Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI broke his silence to reaffirm that the publication of the so-called 'Secret of Fatima' was completed after the release of the third part, in the year 2000.
The statement was published by the Holy See Press Office, in reaction to the articles that were giving in statements attributed to professor Ingo Dollinger, a German priest and ancient professor of theology in Brazil, according to which then the Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had told him that the publication of the secret was not complete.
In this regard, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI announced that he never spoke to professor Dollinger about Fatima' and clearly states that the statements attributed to professor Dollinger are 'purely fabricated, completely not true', and he signed the official statement.
'The publication of the third Secret of Fatima is complete,' the statement added.
The third part of the Secret of Fatima was made know in 2000, in the Sanctuary of the Cova da Iria, on the occasion of the third pilgrimage of John Paul II to Portugal.
In 2000, the now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) and he signed the "theological commentary" to the third part of Secret, which speaks of a "Bishop dressed in white" who walks in the midst of ruins and corpses, an image associated with the assassination attempt on John Paul II on May 13, 1981.
The text of the Secret of Fatima (a message announced by Our Lady to the Little Shepherds in July 1917, was written by Lucia in the 40th decade of the twentieth century), and can be found on the Vatican website.
Source: Agência Ecclesia