Many times in life, we need to go into the future and look back to get the full picture. It is kind of like looking at a city. When you are close up, you can only see so much, but when you fly over in an airplane, you get a much fuller picture. From the future, you can see thing that were not visible at the time and thing we may have missed because of our clouded perception of how things were.
I think this is how it will be with the third part of the third secret of Fatima, read by Cardinal Sodano in Fatima on 13 May 2000. We will have to look back after it has been accomplished or as we near it’s fulfillment.
The third part of the secret revealed at the Cova da Iria-Fatima, on 13 July 1917.
I write in obedience to you, my God, who command me to do so through his Excellency the Bishop of Leiria and through your Most Holy Mother and mine.
After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!’. And we saw in an immense light that is God: ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it’ a Bishop dressed in White ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father’. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God.
So, who is the “Bishop dressed in White?” He will be”a Bishop dressed in White.” The children believed it was the Pope. “We had the impression that it was the Holy Father.” Today, we have a “Bishop dressed in White,” who is the Pope emeritis – Benedict XVI, and we have Pope Francis, who keeps referring to himself as “the Bishop of Rome.” Indeed, Francis is the Bishop of Rome, but he very rarely refers to himself as the Pope or the Supreme Pontiff. He is another “Bishop dressed in White.”
So could it be one of these two men? Are either one of them the one seen by the children of Fatima in the 3rd Secret? What do you think, Benedict or Francis? It could also be another in the future. Only time will tell.