In which case, the statement that The important point is that the message of Fatima in its substance is not addressed to particular situations could be interpreted as a repudiation of that interpretation by Pope Benedict XVI.
That's exactly how I read it. especially since he preceded it by stating:
With regard to this great vision of the suffering of the popes, beyond [!] the circumstances of John Paul II, other realities are indicated which over time will develop and become clear.
It certainly sounds to me that the Holy Father is saying that the interpretation we received earlier was false and the Third Secret has not yet been revealed.
>>But Ive read several times that the interpretation of the vision as applying to the assassination attempt on JPII was contrived and advanced unilaterally by the Secretary of State at the time, not Cardinal Ratzinger. <<
I think it would be very easy to say that JPII was “mistaken” in his interpretation of the Third Secret.