New slant on the Fatima Apparitions
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I think that you might find the following
information about well known Fatima Apparitions,
Portugal 1917 interesting.
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that you may wish to offer.
Joaquim Fernandes, Ph.D
New History Reveals the Truth About the Fátima Incident
VICTORIA, BC The Fátima incident was an important
event in the history of religion. In 1917, three little
Portuguese shepherds Jacinta, Francisco, and
Lúcia suddenly encountered the Virgin Mary, illuminated
in the splendor of heavenly lights, who told the children
three secrets about the fate of the Earth. The contacts
were followed by an unexplained aerial phenomenon, called
"The Miracle of the Sun," in which the Sun 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 should end. A shrine sprang
up at Fátima that drew millions of believers, and a myth was
invented that the secrets of Fátima would be revealed in the
fullness of time as a testament of faith in a secular age.
In Heavenly Lights (EcceNova Editions; July 2, 2005; $22.95),
Portuguese historians Joaquim Fernandes and Fina d' Armada
tell the true story of the apparitions of Fátima. The first
history of Fátima to be written by Portuguese historians
based on the true original documents, Heavenly Lights is the
result of a 25-year odyssey by the authors in search of the
actual facts of the Fátima case. Fernandes and d' Armada began
their investigation in 1978, when they were given access to
secret archives held at the Sanctuary of Fátima.
The records of Sister Lúcia, kept at the archives since the
incident, revealed that the children did not interact with an
apparition of the Virgin Mary but with a kind of hologram of
an unidentified source projected through a beam of light from
the sky above them. The archives clearly showed that the
entities encountered at Fátima were not deities from Heaven
but rather multidimensional beings from "elsewhere" in the
vast Cosmos. This finding was supported by hundreds of other
facts from the time of the apparitions. Fátima, the authors
discovered, was the first major UFO-like case of the 20th
century. It contains in anticipation all the phenomenological
features of the modern aerial events and also the physical,
psychological and spiritual patterns of the contemporary
"contactee syndrome" as an altered state of consciousness.
Heavenly Lights is certain to become a definitive history
of the Fátima Incident of 1917. When it was first published
in Portugal in 1995, entitled As Aparições de Fátima e o
Fenómeno OVNI, the Jornal de Notícias, a leading Portuguese
newspaper, heralded the work "a literary success without
precedent in the field of Portuguese ufological studies."
Now the whole world can know the truth about the apparitions
of Fátima. This new translation by American journalists
Andrew D. Basiago and Eva M. Thompson offers a powerful
argument for both historians, anthropologist, cosmologist and
"ET" researchers and religious scholars alike to re-examine
the actual evidence that at last explains the enduring mystery
of the Fátima incident.
About the Authors
Joaquim Fernandes, Ph.D, 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 Women's 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
Heavenly Lights: The Apparitions of Fátima and the UFO
By Joaquim Fernandes and Fina d' Armada
Translated and Edited by Andrew D. Basiago and
Eva M. Thompson
Foreword by Jacques F. Vallée
Publication Date: July 2, 2005
Price: US $22.95, CAD $30.95, £14.99