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Image of Maximin's Secret confided to him by Our Lady of La Salette (recently obtained from Vatican Secret Archives). To view a LARGER SIZE click here.


The original writing [letter] of the Secret of La Salette by the seer Maximin Giraud, sent to Pope Pius IX in Rome in 1851, was rather recently obtained from the Vatican's Secret Archives. Click here to view an image of the original envelope which held the letter [*Secret confided to him from Our Lady of La Salette] which Maximin put into writing in obedience to and in front of, his bishop, at his bishop's palace.


 *"At this point, (Our Lady) for a moment did not make herself heard. I could see, however, that she was continuing, as if speaking, to move graciously her kindly lips. At this moment, Maximin was receiving his secret." -Melanie Calvat, from the Imprimatured text, "Apparition of the Blessed Virgin on the Mountain of La Salette the 19th of September, 1846".


The following part of Maximin's letter [Secret sent to Pius IX], shines light on the Papacy currently "in eclipse" (exile). TCW has interjected a proper interpretation in red font (which are clickable links too):


"Before all that arrives, great disorders will arrive, in the Church, and everywhere. Then, after [that], our Holy Father the Pope (Gregory XVII) will be persecuted.

His successor will be a pontiff that nobody expects (Gregory XVIII)." -Maximin



1. Maximin's Secret, July 3 1851


Maximin wrote his Secret at the bishop's palace, in front of Bishop de Bruillard's people, perfectly unconcerned, on July 3 in the evening. He was asked to rewrite it again because of spots of ink. The soiled autograph was burnt. Lastly, Mr. Dausse handed the Secret to Bishop de Bruillard, to be sure of its importance before affixing his own seal to it, and to send it to the pope. The sealed envelope was countersigned by two witnesses, at 7:00 p.m.


What follows is a literal translation from the French with the *spelling, the punctuation and a lay-out, which make it more readable.


*There were punctuation and spelling mistakes by the young shepherd in the sealed secret sent to Pope Pius IX, for who writing in French was an exploit.


Like all the prophecies, this one is a call to vigilance. It warns for the future, without satisfying curiosity. The seers interpret as they can the picturesque terms that they know not. They extrapolate, confuse the logical and temporal plans (like St Paul the Apostle in the epistle to the Thessalonians).


On September 19, 1846, we saw a beautiful Lady. We never said that this lady was the Blessed Virgin but we always said that it was a beautiful Lady.

I do not know if it is the Blessed Virgin or another person. As for me, I believe today that it is the Blessed Virgin. Here is what this Lady said to me:

"If my people continue, what I will say to you will arrive earlier, if it changes a little, it will be a little later.

France has corrupted the universe, one day it will be punished. The faith will die out in France: three quarters of France will not practice religion anymore, or almost no more, the other part will practice it without really practicing it. Then, after [that], nations will convert, the faith will be rekindled everywhere. A great country, now Protestant, in the north of Europe, will be converted; by the support of this country all the other nations of the world will be converted.

Before all that arrives, great disorders will arrive, in the Church, and everywhere. Then, after [that], our Holy Father the Pope will be persecuted. His successor will be a pontiff that nobody expects.

Then, after [that], a great peace will come, but it will not last a long time. A monster will come to disturb it.

All that I tell you here will arrive in the other century, at the latest in the year two thousand."

Maximin Giraud

(She told me to say it some time before.)

My Most Holy Father, your holy blessing to one of your sheep.

May. 29, 2013