People: May 29, 2000

YOU CALL HIM POPE; ROBBINS CALLS HIM "MY PUBLICIST"

On May 2 TOM ROBBINS released his new novel, Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates, in which he speculates on the third secret of Fatima, a prophecy which is said to have been imparted to three Portuguese children through a vision of the Virgin Mary in 1917 and fiercely guarded by the Vatican ever since. Less than two weeks later, Pope John Paul II revealed the secret to the public. The Pope said it foretold the attempt on his life in 1981. Robbins had postulated a slightly different conclusion, namely, that "the...

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