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For years, since the early 1990s, texts have circulated claiming to be a "secret" given to Bernadette at Lourdes -- one never revealed. It is not true. The secret apparently was concocted by a supermarket tabloid, News of the World, which, unlike The National Enquirer, which prints gossip, but gossip most often with a basis in fact, actually manufactures stories.

The truth: Bernadette said she had a secret that was only for her -- not even the Pope -- and took it to her grave.

But there were intriguing elements -- aspects of this false tabloid "secret" that, oddly enough, seem to have materialized. Was someone at the tabloid a bit procognitive?

Claimed the paper, quoting a letter from Bernadette to the Pope (which did not actually exist):

"Your Holiness, the Virgin has told me that when the 20th century passes away, with it will pass away the Age of Science. A new Age of Faith will dawn around the world. Proof will come at last that it was Our Lord Who created the world and man, and this will be the beginning of the end for the scientists, in whom the people will cease to believe. Millions will return to Christ, and as the numbers of believers swell, the power of the Church will grow as never before. Also causing many to turn their backs on science will be the arrogance of physicians who use their knowledge to create an abomination. These doctors will find the means to combine the essence of a man and the essence of a beast. The people will know in their hearts that this is wrong, but they will be powerless to stop the spawning of such monsters. In the end they will hunt scientists down as ravening wolves are hunted."

We now know that -- out of our control -- geneticists indeed are combining human, animal, and even plant) DNA, creating bizarre hybrids (see Tower of Light).

The tabloid was not quite so prophetic, however, with its conclusion, which never did materialize: "On the eve of the year 2000, a final clash between the followers of Mohammed and the Christian nations of the world will take place," it quoted Bernadette's "secret" as foreseeing. "A furious battle will be waged in which 5,650,451 soldiers are killed and a bomb of great power will fall on a city in Persia. But in the fullness of time the Sign of the Cross will prevail and all of Islam will be forced to convert to Christianity. There will follow a century of peace and joy as all the nations of the earth lay down their swords and shields. Great prosperity will follow as the Lord showers His blessings down upon the faithful. No family on earth will know poverty or hunger. One person in ten will be granted by God the power to heal and they will cast out all sicknesses from those who seek their aid. Many will rejoice at these miracles. The 21st Century will come to be known as the Second Golden Age of Mankind."

Not quite. Not yet.

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