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What is your opinion? What is the official Church stance?
I have heard arguments for and against authenticity of Padre Pio, Fatima visionaries and other Saints who have predicted this.
Blessed Anna Maria Taigi made the prophecy of the 3 days of darkness was She lived 1769-1837. This is what she wrote during her life:
"God will send two punishments: one will be in the form of wars, revolutions and other evils; it shall originate on earth. The other will be sent from Heaven. There shall come over the whole earth an intense darkness lasting three days and three nights. Nothing can be seen, and the air will be laden with pestilence which will claim mainly, but not only, the enemies of *religion. It will be impossible to use any man-made lighting during this darkness, except blessed candles. He, who out of curiosity, opens his window to look out, or leaves his home, will fall dead on the spot. During these three days, people should remain in their homes, pray the Rosary and beg God for mercy.
"All the enemies of the Church, whether known or unknown, will perish over the whole earth during that universal darkness, with the exception of a few whom God will soon convert. The air shall be infected by demons who will appear under all sorts of hideous forms."*
(Prophecy of Blessed Anna Maria Taigi (1769-1837 A.D.) who was Beatified by Pope Bendedict XV in 1920.)[/FONT]
If this is accurate, it's probably just an elaboration of the tribulations described in the book of Revelation; one of them was certainly darkness:
And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast. And his kingdom became dark: and they gnawed their tongues for pain. (Rev 16: 10; the "kingdom of the beast" here could refer to the brief rule of the Antichrist)
And the light of the lamp shall shine no more at all in thee (Rev 18:23, "thee" is Babylon the Great)
Of course, that interpretation would require you to take Revelation in a futurist sense (I'm more of a preterist), but there's nothing in Church teaching against it; as Dr. Scott Hahn's biblical commentary has pointed out, no single viewpoint is sufficient to understand Revelation.
No private revelation is "binding" or "authoritative", though. The most we can say is that it's consistent with Scripture or Tradition, and there's a good case for that here. :)