A new book by the world’s leading historians of the Fátima incident reveals how the Jesuits conspired to conceal the alien origin of the famed apparitions.
The Fátima incident was the most exceptional religious event of the 20th century. In 1917, three Portuguese children encountered a radiant woman, who told them three secrets about the fate of the Earth. During “The Miracle of the Sun,” the solar orb was seen to dance in the sky by thousands of awestruck onlookers who flocked to Fátima.
The apparitions were presumed to be a case of divine intervention in human affairs, a sign from Heaven that the world war then raging in Europe would soon come to an end.
Fátima entered both church dogma and popular culture as the most celebrated Marian apparition of all time. A shrine sprang up at Fátima that drew millions of believers, and a widespread myth developed that the prophecies of Fátima would one day be fulfilled.
In 1978, Portuguese historians Joaquim Fernandes and Fina d’Armada were given unprecedented access to the original records of the Fátima incident, which had been held secretly by the Catholic Church at the Sanctuary of Fátima since 1917.
In Heavenly Lights – a work published last year that the Fortean Times (UK) hailed as “priceless” – Fernandes and d’Armada explored the many intriguing linkages they found in the archives between the apparitions of Fátima and the worldwide UFO phenomenon.
In July, Fernandes and d’Armada publish their powerful new book about the enigmatic Fátima incident, which has been debated by believers and skeptics since its occurrence.
Celestial Secrets: The Hidden History of the Fátima Cover-up (EcceNova Editions; July 1, 2006; $19.95) tells the fascinating tale of how a “cover story” concocted by the Jesuits in 1941 has shaped our modern view of the events at Fátima in 1917.
The historians show that the Fátima incident did not involve visitations by the Virgin Mary, as the Jesuits purported. Rather, Fátima was the first major close encounter case of the 20th century. The entities encountered by the children were not deities descending from Heaven but alien beings visiting our planet from “elsewhere” in the vast Cosmos.
Investigative journalist Jim Marrs was so impressed by this exposé of the Fátima cover-up that he wrote a Foreword to it in which he states that Celestial Secrets is “the best researched, the most detailed, and the most comprehensive look at the Fátima apparitions ever published… Fátima, it seems, was an early episode in the Cosmic Watergate.”
About the Authors
Joaquim Fernandes is Professor of History at the University Fernando Pessoa in Porto, Portugal. He directs the Multicultural Apparitions Research International Academic Network (Project MARIAN). His research interests include the history of science and the comparative anthropology of religion, with an emphasis on anomalistic phenomena.
Fina d’Armada holds a Master’s degree in Womens’ Studies. She has written five books about the Fátima incident, all based on original documents held in the archives – three co-authored with Fernandes – and hundreds of articles. Her research interests include phenomenology, local history, the history of women, and the era of Portuguese discovery.
About the Book
The Hidden History of the Fátima Cover-up
By Dr. Joaquim Fernandes and Fina d’Armada
Translated by Alexandra Bruce
Edited by Andrew D. Basiago
Foreword by Jim Marrs
Publication Date: July 1, 2006
Price: US $19.95, CAD $24.95, ₤11.99
Number of Pages: 276
ISBN: 0-9735341-8-4 (978-0-9735341-8-4)
Professor Joaquim Fernandes
University Fernando Pessoa
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