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Expert analyst certifies authenticity of 'Third Secret of Fatima' document

January 07, 2014

A Portuguese expert has concluded that the document on which the famous Third Secret of Fatima is written is unquestionably authentic.

Professor Maria José Azevedo Santos, a paleographer at Coimbra University, said that the document, which is held in the archives of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is “a genuine, true document, written by Sister Lucia.” Although the document is not signed, Santos said that the handwriting clearly matched other writing known to be by Sister Lucia, one of the Fatima seers.

The document became the focus of controversy in 2000, when Pope John Paul II revealed the content of the Third Secret. Some journalists have contended that the Vatican withheld at least some portion of the message given by the Virgin Mary to the children at Fatima. Sister Lucia, who was the sole surviving seer at that time (she died in 2005), had issued a statement attesting that the message was accurate and complete.


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  • Posted by: jacquebquique5708 - Jan. 08, 2014 11:38 AM ET USA

    A key part of the document now is over how many sheets of paper that there were. The Vatican says that there were four. Sister Lucia evidently said that there was one.