The Coronavirus and the Third Secret of Fatima

March 27, 2020 (Steven O’Reilly) – Roma Locuta Est does not typically go into great length on  matters related to apparitions.  Here I have in mind particularly the apparitions at Fatima and the Third Secret of Fatima. I don’t do so because there are many writers out there far more learned and better versed than I on the question.

However, as I watched the Pope this afternoon, March 27, 2020, as he blessed the city of Rome and the world with the Blessed Sacrament, some of the images of this day brought to my mind the vision that forms part of the Third Secret.

Regarding this vision, Sister Lucia wrote:


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: ‘PenancePenancePenance!’. 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.


Source: Message of Fatima

I am not offering an interpretation of the vision described by Lucia, nor am I a saying what I write below is the proper explanation of it. I mean only to describe the impression that struck me as I tuned in and watched Pope Francis at St. Peter’s today as he gave his Urbi et Orbi blessing.

Watching it live-streamed on YouTube, I observed the pope walking with a noticeable limp up the ‘elephant stairs’ in front of St. Peter’s.  After pausing to listen to a gospel reading and to pray for end to the current crisis, Pope Francis continued on his way toward St. Peter’s where he then stood before a large crucifix (NB: for the miraculous history of this crucifix, see here). There, before the crucifix, he again paused to pray silently.

Seeing Pope Francis ascend the sloping ‘elephant stairs’ — which have the appearance of a hill or ‘mountain‘ (see here) — to the foot of the crucifix, brought to mind Lucia’s description of part of the vision, i.e., a bishop dressed in white walking with “halting steps” up a “mountain” where he prayed before a cross. Granted, there isn’t a one-to-one correspondence to the vision of the Third Secret. The stairs leading to St. Peter’s might appear to be a “hill” but are certainly not a true “mountain.” Also, the pope prayed before a crucifix and not a “cross” made of trunks of a “cork-tree” as described by Sister Lucia. Additionally, the Pope stood before the crucifix as he prayed while the pope of the vision was on his knees.

What’s more, and most obvious of all, there were not bodies along the way–as there were in the vision. Acknowledging all this, I again reiterate I mean only to give the impression that came to me. It seemed to me at the moment that the empty square before the Basilica, the deserted streets of Rome (and much of the West now), the many coronavirus deaths in Italy and around the world, the current horrendous state of the Church (e.g., continuous financial and sexual scandals, rampant sacrileges, heresy, apostasy, no public masses in many places, persecution of Chinese Catholics, etc.) might still arguably be said to correspond to what is presented in the vision symbolically.  Certainly, the Church is in need of “penance, penance, penance.”

Again, for the naysayers, I am not necessarily saying we just witnessed a portion of the fulfillment of a symbolic vision. But…I must admit….the thought crossed my mind, as did the question: “what happens next?”

Steven O’Reilly is a graduate of the University of Dallas and the Georgia Institute of Technology. A former intelligence officer, he and his wife, Margaret, live near Atlanta with their family. He has written apologetic articles and is author of the recently published Book I of the Pia Fidelis trilogy, The Two Kingdoms. (Follow on twitter at @fidelispia for updates). He asks for your prayers for his intentions.  He can be contacted at (or follow on Twitter: @S_OReilly_USA)

13 thoughts on “The Coronavirus and the Third Secret of Fatima

  1. Why would Lucia say “we had the impression he was the Holy Father? Because the man currently accepted as pope, the one many have an “impression” is pope is really a heretic and blasphemer and cannot possibly be pope. I believe Benedict is still pope.


    1. Akita; thanks for your comments. I don’t believe Benedict is still pope. My site here has a lot of articles explaining why there is no real evidence for the BiP position.




  2. Is Bergoglio really the pope? He is a heretic and a blasphemer. That is why Lucia says “we have the “impression” he was the pope. Bergoglio is a deceiver.


    1. Akita; I do agree Francis poses severe difficulties…to say the least. However, we must follow the evidence. Read some the articles here as to why I am
      Confident Benedict is not still the pope.




  3. This ghostly scenery like from Batman movies: evening, monumental architecture, cast iron cauldrons with fire (and probably one larger with coal), used Jorge the Apostate to demonstrate his victory over the Roman Catholic church. He started his professional career as a bouncer at a nightclub in Buenos Aires. And so he ends his life as a bouncer in Rome. Churches have been deserted almost all over the inhabited land, there are no more faithful in them. It wasn’t even necessary to call the police – it was enough to do wild panic in the media about the lethal threat of an imaginary brand pandemic* virus.
    The Crucifix from Saint Marcell and Salus Populi Romani, images made famous during plagues, were brought by the Apostate to the threshold of St. Peter’s Basilica, so that Satan could publicly insult God: “Well, where is your church?” Our Lord and Our Lady were to look at a completely empty square once crowded with pilgrims. All they had before them was the Phantom of the Vatican in solemn white and gold robes** for the hour of Satan’s triumph on the fifth Friday of Lent!

    *To sell panic, it must have a brand, because it is difficult to stuff old good flu on the market, that’s why the “coronavirus”, and actually the crown of Satan.
    **Golden sun embroidered on the cope rocked on the celebrant’s rump – no comment.


  4. Thank you for your posting of this article. I am in total agreement the time is now! Italy is the city devastated and the numerous coffins are the dead mentioned along with all you mentioned. I am looking forward to May 13th 2020 for it is near and the timing is perfect! Let us keep our eyes on The Immacualate Heart of Mary and The Sacred Heart of Jesus as we pray and rejoice in the coming…


  5. Dear Mr. O’Reilly. Well he wasn’t killed by soldiers..

    I didn’t watch the event because he has made the papacy all about him, and to such an extent that he recently moved “Vicar of Christ” as his title.

    One might be forgiven for thinking that the staging of this event outside, in the rain, with Bergolio alone the focus of all action was perhaps done so with the intent to elicit as much pity as possible for this poor limping pope (limping, except when he bends to wash the feet of Muslims or to kiss the feet of Muslim politicians etc) which just might soften resistance to his continuing to implant his agenda of change


    1. Vermont…thanks for the comments. As to not being killed by soldiers…you’re quite correct, obviously. As I noted…there were a number of elements not present, but remember a vision might combine real events with symbolic imagery and telescope them, even though they all occur over a period of time, into a single brief image presented in an instant.

      But again, I merely described my initial, immediate impression of the event. Given the responses I’ve received or seen…I am not alone in that impression…as others have independently come to it as well. Does that have any significance? I am not saying it does.

      Regardless, my impression has no prophetic weight as to what happened or what may yet come to pass.

      Francis’ seeming footnoting of the title “Vicar of Jesus Christ” in the Annuario Pontificio as a “historical title” is quite disturbing. I do wish some cardinals and bishops would launch an “imperfect” conference/synod, if not a council. I’ve argued that several times on this blog.

      Perhaps something momentous might happen on May 13 of this year.




  6. Yes, the Pope limps, due to a sciatic pain, but this doesn’t prevent him from kneeling and bending to wash muslim’s feet, or even lower to kiss the shoes of muslim leaders (!!!!). On the contrary I could never find a picture of him kneeling before the Holy Sacrament.
    What’s wrong with this Pope ?


    1. Jacques, thanks for the comment. I agree…it is troubling that he doesn’t kneel. I get the sciatica thing….it is painful…and indeed it might prevent kneeling. If that is the reason, the Press Office at the Vatican should explain that is the reason why he doesn’t kneel in front of the Blessed Sacrament. But…while they are explaining that, they might also provide an explanation as to why he is able on other occasions to kneel to wash the feet of muslims, etc., on Holy Thursday.




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