Our Lady of Fatima is the Catholic title given to the Virgin Mary based on the famous Marian apparitions reported in 1917 by three children in Portugal. Lucia dos Santos, one of the apparent witnesses, revealed two secrets she claimed were passed by the Virgin Mary in the Thirties, but one was withheld. The third secret, a vision of the death of the Pope and other religious figures, was supposed to be released in 1960, but instead, the Vatican published an official press release stating that it was "most probable the secret would remain, forever, under absolute seal".
However, two decades later, Pope John Paul II claimed the third secret was a prophecy for the attempted assassination on his life.
GOYA’s documentary “Fatima, The Ultimate History” revealed the events that led up to the attack.
The narrator said: “For a believer, praying to the rosary can attract small personal favours from the Virgin Mary, as well as decisive changes for the world.
“On October 16, 1978, the world watches in amazement, the election of a pope from a communist country.
Pope John Paul II had an attempt made on his life (Image: GETTY)
Our Lady in Fatima (Image: GETTY)
He attributed the fact that he didn’t die to intercession by the Virgin
Dr Joaquin Navarro-Valls
“The next year, enthusiastic crowds greet John Paul II in Poland, the free trade union solidarity is created, the alarms go off in Moscow.”
Dr Joaquin Navarro-Valls, spokesman for John Paul II for 22 years, revealed what the pope told him.
He said: “The attack was brutal, and the Pope could have clearly died.
“The next day he remembered it was May 13, the anniversary of the Virgin of Fatima, so he asked for the text to be brought from the archive of the third secret of Fatima.
“He attributed the fact that he didn’t die to intercession by the Virgin.
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The Pope was shot in 1981 (Image: GETTY)
“That attack had been prophesied and John Paul II saw himself as the Bishop dressed in white who died in the vision of 1917.