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c. 1600

Traigueras, Tortosa, Cataluña (Spain)

Title: Our Lady of Good Success (Statue)
Brothers Gabriel de Fontaned and Guillermo de Rigosa

Two Spanish friars, Brothers Gabriel de Fontaned and Guillermo de Rigosa traveled to Rome to meet the Pope for the approval of their order (The Order of Minims for the Service of the Sick or The Order of Saint Francis of Paola).[1] As they were passing through the town of Traigueras (under the jurisdiction of Tortosa in the Principate of Cataluña), a furious storm descended upon them. The brothers prayed for God's guidance and help. Immediately they saw a mysterious light coming from a cave in a cliff. Climbing up, they entered and found a beautiful statue of the Virgin Mary holding the Baby Jesus in her arms. They reported being surrounded by shimmering lights and fragrant scents. As no one claimed the statue, the two carried it with them, hoping that the Blessed Mother would help in getting approval for their order.

On arriving in Rome, the brothers were worried that they might not obtain papal consent. However, Pope Paul V on hearing the story of their journey, knelt before the statue and placed his pectoral cross around the its neck. As he embraced and kissed the statue, he said:
“Look Brothers! She is smiling! Why does she smile so? What good success you have had on this journey! There is no doubt that Our Lady has deigned to protect and support you in your work. Therefore it will not be me that will go against Her. May all of your efforts obtain good success!”

He then blessed it and christened her Our Lady of Good Success. The image was placed in the Royal Hospital of Madrid. Here, the image became famous "for the numerous favors granted by Heaven through her". In 1641, Philip III ordered the construction of the Sanctuary of the Puerta del Sol. This enshrines the image renowned among the churches of Madrid. Soon, as its popularity and devotion spread, the image is replicated and placed in different places in Spain: Orduña, La Puebla de Gordon, Tudela, Abla, and among others.

c. 1600

Chimeevo (Russia)

Title: Mother of God of Kazan (Miraculous painting)

The Monastery at Chimeevo is famous for the miraculous icon of the Mother of God "of Kazan", which floated on the Niyap River (a tributary of the Tobol) in the XVII century and wwhere it washed up on land was where the first church was built. Simultaneously with the appearance of the icon near the village, a holy spring came about.



Cordoba (Spain)

Visionary: Magdalena de la Cruz


Concepcion (Chile)

Visionary: Araucani tribe

Tradition says that the Madonna, painted a picture with shafts of light, miraculously came to life and left the chapel. She walked on a cloud over the camps that the Araucanians had made around Concepcion to besiege it. As soon as the Holy Virgin appeared by showing her disapproval of the besiegers with her shafts of light, they fled.



Visionary: The Baron Marquard von Schwendi (1574-1634)

From his garden during the night, The Baron saw a light illuminating the majestic surrounding hills. He noted that this light, over time, acquired more and more traits of the Mother of God. Impressed by this sight, he built a church on the spot as she asked him to build a church in her honor. The temple was built in 1620 and is venerated Mariahilf icon in 1363, coming from the eponymous Slovak sanctuary.It later became a sanctuary and was entrusted to the Capuchin friars.




Visionary: St. Alphonsus Rodriguez (1531 - 1617)

St. Alphonsus Rodriguez was born in 1531 in Segovia and his business failed. After the death of his wife and his children, he had a mystical experience and entered as a lay brother in the Society of Jesus in Valencia. From 1572, he worked as a janitor in the Mount Zion College of Palma and he worked in an intense apostolic work and was a model of obedience and humility, maintained an attitude of tenderness toward others but he was strict with himself. His spirituality was characterized by the Ignatian exercises. At the request of his superiors, he wrote his memoirs. Alfonso had a mystical devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and often enjoyed the joy of an apparition of her Mother in Heaven. Madonna once said: "The love of all mothers cannot be compared to mine! Your love for me may not be related to my love for you." Alfonso died October 21, 1617. He was beatified in 1825 and canonized in 1888.


Aljubarrota (Portugal)

Visionary: Catarina Anes (old poor woman)
Title: Our Lady of the Light

This apparition took place in the region of Aljubarrota, near Fátima.

The seeress was called Catarina Anes.  She was old and poor.  One day she went to look for kindling wood on the mountain to get warm.  In a place called Valley of God a Lady appeared to her and said:

"Catarina, do you want me to help you with your work."

She didn't believe what she had heard.  And she kept on gathering wood.  But then the Lady appeared to her again, this time accompanied by Santa Marta, whose chapel is nearby, and said:

"Catarina, follow me."

But the old woman still did not pay attention.  She didn't think all that was possible.  However, the Lady appeared to her a third time and declared:

"Come here, Catarina, and I will give you the key that you lost."

"But I lost the key in the woods.  How could you find it to give to me."

But the Lady had the key and she gave it to her.  Catarina decided to believe in the strange Lady and she followed her.

They walked and arrived at the foot of the mountain.  Our Lady ordered her to open a hole and helped her with her own hands.  From this hole sprang a beautiful and abundant spring of crystalline water.

This time Our Lady did not ask for a chapel, but said to the shepherdess. 

"Now go tell the people of this land that here they will find the cure for all their ills.


San Severino (Italiy)

On October 16, 1601 lights were purportedly observed around a shrine to the Virgin.

Source: Rosa Mystica No 35, 4


Brune (France)

Visionary: a Young Jesuit priest

The Virgin accompanied by St. James and St. John the Baptist appeared to a young Jesuit in the city.

Source: Dictionary of the Appartitions of the Virgin Mary. Laurentin p 134; P. Courcier, 346; Susseret, t. II, 1854, 242-3.


Puy (France)

Visionary: a young man

A young man had great faith in God and was devoted to Our Lady. Over time, however, the faith had grown lukewarm and had become neglected. One day he saw the Holy Virgin, which roused him from the listlessness of the soul leading him to a renewed devotional fervor. The young man became a very fervent Christian. He devoted himself to good works, and lived in the name and glory of Mary.


Aleth (Francia)

Visionary: a young man

In 1601, a young man was caught by a horrible vision of a "Ethiopian chopping a man to pieces". A "beautiful lady" then appeared to him:"One day you will run into in the hands of this man unless you change your behavior and do penance. "Shortly after, the Virgin dressed in white appeared to him in broad daylight and ask him to enter religious life.

Source: Dictionary of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary p 66. (P. Courcier, 346 and Sausseret, t. II, 1854, 248)



Visionary: Anton de Greef, SJ (+ 1636)

While was still a student in Bruges, Anton de Greef had given a vocational vow before a portrait of Mother in Heaven. The following night was a wonderful apparition of Mary that confirmed his vocational inspirations. Throughout his life, Father de Greef lived under the influence of this apparition. In 1636, he died in Nijmwegen (Netherlands), he was busily engaged with those infected with the plague and he became infected.


Lampedusa (italy)

Title: Our Lady of Lampedusa
Andrea Anfossi



Visionary: Benedict, a Capuchin friar (+1602)

Benedict, a Capuchin friar, was regarded by his colleagues and devotees a model of spirituality for the love of neighbor and demonstrated the spirit of penance. Shortly before his death, Mary appeared to him and laid him in her arms the Divine Child. Benedict also had some appearances of Christ, who revealed to him the pain of the crown of thorns.



Visionary: A young man

A young man of Verdun had a vision of Mary. She showed him a precious crown (crown of the sky) that the award would have been if he had entered a religious order and had led a spiritual life in service to others. This young man, deeply moved by this apparition, devoted himself to the devout life of penance, being always ready to serve. After a few years, the The Most Holy Virgin appeared again, infusing fresh courage, and consoling him from his anguish and pain, reminded him of the crown of heaven.

June 10, 1602

Monsummano Alto, Pistoia, Tuscany (Italy)

Visioanry: Rector
Title: Maria Santissima della Fontenova / Madonna del Piano

Tradition says that a second manifestation occurred on June 10, 1602, witnessed by the Rector and others. It is said that during the celebration of the Mass on July 7 of that same year, after an extended drought, the spring suddenly began to flow again, an event attributed to the intercession of Madonna del Piano. From that day forward, Madonna del Piano became known as Madonna della Fontenova (new fountain or spring). These events and the tremendous outpouring of devotion from the people came to the attention of Grand Duke of Tuscany, Ferdinando I de ‘Medici, who ordered that a shrine be built in honor of Our Lady. The first stone was laid December 30, 1602. Construction was completed in 1605.

Source: Mary in Our Life, Atlas of the Names and Titles of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and Their Place in Marian Devotion

August 18, 1602


Visionaries: Many townspeople
Title: Mother of Sorrows

In broad daylight, many people saw a star in the sky from which flowed out three rays of light, then the "Mother of Sorrows" appeared: her face was marked by pain and was surrounded by bright arrows. All the witnesses of the apparition, impressed by this image of the Most Holy Virgin, repented of their sins and many of them devoted themselves to the true life and devout Christian.

Sept 15, 1602

Lenola (Italy)

Visionary: Gabriele Mattei

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Scherpenheuvel (BELGIUM)

Miraculous statue

A small statue of Mary attached to a tree, which had long been an object of worship, began to show tears of blood. This event created quite a stir, and here was built a shrine that still attracts many pilgrims. The tradition of veneration of this statue of Our Lady dates from the fourteenth century, during the wars of the Reformation, when the original image of the Most Holy Virgin was destroyed by the Protestants. After the war, this statue of great artistic value that was destroyed was now replaced by this miraculous copy.


Caacupe (Paraguay)

Title: Our Lady of Caacupe (statue) - La Virgen de los Milagros (the Virgin of Miracles) - Virgen Azul de Paraguay (the Blue Virgin of Paraguay)
Feast Day:
December 8

In the early XVI century, a guarani converted Indian of the Franciscan mission of Tobati, is in danger of death. He is surrounded by the fierce mbayáes, a tribe which has refused to accept the Christian faith and has declared itself an all out enemy of the converts. In the forest thickness a massive tree trunk provides safe refuge. He hides there, cringing and trembling; he asks for protection from his Mother in Heaven, the Immaculate that the good friars have taught him to love. There he promises the Virgin that if he survives, he will carve a pretty image with the wood of the protective trunk. Nobody saw him, his persecutors went by without discovering his presence, and as soon as he could the Indian sculptor went back and took from the tree the wood he needed for his work. Two images came out of the trunk; the larger one went to the church of Tobati, and the Indian kept the smaller one for his personal devotion.

Years later the great flood that created the Lake of Ypacaray threatened to destroy the nearby towns and the Franciscan friars, accompanied by the inhabitants of the region, organized public prayers pleading for the calming of the waters. It is related that Father Luis de Bolaños blessed the waters and was recognised as the one the Indian had carved years earlier, and which from then on was called La Virgen de los Milagros (the Virgin of Miracles). Our Lady of Caacupé is a handsome wood carving with a delicate oval face and blue eyes; like the lmmaculate she joins her hands on her breast in prayer and her blond hair falls to her shoulders. The small image measures some 50 centimeters.

For a time, in order to give her more prominence and cover her with rich garments, her figure was enlarged disproportionately, until Church authorities decreed that the image be given its original size. The Virgin of the Miracles wears an elegant white tunic and has a beautiful sky blue cloak over her shoulders, both embroidered with gold thread. The image stands on a sphere resting on a large half moon. Mary's feet seem to step on a serpent, an allusion to Genesis and Apocalyptic texts.

Construction of the present church began in 1945, and although it has not been completed yet, it has been the sanctuary of the Virgin of the Miracles of Caacupé since 1980.

Caacupé is the religious center of Paraguay: the meeting place of the nation and the Church, because this blessed image has accompanied the formation process of the Paraguayan nationality.

Every eighth of December, the great feast of "Maria de Caacupé," thousands of pilgrims congregate at the Virgin's sanctuary; they come walking, on bicycles or however they can, to show their love and gratitude to their Mother, the "Virgen Azul de Paraguay (the Blue Virgin of Paraguay)."



Caysasay, Taal (Phillipines)

Title: Our Lady of Caysasay
Juan Maningcad (fisherman)
Feast Day: December 8 & 9

In a small barrio in the town of Taal, a fisherman by the name of Juan Maningcad went out fishing instead of casting his net on the sea, he threw it into the nearby river. When he pulled out his net he caught a little image of the Blessed Virgin Mary less than a foot high. Although it was soaked in water, it had a heavenly lustre and the face twinkled like a star. Upon seeing this marvel, Juan being a pious and virtuous man prostrated himself before the image and began to pray. He picked it up and brought it home. "No one knew how the image got to the river, and according to the old folks, perhaps the image was thrown by one of the Spaniards to pacify the ravages of the ocean during one of those expeditions and somehow the waves pushed it to the river. Another opinion was that perhaps someone exploring the river must have inadvertently dropped it others believe it came from China.

The news began to spread like wild fire until it reached the parish priest of the town, and the judge that represented the King of Spain at that time. Without notice they immediately went to Juan Maningcad's house and there they saw the beautiful image of the Mother of God. They knelt down to venerate it, and took the image to Taal where a town fiesta was celebrated.


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Ingolstadt (Germany)

Visionary: Fr. Jakob Rem, SJ (1546 - 1618)
Title: The Mother of God of Ingolstadt, Mary of the Snows, received the honorary title of "Mary admirabilis ter" (Thrice Admirable)

Father James Rem was born in Bregenz in 1546, joined the Order of the Jesuits in 1566 and in 1574 founded the first congregation in Dillingen Marian. From 1586, he was known as a highly qualified spiritual mentor. In 1595, he founded the Collegium Marianum for the best students of the congregation. The landmark for this spiritual group was the chapel of Ingolstadt. Father Rem was a devout worshiper of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Mother of God appeared to him a few times. Particularly significant was the mystical encounter with Mary on April 6, 1604, while he was the singing some Marian songs: Father Rem when he saw the Madonna, who appeared radiant in all her splendor, heasked, "What is the invocation to you most welcome? ". She replied, "Mater admirabilis" and accompanied this attribute of praise with a look of love. Since then, Jacob always repeated this invocation three times to his disciples. The Mother of God of Ingolstadt, Mary of the Snows, received the honorary title of "Mary admirabilis ter" (Thrice Admirable). Father James Rem died in 1618.



Le Puy en Velay (France)

Visionary: an old man (A member of a Marian association)

When a member of a Marian association, came close to death, he saw Satan threaten him, then Mary appeared with her presence drove out the evil. The man, grateful to the Holy Virgin's miraculous intervention, greeted the Mother of God in this way: "O Queen of Heaven! Mother's grace is always ready to lend your support merciful, into thy hands I commend my soul. " Shortly after the man he made the transition from earthly life.


Helligwasser, INNSBRUCK (Austria - Germany)

Visionaries: Johann and Paulus Mayr, shepherds

The Mother of God with the Child Jesus appeared to two shepherd children, John and Paul Mayr. The brothers saw the Virgin in a blue robe with a spring in the woods. The Madonna urged them both to go to the abbot of the monastery of Wilten to tell the news of the apparition and communicate the will of the Most Holy Virgin to build a church in that place. The two did not dare to ask the abbot and spent much time at this supernatural event. John Mayr was married and had a dumb son. One day he went to the spring in the woods for a walk with his son and suddenly, with full joy of the father, the child received the gift of speech. Then he remembered the assignment entrusted to him by Madonna all those years ago and, feeling very guilty for not doing anything, from that time he worked with all the energy to fulfill its mandate. After a difficult drawing, the church was built in that place of grace also for the influence of miraculous healing, visible to all. The site, which was later called Heiligwasser (Holy Water), still attracts many pilgrims.


June 5, 1606

Argenta (Italy)

Title: Madonna della Celletta
Sigismonde Conti (peasant)

A miraculous apparition took place to peasant Sigismonde Conti, wife of Lorenzo Valdagni, opened a huge and continuous pilgrimage of the faithful also attracted by the promise that the Virgin had given the woman: "You say you do and say anywhere that people should fast three Saturdays and ask, it will be granted."

And already in 1619 there were 150,000 ex-votos of gold and silver. The fame of the shrine grew, and on November 21, 1606 Cardinal Aldobrandini came as a pilgrim to Celletta. In February 1, 1607 Archbishop of Ravenna Don Beccari G. Battista appointed cahaplain to the to celebrate divine worship in the always crowded small place .


June 23, 1607

Ardesio (Italy)

Title: Blessed Virgin of the Graces
Maria (11) and Caterina Salerno (7)

An ominous storm was gathering on the country. The two daughters of Mark and Magdalene Salerno, Mary and Catherine aged 11 and 7 years, had been sent by his mother to pray in the room of sacred images to avert the impending storm. While the two girls were kneeling in prayer, saw the image of the Crucified and His Mother, painted on the wall of the room, lit up with a bright light, which emanated from the wound around the nail that pierced Christ's feet. Soon after Mary appeared, seated on a golden chair, with Jesus Christ in her arms.

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Bamberg (Germany)

Visionary: Frederick Guttrie (+1608)

Frederick Guttrie had left the Catholic church to become Protestant. He was still in the custom of reciting daily seven Hail Marys in honor of the Madonna with seven. Then Mary appeared to him and urged him to embrace the Catholic faith and to place themselves under his coat off, also in the same appearance, the predicted day of his death, and advised him to prepare well in transition. Frederick confessed deeply and received Holy Communion with the help of the Jesuit Father Federico Fournier. He died December 24, 1608, the day before Christmas, the date announced by the Holy Virgin.



Visionary: Berco Alessandro de 'Medici (1593-1608)

Berco Alessandro de 'Medici (1593-1608) was considered in the course of his short life, to be a a loving patron of Mother Mary. He was very devoted to the Most Holy Virgin and worshiped her. Alexander had the grace, already in his childhood, to receive some Marian apparitions accompanied by the Angels. Shortly before his death at the age of fifteen years, in addition to his guardian angel, he was next to the Holy Virgin and St. Mary Magdalene de 'Pazzi (1566-1607). Thus ended the short life of a creature full of love that perhaps was too early to live on this Earth.



Visionary: Pierre de Berulle (1575-1629)

The future cardinal, Pierre de Berulle (1575-1629), in his early years he received the gift of a Marian apparition. At that time no one dared to take in her arms the Child Jesus that Mary had brought him. When he became a priest, Our Lady appeared again during the celebration of Holy Mass and asked him to direct his energies to the development and spread of the Order of Carmelites in France.

With the help of the Blessed Sister Maria Acarie, in the year 1608, with Spanish nuns, founded the first Caramel French in Paris. In 1613 he founded the first home of the Oratory. In 1627, became cardinal and played an important role in the ecclesiastical and political life (in the political tensions with Cardinal Richelieu).



Title: Our Lady of Sorrows (statue)

The miraculous statue of Our Lady of Sorrows has its origin in 1608. It is located in the convent church of Salem on Lake Constance. During the Thirty Years War the statue was seen tears andd this phenomenon was at once considered miraculous. The statue wept again in 1697, before the great fire of the monastery, and in 1804, before the abolition of the Cistercian monastery. The testimonies of these tears down through the centuries leave no doubt about its supernaturality.



Visionary: a seriously ill man (member of Marian association)

Mary appeared to a quiet seriously ill, a member of a Marian. When she saw the man, she was much moved as he begged her for the gift of healing. Promise to Our Lady that if he recovered he would devote himself more intensely to the cult of the Immaculate Conception. A few days later the man was cured; never forgot the promise and dedicated all his energies to the cult of the Madonna.


Rome (Italy)

Visionary: Domenico Maria Ruzzola (Carmelite)
Title: Our Beloved Lady of Benevolence (image)

The Carmelite father, Domenico Maria Ruzzola (1599-1630), born in Catalonia (Spain), found under the rubble of a house the miraculous icon of "Our beloved Lady of benevolence." He wiped the fine sacred image and then hung on the wall to honor her. Since then the Most Holy Virgin appeared several times to Fr. Ruzzola to urge him to pray for the poor souls in Purgatory. In one of these apparitions, she said to him: "I will be donating many thanks and welcome the prayers of all those who find refuge in me, in front of my image and I love it. Especially will raise their prayers for the salvation of poor souls in Purgatory. " In 1617 Father Domenico became superior general of the Carmelite Reform, and spent his last years in Vienna where he died. The painting, after his death, was offered by the Carmelites to Emperor Ferdinand, their benefactor. The emperor had a special reverence for the icon of Mary and, as the legend goes, he received the promise of protection from Madonna: "I will protect the Prince of Austria with my intercession and preserve, as long as continue to show such devotio , power and greatness. "

Since 1901, the icon of "Our Beloved Lady of Benevolence" is in the Carmelite church in Döbling in Vienna.


Siluva (Lithuania)

Title: Our Lady of Siluva
4 Children

One summer day, in 1608, a number of children were playing while tending their sheep in a field on the outskirts of the village of Siluva. They beheld a beautiful young woman standing on the rock holding a baby in her arms and weeping bitterly. The town which had lost its Catholic identity to the Calvinists over the course of 80 years was restored to the Faith.

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Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Spain)

Visionary: Pedro Rivera, Neapolitan, military

Source: R. M. Méndez, Las de la Virgen Maria Apariciones, Santa Fe de Bogota, 1996 pp 29-32

1608 and 1671

San Bartolomeo al Mare (Italy)

Title: Our Lady of the Oak Tree
Giacinto Perato


Chiavari (Italy)

Visionaries: Townspeople

An image of the Blessed Virgin Mary painted on a wall, began to move and became a "living" (Mary and Child) in front of a poor woman of the people. The same image of the portrait appeared once more to some people the following year. In 1613 a church was erected in that place to commemorate the miraculous event.



Visionary: Father Claudio Ponceot, SJ

Father Claudio Ponceot SJ, rector of the Jesuit College of Le Puy, was seriously ill and waiting for death, he gave himself over entirely to the will of God. Suddenly, as he went down within himself in the depths of his heart, he saw three angels who came to comfort him and prepare him to death. Then the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to him accompanied by St. Claude, bishop of Besancon, and St. Ignatius, and promised to accompany him soon in heaven. Three days after this apparition, Father Claudio received a happy death.


Fribourg (Switzerland)

Visionary: a young man

A young man, who led an unchaste and sinful life without God, fell seriously ill. So, he sincerely repented, confessed and was converted. After his general confession, during the night, the Blessed Virgin appeared to him accompanied by Peter Canisius and St. Ignatius. They prepared the young to the next transition from the earthly world.


Vienna (Austria)

Title: Our Lady of the Bowed Head (miraculous image)
Witness: Ven. Fr. Dominic of Jesus and Mary (1559 - Feb 16, 1630), Carmelite

One evening when he had just finished sweeping his cell, Fr. Dominic noticed that the picture of Our Lady had some dust on it. Fr. Dominic dusted the picture, when suddenly the face of Our Lady came to lifeand she asked him what favor he would like granted. He asked that a benefactor be delivered from Purgator and Our Lady encouraged, "I will deliver this soul from Purgatory, if you will make many sacrifices and will have many Masses offered for this soul." Then the apparition of Mary faded away. Some time later, when all had been completed, he again knelt before the miraculous painting of Our Lady. Suddenly Mary appeared to him again, but this time she appeared with the soul of the special benefactor, whom she had delivered from Purgatory. Our Lady encouraged, "I would like you to ask me for more favors and blessings. I am the Mother of God and I delight in helping my children to obtain graces for their salvation." When Dominic asked that anyone who prays in front of this image has their prayers answered, Our Lady replied, "All those who ask for my protection and honor this picture with devotion will obtain an answer to their prayers and will receive many graces. Moreover, I will pay special attention to the prayers which are offered to me, for the relief of the souls in Purgatory." He then had the picture placed in the Oratory of St. Charles, which was attached to the Church of Santa Maria de la Scale. Many people came to pray before the picture of Our Lady and it became a source of many graces and blessings. The holy image remained at the Oratory until Fr. Dominic’s death, which occurred in Vienna, on February 16, 1630. Some copies of the miraculous picture were painted and soon they were honored in many places.



Manaoag, Pangasinan

Title: Our Lady of Manaoag (Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag)
1 man

A native man who was walking home heard a Lady's mysterious voice. He looked around and with great awe he saw the radiant Lady with a Rosary on her right hand and a Child on her left as she stood on a cloud veiling a treetop. The man fell on his knees. He told the people of the apparition. And soon right on the spot where the Lady appeared a chapel was built. A town quickly flourished around it and was called "Manaoag".

Tradition has it that the town itself was born from the Virgin Mary’s call, thus the term, "taoag" meaning "to call" was used to name the town. This is where the name Manaoag was derived from, which means "She Calls".

During World War II, the Church suffered moderate damage. 4 bombs were released on top of the church. 3 bombs landed on the plaza and the facade, destroying them both. One bomb landed in the sanctuary, but failed to explode.

The church was rebuilt, and today, it is an active parish serving Manaoag and the surrounding area.


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Bingsacan, Taal (Phillipines)

Title: Nuestra Senora de la Misericordia
Juana Tangui (slave of Don Juan Mangabot) and around 30 women

The natives saw several times, mainly at night, near a river where they go to fetch water, a very great light coming from a small opening in a large rock.

Because of her desire to be healed from her eye illness, Juana went to the stream in the company of nine or ten other people and when she was in the water she saw a vision of Our Lady who told her to come back once she was a member of the Confraternity of St Augustine and was wearing the customary belt. She did this and returned with several people and at the request of Our Lady handed her some rosaries and the belt and upon receiving them back, was cured of her eye condition and could see clearly.

This was the first recorded Marian apparition in the country. From the miraculous cure of her eyes during the apparition, the well water, now known as “Balon ng Sta. Lucia” and the adjoining stream, now known as “Banal na Tubig” have been known to possess miraculous attributes of healing to this day. An arch with pediment was constructed after 1611 over the wells, which generally marks the spot of her apparitions, and is today called “Banal na Pook”.

On February 24, 1620, Augustinians issued an order to construct a church "in the same place and site as Caysasay, visita of Taal, as it has been verified through serious investigation that the Most Holy Virgin has appeared there. It is resolved, likewise, that it be given the title of Nuestra Senora de la Misericordia."

Source: Fr. Pedro Galende, O.S.A, Angels in Stone: Augustinian Churches in the Philippines


Santiago (Cuba)

Title: Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre
Rodrigo and Juan de Hoyos (native Indian brothers), and Juan Moreno (10-year-old black slave)

Some time around the year 1600, two native Indians, Rodrigo and Juan de Hoyos, together with a ten-year-old slave boy, Juan Moreno, went out looking for the salt needed to preserve the meat of the Barajagua slaughter house, which supplied the workers and inhabitants of "Santiago del Prado," now known as "El Cobre." That day they were just able to reach Cayo Francés, halfway across the Bay of Nipe, where they encamped to escape the fury of a storm which would have torn their frail canoe to pieces.

Calm was restored with daybreak, and they took to the transparent sea. In the distance, they saw a white bundle floating on the waves and approaching them slowly. At first they took it for a sea bird. As it came closer, it seemed to be a girl and at last they were able to determine that it was a statue of the Virgin Mary holding the child on her right arm and with a gold cross in her left hand. The statue was fastened to a board with the inscription, "I am the Virgin of Charity."

According to the sworn testimony of witnesses, despite the recent storm and the motion of the waves, neither the figure of the Virgin, nor her clothing, was wet.

The head of the statue is of baked clay covered with a polished coat of fine white powder, possibly rice paste, and the recent thorough renovation of the image revealed the fine features which countless paint coatings had deformed. A well-shaped nose and a well-proportioned face with large, loving eyes convey a gentleness that invites trust and prayer. The Virgin is about sixteen inches high and her feet rest on a brilliant moon whose ends surround on both sides the silver cloud where three cherubs spread their golden wings. The Child, at the left side of the statue, raises a hand as if blessing, and in his other hand he holds a gold globe. The entire figure is covered by a heavy cloak which gives it the typical triangular shape.

The image's original clothing was white, but the faithful have given her gold and silver colored robes. Because Our Lady of Charity is a symbol of Cuban nationality, popular statues give her a white robe, a blue cloak and have the Child dressed in red: the colors of the Cuban flag. Nowadays the Virgin's dress, a copy of a very early one, is of heavy lamé with gold threads, and has the national Cuban shield embroidered on the skirt.

The simple folk have gotten used to the image of their "Cachita" with the small boat at her feet and in it the "Three Juans" who found her floating on the water. This detail is omitted in the oldest reproductions which copied the original statue.

At the request of the veterans of the War of Independence, Our Lady of Charity was declared the patroness of Cuba by Benedict XV in 1916 and solemnly crowned in the Eucharistic Congress held in Santiago de Cuba in 1936. Pope Paul VI raised her sanctuary to the category of Basilica in 1977.



Saragossa (Spain)

Visionary: Agnes de Jesus (Agnus de Casanate, discalced carmelite from Saragossa, +1620)

Teacher of novices, on the day of religious profession was asked to share the suffering of Christ. According to her biography, she received many apparitions of the Virgin.

Source: Cosme de Villiers, Biobliotheca caremelitana, Orléans, 1752, and Rome, 1927 ,t. I, col. 11; P.Jean-marie de l'Enfant-Jésus, "Agnes de Jésus", DSp, t. I,, 1937, col. 252



Visionary: a sinful man

A sinner had the intention to convert. So he turned to an old monk who was known to be a man of God. The monk, however, advised him to wait for a certain period of preparation in which he had to beg for the Most Holy Virgin to intercede for his sins. The man did so, turning to the Madonna in a persistant way full of good intentions. After a lifetime of devotion and sincere repentance inward, one evening, while he was absorbed in prayer, the Holy Virgin appeared to him for a true conversion. The next day, he went to a priest and confessed all his sins. The man immediately received absolution and could start a new life with devotional fervor in the name of Mary.


Rome (Italy)

Visionary: St. Giuseppe di Calasanzio (1556-1648)

The Holy Virgin Mary inspired the work of St. Giuseppe di Calasanzio (1556-1648), founder of the Order of the Pious Schools. Our Lady appeared to a few times and blessed him in his mission, supporting them to continue his apostolate in education of poor children. Calasanzio was a priest in 1583 in Spain, in 1592 he went to Rome where he worked in an intense apostolic activity. In the fall of 1597, after overcoming some obstacles, managed to open a school in Santa Dorotea pious folk for the education of poor children. The news spread quickly throughout the Trastevere district. This was the first free school for poor children in popular throughout Europe, open and carried out with financial support of Pope Clement VIII and the assistance of the members of the Christian Doctrine. In 1617 Paul V confirmed the age-old organization as "the poor Pauline Congregation of the Mother of God of the Pious Schools", in 1621 Pope Gregory XV made ??a congregation vows to the title of high order. Calasanzio was the first general of this Order, as "Joseph of the Mother of God." The religious organization received a resounding success. Calasanzio was beatified in 1748 and canonized by Benedict XIV in 1767 by Clement XIII.


Lublin (Poland)

Visionary: A distinguised Hungarian Lutheran

A distinguised Hungarian Lutheran made an appointment with a Polish Jesuit to discuss a controversial issue of Christian doctrine. The Jesuit advised the Lutheran to contact the Holy Virgin in prayer, to inspire him to put the dispute under the auspices of a good spiritual and inner calm. The Hungarian, just returned home and wanted to follow this advice and started reading his Protestant book. Suddenly Our Lady appeared, wrapped in bright light and blue as the sky, which forbade him with a nod of disapproval to continue the reading. Deeply touched by the appearance, the man went to an appointment with the Jesuit priest and asked to be accepted into the Catholic Church.


Nuremberg (Germany)

Visionaries: A young Protestant girl and a Jesuit priest

A young Protestant girl from Nuremberg learned the Ave Maria through a Catholic friend. Since then she recited this prayer every day with enthusiasm. One day, while she was absorbed in this devotion, Our Lady appeared to her and advised her to go to Bamberg where she would be introduced to Christian doctrine by a priest. At the same time the Mother of God also appeared to a Jesuit priest, entrusting the task of meeting the girl and make sure she received a good conversion.


Paris (France)

Title: Mother of the Divine Child, Queen of Heaven
Bl. Aurrillot Barbarian (b. 1566)

Blessed Avrillot Barbara was born in 1566 in Paris and married Pierre Acarie in 1582 with whom she had six children. On the death of her husband, Barbara became in 1614, a lay sister in the Carmelite convent of Paris. She was co-founder of Carmel. At home, at a time when her husband was still alive, she used to meet many of the famous names of French spirituality: Berulle, Canfied, Francis de Sales and others. From the moment she entered the monastery, the devout woman received the heavenly gift of many ecstasies and visions. Among these were the frequent appearances of the Virgin Mary as "Queen of Heaven," or as "Divine Mother and Child." Barbara was beatified in 1791.


Endingen (GERMANY)

Crying Statue

A wooden statue from approx. 1430, depicting the Mother of God with the Infant Jesus, was seen crying tears by two priests and many of the faithful on the eve of the Ascension of Christ. The tear fluid was continuously dried by the faithful present and those who came later, but the statue continued to weep continuously for about an hour. After the statements of the witnesses the event, it was recognized as a supernatural miraculous phenomenon. Some time later, the tears were explainedtop be the Madonna's sadness for the approach of the Thirty Years War which broke out three years later and caused so many misfortunes and sufferings for the people.



Visionary: Francis Otazo, SJ (+ 1622)

The Jesuit priest Francis Otazo (+ 1622) was an active missionary in the Philippines. He was infused by the Holy Virgin with apostolic zeal, as a gift for vocations. One day the priest was threatened by some pagans, then addressed a fervent prayer to Mary for advice. Our Lady appeared to him in prayer and assured him that way, "Francis, do not worry I'll protect you! Continue to exercise your apostolate as always." Later, when he was tormented by doubts and temptations, the Blessed Virgin appeared again and showed him the Book of Life, which was marked with his name and those of all those whom he had converted. Since that time, the Mother of God appeared no more to Father Francis Otazo, yet he continued to conduct its mission with fervor, supported by an inner perception of God.

July 5, 1615

Chioggia (italy)

Title: Madonna of the Little Donkey
Brother Adam


Stans (Switzerland)

Visionary: Georg Nocker

The Most Holy Virgin Mary appeared in 1616 to a poor inhabitant of Stans, George Nocker. She appeared close to a large boulder and urged him to build a chapel in her name. When the man spoke of the appearance to some people, they visited the site and perceived power of grace emanating from the boulder, then were convinced to build the chapel. A long ime after it was built, even a church was consecrated there in 1721 by Archbishop-Prince of Bressanone.

September 24, 1616


Visionary: Martha Damioli

Feb 2, 1617

Naples (italy)

Visionary: Ven Orsola Benincasa

The Ven. Orsola Benincasa, founder of the Teatine Hermits, was crying about the ruin of sinners when she saw the Madonna and Child, dressed in white, covered with a cerulean veil and she said:

"Cease from crying, silent sighs in sweet joy, and listen to what Jesus is going to tell you."

Jesus then told her that he wanted erect a hermitage in honor of the Immaculate Conception, where 33 virgins, dressed as the Virgin Mary, living out a penitent life, promising extraordinary graces; Orsola dared to ask the same graces for those who, being in the world, professed a sincere devotion to the Immaculate, and, living chastely according to their state, as a sign of subjection to Mary, wore the dress of the Virgin Mary.

Jesus looked with favor on her prayer and showed her a multitude of angels intent on spreading everywhere the custom of wearing the cerulean dress, accompanied by abundant and wonderful graces.

- It is to be imposed by an authorized priest.


May 9, 1617

Imbersago (Lombardy)

Visionary: A shepherd named Peter and two other Shepherds
Title: Madonna del Bosco (Our Lady of the Woods).

Three shepherds saw the Madonna near a large tree, a chestnut tree to be exact. Then they testified that the apparition rose up and disappeared into the sky.

They were believed because that chestnut was found full of fruit out of season. In 1632 at the site visited by the Virgin a chapel was erected, then replaced with a real church in 1677. In it we honor what is called the Madonna del Bosco (The Our Lady of the Woods).

Two years before some had seen, in the same place, a lady bathed in light hovering on top of those chestnut trees, and heard beautiful songs come from the spot of the apparition.

Source: Laurentin. Dictionary of the Appartitions of the Virgin Mary.

August 27, 1619

Ribordone, Torino, Piedmont, Italy

Title: Madonna di Prascondù


Caysasay, Taal (Phillipines)

Title: Our Lady of Caysasay
Catalina Talayn (a native slave girl)

According to a church inquiry, a vision first appeared to Catalina, who had gone up the hillside with a companion to gather firewood and fetch some water. The unexpected vision of something small in stature but radiating extraordinary brilliance from a hollow in the rocky landscape so bewildered the girl that she ran to tell her companion, and both fled terrified back to the town of Taal. Historian Jose M. Cruz, S.J., Ateneo de Manila University, reviewed original microfilm documents of the inquiry into the apparitions and reports that Church officials interrogated Catalina but she told them she could not clearly identify what she saw.

Many people flocked to the area. Even without official church sanction, native devotion was quick and spontaneous. Miraculous healing powers were attributed to the waters from the spring. More than 30 people declared they saw visions of the Lady at Caysasay.

Source: Fr. Pedro Murillo Velarde, S.J., Historia de Filipinas



Visionary: St. Rose of Lima (Isabella Flores 1586-1617)

One of the most famous devotees to the cult of Most Holy Lady was the mystical Peruvian Isabella Flores, then known as Rose of Santa Maria (1586-1617) or more commonly Saint Rose of Lima. Since her childhood she felt particularly drawn to a painting of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Lima. She often went to pray before this image to be enlightened and helped. Rosa received a response several times of the comfort of the Mother of God. The Church Inquisition imposed a thorough examination to be held by her confessor, prior of the Dominican convent of Lima, Fr. Di Lorenzano. The confessor, supported by the consultant for mystical theology, Dr. Juan Castillo, Rosa was asked how Mary had told her about the image of the painting, and she then she says: "In a silent language without words, without sound and without movement the lips. His image of the painting of light rays emanating at times thin by which I understand with the intellect, what about the inner Most Holy Virgin, in a deeper way than by a clear vision or words. "

From the hagiographic information of that time we learneds he that was in the habit of making twice a year a wonderful dress for the Mother of God. In one of these occasions, the mystic said: "I Rose of the Mother of God as an unworthy servant of the Queen of Angels, with the help of God sewed a dress for her."

Embroidered on the gown were six hundred Hail Marys, Salve Reginas as well as many dates and festivals dedicated to the glory of fifteen pilgrimages in the mountains to visit Santa Elisabetta. The velvet and the skirt hems still contained six hundred Ave with an equal number of Salve Regina in glory at the inner joy for the birth of the Divine Child. Rose of Lima was a Dominican tertiary, was beatified in 1668 and was as the first American canonized in 1671, was proclaimed patron saint of Peru and then all of South America, India and the Philippines. "The Queen of the Rosary" of Lima was chosen by the King of Spain, Philip IV, as a patron and protector of the country, from 1668, the patroness of Latin America. It is celebrated on August 30.


Alessandria della Rocac, Sicily (Italy)

Visionary: A blind girl Angelina and her mother Rosa
Title: la Madonna della Rocca (Our Lady of the Rock)

A woman goes to the country with her blind daughter. An angel appears to her daughter, then the Madonna also appears and asks them to go to town and ask the priests to do a dig in that place because they would find an image. They found a statue. The lady then asked for the construction of a sanctuary where the found statue can be kept and venerated. As a sign of credibility, she gave sight to the girl. The statue is 60 cm., probably dating from the sixth century, and well executed. A shrine was built in honor of Our Lady of the Rock, The story of this discovery has been transmitted orally without written documents; communque know the name of the girl, Angelina, and that of his mother, Rosa. In 1637 Pope Urban VIII and granted partial and special indulgences to pilgrims. The original statue was replaced by a copy. In 1873, when it was put back in its original site, a paralytic, Domenico Guide Brio, regained the use of his legs.

Source: Dictionary of Marian Apparitions, p. 67 (Gamba 355; Rocco Pirri, Sicilia Sacra)


Alcoy (Spain)

Visionary: Maria de Jésus Martin (1580-1631) Augustinian

From 1620 to 1630, an apparition to a cloistered Augustinian nun in her monastery, reformed 1597.

Source: Imbert-Gourbeyre, 2480249; M. Cerezal 237-238

Feb 1623

Castel San Pietro (Italy)

Title: Blessed Virgin of Lato di Monte Calderaro
Zenobia, a young shepherdess

June 21, 1623

Bosentino (Italy)

Title: Madonna of Feles

June 21, 1623

Ozegna (Italy)

Title: Blessed Virgin of the Convent and the Woodland
Giovanni Petro


Paris (France)

Title: Blessed Virgin of the Convent and the Woodland
Sr. Catherine of Jesus

The Carmelite nun Catherine of Jesus was spiritually directed with the other sisters by Pierre of Berulle, the priest who founded the Oratory of Jesus Christ (so named in honor of the prayers made by the Savior during his mortal life). One evening the pious nun was absorbed in a mystical meditation on the Virgin, following precisely the reflection of her teacher on a truth of the Virgin Mary: "Mary leads us to Jesus, as Jesus leads us to God." While she was absorbed in this way, the sister saw the Virgin Mary with a large coat as white as snow, sheltering under which many members of the Order of Carmel. The appearance was silent but full of meaning.


San Juan de Los Lagos, Jalisco (Mexico)

Statue: Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos

The sanctuary's history begins in 1542 when Father Miguel de Bologna, a Spanish priest, brought a statue of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception to the village. The town was then called San Juan Mezquititlan Baptist but its name was changed to San Juan de Los Lagos in 1623. According to local legends, that year the daughter of some local Indian peasants fell ill, her parents prayed for her health, and the young girl recovered. Following this miracle, the statue began to be venerated by an increasing number of pilgrims including Indians, Spanish and mestizos. During this period the statue acquired its own local identity as Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos. Between the early 17th century and the middle of the 19th century a pilgrimage fair was held each year on November 30 to celebrate the original installation of the statue in the shrine.

Source: Pilgrimage: from the Ganges to Graceland : an encyclopedia, Volume 1 by Linda Kay Davidson, David Martin Gitlitz 2002 ISBN 1576070042 page 571


Quimper (France)

Visionary: Caterina Danielou (1619-1667)

The great French mystic Catherine Danielou (1619-1667) was often abused as a child by her stepfather and her mother. She sought refuge with a statue of Mary near the family home. When she was sixteen years old, Blessed Virgin Mary appeared near the statue and said: "Catherine, you're poor, I am also ... I am poor and rich at the same time because I dwell in heaven but am homeless on Earth. But when someone loves my Son, I take all lodging in his heart, but if it takes a mortal sin, I am cast out ... Go to St. Corentin Cathedral and take (the first bishop of Quimper) as your priest and protector. She then return often to me! " From that day Catherine was miraculously guided by the Blessed Virgin. Once the Mother of God said: "The greatest happiness that can happen to a human being is to suffer for Jesus, mortified in your honor, in your possession and in your body." Is exactly what happened: Catherine was stigmatized and became a mystical bride of Jesus Christ. Atoned, she patiently took upon herself the pain and suffering of our Lord, and was dedicated to the development of popular missions for the poor souls of the dead and in Purgatory. With these sufferings repeatedly she enjoyed the consolation of the Blessed Virgin and her words.


Auray (England)




Visionary: Antonio Andrade (1580-1634)

Antonio Andrade (1580-1634), Jesuit priest, born in 1580 in Oleiros (Portugal), arrived in 1600 as a missionary in India in 1624 and undertook his first research trip to Tibet. On the ship which took him back to his homeland he was poisoned. On his deathbed, he implored the intervention of the Holy Virgin, who immediately appeared to him and healed him. In 1625 he was able to take a second trip to Tibet where he founded the Catholic Mission in Tsaparang in honor of the Mother of God.



Title: Comforter of the Afflicted (statue)

The Jesuits had a college founded in Luxembourg in 1594. In 1627, to spread the cult of the Virgin Mary, built a chapel with a statue of Mary Mother of God carved in wood. When the daughter of the attorney general of the town, silent and suffering from gout, received before the wooden statue of a miraculous cure, and then was followed by other similar cases, the chapel became a place of pilgrimage for many people and sick people in search of healing. In 1666 the Blessed Virgin was proclaimed patroness of the city, in 1678 became "Comforter of the Afflicted" and then proclaimed patroness of the whole country. During the French Revolution the chapel of the Jesuits was completely destroyed; only the miraculous image of the Mother of God, Mary, came out unscathed. In 1885 the statue was placed in the new chapel and was crowned according to the decision of the Holy Father.


Maria Bildstein (AUSTRIA)

Visionary: George Hofle (farmer) and sons John and Martin
At a time when the plague raged, George Höfle had vowed to erect a chapel to the Virgin Mary when the danger had been averted, but the promise was not fulfilled in spite of the epidemic having stopped. Long afterward, the children of George, Martin and John, had an apparition of the Blessed Virgin, in which she communicated with the two brothers that the reason for her sadness was that their father had failed to fulfill the vow. As soon as the news was conveyed to him by the children of the miraculous apparition of Mary and her words, the man hastened to perform this task.




Santa Fe, NM (USA)

Title: Our Lady of the Conquest
Many People


Palanyag / Parañaque (Phillipines)

Title: Our Lady of Good Help (statue)
Feast: August 10

The Augustinian fathers brought the image from Spain as a gift from the King to the Filipinos converts. The Augustinians stayed in Palanyag (Parañaque) and built St. Andrew's Parish in 1580, the same year the image was delivered. Her image was left untouched and covered with dust. Catig, a poor native from Don Galo, saw this and asked the sacristan if he could take the statue home. This was granted and Catiq took the statue to his house, lighting votive candles to honor the Virgin.

As Catig lay dying on his bed, his neighbors called Fr. Juan de Guevarra to deliver last rites. Upon blessing Catig, Fr. Guevarra saw the statue standing near the bed. Catiq refused gave up the statue knowing that she should be revered by the people. Father Guevarra took the statue and placed it in his room after Catiq had died.

In the room, according to Fr. Guevarra, a miracle happened: a mysterious light emanated from her image, and he heard glorious hymns. Fr. Guevarra concluded that the image was miraculous.

Father Guevarra reported the miracle immediately to the superior of the Augustinians, Father Alonzo de Mentrida. Upon hearing the words of the friar, he ordered that the icon be transported to St. Andrew's Church. On August 10, 1625, a great procession was held, and the image was mounted over the altar.[

The people of Palanyag assembled and voted to give the icon a name. Each suggested a title on a piece of paper and dropped it into a box held by an eight-year-old boy. The title "Our Lady of Good Events" (Buen Suceso) was chosen by six people and the image thus obtained its name.[12]
Archbishop Miguel Garcia Serrano and some of the officials of Manila joined to venerate the Lady's image. It was said that Archbishop Serrano is the first one to create the novena and reconstructed the altar. After the reconstruction, another feast was celebrated on February 22, 1626. Many went to the celebration, not only the ones who live in Parañaque, but also the neighboring provinces.

The image of Our Lady of Good Success was canonically crowned as "The Patroness of the City of Parañaque" on September 8, 2000, the same day as the feast of the Virgin Mary's birth. Many joined in the celebration: parishioners, local government officials, and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, before she became president. After the Lady was crowned, people shouted, "Viva la Virgen!" (Long live the Virgin!) After the mass, a procession was held with the statue of Our Lady.Our Lady of Good Success serves as the patroness of the newly established Diocese of Parañaque; followed by St. Andrew the Apostle, the patron of the Cathedral.

Source: Nobena sa Karangalan ng Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso, October 7, 1996, pg. 5-7

March 25, 1626

La Paz, Iloilo City, (Phillipines)

Title: Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje) or Virgin of Antipolo
Feast Day: January 24

Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage is a 16th-century celebrated dark wooden statue. Pious legends claim that it was once found on top of a Tipolo tree, but it is generally believed to have been originally brought by Don Juan Nino de Tabora from Mexico via the galleon El Almirante on March 25, 1626. The statue survived its burning ship and was given its present title due to this event. The statue is enshrined in the Cathedral of Antipolo, under the titular patronage of the Immaculate Conception of Mary in Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines. The statue is reputedly famous for having crossed the Pacific Ocean six times back in forth via Manila to Acapulco, Mexico without any damage or losses.

Source: Wikipedia


Langeac (FRANCE)

Visionary: Ven. Mother Agnes of Jesus (Agnes Galand, 1602 - 1634), dominican

The Venerable Mother Agnes of Jesus (Agnes Galand), born in Le Puy-en-Velay, in 1623 entered the Dominican convent of Langeac, where she became Superior in 1627. Sister Agnes had a mystical life full of heavenly apparitions experienced the grace of the Holy Stigmata. Among the other had the premonitory visions of the work of Jean-Jacques Olier (1608-1657). The Blessed Virgin appeared to her and made arrangements for her to get Agnes in touch with the founder of the Società di Sannt-Sulpice, where she will announce her real mission of establishing workshops in France. The Dominican mystic, therefore, became the unofficial patron of Sannt-Sulpice. She died with the odor of sanctity and the process of beatification was started immediately afterwards.

Source: J. Bouflet, Petite Vie d'Agnes de LAngeac, Paris, Desclee de Brouwer, 1994; Ernst 1989, 75; M. M. Gorce, "Agnes de Jesus", DSp, t. I, 1937, col. 252-253; Mére Agnes de Alngeac et son temps. Un mystique dominicaine au grand Siecle des Ames, Actes du colloque du Puy, 9-11 novembre 1984m Le Puy 1986.


São Vicente de Aljubarrota (Portugal)

Title: Our Lady of the Sands (Nossa Senhora das Areias)
village woman

This apparition occurred in the village of São Vicente de Aljubarrota. Around 1630 a woman of the village left her house at sunset to get water. But something happened to her--she lost some keys. And the woman became worried because her husband was a "terrible and cruel man".

In her fruitless searching she came across a Lady sitting on a rock, who asked her:

- Woman, why are you crying? What is the matter?

At first the village woman did not answer, but she decided to tell about her plight. The Lady advised her to go home and look for the keys in a certain place. Much to her surprise the keys were in the place mentioned by the Lady. Then, she returned happily to the same place where she found the Lady, "very beautiful and shining", seated on the same rock. This time the Lady introduced herself:

"I am the Mother of God and I want you to go to the people in the village and tell them to build me a church here with the name of Our Lady of the Sands; and whoever comes here and invokes my name, I will free them of seizures, fevers, and malaria."

In those times of great superstition there were many people who began to scrape the boulder, trying to get sand to make tea with to cure their ills. The local bishop intervened by giving orders to have the stone taken to his house in Aljubarrota. Strangely, the bishop discovered the next day that the stone had disappeared and returned to its original place. Convinced that someone had stolen it, he had it brought into his room so that he could better watch the steps of any intruder. Much to his surprise, the next day he discovered that the stone had vanished again, returning to its place.


Lure (France)

Visionaries: Shepherd

The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a shepherd and asked him to make efforts so that in that place, a church would be built where previously there was an ancient Benedictine abbey. The pastor was committed and after some time managed to build the church. The news of the apparition spread, and many pilgrims came to pray. In this church was located an ancient icon of Our Lady which was destroyed in 1793.



Luján (Argentina)

Title: Our Lady of Luján

Around the year 1630, when a man from Portugal called Farías asked a friend of his to send him an image of the Immaculate Conception directly from Brazil so that he could place it in a chapel that he was building in Sumampa, Argentina.  A short time later, he received the offer of two statues: one was the Immaculate Conception and the other was of Mary as the Mother of God. Once the two statues were finished, the drivers placed them in a wagon and then set off on their northbound journey.  They stopped to spend the night on the shores of the Luján River; however, the next morning, they realized that the mules could not move the wagon, even when they got rid of some of the weight.  Only by strenuously taking out the box that contained the statue of the Immaculate Conception were they able to move the wagon.  The drivers believed that this incident was a sign from Our Lady, telling them that she wanted to be venerated there. 

The man left the statue in the house of a settler, who had a black slave and who then, for more than forty years, was the guardian and curator of the statue. He built a brick chapel and more and more pilgrims began to arrive in that place to pray the Rosary before the statue. One day a sick missionary came to Lujan, and was miraculously healed, and since then established himself as a priest to assist the pilgrims. In 1763 he built a large church was then elevated to a basilica in 1887. Lujan is one of the most frequented places of pilgrimage in the world.



June 1, 1630

Leini, Torino, Piedmont, Italy

Title: Madonna delle Grazie

Apparition to deaf mute announcing end of plague

September 30, 1630


Visionary: Peter Garino di Giacomo
Title: Our Lady of Loreto
Feast day: September 30th

A native of Groscavallo, Garino was then living in Turin. An endless succession of wars, famines and plagues had been the lot of the people of the region, and another plague had recently struck the area causing much misery and death. Tradition says that the Blessed Mother appeared to Garino and promised a cessation of plague if the clerics and the people would repair their lives.

According to legend, in August 1629, Peter and two companions made a pilgrimage to the nearby shrine of Our Lady of Rocciamelone. There he came across two paintings to an artist to have them restored with every intention of returning them to the shrine the following year. In the final days of Spetmenber of 1630, he returned to Groscavallo. There in the part of the town called Forno Alpi Graiehe he received the message of Our Lady.It was during this time that the two paintings that had been under lock and key mysteriously disappeared, only yo be found under the big boulder on which Our Lady had appeared. Under the direction of the parish priest, a small chapel was built for the two paintings. (In another account, Peter discovered the paintings up in the branches of a tree.)

Source: Santoro, Nicholas, J. Mary in Our Life, Atlas of the Names and Titles of Mary.


Gandos di Galleno (Italy, Lombardy, Diocese of Brescia)

Visionary: Margherita Lazzaroni (+1686), a young deaf and dumb woman

An epidemic of plague devastated the region. "The Virgin accompanied by a guardian angel" appeared to her and said "The plague will end if the inhabitants of Galleno repent and pray the rosary".

Source: Dictionary of Marian Apparitions. Laurentin. Gamba, 1999, 358.


Naples (Italy)

Visionaries: Several Jesuits and townspeople

Mt. Vesuvius erupted and Naples came under a rain of ashes. Many people in danger turned in prayer to Our Lady to be rescued. As the desperate people prayed, invoking her name, she appeared and, with a silent message, saved them from certain death. The Blessed Virgin had already appeared at an ealier time in the area of Naples in a cornfield, where she had predicted these events to some Jesuit fathers.


Cavite City, Cavite (Phllipines)

Title: Our Lady of Solitude of Porta Vaga / Reina de Cavite
1 Spanish sentinel

The Blessed Virgin Mary is depicted as garbed in black and white, kneeling as she contemplates the instruments of her Son's Passion. Before her are the crown of thorns and the nails.[2] The icon of is painted on a canvas framed in carved wood. The painting itself is set with gold and silver accouterments and precious gems, which are ex votos from her devotees. An inscription found at the back of the painting says: "A doze de Abril 1692 años Juan Oliba puso esta Stma. Ymagen Haqui" ("On 12 April 1692, Juan Oliba placed this most holy image here"). It is considered an invaluable treasure inherited by the Caviteños, and is the oldest extant dated Marian painting in the Philippines.

A legend narrates that many years ago, a small detachment of the Spanish Guardia Civil was stationed at a garita (little garrison, or sentry post) located at the end of the Isthmus of Rosario. One stormy night, a Spanish sentinel was at his post and he perceived a bright, shifting light. A dazzling apparition rose form the currents of Cañacao Bay, startling the sentry with suspicion that it could be pirates out to raid the port (at the time, Cavite was at the peak of economic prosperity because of the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade). Frightened, the sentinel shouted, "¡Alto! ¡Alto!" ("Halt! Halt!"). Instead of stopping, the light proceeded toward him. Hence, in a loud voice he asked, "¿Quién vive?" ("Who is there?"). He then heard a sweet and melodious voice reply: "Soldadito, ¿por qué el alto me das en noche tan fría? Dame paso. ¿No conoces a María?" ("Little Soldier, why halt me on a night so cold? Give me passage. Thou knowest not Mary?") The sentinel, struck in awe and confusion, humbly and repentantly replied, "Perdóname, Virgen María, Reina de mi devoción; pues solo soy un soldado que cumplo mi obligación!" ("Forgive me, Virgin Mary, Queen of my devotion; I am but a soldier that complies with my duty!") The following morning, fisherman and workers at the Cavite Royal Arsenal passed through the Porta Vaga (Vaga Gate) and found a framed image of the Virgin on the beach along Cañacáo Bay near the place of her earlier apparition. They brought the image to the parish priest who temporarily installed it in the parish church. Later, a small chapel was built near the Porta Vaga's walls, and for three centuries it was the icon's shrine. The icon was used to bless the galleon plying between Cavite and Acapulco, Mexico during formal sending off ceremonies, earning her the title "Patroness of the Galleon."

Source: Wikipedia



Visionary: Kegan Fucinanga Nicholas (martyr)

Mary appeared to the Japanese Christian Kegan Fucinanga Nicholas, who was cruelly tortured during the bloody anti-Christian persecution of 1632.


Constance (Germany)

Visionaries: townspeople

The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared on the bell tower of the Augustinian church of Constance to many people and strengthened the will of citizens' resistance against the siege of the Swedes. With the successful end to the siege, a chapel was built by the city of Loreto in memory of the miraculous happening. In fact, in the chapel you can read an inscription dedicated to this event.


Lake Huron (CANADA)

Visionary: St. Jean de Brebeuf, SJ (1593-1649)

Mary appeared to the Jesuit Father Jean de Brebeuf (1593-1649), who came to Canada as a missionary and founded a station on Lake Huron to spread the Gospel among the Algonquins. In 1628 he was taken prisoner by the British and returned to Europe. In 1633 Father Jean returned back to Canada between the Hurons and founded missionary stations. During an assault against the Missionaries of the Gentiles, the Holy Virgin appeared to him with a heart pierced by three arrows, and encouraged him to devote himself to God with all devotion he showed himself ready for this and since then had more appearances of the Virgin Mary who prepared him for martyrdom. On 16 March 1649, he was attacked by the Iroquois and subjected to serious torture that led to his death. He wrote a catechism, a grammar manual and a dictionary in the Huron language. He was beatified In 1921 and canonized in 1930.

May 19, 1634

Guiclan (FRANCE)

Visionary: Marie-Amice Picard (1599 - 1652)

Marie-Amice Picard, born in 1599, went on pilgrimage to the shrine of Notre-Dame de Lambader. On his return journey, he came across a knight who attacked and severely beat him. Suddenly, the Blessed Virgin and John the Evangelist appeared, and Marie was freed from this unfortunate condition. The knight fell to his knees and asked forgiveness. Picard moved to Sannt-Pol de Léon, where he devoted himself to the whole inner life. He was stigmatized, did not take more food and became "a victim soul" who took upon himself all the sufferings of our Lord and Savior. Marie received the grace of the Holy Virgin having many appearances until his passing in 1652.

February 2, 1634

Quito (Ecuador)

(Some sources put first apparition date at 1594)

Title: Our Lady of Good Success
Visionary: Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres

Our Lady of Good Success appeared to Spanish-born Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres at her Conceptionist Royal Convent in Quito, Ecuador. She requested that a statue be made in her likeness and warned of diminishing faith and vocations in the 20th century.

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Sinopoli (Calabria)

Visionary: a townsman
Title: Maria Lactans

Holy Mary appeared twice to a man of this place and asked him to ensure that a miraculous icon was venerated here ("Mary lactans" - the Mother of God who is breastfeeding her child) was the most venerated by the faithful. In 1675 a new church was built in this place and the Marian icon was venerated inside.



Visionary: Father Cyril
Title: Our Lady of Victory

The statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague was brought from Spain by Princess Lobkowitz in Prague in 1628 and was donated to the Carmelite Church of Our Lady of Victory. Many years later, the statue was taken from the Oratory of the Carmelites to be transferred elsewhere. Then Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Father Cyril, shortly before midnight on the eve of the feast of the Immaculate Conception, and, stretching out her arms from the church choir, pointed to the exact location suitable for the worship of the Divine Child. This apparition made sure that the statue was returned to the Oratory, and placed in the location indicated.



Visionary: M. Parigot (b. 1619)

M. Parigot, born in 1619, entered the Carmelite Order still very young and took the religious name of Margaret of the Blessed Sacrament. Since her youth she had the grace to receive some apparitions of Our Lord Jesus Christ and Maryas her spiritual guide. Thus inspired, she founded the Confraternity of the Infant Jesus, which was elevated by the ecclesiastical recognition of Pope Pius IX.

August 2, 1635

Cartago (Costa Rica)

Title: Our Lady of the Angels / La Negrita (statue)
Juana Pereira (a poor mestizo woman)

In the city of Cartago, as in many others during colonial times, whites were segregated from Indians and mestizos. Those who were not absolutely white were not allowed to enter the city, where a stone cross marked the limits. On August 2, 1635, feast of the Holy Angels, a poor mestizo woman called Juana Pereira, in her daily search for firewood discovered a small image of the Virgin simply carved on a dark stone, placed conspicuously by the footpath. Juana happily picked up the treasure, with no idea that she would find it five more times in the same place, because the image kept disappearing from cupboards, chests and even the parish tabernacle, and on each occasion would return to the same rock where it had been found. It was evident to all that the Virgin wanted a center of worship there, where she could comfort the poor and humble.

The image of Our Lady of the Angels is very small, only about three inches high. She carries the Child on her left arm, where the cloak that covers her from the face down, is gathered in pleats. She has a round, sweet face, slanted eyes and a delicate mouth; her coloring is leaden, with scattered golden sparkles. Only the faces of Mary and the Child Jesus are visible, as a precious cloak protects and adorns, her. At present the statuette is displayed in a handsome monstrance which surrounds it completely, enlarging its appearance.

"La Negrita" (the little black one) as she is affectionately called by the people of Costa Rica, was solemnly crowned in 1926 and in 1935, His Holiness Pope Pius XI declared the beautiful shrine of the Queen of Angels a Basilica.

Pilgrims visit Cartago constantly to pay their respects to their heavenly Mother; many enter the shrine on their knees, as an act of humility and gratitude, and then they pray at the rock where the blessed image was found. The stone is wearing away under the constant rubbing of so many pilgrims' hands that caress it gratefully while they pray for relief of their sufferings. There is a spring under the stone and its waters are collected by the faithful who visit the shrine seeking mercy and health.



Ajaccio, Corsica (France)

Visionary: two enemies

Two enemies receive a message from the Virgin ordering them to make peace

Source: Rosa Mystica . n. 36, 4

November 3, 1637

Frejus (France)

Visionary: Frere Fiacre (Denys Antheaume)

In 1631, Denys Antheaume entered the discalced Augustines of Paris under the name of Brother Fiacre de Sainte-Marguerite. On November 3, 1637, as he was saying matins in his cell around 2 am, he heard a baby crying and looked around to find himself before the the Queen of Heaven, softly radiant, seated on a throne, with three crowns atop her shoulder-length hair, dressed in a starry blue gown, and holding a wailing child in her arms: "Have no fear," she said. "I am the Mother of God, and the child you see is the Dauphin God wants to give France." Two hours later, Mary showed herself again, alone, and said, "Don't have any more doubts about what you told your confessor. To confirm that I want you to advise the Queen to make three novenas in my honor, behold my image at Notre-Dame de Grâces, in Provence, and the appearance of the church." Brother Fiacre saw precisely the scene and the choir where the image was (as it is today in Cotignac). He ran to tell his superiors who, never having been to Cotignac either, consulted some friends who'd made the pilgrimage; the descriptions corresponded. The King and Queen, childless after 22 years of marriage, were informed, but while they awaited the Cardinal's approval, Brother Fiacre started the three nine-day prayer petitions in the Queen's name. Nine months after they ended, Anne of Austria gave birth to the future Louis XIV.

Louis XIII and Anne of Austria sent him to Cotignac to offer up prayers.

Source: Petites Annonces Chrétiennes
"Apparitions et Pélerinages"
The Catholic Encyclopedia. Volume VI. p. 269 Robert Appleton Company. 1907


Savigliano (Italy)

Visionary: Tesio Petrina


Montagnolo-Pinnochio (Italy)

In 1640, the Virgin appears to prevent a terrible epidemic that is about to fall on the region.

Source: Gamba, 1999, 360



Visionary: Yves Le Goff (farmer, + 1659)

A farmer named Yves Le Goff, father of a large family, repeatedly saw Mary since 1640. One night the Holy Virgin appeared to show a red cross in his hand right. The Madonna urged him to atone for the sinners of the world. He then began to live a life of fervent prayer, fasting and taking Holy Communion more often. On the eve of Lent of 1645, Mary asked him to strictly observe the Lenten fast and not get drinks for a period of fifteen years. Le Goff took note of thhis desire of Mary, and in fact, fasted and abstained from beverages. Despite this harsh abstinence, he continued to live and to offer his atonement for sinners. During this period, especially, he was comforted by the Blessed Virgin Mary. He was separated from this earthly life in 1659.


Würzburg (Germany)


A statue of the Pieta carved in wood in 1640 was placed in a small chapel on Mount Nicholas. Again and again you could see the chapel illuminated by a miraculous light. In 1747 a chapel was built next to the Capuchin monastery and there the miraculous image of Our Lady is venerated to this day.

Würzburg is located on both banks of the Main, in its middle reaches. The town is overlooked by the west Fortress Marienberg (Mont Sainte-Marie).

In 1640, the faithful say see an extraordinary light in a chapel where we installed a pieta. The building appeared as "burning with fire."

In 1747, monastery was built for the Capuchin officials pilgrimage.

The chapel is located on top of a Cross. It is built in a beautiful Baroque style.

R. ERNST, Lexikon der Marienerscheinungen, Altötting, 1989, p. 77 and G.Hierzenberger, Erscheinungen und der Botschaften Gottesmutter Maria, Augsburg, Pattloch Verlag 1993, p. 155
Patrick Sbalchiero "WURZBURG I" in: Laurentin and Patrick Sbalchiero, Encyclopedic Dictionary of the apparitions of the Virgin. Inventory origins to today. Methodology personification, interdisciplinary approach, Fayard, Paris, 2007.

March 29, 1640

Calanda (SPAIN)

Visionary: Juan Miguel Pellier
Title: Our Lady of Pilar (statue)

Juan Miguel Pellier was a poor and an orphan boy, a native of Calanda. In 1637 he had an accident and his right leg was amputated. As soon as the leg wound was healed, he went back to do the begging for a living. He was often in Zaragoza to beg and then stopped to pray before the miraculous image of the Blessed Virgin of the Pilar. On the night of March 29, 1640 the boy had a dream in which he saw the chapel of Pilar in Zaragoza. Upon awakening, noticed with greatest astonishment and joy, he had both legs and was healed. A canonical study of the Zaragoza Ordinariate confirmed the miracle.

Dec 25, 1641

Kevelaer (GERMANY)

Visionary: Hendrik Busman von Geldern
Title: Comforter of the Afflicted (Our Beloved Lady of Luxembourg)

Kevelaer is the most popular Marian shrine in all of Germany. The tradition goes back to Christmas of 1641 when Hendrik Busman von Geldern was absorbed in prayer before a cross on the moors. Suddenly he heard the voice of Madonna said: "In this place I need you to dedicate a chapel." Mary repeated twice more this desire to Hendrik and his wife saw a chapel illuminated in a dream. The couple conviced the pastor, James Schink, to build the chapel from the dream. When this was built, a small image of the Madonna, a copy of the "Comforter of the Afflicted" (Our Beloved Lady of Luxembourg, cf. 1627), was used. This small chapel soon became a point of attraction for the devotees. Around this place of Marian worship various churches of vast proportions were built over the centuries, although they were modest in terms of art. Today, about 600,000 pilgrims visit the shrine every year.




Visionary: a sick woman

A portrait of the Madonna, called Strastnaja (Our Lady of Sorrows), was painted by an artist of great talent. This portrait was originally created when Mary appeared in Palizi, to a sick woman and who she urged to make atonement. The Madonna also advised the invalid to venerate this image that she might regain health. The sick woman obeyed and regained health. In the same year, the portrait of "Mary of Sorrows" was carried in procession in Moscow.


Cursi, Puglia (Italy)

Visionary: Biagio Orlando Natali (shepherd boy)
Title: Santa Maria dell Abbondanza (Our Lady of Abundance)
Feast Day: January 5th

In spring 1641, the Virgin Mary appeared to a unreligious young shepherd, Biagio Orlando Natali. The boy was afraid and tried to escape, but the Virgin called and reassured him: "I am the Queen of Heaven, and suffer for the miserable condition of men. " She asked him to them build a chapel and tell the village priest because he rallies people and lead them in procession. Biagio converts and many believers go there. The first chapel was destroyed by fire, but the sanctuary currently hosts hundreds of pilgrims.

Source: Laurentin. Dictionary of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary, p. 193; Gamba, M. Apparizioni mariane nel corso di due milleni, Udine 1999. p. 300; Marian Shrines of Italy (Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate), 166-167.


"Our Lady of the Annunciation" Jesuit Reduction (Uruguay)

Visionary: a young girl (10)

Jesuit Reduction of "Our Lady of the Annunciation". This reduction (so called when the reservations where missionaries lived were closed and the Indians converted) a girl of ten years passed away. She had a natural inclination for music and often actively took part in the celebrations and the Mass. She was known for her devotion to Mary, and before her death the Most Holy Virgin, as "Our Lady of the Annunciation" appeared twice to prepare her for the transition.


Maria Taferl (AUSTRIA)

Visionary: Alexander Schinnagl and many townspeople

Alexander Schinnagl suffered from depression. He received from a friend, a carver of wood, a small statue of the Pieta in walnut. While he slept, in the middle of the night, he heard a voice: "Alexander, do you want to be healed? Then take my statue and bring it to Taferlberg at Marbach on the Danube, then leave it under an oak tree." The man did so, took the statue and placed it in the hollow of an oak tree there. After a few days he recovered.

Between 1658 and 1661 were seen near the oak numerous apparitions of red and white figures, which, in the light of day as the darkness of the night, hovering in the air, some went to the edge of the woods. During the night the stars illuminated the statue with heavenly light and several candles burned before they appeared. Many people of all ages, even other religious confessions, witnessed these miraculous phenomena. The Bishop of Passau organized a commission of inquiry wo interviewed fifty-seven people who then confirmed under oath what they had seen.

Recognized as a supernatural phenomena, in 1660 he set the first stone of the sanctuary. On the two-hundredth anniversary of this event, eight hundred faithful and two hundred faithful priests went on pilgrimage to Maria Taferl. The pilgrimage is still very active.

Nov 10, 1643

Rottweil (Germany)

Visionaries: many townspeople
Title: "Our Lady of the Rosary" (statue)

Many pilgrims come to Our Lady of the Rosary and many prayers are answered. The tradition of this miraculous place dates back to 1643, when the city was besieged by French troops. On November 10, besiegers and the besieged were able to see the facial features of the statue of "Our Lady of the Rosary" mutate and express sadness and pain. This change in facial features of the statue lasted about two hours and was confirmed by both Catholics and Protestants. The Ordinary Bishop, who examined the long occuring event, recognized its supernatural authenticity.




Visionary: Barbara Franz (7-year old girl)
Title: Maria in der Tanne (“Mary in the Fir”)

A girl and her mother found near an oak tree a small portrait of the Immaculate Conception painted on parchment. She took it home. Shortly after this discovery, she was hit by a serious eye disease with the risk of going blind. One night she had a dream in which she was told that she would recover if she brought back the portrait under the oak. The next morning the girl brought the painting to his place and was immediately healed. When the news spread many pilgrims went to that place to venerate the portrait and some of them, after praying before the image of Mary, drank water from the spring nearby and were cured of their ailments.

Having heard about these miraculous phenomena, a sick man came in Triberg with the hope of receiving a healing. He had vowed to carve a statue of Our Lady in wood if it were cured of his ills. When he recovered, he built a statue of the Madonna and Child and had it placed next to the oak. Meanwhile, the portrait on parchment had mysteriously disappeared. In 1697 a church was built, and inside, near the main altar, the oak was placed with the statue. In 1805 St. Clement Mary Hofbauer, with four companions, arrived in Triberg and encouraged the pilgrimage that still continues today.

Source: The Reign of Mary. Volume 40, Issue No.52


Lake Huron (CANADA)

Visionaries: two Christian Hurons

Two Hurons baptized as Christians were taken captive by the Iroquois, and were set to be burned at the stake. They turned to the Blessed Virgin Mary for her intervention, and they were miraculously freed from the chains and were able to escape.



Visionaries: a peasant girl and a lay brother

Mary appeared to a peasant girl and a lay brother, and urged them to urge people of good will to do penance.


Plounévez-Quentin (France)

Visionary: Louise Le Comec (b. 1632)

Louise Le Comec, born in 1632 in his youth led a life very worldly and superficial, then retired at a popular mission. Before his death, while praying the rosary for a good death, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to him and anticipated precisely when he would leave the world. When the time came, Louise received the Sacrament and was accompanied by Mary in death.


Quezon City (Philippines)

Title: Our Lady of the Rosary of "La Naval de Manila" (Miraculous statue)

October 14th is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary of "La Naval de Manila" whose miraculous image is being venerated in Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City, Philippines, The Feast of "La Naval de Manila" commemorates the five naval victories of the Catholic Spanish and Filipino forces against the Protestant Dutch invaders in Manila Bay (1646).



Title: Our Lady of Tears

At Foligno is venerated wooden statue of the seventeenth century, representing the Madonna of the Tears , of this statue we have news from 1647 . It is kept in the current sanctuary in the church of St. Augustine, after the original Shrine of Our Lady of Tears was destroyed during the disastrous bombing of the allies in 1944 on the city.

Since the seventeenth century is the great devotion of the citizens for the image of the Madonna, and even today the festival is celebrated on the Sunday before the feast of St. Anthony Abbot in the month of January .

On the evening of 14 January 1703 during the celebrations of the Feast of Our Lady of Tears, the city was hit by an earthquake that affected the whole violent center Italy , the Foligno, who escaped a violent earthquake, spontaneously took the statue in procession for the first time January 28 this year, a sign of gratitude and devotion.

The growing devotion led in 1713 to the decision by the Chapter to crown the sacred image with a golden crown. From that moment on, every time that some serious disaster threatening the city, the statue was shown for worship or transferred in the Cathedral.

July 10, 1647

Ponzano Magra (Italy)

Title: Our Lady of Schiavonea
Antonio Ruffio

Aug 23, 1648

Corigliano Calabro (italy)



Naples (italy)

Visionary: Vincenzo Carafa, SJ (1585-1649)

Mary appeared to the Jesuit Father Vincenzo Carafa (1585-1649), son of the Prince of Andria and pious mystic Maria Maddalena Carafa. In 1604 he was ordained a priest, and worked as director of novices, rector and provincial and from 1647 as the seventh general of the Order. "Mother Superior" illuminated his ascetic-mystical writings.



Visionary: Jean-Jacques Olier (1608 - 1657)

Jean-Jacques Olier, who was born in 1608 in Paris, as a young man was suffering from an eye disease and was cured by the miraculous intervention of the Holy Virgin. In gratitude to the Virgin Mary, he devotedly attached himself to St. Vincent de Paul and was ordained a priest. Soon after he devoted himself with great fervor to the mission and the establishment of popular seminaries. In 1648, he was pastor of Sannt-Sulpice, where he founded his famous seminary for priests. Jean-Jacques was blessed with unusual graces and appearances. In 1649 Mary appeared to him and induced him to resume his life dedicated to prayer, that he had forgotten for a few days. Moved by the mystical graces and the messages of Mary, the servant of God was able to reinvigorate and revive the ideal of the priesthood through his seminaries and theological and ascetic writings. He exerted a great influence on the renewal of the clergy. In 1664 a seminary for priests according to his design was approved as a congregation and spread rapidly in France, America and Africa, as the Sulpicians. In these communities of priests, was put into practice the spirituality and mysticism of the French Oratory. The main points of the spiritual world of Olier was the cult of Most Blessed Sacrament and the Blessed Virgin Mary, the total stripping of oneself in God and the full consecration to Christ. A summary of his whole spirituality is found in the Catechism of the Christian interior life. Semi-paralyzed, dedicated the last years writing spiritual works. Olier died in 1657 at the age of 49 years.


Itati, Corrientes (Argentina)

Title: Our Lady of Itatí (miraculous image)
Feast Day: July 16
Witness: Spanish Jesuit missionary Friar Luis de Bolaños and a group of locals

Spanish Jesuit missionary Friar Luis de Bolaños and a group of locals who converted to the Catholic faith, who were saved from an attack by another tribe after they prayed the rosary. According to the story, a passage was opened through Yaguari River and the people of Itati were saved due to the intercession of the Blessed Mother.

On July 16, 1900, at the doors of the Shrine of the Most Holy Cross of the Miracles in Corrientes, Our Lady of Itati was crowned by Bishop Rosendo de la Lastra y Gordillo, on behalf of Pope Leo XIII, before all the bishops of Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, and a multitude of the faithful.

In 1950 a Basilica was built with one of the tallest domes of American southern continent.


March 20, 1651

Turin (Italy)

Visionary: Andreeta Pendigliona

A man's limbs miraculously were restored by the Blessed Virgin Mary who appeared in this Sanctuary built after a child was miraculusly saved from drowning in 1640.



Coromoto (Venezuela)

Title: The Virgin of Coromoto, Patroness of Venezuela
Visionary: Cacique Coromoto (Ruler of the Cospes)

When the city of Guanare (capital of Portuguesa state) was founded in 1591, the Indian tribe who inhabited the region, the Cospes, fled to the north jungle. Then the evangelization of that lands began. The first apparition of the Virgin Mary was in the forest where the Cospes had fled, on September 8, 1652, when the Virgin appeared to the Cacique (ruler) of the Cospes Coromoto and his wife, saying in his own language: "Go to the white house and ask them to pour water into their head to go to heaven"; then, the Virgin asked him and his tribe to be baptized. According to oral tradition, Cacique Coromoto told the encomendero don Juan Sánchez about this vision, saying that after eight days of a brief teaching of cathechism, the entire tribe would had been ready to receive baptism.

Several indigenous Cospes converted and were baptized, but not the chief, because he did not feel at ease: under a new religion he feared not to be recognized as the legitime chief. Indian Chief Coromoto fled, and took refuge in the forest, the Virgin appeared to him again, and Chief Coromoto, blinded by anger, raised his arm to order the apparition to grab and go. This appearance was confirmed by a miraculous mark made of wood fibers, which were then searched and found. The relic is venerated today in the National Shrine of Our Lady of Coromoto.

Cacique Coromoto told the story that he was bitten by a poisonous snake and returned to Guanare wounded and near death, and began to ask in order to receive baptism, which was administered in Barinas region. He got baptized, became Christian and asked the remnant of the group of rebel Cospes Indian under his command to be baptized. Then, after several years, the Chief Coromoto, now with the Christian name of Angel Custodio, died of old age.

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Campénéac (FRANCE)

Visionary: Armelle Nicolas (1606 - 1671)

The simple servant Armelle Nicolas, nicknamed "good Armelle", born in 1606 in Campénéac, had a sad youth and a difficult life in the service of different families. In 1652, the eighth day of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Armelle had a miraculous vision of the glorification of Mary into Heaven. Armelle later had other visions of Mary. One day Our Lady told her thus: "I will communicate my love." Armelle ardently loved his Mother of Heaven until her death, which occurred in 1671 in Vannes.

May 1654

Aldenhoven (GERMANY)

Visionary: Dietrich Muhlfahrt, farmer (statue)

During a hunt, a farmer Dietrich Muhlfahrt of Aldenhoven found a little statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary among the branches of a linden tree. He took her home and that day honored Our Lady with prayers with two friends. One day, suddenly miraculous celestial light appeared around the statue. In that same place, some time later, a small church dedicated to Mary was built.

the Virgin appeared in a wonderful light to a villager during a game of hunting. He noticed some pilgrims. A chapel was constructed.

Source: Arch Ernst H 125; S. Hansen, Die deutscehn Wallfahrtsort, Ein Kunst-und Kulturfuhrer zu uber 1000 Gnadenstateten, Augsburg, 1991. Hierzenberger1993, 159.

June 24, 1652

La Trinité (France)

Our Lady of Laghet (miraculous statue)

A fervent priest, Fr. Jacques Fighiera, found the chapel of Laghet in a sad state of disrepair and decided to intervene. In 1628, Fr. Fighiera had the roof rebuilt, the walls whitewashed, the ground made even, and a proper door with a lock installed. He kept the keys on himself at all times. He also had the path of Eze that led to Laghet made like new. He did all this at his own expense "in the honor of God and the Virgin Mary." Then he announced to the nearby population that the chapel of Laghet was restored and that he would ensure all services--a task that he fulfilled without any compensation for 25 years. The inhabitants of Villefranche who had gone to the chapel before it was profaned, started coming back. And the Lord, through Our Lady, answered the trusting prayers of the faithful encouraged by their pastor. The Virgin showed her goodness by giving many miracles. People came to pray the Virgin of the chapel from Piedmont, from far-away Liguria, and from all corners of Provence. However, the statue that was venerated there bore the marks of time and the harshness of the elements. Fr. Fighiera owned a beautiful statue of the Virgin, until then placed on an altar of the church of Eze. In order to crown his work and prove his gratitude to Our Lady for the miracles granted, Fr. Fighiera decided to donate this statue to the chapel of Laghet. On June 24, 1652, the White Penitents of Eze carried the statue in procession all the way to Laghet. Since then, each year on the same date, the parish of Eze renews this act of devotion by coming in pilgrimage to Laghet in procession from Eze carrying the statue of Our Lady. The bishop of Nice, Mgr De Palletis, applying the guidelines of the Council of Trent, undertook a serious investigation before he authorized the pilgrimage. Until the decision was made official, the statue had to be covered and the chapel kept closed. Then a commission of theologians assisted by a lawyer and a doctor was convened to examine the facts of Laghet while the bishop himself visited the village to form his own opinion of the behavior of the pilgrims. On December 20, 1653, this commission confirmed the authenticity of the miracles and the bishop both authorized and encouraged the devotion to Our Lady of Laghet. On April 25, 1654, he presided at the first official pilgrimage to Laghet.

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August 15, 1652

La Prénessaye, Querrien, Bretania, diocese of Saint-Brieuc (France)

Title: Our Lady of Eternal Aid
Jeanne Courtel
(12 - deaf/mute shepherd girl)

The twelve year-old Jeanne Coutel was born deaf and dumb. As she fed the sheep at her native village of La Prénessaye, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to her and healed from his sickness. After the apparition, she could speak and hear normally. The next day the miracle that Mary appeared again, this time the Virgin urged to build a chapel for the worship of Mary. As evidence of her appearance, in addition to the miracle of healing, Mary showed her where a statue was buried of the image of "Our Lady of Eternal Aid." The statue was found and this place manifested fifteen apparitions of the Virgin which were considered and recognized as authentically supernatural by the Bishop (St. Brieuc). The chapel was immediately built on site of the apparitions and the statue was unearthed on the inside. A huge mass of pilgrims traveled to this shrine to venerate the statue of Mary. A few days later, also in the chapel, other miracles were manifested. The statue became a famous devotional with the attribute of "Our Lady of Eternal Aid."

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Aachen (Germany)

Title: Rosa Mystica (image)

The miraculous image of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the so-called "Chapel of the Rose" (from "Rosa Mystica ", the title of Mary in the Litany of Loreto), according to tradition, was miraculously spared during the Great Fire of 1656. This is why that, even in the most difficult times, the faithful make a pilgrimage to venerate the statue of medieval wood, depicting Mary with the Infant Jesus, crowned and clothed.



Visionary: sultan of Morocco

A sultan of Morocco, while his ship was heading to Mecca on pilgrimage, was taken prisoner by the Knights of Malta. He was imprisoned in the fortress of Malta for a few months and was released when he wished to continue his journey. Then the Virgin appeared to him and urged him to leave the Muslim religion to convert to Catholicism. The sultan was converted and returned to Malta where he was baptized and instructed in Catholic doctrine. As soon as he became a Christian, instead of returning to Mecca, he went to Rome and then went on a pilgrimage to Loreto to walk to honor and glorify the Mother of God



Visionaries: The pastor and members of his community
Title: Lady of Light

The pastor and many members of his community again and again saw a light shining on the hill near Trun in the canton of Graubiinden. Soon, in front of the miraculous light, all "felt" the presence of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Victor and Mediatrix of the Grace and beaming throughout the darkness. She urged the establishment of a shrine. She wanted to be among the people of that place. So it was built a church dedicated to the "Lady of Light." As the church was consecrated, many of the faithful prayed fervently. The prayers were answered and many sick people miraculously regained their health.

July 2, 1654

Colere (Italy)

Title: Beata Vergine della Visitazione or Madonna delle Fontane
Bartolomeo Burat

A pastor of Borno, Bartholomew Burat left home at early (perhaps near Salven or Poles), with his flock, and crossed the yoke of Giot, and then went down to Azzone to Dezzo. Paid a small fee there, went along to the high Dezzo Scalve. His appearance was quite good, but an insidious disease, tuberculosis, undermined his life. A dry cough that occasionally tormented him, appearing to conflict with the robust stature and bronzed face of the pastor.

He arrived shortly after the place called "Fontane". There the valley bifurcates and one branch leads to Schilpario and the other at Manina. There were some fountains (which gave its name to the place) and a small chapel in which was painted the Madonna with Jesus in her arms. He stood with his flock. He was terribly tired. When suddenly spat blood, a second, third, and another.

He saw himself lost, also because the place was deserted, the first houses away. Leaning on his stick, raised his eyes imploring the Blessed Virgin appeared to him that he looked from his chapel, and ... wonder!, next to the chapel sees a noble lady who is smiling and shining. The vision is coming, china hand in the fountain, touches his forehead and exclaimed: "It's heart, dear son, you're cured."

At the time of the miracle were other new arrivals that randomly came to drink there. The curate of St. Andrew Don Duci of Bareilly and two other people is a tradition that he was a lawyer with his servant.

Bartholomew Burat is like beside himself with astonishment and joy. A dream, a hallucination? No, no, it was the Virgin Mary, the dear Mother of Jesus that has touched with wet hands fountains of water, that has spoken, that has healed. It feels like another man, full of energy and health, instantly and completely healed.

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RAAB, Gyor (Hungary)

Title: Holy Mary of Grace (Crying icon)

The Irish bishop, Walter Clonferti Lynch, fled from the city of Galway to take refuge in Hungary, following the prosecution of Oliver Cromwell against Catholics. In the flight he took with him the picture of Holy Mary of Grace. At St. Patrick's Day (March 17), during Holy Mass, the picture began to water from 6 am to 9 pm, then until midnight the statue sweated blood. Several people witnessed the miracle. Even today, this portrait is the object of special veneration of Mary.


Pieve di Rosa, San Vito al Tagliamento (Italy)

Title: Holy Mary of Pieve di Rosa
Maria Giacommuzzi

On February 2, 1655 an epileptic child of eight years, Maria Giacomuzzi, is praying in front of a fresco of the Blessed Virgin Mary, located on a wall of the house of his grandfather Giovanni (Zuane), Villa Rosa, then on the left Tagliamento. The family had gone to church. The image was a rudimentary fresco, walled up the wall on the porch, who represented Mary with Child, this fresco was up to 1648 in the house near the river that had been sold to pay off a debt. Destroyed the house by the new owner, the fresco was miraculously saved and Giacomuzzi carried it into your new home. While the girl was praying absorbed, suddenly, he was rapt in ecstasy. When he recovered his senses he found himself completely healed and told family members that he saw a beautiful lady dressed in white with these words: "I saw there, next to the picture, a beautiful lady, dressed in white, who smiled at me and calling me. When I was close to the good lady said to me:

"I'm not good in this place, where blasphemy against My Son, of 'your father that he be converted and that makes me carry in a church, on a public road; warn the others of the villa to refrain from the sin of blasphemy. For because of this huge impiety were devastated by hail your campaigns in recent years and are hanging over your head even more terrible punishments; obey all my notes and in this day forward you will not be exposed to the insults of evil that so far has harassed you ". Soon the news has great resonance and reaches to the nobles of the nearby St. Vitus.

The family Giacomuzzi decides to accede to the request to transfer to the miraculous image of St. Vitus and provides their oxen for transportation, that is established for the Second Sunday of Easter of the same year (31 March 1655). At the gates of San Vito, near the Church of St. Nicholas outside the walls, the oxen are locked and refuse to continue, despite repeated beatings.

The event is interpreted as a clear indication of the Blessed Virgin to keep your image in that Church. It spreads immediately worship and devotion to the image of Our Lady of Rosa, which are attributed to repeated miraculous events. Over the centuries the Church has repeatedly enlarged and embellished to become an important shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Rosa.

On 22 March 1945 a final and terrible bombardment completely destroyed the sanctuary and save the bell tower, on which are also evident, even today, the signs of splinters. Among the piles of debris is found, miraculously intact, the image of Our Lady of Rosa. After the war, thanks to the work of the Franciscan friars and the generosity of many of the faithful, we construct a new sanctuary on the opposite side of the highway (463), along which stood the previous year. Even today, the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Rosa is a destination for many pilgrims and reference point for the faithful of the right and left Tagliamento.

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July 17, 1656

Title: Saint Mary the Greek (Santa Maria Greca)
Visionary:Don Francesco Lojodice, called Saccone


March 25, 1657

Les Plantees (France)

Title: Notre Dame de l'Osier (Our Lady of the Reed)
Pierre Port-Combet


Ancienne Lorette, Quebec (Canada)

Visionary:Jeanne Ouendite (14) (d. 1667)

The Virgin reportedly appeared to a young Huron indian girl convert.

Source: Dictionary of Apparitions of the Virgin Mary. Laurentin p. 80; H. Béchard sj, Kaia'tano: ronKateri Tekakwitha, Québec, Centre Kateri, 1992,125


Mariahilfberg, Gutenstein (Austria)

Visionary:Schmid Sebastian Schlager

Title:Our Lady of Help

Holy Mary appeared to Sebastian Schmid Schlager, who was miraculously healed, to give him the initiative of the construction of a shrine in southern Gutenstein. The Most Holy Virgin had appeared to him six times and painted her image on a sheet and then put the portrait of the Madonna on a beech tree. The image of Mary, although painted rudimentarily, was similar to her apearance in the apparitions. Some years later, in front of this portrait many noted miraculous healings and mystical phenomena occurred. Then pilgrimages began and a chapel was built of wood. The synod of Passau, as the agency of ecclesiastical authority, examined the case and informed Rome. Pope Clement IX authorized the cult of the veneration of the image. In addition, he also gave his consent for the construction of a church which was then entrusted to the care of servants, as a Marian religious order.

Source: Dictionary of Apparitions of the Virgin Mary. Laurentin p. 492; Gamba, 1999, 365-366.


Birkenstein (GERMANY)

Visionary: Johann Stiglmaier, Vicar General of Fischbachau

The Vicar General of Fischbachau, Johann Stiglmaier, dreamt of the Virgin Mary, who asked him to build a chapel in a remote location 65 kilometers from Monaco of Bavaria. Our Lady told him this: "In this chapel dedicated to me, I want to be honored to offer my gratitude to those who invoke me." Ten years later, he built a small chapel dedicated to the Marian cult, which allowed room for twelve people. A huge pilgrimage immediately developed and, in 1710, he built a shrine in the style of Loreto. In the sanctuary, you can admire the statue of the Madonna and Christ Child, both crowned; ninety-two angels dot the wonderful statue.

August 7, 1663


Weeping Statue

While the Hungarian troops were beaten by the Turks in Parkanyi, a statue of Mary, placed in the side chapel of the church of St. Nicholas, began to weep. This statue was venerated by many pilgrims. Even in the year 1708, during the months of July and August, the image of Mary was seen again tearing copiously: it was a sign of the outbreak of plague.


Le Laus (France)

Title: Our Lady of Le Laus
Benoîte Rencurel

Benoite Rencurel, a poor shepherdess, was born in 1647. The Virgin Mary started appearing to her in 1664 and continued visiting her throughout the rest of her life. The Blessed Mother told her to “pray continuously for sinners.”

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Agreda (Spain)

Visionary: Maria Jesus of Agreda (1602-1665)

The Blessed Virgin Mary often appeared to the abbess Maria Jesus of Agreda (1602-1665), in the family home of this mystic. The Venerable Mary of Agreda with her mother, sister and other women, had transformed the house into a Franciscan convent. In 1627, the visionary was chosen as the abbess and received special graces from Our Lady. Along with many inner experiences and visions, she has left us above all the voluminous work Mystical City of God - Our Lady's life (or the life of the Blessed Virgin and Mother of God appeared to Mary of Agreda, abbess of the Convent of the Immaculate Conception). This work is described as internal visions that are the highest level of mystical experience. In these visions, the abbess is not talking, but it is only a "channel", a chosen vessel, through which flow the heavenly apparitions. All the experiences described in the Mystical City of God were then translated into over twenty languages. Of course there were also a number of enemies who, driven by strong rationalist positions, declared the private apparitions of the abbess to be regarded as impossible and a result of the individual imagination. But the positive approvals were many: the decrees of Popes Clement XI and Innocent IX, some bishops approvals, appraisals of the theological faculties of Toulouse, Salamanca, Alcala and Lowen and numerous positive statements by famous theologians and men of the Church. In 1673 the process of beatification of the mystical abbess was begun. In 1849 Mary of Agreda's body was found still incorrupt. The visions also contain an explanation of the common life of Mary and Jesus are comparable to those of the great mystics such as Gertrude the Great, or Bridget of Sweden, or the wonderful visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich, or Jacob Lorber and Theresa Neumann in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Particularly valuable are the real explanation that Most Holy Virgin offers from time to time in response to questions from the abbess.



Visionary: Nicola Kraus of Georgenberg

The Most Holy Virgin appeared to a landowner in the area of Stams in Tyrol and asked him to build a chapel where a strong Marian devotion was observed . The abbot Nicola Kraus of Georgenberg began in 1667 to build the chapel in the woods. The shrine was visited by a large devotional pilgrimage; many pilgrims and wayfarers came here to lay their sufferings and their intentions in the hands of the Mother of God.



Bleeding Statue

During an uprising in 1670, a fanatic soldier reformer, snow-covered, entered the church of the woods of Klokoosko, while the faithful were praying, and pierced with a spear the statue of the Madonna, which, when struck, began weeping blood. The miraculous statue was taken later to Vienna. A copy of the Holy Virgin Mary pierced was crowned in 1904 by the Greek-Catholic bishop Hopko Vanil in the Church of Klokoosko.

1664 - 1727

Mercatello sul Matauro

Visionary: St. Veronica (Ursula) Giuliani (December 27,1660 - July 9, 1727, stigmatic)

Ursula Giuliani was a Franciscan nun who has been described as the most representative figure of Baroque mysticism. Born Orsola Giuliani in Urbino of a comfortable middle-class family, after seeing the Blessed Mother in a vision, she determined to become a Capuchinnun at Città di Castello in Umbria in 1677 against her father’s wishes. She took the name Veronica and had a difficult novitiate because of the severity of her superiors.

She is said to have had numerous mystical experiences, including several visions of Our Lord in which she received the stigmata, including those of a crown of thorns on her head. The bishop, in an effort to rule out the possibility of fraud, subjected her to many more trials. She was not allowed to be alone for one moment and she was forbidden to receive Holy Communion. She was not allowed to talk with any of the sisters except those assigned to watch over her, and she was not allowed to communicate with the outside world. Her hands were put into gloves with the fastenings sealed with the bishop's signet.

She served as mistress of novices for thirty-four years and abbess for ten, leaving behind a ten-volume spiritual diary. Veronica died on July 9, 1727, and was canonized in 1839. Her feast is not on the General Roman Calendar, but it is celebrated by the Franciscans on this day.

Source: McBrien, Richard. The Pocket Guide to the Saints p.165


San Vito di Casalbuttano (Italy)

Visionary: A deaf mute girl

A girl born deaf and dumb claimed to see the Virgin in "magnificent robes". The recovery of the seer is also reported.

Source: Gamba, 1999, p.368

April 1668

Pancole (Italy)

Visionary: Bartolomea Ghini

A girl born deaf and dumb claimed to see the Virgin in "magnificent robes". The recovery of the seer is also reported.

Source: Gamba, 1999, p.368


Paray-Le-Monial (France)

Visionary: St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690)

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, was blessed with apparitions of the Blessed Virgin as a child. In 1655, at the age of eight years, lost his father who was a judge and notary, well known. After his father's death, Margaret had much to suffer: the fifth of seven children, she was placed in a boarding house in Charolles at the Poor Clares. Living among the sisters, she discovered the peace of the cloister, and, on the occasion of her first communion, she realized the depth of her mystical consciousness of the conflict between the peace of God and the turbulence of the world. She was often ill, immobilized by rheumatism, making?a vow to the Virgin to become "one of her daughters', if she were healed. These years of suffering prepared her sanctification. In June 1671, after overcoming many obstacles of a practical nature, Margaret Mary Alacoque recovered and kept her promise to the Mother of God and entered the convent of the Visitation at Paray-le-Monial. The convent that she chose was living in conformity to the thought and the inspiration of Francis de Sales. Margaret became a chosen one of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom he received great graces. The mystic nun was one of the most fervent ambassadors of the message of the Sacred Heart of Jesus



Visionary: Jean Bizier

A simple worker, Jean Bizier, had a dream: he saw himself looking for a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary near his village. She appeared to him and showed him exactly the place. The next day the man came to the place indicated by the Lady and began to dig. After just a few minutes, he reached a certain depth and he found a actually found a statue of the Madonna. The news spread and was eventually a chapel was built to venerate the statue of Mary. The chapel was consecrated in 1696.


MARIA STEINBACH, Memmingen (Germany)

Title: Our Lady of MaRIA Steinbach (miraculous statue)

The miraculous statue of Maria Steinbach was in the convent church of Rot. Following a fire, the heavily damaged statue was placed in a room. It was then given to the parish of Steinbach, which placed it in a country chapel. In this chapel the image of the Virgin Mary gave birth to miraculous apparitions and, amazingly, many prayers were soon answered. In 1728 the statue was placed in the parish. It was seen that the Madonna's face suddenly moved her eyes and wept. Also noted is the swelling of the veins and the front face of the change of color. During the night the church was strongly illuminated by a heavenly light of unknown origin. At first the Ordinariate Constance was very cautious and sent a commission of inquiry, which in 1734 could do nothing but confirm the miraculous phenomena. The parish church was elevated to a sanctuary. The pilgrimage grew so strong that Steinbach became the second most visited sanctuary in southern Germany in the eighteenth century.

A statue of Mary in the ancient sanctuary of Allgäu began to cry, changed the color of the face and moves the pupils. Many also noted that the church, without any human intervention, it was often illuminated by a mysterious light. After a careful examination of the Ordinary of Augsburg recognized as a true the unexplained phenomenon of the eye movement. The miracle was attested by 71 witnesses.



Witness: Franz Forell (23) - miraculous statue

The twenty-three year old Franz Forell took to Wemding a statuette of the Virgin Mary from Rome. He placed her on a pedestal at his house and it soon became an object of veneration by many faithful. A Protestant gentleman, headquartered in Wemding, near the house of Forell, was liberated suddenly from terrible headaches when he invoked the help of Mary. Soon the news spread and began a intense pilgrimage began to the house of young Franz. The comings and goings of pilgrims, devotees and curious, in this private home was frowned upon by church authorities; then an agreement was reached to place the miraculous image of the country estate next to the church. There it was forgotten. The chaplain Keller (who had taken the statue of Mary from Forell's house) was one night called urgently from a patient. He rrived at a place called "Font of Schiller," and could not move a step forward, as he felt immobilized. Just called Most Holy Mary to his aid, and when promised to build a chapel, he walked without problems. After a short time in this place, he erected a church in the place where the statue was forgotten.

On 25 July 1735 the eleven year old grandson of Franz Forell brought flowers to the statue of Mary and placed it between her fingers. Immediately after the image of the Mother of God turned her head and moved her eyes. Even other people noticed the miraculous image of Mary changing facial features. The news of these latter phenomena multiplied the number of pilgrims, and soon the chapel became too small. August 28, 1746 when the statue of the Madonna changed the color of the face and turned her eyes towards the city (the seventy-three witnesses testified in writing), the cornerstone was laid for the construction of a new church. After the consecration of this church, 107 miraculous cures from diseases of the eyes took place.


Agnie, Québec (Canada)

Visionary:Martin Kandegonrhaksen (+1675)

The Virgin appeared to Martin Kandegonrhaksen, a young indian Mohawk.

Source: H. Béchard SJ, Kaja'tano: ron Kateri Tekakwitha, Québec, Centre Kateri, 1992, 125.

March 26, 1675

Bianzone (Italy)

Visionary: A local man
Title: Madonna del Piano

The sanctuary's origins arose after the apparition of Our Lady to a local man. He reported that the Virgin asked him to: "raise an altar, hence my temple located on this floor." The work of reconstruction and embellishment lasted several years since there was continuous and lasted well into the eighteenth century.


Pochayiv (Ukraine)

Visionary: Turkish Army

During the Zbarazh War of 1675, the cloister was besieged by the Turkish Army, who reputedly fled upon seeing the apparition of the Theotokos accompanied with angels and St Job of Pochayiv. Numerous Turkish Muslims that witnessed the event during the siege converted to Christianity afterward. One of the monastery chapels commemorates this event.


Alcobendas, España

Title: Virgen de la Paz
Visionary: shepherdess

According to this ancient and constant tradition, an image of the Virgin was appearing or found on a fig tree that maimed a shepherdess tending a flock of sheep in Fuentiduña, and told it that it was the people to give news of the discovery.

But as the shepherdess Note, troubled, mandola go home to her mother deliver a bread of many who had in an ark, to which the shepherdess replied that he could not give it because when he left his house had not , to which the Virgin replied saying, "For I know that your mother has a chest full of bread, and to believe what I say, throw a hand singing you have manca".

After running the shepherdess put such a mandate was astonished to see that his maimed hand was healed, so he ran to the village to realize what has happened and see if it was true that his mother had a chest full of bread, it he was convinced and that he had miraculously filled.

It is unknown when the occurrence took place, which could well be placed in the reign of Alfonso VI, after the reconquest of the area. Time to corresponding instances of other Marian images in Madrid: the Virgin of Atocha and the Almudena.



Torre di Ruggiero (Italy)

Title: Most Holy Mary of Graces
Isabella Cristello and Antonia De Luca


Mar del Sur (El Salvador)

Title: Our Lady of Peace
Feast Day: November 21

Tradition has it that some time in 1682 some merchants found an abandoned box on the shore of Salvador's Mar del Sur. They were unable to open the box. As it was tightly closed and sealed, they surmised that it contained something of value, and decided to take it to the city of San Miguel where they would find out how to open it. They tied the box on a donkey's back and undertook the long and dangerous journey to the city where they arrived on November 21, meaning to inform the local authorities of their find. But when they went by the parish church, now a cathedral, the donkey lay down on the ground. They were then able to open the box and were surprised to find that it contained a lovely image of Our Lady holding the Child.

The origin of this image is still a mystery as it never was known for whom the box was intended, or how it came to reach the beaches of El Salvador. It is said that a hard and bloody struggle was going on between the inhabitants of the region, but when they heard of the marvelous discovery in the abandoned box, they put down their weapons and immediately ceased fighting. It is also related that during the 1833 fratricidal struggles, when everyone expected a blood bath, the victorious side--instead of taking reprisals--had the blessed image placed in the atrium of the parish church. At the feet our Our Lady, a solemn vow was made to keep no grudges and to erase all hatred from the hearts so that peace would bring about brotherhood and reconciliation. This is why the image was given the beautiful title of Our Lady of Peace, whose liturgical celebration is held on November 21 in memory of its arrival at San Miguel.

The statute is a dressed wood carving; with the national shield of El Salvador embroidered on the front of the image's white robe. The image holds a gold palm leaf in memory of the eruption of the Chaparrastique volcano, which threatened to destroy the city with burning lava. The frightened dwellers of San Miguel brought out the statute of Our Lady of Peace to the principal door of the cathedral, and at that precise moment the force of the lava changed direction, moving away from the city. In the exact place where the lava changed direction there's a town called Milagro de la Paz (Miracle of Peace).

On the day this happened, September 21, 1787, everyone saw in the sky, formed by the clouds, a white palm leaf that seemed to sprout from the crater of the volcano. Considering that this was a sign of the Virgin's protection, her faithful decided to place in her hand a gold palm like the one they had seen in the sky.

Benedict XV authorized the crowning of the image which took place on November 21, 1921. The goldsmith who made the Virgin's crown used 650 grams of gold and many precious stones, among which was a huge emerald surrounded by diamonds. The new shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Peace was completed in 1953.


May 24, 1676

Salvatierra (Mexico)

Witnesses: townspeople
Title: Our Lady of Light (glowing icon)

A mysterious light came from the image of the Blessed Mother on several occ asions. THis image is resonsible for relief from epidemics and drought and having prevented a thief from leaving the chapel.

Source: Santoro, N. Mary In Our Life: An Atlas of the Names and Titles of Mary, The Mother of Jesus, and Their Place in Marian Devotion


Inzing (AUSTRIA)

Witness: Gassler Leopold
Title: Our Lady of Inzing (weeping icon)

During the Christmas holidays, the farmer's wife Gassler Leopold heard a strange noise coming from the adjoining room, as if someone was crying desperately. Frightened, the woman went into the bedroom and saw behind a chest a portrait of the Blessed Virgin Mary covered with dust. No one in the house had never seen before. A survey of ecclesiastical ascertained and confirmed that the portrait wept incessantly. The tearing remained unstopped despite attempts to dry it. The bishop then gave the order to place this image of Mary in the church of Inzing (in Oberin Valley, near Innsbruck). As the portrait was placed, it ceased tearing and facial features of Mary assumed a tone of wonderful light . In 1814 many pilgrims saw the eyes and lips of SS. Virgin move.

May 28, 1686

Celles, Ariege (France)

Title: Our Lady of Celles

In 1686, a curious happening shook up the village of Celles in the region of Ariege, near Foix: four women violently beat a priest. The priest took the case to court and obtained justice. On May 28, 1686, between eight and nine o'clock in the morning, a young peasant boy named John Courdil was coming back from the fields reciting the rosary. He suddenly saw a white pigeon in front of him. As the bird got closer to the boy's farm, near a fountain, it changed into "a six or seven-year old girl dressed in white" (statement of July 21, 1686). In his second statement (July 28, 1686), John said that he first saw the pigeon "three times in front of him," then the girl just "five or six feet from him." John was afraid and he tried to flee. "Do not be afraid, my child," he heard a voice say, "I am the Holy Virgin." He knelt down, the apparition did the same. "Warn the people to change their lives and make eight processions so that the people convert. Otherwise, all is lost [...]. Continue to serve your father and your mother as you have always done."

The apparition added that the four women responsible for the public disorder must do penance. She asked John to leave his spade near the fountain where she assured him that the water would be good. When he came back to recuperate it, he would find a "sign" on the end of the handle. John ran quickly home to the farm and asked his brother and sister to go back and retrieve his spade. The youngsters found it "standing straight up with three cross-shaped oak leaves coming out of the top of the handle." The four women made reparation for their wrongs and people went in procession to the place of the miracle. In early July, the Virgin appeared a second time to John, in his bedroom. "You did what I asked you to do well, and the fountain will be good; the people have corrected themselves well," she told him. A commission of inquiry has identified twenty-eight cures from the water of the fountain. In October 1686, a second inquiry mentioned seven new cases. The chapel of Pla-Rouzaud was built by the poor villagers and blessed on September 8, 1695 by Monsignor de Verthamon. The renown of the shrine Our Lady of Celles spread widely and attracted believers from the entire region and even from Spain. The pilgrimage, which takes place to this day at the restored shrine on the third Sunday of July, is marked by evangelical simplicity and Marian humility.

    Source: Dictionnaire des Apparitions, Laurentin, Fayard 2007

Sept 2,1686


Title: Our Lady of Loreto (miraculous statue)

In 1541, while the Turkish wars, a statue of Our Lady of Loreto was walled in Buda. After one hundred forty-five years, on September 2, 1686, during the struggle for the liberation of Buda Castle, the wall collapsed after an explosion and the statue of the Virgin Mary was discovered without showing any damage. The statue, so magnificently shiny and positively whole surprised Christian fighters who, by this fact, they that found the they had strength to launch another attack against the Turkish forces and overpowered them in a victory.

Nov 6, 1688

Moscow (Russia)

Title: Icon of the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow (miraculous image)

On November 6, 1688 (October 24 in the old calendar), as the Patriarch of Moscow's sister lay in bed with an incurable open wound in her side, she heard a woman's voice say, "Euphemia! Go to the temple of the Transfiguration of My Son; there you will find an icon called the 'Joy of All Who Sorrow.' Have the priest celebrate a moleben with the blessing of water, and you will receive healing from sickness." Euphemia had the priest say the prayer service in the church, then bring the icon to her home and bless her with holy water. She arose healed. Russian liturgy now honors the icon on the date the Mother of God is believed to have spoken to Euphemia: "Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of Grace, Joy of all who sorrow!". Because of continuing miracles after prayers before this icon, Transfiguration Church on Ordynka Street became known as Joy of All Who Sorrow Church. During the Soviet era it became a storage facility for the Tretyakov State Gallery. The church reopened for worship in 1948. Some believe the icon enshrined there is the one that was there in 1688; others hold that it is a copy from the 1700s.. The Virgin stands holding the Child in a radiant mandorla, surrounded by suffering people being helped. Other icons with this title, such as one in St. Petersburg, have similar iconography, but without the child.

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Title: Our Lady of the Snows (Miraculous Image)

The church on the Rigi, in the canton of Schwyz, the task the task was entrusted to the painter Johann Balthasar Steiner to paint a replica of the famous Mary of the Snow. The artist accepted the job, but said that would not have painted the picture if Holy Mary had not moved his brush. This not only helped for success of the portrait, but also later, when many pilgrims turned to the painting for aid. The book bears witness of the pilgrims.


Cavite City (Phillipines)

Title: Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de Porta Vaga, (Our Lady of Solitude of Vaga Gate) also "Reina de Cavite" (i.e. Queen of Cavite) and "La Virgen de la Soledad"

Visionary: a Spanish sentinel

Feast Day: Third Sunday of November

A legend narrates that many years ago, a small detachment of Spanish Guardia Civil was stationed at a sentry post called garita located at the end of the Isthmus of Rosario. One stormy night, while a Spanish sentinel was at his post, he perceived a halo of a bright shifting light. A dazzling apparition rose form the currents of Cañacao Bay startling the sentry with suspicion that it could be pirates who were out to ransack the port because that time, Cavite was at the peak of economic prosperity because of the galleon trade.
Frightened, the sentinel shouted "¡Alto! ¡Alto!" ("Halt! Halt!"). However, instead of stopping, the light proceeded toward him. Hence, in a loud voice he asked, "¿Quién vive?" ("Who is there?"). He then heard a sweet and melodious voice saying:
"Soldadito, ¿por qué el alto me das en noche tan fría? Dame paso. ¿No conoces a Maria?" ("Little Soldier, why halt me on a night so cold? Let me pass. Dost thou not recognise Mary?")
The sentinel, struck in awe and confusion, humbly and repentantly replied,

"Perdóname, Virgen Maria, Reina de mi devoción; pues solo soy un soldado que cumplo mi obligación!" ("Forgive me, Virgin Mary, Queen of my devotion; for I am a soldier who complies with my duty!")

The following morning, fisherman and workers at the Cavite Royal Arsenal usually passed through the Porta Vaga (Vaga Gate) found along the beach of Cañacáo Bay a framed image of the Virgin. It was close to the spot where she appeared the previous night. They brought the image to the parish priest who temporarily installed it in the parish church. Later, a small chapel was built near the Porta Vaga's walls, and for three centuries it was the shrine of the Virgen de la Soledad. The icon was used to bless the galleon plying between Cavite and Acapulco (Mexico) during formal sending off ceremonies, earning her the title "Patroness of the Galleon".

In 1929, a new parish priest, Fr. Pedro Lerena y Lerena of Logrono, Spain, was assigned to the Puerto. At the same time, he was appointed Rector of the Ermita. His great dedication to the cause of the Virgen de la Soledad saw the beautification and the improvement of the Ermita through the years. During the Second World War, Fr. Lerena was able to retrieve the precious image of the Virgin from a junkyard where it was thrown by the Japanese invaders and brought it to the Archbishop’s Palace in Intramuros, Manila and later to the vaults of the Philippine National Bank for safekeeping. It was brought back to Cavite only after the liberation in 1945, this time to her home at the San Roque church because the Ermita was destroyed by Japanese and the combined Filipino-American forces. Until his death in 1972, Fr. Lerena served as the guardian of Cavite’s priceless treasure.

Source: Consuming passions: Philippine collectibles Erlinda Enriquez Panlilio, Jaime C. Laya 2003 page 70



Witness: Maria Francisca (10)
Our Lady of Sorrows (miraculous statue)

The statue of Our Lady of Sorrows, who was in the hospital chapel of the Sacred Heart, miraculously moved her pupils. This phenomenon was also found by a commission of inquiry archbishop. A girl of ten years, Maria Francisca Schrott, was the first to witness the phenomenon. During the Litany of Our Lady of Saturday, January 21, saw the eyes of the Most Holy Virgin begin to move: that is, before they moved up and then to her Son crucified, then the statue turned her eyes downward and finally turned to the right and left. The girl, just arrived home, told this extraordinary phenomenon, and the next day many people came to see the miraculous event. Then intervened the commission of inquiry, which, after appropriate investigation, that the statue was stable at certain times of day, morning and evening in particular, turning her eyes from right to left. Five sudden healings confirmed the miraculous character of the phenomenon. The archbishop recognized its authenticity and approved the pilgrimage and the veneration of Mary.



Visionary: peasant (30)

At Lanrivain (diocese of Saint-Brieuc), Mary appeared to a poor peasant thirty-year-old father of twelve children and multiplied the bread on the table of the poor family of the seer. Despite this miracle, the local priest did not believe in the apparitions and then became blind after ten days. One day his parishioner miraculously found a statue of the Madonna and fell deep in prayer in front of it: while the priest went back to being able to see. Immediately after recovery, the priest did everything to build a chapel to Mary.


Cavite City (Phillipines)

Title: Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de Porta Vaga, (Our Lady of Solitude of Vaga Gate) also "Reina de Cavite" (i.e. Queen of Cavite) and "La Virgen de la Soledad"

Visionary: a Spanish sentinel

Feast Day: Third Sunday of November

A legend narrates that many years ago, a small detachment of Spanish Guardia Civil was stationed at a sentry post called garita located at the end of the Isthmus of Rosario. One stormy night, while a Spanish sentinel was at his post, he perceived a halo of a bright shifting light. A dazzling apparition rose form the currents of Cañacao Bay startling the sentry with suspicion that it could be pirates who were out to ransack the port because that time, Cavite was at the peak of economic prosperity because of the galleon trade.
Frightened, the sentinel shouted "¡Alto! ¡Alto!" ("Halt! Halt!"). However, instead of stopping, the light proceeded toward him. Hence, in a loud voice he asked, "¿Quién vive?" ("Who is there?"). He then heard a sweet and melodious voice saying: "Soldadito, ¿por qué el alto me das en noche tan fría? Dame paso. ¿No conoces a Maria?" ("Little Soldier, why halt me on a night so cold? Let me pass. Dost thou not recognise Mary?")

The sentinel, struck in awe and confusion, humbly and repentantly replied,

"Perdóname, Virgen Maria, Reina de mi devoción; pues solo soy un soldado que cumplo mi obligación!" ("Forgive me, Virgin Mary, Queen of my devotion; for I am a soldier who complies with my duty!")

The following morning, fisherman and workers at the Cavite Royal Arsenal usually passed through the Porta Vaga (Vaga Gate) found along the beach of Cañacáo Bay a framed image of the Virgin. It was close to the spot where she appeared the previous night. They brought the image to the parish priest who temporarily installed it in the parish church. Later, a small chapel was built near the Porta Vaga's walls, and for three centuries it was the shrine of the Virgen de la Soledad. The icon was used to bless the galleon plying between Cavite and Acapulco (Mexico) during formal sending off ceremonies, earning her the title "Patroness of the Galleon".

In 1929, a new parish priest, Fr. Pedro Lerena y Lerena of Logrono, Spain, was assigned to the Puerto. At the same time, he was appointed Rector of the Ermita. His great dedication to the cause of the Virgen de la Soledad saw the beautification and the improvement of the Ermita through the years. During the Second World War, Fr. Lerena was able to retrieve the precious image of the Virgin from a junkyard where it was thrown by the Japanese invaders and brought it to the Archbishop’s Palace in Intramuros, Manila and later to the vaults of the Philippine National Bank for safekeeping. It was brought back to Cavite only after the liberation in 1945, this time to her home at the San Roque church because the Ermita was destroyed by Japanese and the combined Filipino-American forces. Until his death in 1972, Fr. Lerena served as the guardian of Cavite’s priceless treasure.

Source: Consuming passions: Philippine collectibles Erlinda Enriquez Panlilio, Jaime C. Laya 2003 page 70

Sept 18, 1692

Verviers (Belgium)

Miraculous Statue

The city of Verviers was shaken by a terrible earthquake. The population fled outdoors and many went to pray in front of the Franciscan church, before the great statue of the Blessed Virgin. The crowd arrived at the foot of the statue was seen, with the greatest wonder of all, this was changed: the Infant Jesus was facing the mother, the sphere of the world that He bore in his right hand was gone, his little hand was in Mary's left hand with which he also held the scepter. The child looked at his mother's eyes and she looked upon her child and beyond, extending from the crowd attentive and absorbed in reverent prayer in front of the extraordinary event. The miraculous statue of Our Lady remained in this position until today. The many witnesses urged the Church to confirm the miracle. Pope Clement XII granted certain indulgences (1739) and Leo XIII had celebrated the crowning of the miraculous statue in 1892, at the hands of the bishop of Liege.

Jan 9, 1692

Messina, Sicily, Italy

Title: Madonna della Lettera

The Madonna's intervention saved Messina during the earthquakes that shook most of Sicily in 1693. On January 9 of that year, when the first tremors began, the Virgin Mary appeared to a sick girl named Paola Alfonsina, daughter of jurist Antonio Pesce. As Benedetto Chiarello, S.J., wrote in 1705, "Suddenly she saw the window of her little room open unexpectedly, and through it came a marvelous woman dressed in white with a blue mantle" who smiled at her and said, "Fear not." The Madonna returned during the night and, asked to protect the city, replied that the people should remain joyful and wait in the cathedral before the altar of the Madonna della Lettera. Followed by a tsunami along the entire coast, the January 11 earthquake left 54,000 casualties. Messina suffered damage and flooding but was was spared the brunt of the disaster. Afterwards, the Madonna reappeared to Paola with words of comfort and over the next few days to others as well. Local tradition holds that the Virgin honored the people of Messina by writing a letter to them, dated from Jerusalem, "in the year of her Son, 42." The Byzantine icon of the Madonna della Lettera, behind a golden cover, occupies the high altar of Messina's Cathedral, which was founded around the fourth century and used as a stable during the Islamic occupation, then reconstructed around 1168 and consecrated on 22 September 1197 to the Virgin Mary. The Madonna of the Letter is now also represented by a completely gilded statue in the belltower and by a 20' monument at the harbor entrance, with the huge inscription: "Vos et ipsam civitatem benedicimus" ("We bless you and your city"), from the letter's text. The harbor statue was unveiled on August 2, 1934 and, thanks to Gugliemo Marconi, fitted with a special device allowing it to be illuminated from the Vatican in Rome. The feast day of Our Lady of the Letter is June 3.


Nov 13, 1695

Santa Rosa, Ambato, Tungurahua, Ecuador

Title: Virgen de la Elevación



Miraculous painting

A portrait of Mary miraculously remained unscathed despite the Turks throwning it into the fire. The painting depicts the Virgin and Child. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, this image of the Virgin was crowned by the archbishop of Esztergom.


Quito (Ecuador)

Visionary: Local Bishop
Title: Our Lady of Guapulo, "Queen of the Heaven"

During the procession of the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the "Queen of the Heaven" appeared to the bishop of the diocese, who then recovered from a serious illness.

Source: Gamba, 1999, p.372



Visionary: Philip Jeningen SJ (1642-1704)

Philip Jeningen SJ (1642-1704) was actively engaged in parish missions. He was a great mystic and devoted to the cult of Mary. Philip devoted himself to the spiritual care of souls in need, being able to convert or reconvert many people.

He received the gift of the Holy Stigmata from an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ. Jesus himself gave him the holy stigmata of His Holy Mother. Father Philip worked with deep missionary fervor in Diocese of Eichstätt, Augsburg and Würzburg and was able to promote the construction of the sanctuary at Schönenberg Ellwangen.

Nov 4, 1696

Pötsch (HUNGARY)

Title: "Mary Pötsch", Our Lady Mary of the Snow (crying image)

Farmer Michael Cory, who was in the Unitarian Church Parish Greek of Pötsch, where he saw tears icon painted in the image of Our Lady Mary of the Snow. The phenomenon was also observed by many other people and famous personalities. This event is repeated many times between November 4 and December 8. It was thought to wrap the portrait in a cloth, but after a while everything was wet. Many miracles and healings mannifested in front of this painting. Then Father Marco d'Aviano was advised to bring the portrait toVienna. The Emperor Leopold I in fact took place the first portrait in the castle of La Favorita, then in the church of the Augustinians, and finally, with great celebration in St. Stephen's Cathedral where the famous preacher Abraham, a Saint Clare, gave the festive sermon. The painting is still in St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna and is the object of devotional worship. Many contemplate the picture of "Mary Pötsch" as the patron saint of Vienna. Prince Eugene attributed his victory over the Turks in 1679 in this picture. A Pötsch is venerated a copy of the painting. The copy was also discovered in a miraculous way and tears in the first eight days of May 1715.

Dec 30, 1696

Quito, Ecuador

Title: Nuestra Señora de la Nube, Quito, Ecuador

When Sancho de Andrade y Figueroa, Bishop of Quito, was gravely ill, his flock decided to carry the image of Our Lady from the Guápulo district to the Cathedral in procession to ask God for his health. On December 30, 1696, at 4:45 pm, when the procession reached St. Francis's Church, its bell sounded the signal for praying the Gloria Patri. Suddenly Don José de Ulloa y la Cadena, chaplain of the Nuns of the Immaculate Conception, was pointing east, exclaiming, "The Virgin! The Virgin!" According to official documents in the archdiocesan archives, all present saw the Virgin resting on a cloud between the sanctuaries of Guápulo and Quinche, with a crown on her head, a lily in her right hand, and the Child in her left arm. The apparition lasted throughout the recitation of the Gloria, Our Father, and Hail Mary. Then it faded and the cloud covered the image. Afterwards, the bishop got better, and when fully recovered he authorized devotion to Our Lady of the Cloud, erecting an altar to her in Quito Cathedral. She is honored with an annual fiesta and procession on January 1.




Crying Statue

A statue of Mary crying for three days. In 1742 it was transferred from the small chapel where it was in the church of the Jesuits. This statue was the subject of a strong devotion to Mary and the faithful still come to this place.



Title: Our Lady of Sorrows
Visionary: Mrs. Sophia Feilheim Vienna

Mrs. Sophia Feilheim Vienna, suffering from an incurable disease, saw in a dream a Pieta that suddenly began to speak: "Search this statue, pray before it with confidence and get better." Then the Holy Virgin continued: "Bring my statue to Hungary." Mrs. Feilheim went looking and found the Pieta in Sumeg in Hungary. It was absolutely identical to what she saw in a dream and that had spoken. She prayed fervently before the image of the Pieta and touched it. After a few hours, she recovered. The faithful sang a hymn of thanksgiving before the statue of the Madonna and Bishop Paul Széchany confirmed the miracle. Sümeg Marian became a place of worship for many pilgrims seeking the comfort of Our Lady of Sorrows.

January 27, 1699

Castenaso (italy)

Visionary: Maria Maddelena

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