- Feb 22, 2020
“The Holy Father knows well what I think, and knows he has a supporter in me for his reforms,” Cardinal-designate Antonio dos Santos Marto of Leiria-Fatima said.
In the great slaughterhouse of the twentieth century, the sheer scale of lethal evil, organized above all in the communist regimes, appeared to have loosed Satan himself in the world. In this context, the apparitions of Fatima were addressed directly to the wickedness of the twentieth century, as well as to the wickedness of sin that lurks in all of history.
The message for those who see Fatima as a message that God loves the simple ones, is it’s a reminder of the basic traits of Christian life: Faith, hope, and charity; including prayer and penance and the need for conversion. On the other hand, there’s the darker and harder-edged Fatima, which played a part in Catholic attitudes during the Cold War.