Fatima Shrine receives custody of original manuscripts of Sister Lucy

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Bishop Antonio Marto (R) and Fr. Carlos Manuel
Pedrosa(L) signed the agreement
– Photo Shrine of Fatima

Fatima, Portugal (Thursday, 10.09.2014, Gaudium Press) An agreement has been recently signed between the Diocese of Leiria-Fatima, Portugal and the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima granting to the Shrine the custody of several valuable original manuscripts in which Sister Lucia tells the story of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin to her and to her Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto. It concerns the First, Second, Third and Fourth Memoires of Sister Lucy, considered “significant documents for the credibility of the message of Fatima”.

The manuscripts “are memories that ought to be preserved as a treasure, not to be hidden but as something to be kept with much care and conferring to them all the attention needed” said Bishop Antonio Marto of Leiria-Fatima. The exceptional spiritual and historical value of the documents is because they “contain vivid memories of a privileged witness, Sister Lucy, who witnessed herself, and her cousins, this supernatural event.” He also said that even though the message is almost 100 years old, “it is still relevant today”.

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Manuscripts available at the exhibit “Secret
and Revelation” open to the public
– Photo Shrine of Fatima

The Rector of the Shrine, Fr. Carlos Manuel Pedrosa Cabecinhas explained some details of the agreement done with the diocese. “This protocol will help the Fatima Shrine not only to preserve such documents but to help with the study and the wider circulation of them”.

“It is with great joy that we receive from the Bishop of Fatima the documentation which contains the most important information about the history of the Message of Fatima as conveyed by Lucia,” said Daniel Marco Duarte, Director of the Department of Research and Propagation of the Shrine. “Lucia’s memoirs are now well kept in place to which they refer, they return to their place of origin” he added. This has been agreed for the following 10 years at least.

The exhibit called “Secret and Revelation” is open to the public free of charge until October 31and it contains the manuscript of the Third Secret, whose ownership belongs to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. This exhibition can also be visited virtually through its web page.

Information given by the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima.

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