The Secret of Fatima consists in a series of visions and prophecies that the Blessed Virgin Maryentrusted to the three little Shepherds Lúcia, Jacinta and Francisco on July 13, 1917. It is one secret but divided into three parts.

The two first parts were revealed in 1941, in a document written by Sister Lúcia, at the request of Msgr. José Correia da Silva, Bishop of Leiria. The first part contained essentially the Vision of Hell. The second referred to the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in order to save souls from Hell and to prevent the Second World War.

In 1943, when Sister Lucia was asked by the Bishop of Leiria to reveal the third part of the secret, Lúcia struggled for a short period, being "not yet convinced that God had clearly authorized her to act." However, on 3 January 1944, Lucia wrote the “secret” down, sealed it in an envelope and gave it to the Bishop to have its custody.

To ensure better protection for the “secret” the envelope was placed in the Secret Archives of the Vatican on 4 April 1957. Sister Lucia was informed of this.

The full text of the third part of the “secret” was officially released by Pope John Paul II in year 2000, a few months after the beatification of Jacinta and Francisco Marto. This third prophetic vision detailed the assassination of the Holy Father and describes the terrible sufferings of the martyrdom Church of our times.

To read the full text of the Secret of Fatima and its theological interpretation made by the Vatican authorities, click here.