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Pope Benedict: ‘the publication of the Third Secret of Fatima is complete’

May 23, 2016

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has denied a report that he once told Father Ingo Dollinger, a German priest who lives in Brazil, that the third secret of Fatima has not been published in its entirety.

“Several articles have appeared recently, including declarations attributed to Professor Ingo Dollinger according to which Cardinal Ratzinger, after the publication of the Third Secret of Fatima (which took place in June 2000), had confided to him that the publication was not complete,” the Holy See Press Office stated on May 21, adding:

In this regard, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI declares “never to have spoken with Professor Dollinger about Fatima,” clearly affirming that the remarks attributed to Professor Dollinger on the matter “are pure inventions, absolutely untrue,” and he confirms decisively that “the publication of the Third Secret of Fatima is complete.”

Following the publication of the Vatican statement, Father Dollinger stood by his statement, according to the OnePeterFive blog, which had earlier recounted the priest’s remarks.


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  • Posted by: AgnesDay - May. 23, 2016 2:49 PM ET USA

    Not knowing Fr. Dollinger and knowing Papa Benedetto, I'll take the word of our former pope. Nothing has really changed since Mt. Sinai, anyway.

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - May. 23, 2016 9:18 AM ET USA

    I don't believe is over. Fr. Dollinger stands by his remarks and there was never a great response to the points raised by Antonio Socci in his The Fourth Secret of Fatima. There have simply been denials by Cardinal Bertone, Benedict, and the Holy See. As Vaticanista Marco Tosatti pointed out: this will go on.