- Apr 13, 2021
The Catholic Church has always been very cautious when it comes to judging reported Marian apparitions.
An Italian woman who claims to regularly experience supernatural visions said Mary told her in September 2019 that a new disease would soon emerge from China.
Archbishop Henryk Hoser, sent by Pope Francis to study the pastoral situation in Medjugorje, said ministry at the site of the apparition was proper and consistent with the doctrine and teaching of the Church; as well as being effective and well organized.
On the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, Pope Francis appointed a Polish bishop as his delegate to Medjugorje, where the Virgin has allegedly been appearing since 1981. The mission of Archbishop Henryk Hoser is to study the pastoral situation of the pilgrimage site, not the apparitions themselves.
Although debate continues to rage over the alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje between hard-core devotees and skeptical theologians and clerics, for the vast majority of people who visit the small town in Bosnia Herzegovina, it’s simply a spot of prayer and faith.
ALLOUEZ, Wis. — Nearly 160 years ago, on Oct. 9, 1859, Mary appeared to a young Belgian immigrant living in Kewaunee County, located in eastern Wisconsin on Lake Michigan and near Green Bay. Today, it’s the only approved Marian apparition site in the United States. On Aug. 15, the feast
Gladys Motta, now in her 80s, says she began seeing apparitions after she saw rosaries glowing in homes. She prayed to the Virgin Mary, who appeared to her carrying the infant Jesus and wearing a blue gown and veil. Since 1983, Motta says she has received more than 1,800 visitations from Mary and another 68 from Jesus.
VATICAN CITY — When then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger met the press in 2000 for the formal release of the so-called Third Secret of Fatima, he said he knew many people would be disappointed. Almost 16 years later, at the beginning of a yearlong preparation for the 100th anniversary of the apparition