3rd secret of Fatima “A persecution will come from “inside the Church.” Pope Benedict XVI Warns N A BENEDICTO AT FRANCISCUM / ON 21 MAY 2018 AT 00:22 / “The greatest persecution of the Church does not come from outside enemies, but arises from sin in the Church” . From Fatima, the most famous Marian event in the history, became famous for “secrets” of the shepherds. From Fatima where Pope Benedict XVI was carrying out a short but very intense journey, he launched a stearn warning. In flight to Lisbon, Benedict XVI responded to the question of a journalist who asked whether it is possible to include in the “vision” of the persecuted Church – contained in the third part of the “secret” of Fatima – also “the sufferings of today’s Church with sins” sexual abuse of minors “. And he did it this way: “As for the news that we can discover today in this message, it is also that not only from outside attacks the Pope and the Church, but the sufferings of the Church come from within, from the sin that exists in the Church. We see this too, but today we see it in a truly terrifying way: that the greatest persecution of the Church does not come from outside enemies, but arises from sin in the Church. And that the Church therefore has a profound need to re-learn penance, accept purification, learn forgiveness but also the necessity of justice. Forgiveness does not replace justice. We must learn precisely this essential: conversion, prayer, penance, theological virtues and that evil also attacks from within, but that also the forces of good are always present and that finally the Lord is stronger than evil and the Our guarantee is for us. The goodness of God is always the last answer in history “. To welcome the Pope arrived in Lisbon, was the president of Portugal Anibal Cavaco Silva. The homily celebrated in the large Terreiro do Paco square in Lisbon was attended by 200 thousand people. “We often worry about the social, cultural and political consequences of faith, taking for granted that this faith exists, ” declared Benedict XVI. – And this, unfortunately, is less and less realistic ». As in every age, the Pope adds, even today’s Church “there are no shortage of riotous and even rebellious children”.According to Joseph Ratzinger, “it is in the saints that the Church recognizes her own characteristic traits and, in them, she savor her deepest joy. They all share the desire to incarnate the Gospel in their lives, under the impulse of the eternal animator of the People of God which is the Holy Spirit “. The pontiff then urged Portugal to bring “the contribution of its cultural and religious identity” also “by participating in the building of the European Union”. The socialist government legalized abortion in 2007, the divorce in 2008, and now Parliament has approved a bill on gay marriage. The Lusitanian country, officially 88% Catholic, prepared to visit the Pope in joy. Placards and posters with a photo of the Pope over the inscription “Bem-Vindo or Papa Bento XVI”, “Welcome Pope Benedict XVI”. Three Portuguese TV stations, one public and two private, began broadcasting live on the visit two hours before the Pope’s arrival. Prophecies always have more than one meaning. The third part of the secret, Benedict XVI repeats now, is a “great vision of the suffering of the Pope, which we can in the first instance refer to Pope John Paul II” (Benedict XVI 2010). But this “first instance”, interpretative, if it retains all its importance, does not exclude others. On the contrary, in secret, the Pope affirms, “the realities of the future of the Church are indicated as they develop and show themselves. So it is true that beyond the moment indicated in the vision, we speak, we see the need for a passion of the Church, which is naturally reflected in the person of the Pope, but the Pope stands for the Church and therefore are the sufferings of the Church announcing » . The central image of the third part of the secret is the figure of all the persecutions that the Popes and the Church in history continually suffer. Even the betrayal of pedophile priests and the related media persecutions against the Pope are part of the “firearms and arrows” of the secret, which always “soldiers” in the service of anti-Christian ideological projects are ready to launch against the Pope. « As for the news that we can now discover in this message – confirms Benedict XVI alluding to the issue of pedophilia, which in the trip to Portugal has never explicitly mentioned – there is also the fact that not only from outside attacks the Pope and the Church, but the sufferings of the Church come from within the Church, from the sin that exists in the Church. This too has always been known, but today we see it in a truly terrifying way: that the greatest persecution of the Church does not come from outside enemies, but arises from sin in the Church […] “ (ibid.). More generally, “one would delude those who thought that the prophetic mission of Fatima is over” (Benedict XVI 2010), and in this sense one can say that it is wrong to refer the third part of the secret only to the attack on John Paul II. In 1917, Our Lady announced a “passion of the Church” (Benedict XVI 2010) that will manifest itself “in different ways, until the end of the world” (ibid.). It is certainly the passion of John Paul II struck by the attack of 1981. But one can think that it is also the passion of Paul VI (1963-1978), struck and embittered by the unprecedented attacks of postconciliar theological dissent after the publication of the Encyclical Humanae vitae of 1968. It is the passion of Benedict XVI, wounded both by the crimes of pedophile priests and by the slander of those who manipulate the tragic cases of pedophilia to attack the Pope directly. It will be the passion of a future Pope in fifty or one hundred years, because being calumniated and persecuted is part of the nature and history of the Church, not only according to the prophecy of Fatima but according to the prophetic word of the same Lord Jesus: “If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you “ (Jn 15, 18).