Fatima. Third Secret. About. Ratzinger
Interview with Joseph Ratzinger. August 1984
In August of 1984 Cardinal Ratzinger (the future Pope Benedict XVI) gave interview to the journalist Vittorio Messori from «Jesus» magazine.
Ratzinger declared that he had read the Third Secret. Then the journalist had asked why this Secret was still not revealed? The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith answered:
Because, according to the judgment of the Popes, it adds nothing to what a Christian must already know from revelation: a radical call to conversion, the absolute gravity of history, dangers threatening the faith and life of the Christian, and therefore the world. And also the importance of the «last times»… But the things contained in this third Secret correspond to what is announced in Scripture…
Connection of the Message of Fatima with the imminent end of history
Cardinal Ratzinger in his book Conversation on the Faith connected «the Message of Fatima» with «the possibility of the imminent end of history». He further said:
The correct evaluation of messages such as those of Fatima can represent one form of our answer: the Church hearkening to the message of Christ, delivered through Mary to our time, feels the threat to all and to each individual, and responds with a decisive conversion and penance.
Vittorio Messori, Benedict XVI
The Ratzinger Report:
An Exclusive Interview on the State of the Church. p.118