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Our Lady of the NationsApparitions of Mary in 20th-Century Catholic Europe$
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Chris Maunder

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198718383

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718383.001.0001

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Sister Lúcia’s Narrative of War and Peace

Sister Lúcia’s Narrative of War and Peace

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(p.29) 3 Sister Lúcia’s Narrative of War and Peace
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Our Lady of the Nations
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Chris Maunder

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718383.003.0003

Fátima’s cult became associated with anti-communism because of later revelations from the main visionary, Lúcia Santos, when she became an adult nun. The approval of the apparitions in 1931 occurred before the bulk of this material was published, and so Catholic theologians asked whether these revelations were canonical in the same way. The interpretation of John Paul II—that the so-called ‘third secret’, not published until 2000, referred to the attempt on his life in 1981—settled the matter. However, there is now a widespread conspiracy theory that the third secret may not have been fully revealed. All of this demonstrates the considerable influence of Lúcia (1907–2005), who was only ten when she experienced the vision.

Keywords:   visionary, Vatican, European history, Catholicism, communism, Fátima, Lúcia

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