History Reveals the Truth About the Fátima Incident
Authors say Famed Apparitions in 1917 were Close Encounters with Alien
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 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 hologram of an extraterrestrial projected on
a beam of light from a spacecraft hovering high above them. The archives
clearly showed that the entities encountered at Fátima were not
deities from Heaven but rather alien beings visiting our planet 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 case of the 20th century.
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 UFO 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 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 Phenomenon
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
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