earth before zig-zagging back to its normal position.”

Faith, fear and fascination at the Miracle of the Sun
Men, women, and children congregate in fascinationg concerning the Miracle of the Sun (Fatima Portugal).

Fr. Malachi Martin (aka Michael Serafian), an Irish Catholic priest and Professor of Paleography at the Vatican’s Pontifical Biblical Institute, worked as a secretary to Cardinal Augustin Bea during preperations for the Second Vatican Council. After expressing dissatisfaction for the reforms brought by the recent council, Martin was voluntarily laicized and became an American citizen.

In an interview with Art Bell, host of Coast to Coast AM, Martin touched the topic of the “Third Secret of Fatima.” This secret had been the final vision disclosed to Discalced Carmelite nun Sr. Lucia on July 13, 1917. Initially, the secret had been kept secret from the public, with Lucia being conflicted between the Virgin Mary’s command, telling her to keep the revelation secret, and her Carmelite vows, which view orders from spiritual superiors as coming directly from God. 

“In Rome there are men among the great… with strong wills, all their lives engaged in macro-government, not merely in religion, but in state… They would not touch this with a ten foot pole… Pope John Paul II is an ardent supporter of a one world government… He wants to bring in his brand of Christianity, of course. To the UN he said, ‘I am a member of humanity.’ This is no longer Pius IX and Pius X (who said) ‘I am the vicar of Christ.’ Completely absent is the Kingship of Christ…

The contents of the third secret would be announced two years later in 2000 by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, who implied that the revelation was about the 20th century persecution off Christians and the failed assassination attempt of Pope John Paul II in 1981. The text of the third secret, recorded by Lucia in the 1940s, has since been provided by the Vatican.

Fr. Martin marks a type of milestone in the history of the Roman Catholic Church; that is, the recognition of the tragic fall from splendor that the ecclesial body has endured in the past century. The new order of the Mass, or the Novus Ordo Missae, is a liturgical innovation promulgated by Pope Paul VI in in 1969, and replaced the over 500-year-old traditional Latin Mass promulgated by Pope Pius V in 1570. Although the latter is still considered canonically valid, the former has overtaken the majority of the Catholic Church’s Sunday services. 

Some in the Catholic Church deem that the pontifical interpretation of the third secret is less accurate than the truth. Italian journalist Antonio Socci has provided an extensive case for questioning the legitimacy or fullness of the text released by the Vatican, and journalist Giuseppe De Carli has uncovered information that the Third Secret was intended to contain a one-page text discussing an apocalyptic apostatizing of the papacy. 

No matter how you slice it, the Third Secret is an important element in Catholic theology, regardless if it was intended to predict the assassination of John Paul II or the destruction of the Catholic Church, and the Catholic faithful should study the Marian apparition for their own benefit.