The Miracle Hunter  

Apparitions (1700 - 1799 A.D.)


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Visionary: Venerable Bartolomeo Holzhauser

ca. 1700


Visionary: a shaman

There was a historic and prodigious event where in front of a local shaman, an image of Our Lady fell from the breviary of a young French missionary. Collecting it from the sand, the shaman recognized in Our Lady the woman he that met the day before in the surrounding countryside .With him, he converted to Christianity all the people of the village.


Quillacollo , Cochabamba, (Bolivia)

Title: Virgen de Urkupiña
Visionary: shepherd girl
Feast: August 15

In the late seventeenth century, at the beginning of the colony, in the region of Cota (Quillacollo southwest), lived a humble family of farmers who subsisted on the usefulness of his small flock of sheep that were in the care of menor. La daughter girl headed toward low hills daily front Cota, passing Sapinku river, where there was water and grass in abundance for his flock. A splendid August day, when the sun played with the wild bushes and grass hill dazzling emerald, appeared to him a very beautiful lady who had children in their arms, maintained in long conversations with her own native language of the place , the Quechua . Often the shepherd playing with that child in the waters of a spring gushing from the rocks.

Since then, the girl almost always delayed in returning to the hut of their parents, so they asked the reason for their tardiness, she recounted their encounters with the lady whom he called "Mommy and child". He said the mommy and her little boy came down to play with her in the chimpanzee juturis (or chimpa batteries), so they called and continue to call the two strands of clear and sweet water situated at the foot of the hill. Hearing her, her parents became alarmed and went repeatedly to the green hill to convince the incredible stories of the peasant girl.

At reiterated the visit of the "Mother", she went in search of their parents and those to doctrinero (parishes were called doctrines and by extension the priest doctrinero) and Rancherio neighbors who take notice of the event decided to ensure its accuracy , going to the place where the girl led them. The Virgin to see that the shepherd did not show up from where it was uphill and climbed the hill, while the girl screamed indicating finger in Quechua "Jaqaypiña orqopiña, orqopiña", which in Quechua means "is already on the hill "" (Orqo = hill, pineapple = already), hence the Spanish name Urkupiña. Mrs. to get to the top, he disappeared, but managed to reach view a celestial image vanished in the tangle of carob, cactus and ululas. Convinced that the vision was strange, ran to town. The pastor who summoned the people, and with other officials rushed to the scene of the miracle in front of the settlement of Cota ... The bustling crowd moved to the chapel this Quillacollo and has since become known as the Virgin of Urqupiña, who is highly revered by the Bolivian people and the stories of the miracles that lavish their devotees are extraordinary. There, he built a chapel of the Virgin, now has moved image matrix Quillacollo the temple to where pilgrims come from all over Bolivia and South America, to venerate the Virgin Mary of Urkupiña, patron of the National Integration. (By Bishop Francisco Cano Galvarro and Mercedes Anaya Urquidi)

Source: Wikipedia


Cotoca, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Title: Virgen de Cotoca
Witness: Two loggers
Feast: August 15

The exact origin of the image of the Virgin of Cotoca is unknown, as in many other cases, the popular imagination has become legend. Many legends are known about this Virgin, though the best known account when two loggers were preparing to cut a majestic and rugged tree trunk found in the middle of the image of the Virgin Mary .

Cotoca probably began as a hamlet formed spontaneously by farmers who inhabited the grasslands of the area, where as white dots in the middle of the plains are small villages and hamlets as Paurito, Pailas Tarope and others. Cotoca was forced pascana past travelers to the Chiquitanía and Brazil and was very near the place where he moved for the second time the city of Santa Cruz, "the Old". It was populated by blacks and mulattoes, who worked as slaves on the neighboring farms, they being the majority of the population until well into the nineteenth century.

Mural depicting the legend of the apparition of the Virgin of Cotoca, built by sculptor Miguel Germán García Miranda .

There are several legends that explain the appearance of the Virgin of Cotoca. One of the most popular pen know by Achilles Gomez, who relates that slaves unjustly accused by his employer, a Mr. Cortez-of murdering a farmer, fled to the neighboring mountains of Azuzaquí, and while resting found the image of the Virgin, hidden in the hollow of a tree trunk. The fugitive family, surnamed Barroso, prayed that the Virgin's help, miracle that occurred in the village to discover the true murderers.

The image was installed in the Barroso rustic house in the north of the present town, and there was little shrines revered by friends and strangers. At death Dona Elvira Barroso, the son and the widow gave the image to a rich farmer, Redeemer Manuel Roca, who built the first wake. "It is in this way they built the sanctuary of the virgin, of bricks and roof covered with palm channels, on the grounds of Redeemer Don Rock, which at that time occupied the South path relative to the town square. Here on the same site and the years passed, the family of the landowner, built the second oratorio, higher capacity and larger front where hundreds of promesantes came to seek solace and partly to thank for the endless concessions granted miracles by Mommy ".

Source: Wikipedia


Murnau (Germany)

Title: Sorrowful Mother of God (Crying statue)

A statue of the Sorrowful Mother of God was seen repeatedly in tears. The Bishop of Augsburg confirmed this supernatural phenomenon after checking the veracity of the testimony and approved special devotional worship.

August 1705

Capurso (Italy)

Visionary: Father Dominic Tanzella
Title: The Madonna of the Well

The origin of the shrine dates back to August 1705. Life goes on freely, as in many small agricultural towns of Italy, without any extraordinary events, and there is nothing to foreshadow an event that will change the face of the town and make it known not only in Puglia, but also in the Christian world.

A priest of Capurso, Father Dominic Tanzella, in a serious health condition with doctors having diagnosed him with an incurable disease.

One night some unknown that August, Our Lady appears to the priest, telling him he would be healed if she drank water once the ancient well called "Santa Maria" and he vowed to erect a church with an adjoining convent for the Franciscan Friars . Confident in the words of Madonna, who appeared to him, the priest drinks the water of the well and heals instantly.


Kötschach (AUSTRIA)

Visionary: young sanctuary sacristan

Our Lady appeared to a young sanctuary sacristan and led him to worship her statue by remaining kneeling at his home for twelve hours. After this test of loyalty, she urged him to continue his church service. In addition, he promised his protection of that place, to the inhabitants and all the pilgrims who had come. On 29 April the same year in the night the bells began to ring. People, woke up suddenly from the noise, came and saw with wonder that the church was completely illuminated. No one could explain the origin of the miraculous light. The faithful, deeply moved, prayed for one night, then suddenly the light vanished.



Visionary: soldier George Mittnacht
Title: Mary, Help of Christians

Mary blessed the soldier George Mittnacht with her appearance and helped him. George fought in the army of Prince Eugene against the Turks. He was taken prisoner, was sentenced to be thrown into boiling oil, and he prayed earnestly to the Mother of God, vowing to build a chapel in her honor if he could see his homeland again. The next day the soldier woke up on a lawn near Bischwind, fifty kilometers from Wurzburg. After a few years, he devoted himself to the building with his hands, a chapel dedicated to Mary, "Mary, Help of Christians."

July 5, 1708

Thyrnau (SLOVAKIA)

Visionary: Crying and sweating icon

The icon of Mary in the sanctuary of Thyrnau, during the plague, and tears began to sweat visibly. These phenomena were investigated by church authorities and carefully confirmed by thirty witnesses who saw the tears on the following dates: July 5, August 10 and 1, 1708. On the hundredth anniversary of the event, a copy of the portrait was the famous icon which is located in the church of St. Alexis in Rome. This icon was brought from Edessa, Syria, and Rome was known since the fourth century for the many miraculous events related to it. According to legend, the young Alexius, son of the patrician Eufemiano, was arranged by his parents to marry. The night before the wedding, he escaped and reached Edessa, where he lived for 17 years dedicating himself to God alone return to Rome, could be accommodated from his parents without revealing his true identity. He died leaving signs of great holiness. Only after his death, Alexius of Edessa was venerated as a saint, the church of St. Boniface on the Aventine was dedicated to him in the year 978.



Visionary: St. Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort (1673-1716)

St. Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort (1673-1716) was an extraordinary mystic, prophet and apostle of the fervent Marian devotion. Its greatest merit is that he has introduced countless people to the love of the Blessed Mother of God and the practice of Marian devotion. Marian devotion of his inspiration presupposes two elements that combine in one body inseparable: the perfect practice of true veneration of Mary and deeper commitment to Jesus, ie the total consecration of themselves to Christ through daily rededication to Mary.

On June 5, 1700 Grignon was ordained priest. In 1701 he became a chaplain at the hospital for the poor of Poitiers of which, after various vicissitudes, was appointed director. From 1706 he devoted himself to parish missions for the people, his true vocation, and founded the Daughters of Divine Wisdom, a hospital dedicated to the Order of Most Blessed Virgin Mary. He was a missionary traveling throughout France, and during these trips was often accompanied by the appearance of a "Lady dressed in white." The apparition was seen by some believers. From the prayers of St. Louis Marie Grignon, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, is the profound influence of these apparitions. Because of the persecution of the Jansenists, who at that time dominated the public and ecclesiastical life, his writings for a long time could not move. Only much later, his treatise on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin (Traité de la Sainte Vierge à la vraie devotion), which was written in 1842, was widespread. The complete works of Louis Grignon first spread to France and England, then across the German-speaking world, thanks to the publications of the Swiss publishing house Canisius. Grignon was beatified in 1888 and canonized by Pope Pius XII July 20, 1947. The encyclical Ad diem istum, written by Pope Pius X for the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the declaration of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, all written in the spirit of Grignon de Montfort, has promoted the link between the cult of Mary and the modern apostolate. From careful investigation on the mystical Marian Grignon clear the relationship with that of Berulle and Henry Suso.

November 18, 1709

Zulia (Venezuela)

Title: Our Lady of Chiquinquira / La Chinita
Visionaries: Maria Cárdenas

An old lady named Maria Cárdenas made a living by washing other people's clothes, a job she did every morning at the shores of the lake. On November 18, 1709 she took a bulk of clothes, and as usual, went to the lake to start washing them. This old lady was at her chores when she saw a small wooden slab floating towards her. She picked it up thinking that it might be of some use.

When Cárdenas finished her work, she went home carrying the clothes, the wooden slab and a small vase with fresh water. She then placed the board on top of the vase, before noticing a small figure in the board but could not tell what it was. Feeling curious about this, she went directly to see what was happening and found the slab glowing with a bright light to later find the image of the Virgin of Chiquinquirá.

Surprised and filled with a strong emotion, Cárdenas immediately ran out of her house located on the 2nd avenue, screaming and shouting the words “Miracle! Miracle!” Her neighbors went where the woman was to find out that the apparition of the Virgin Mary was real. From that day on, the faith of the Zulians found their Queen in the “Chinita”. As it has been expressed by many people, “She is the way that leads to Jesus”.

Since that day the street where Cárdenas lived was renamed "El Milagro" which means Miracle in Spanish, and to this day it is one of the most important streets in the neighborhood of "El Saladillo" in the city of Maracaibo. To this day the wooden slab with the image on it can still be seen in the Basilica in Maracaibo.

Legend has it that the government decided that the wood with the image belonged in the capital city, Caracas. So they ordered it moved. As the soldiers following the order carried the image away from Maracaibo it got heavier and heavier until finally no one could lift it. They returned it to the Basilica of Maracaibo where it has remained with the belief that no one can remove it.


1710 and on

Ovada, Castellazzo, Italy

Visionary: St. Paul of the Cross (Paul Francis Danei, 1694-1775)

St. Paul of the Cross had a vision of our Lady in a black habit with the name Jesus and a cross in white on the chest. In the vision, the Blessed Virgin told him to found a religious order devoted to preaching the Passion of Christ. He later founded the Passionist Order.


Paul of the Cross (Paul Francis Danei, 1694-1775) was sixteen when his brother fell into a river, Mary. appeared and saved them both from certain death by drowning. Three years later he was converted and received by the office of Madonna leaving the secular world to dedicate himself to the Lord Jesus Christ. In 1715 he enlisted in the Army of the Republic of Venice against the Turks to fight and die as a martyr, believing in this way to serve Christ and do the will of the Holy Virgin. But soon it became clear that, to accomplish the task entrusted to him by Mary, would have to go another way. He then retired for some time in solitude to devote to prayer and atonement and understanding his true path in the world at this time drew up a "rule". From his spiritual father, Francesco Arborio, bishop of Alexandria, received the black robe of atonement. Pope Benedict XIII allowed him to seek other brothers, but rejected the rule because too severe. Paul devoted himself to the care of the sick with his brother and was ordained priest in 1727. With some brothers retired to Monte Argentario, where he founded the first home of the Passionists. Benedict XIV approved a less severe form of the rule. During an apparition, Mary Paul explained to the meaning and nature of his pain and induced him to contemplate the sufferings of his Son. Through the spiritual schools of Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Francis de Sales and John Tauler, Paul developed a deep passion of the mystic, who through his sermons, also spread among the faithful and contemporary spiritually prepared. At his death the Order of the Passionists had 12 offices with over 200 members. Paul was beatified in 1863 and canonized in 1867.

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Visionary: a monk Lova

The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared on June 18th to the monk Lova, in the convent of Solowczkij, instructing him to build a church on the hill on which stood the convent and to consecrate to the crucifixion of Jesus She said: "This mountain will be named as Golgotha will be a place of indescribable torment and punishment." In 1928 in that place was built a political prison camp where tens of thousands of people died in the most terrible conditions.



Bleeding icon

In the Franciscan church of Szent-Antal, a portrait of Mary began to weep blood of emergency. The offices of the church, after careful examination of the phenomenon, agreed in 1716 the public worship of this Marian image.



Title: Our Lady of Snow (Mary with the protective mantle)

According to tradition, Mary would have extended her great mantle over the army of Prince Eugene and Prince Elector of Baden to make possible the victory of the Christians on the Turkish power. During a celebration, Prince Eugene commissioned the portrait of Most Holy Mary, Who had exhibited in the hospital the morning of the battle of the military, the church of Our Lady of Snow in Peterwardein. The painting was dedicated in eternal memory of the final expulsion of the Turks from Europe. Pope Clement XI arranged the introduction of the feast of the Holy Rosary and the spread of the Angelus, which for a long time, it was also called "Turkish prayer." Pope Callistus III introduced the prayer for daily recitation (you had to pray three times a day as a counterweight to the call of the muezzin of Islam). Peterwardein became an important pilgrimage site and the portrait of the Virgin "Mary of the Snow" (Mary with the protective mantle) was the object of devotional worship.

Oct 1, 1711

Valverde (italy)

Visionary: Paolo Ogna (8) and Francesco Pellizzari (11)

Aug 18, 1713 and Aug 20, 1714

Rubiana (italy)

Title: Madonna of Sorrows
Nicol Lorenzo

On dividing ridge between the towns of Val della Torre and Rubiana, in the province of Turin, lies the shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, Our Lady of the Low (mt.1152).

His story, handed down to us in detail by Canon Colombero , began August 18, 1713 when a certain Lorenzo Nicol broke his leg in an area called the Lower and, turning to Mary, vowed to build a pylon there.
Immediately healed by divine intervention, the Nicol was able to return to the country and, as often happens, he forgot the promise.

On August 20 of the following year, working in the same locality, Lorenzo Nicol was affected by the same disaster. Repented of his past behavior, he prayed to the Virgin Mary because, once again, came to his aid. Our Lady answer the prayers of our workers and allowed him to reach his home. The Nicol no longer disregarded the vow. He built a pylon which formed the origin of the sanctuary and placed in it a statue of the Virgin Mary still worshiped there.

The source from which the Colombero took the news about what happened to Lorenzo Nicol in those years, dating back to a script left by the theologian Joseph Bertolo of Mompellato in which the author comments on the fact exceptional. The local people, became aware of the miraculous event, wanted to build a Lower chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, which replaced the shrine, and where he celebrated his first Mass in 1721.

In the following years the building was enlarged to reach the current structure consists of a building, used as a shelter for pilgrims, and the real church consists of three naves, one of which is located in the Municipality of Val della Torre while insist on remaining estate of Rubiana. Permits for use of municipal land were granted, and communicated via two letters of concession in 1879, by then Mayor of Val della Torre, Sig.Chiaberge, Sig.Presidente to the Shrine of the Low.




Title: Our Lady of the Cape
Three priests


August 14, 1715

Sinj, Croatia

Title: Our Lady of Sinj

Tradition holds that Catholics in Sinj spent the night of August 14, 1715 praying for the Blessed Mother's intercession to stop an army of Turks bent on taking the city and moving toward Vienna. When the Blessed Mother's image appeared in the sky the next day - the Feast of the Assumption - the Turkish soldiers became violently ill and retreated. TH local celebrations includes a procession, Mass and roast lamb and other traditional Croatian foods.

Source: Catholic New World, Vol 122, Issue 17

Aug 4, 1716

Pellestrina (Italy)

Title: Madonna of the Apparition
Natalino Scarpa

On Tuesday, August 4, 1716, feast of St. Dominic, around six in the morning a guy named John Di Scarpa Natalino said Muto, age about 14 years and a half on his way to the parish church of All Saints, past the temple of Saints Vito and Modesto, who also kept an ancient painting of the Madonna del Carmine, he saw a strange woman, short in stature, rather old, standing on the right side of the church. The "Lady" was wearing a blue dress, embroidered with red stars, which came down to his feet and his head was covered with a white veil that came under his arms, his face was pale, his cheeks white, the look without frank ornaments of any kind, concerned look.

The church was closed and she was beside him: he waved to the boy approached because they had to say something:
"Come here fio - he said - go 'from Piovan and dams that do celebrate masses for the souls in Purgatory, volemo if you win, and portime the answer, and to tel you why you digo x and worthy."

And with his right hand as if to reassure him and to confirm the reality of the vision, touched his left wrist, holding it with affection for a few moments. The detailed description, referring directly to the guy, it shows how the young man was impressed that image: "resembled - remembers Natalino - the mother of my teacher (the priest Antonio de Ambrosi), especially in the eyes, but she certainly was not, because of short stature and dressed differently. " Natalino was alone and on his way to All Saints Church ceremony to accompany the administration of Communion to the sick three: no one else but him could have seen that woman.




Visionary: St. Veronica Giuliani

January 1717


Bleeding Icon

During the months of January and February, a portrait of the Virgin Mary placed in the church of Sajópàlfalva was seen weeping blood. The Bishop of Eger examined the supernatural phenomenon and, declaring its authenticity, gave his approval to this image of the Virgin Mary which became a special object of devotion.

July 2, 1717

Lescure (France)

Visionary: John Paillé (13 - shepherd)

The Virgin Mary appears to a shepherd boy named Jean Paillé and calls for the construction of a chapel on the site of the apparition. The boy was scared and did not talk to anyone. The Virgin, then, appeared a second and a third time, encourages the seer to tell the tale and reveals the existence and location of a statue underground. Due to the disbelief of his fellow citizens, Jean builds in its own way a small niche of stones and lays the stauetta miraculously found. After analyzing the facts, the bishop of Saint.Flour, Msgr. D'Estaing du Saillans, give credence to the story of the shepherd and authorizes the construction of a chapel, solemnly blessed on July 2, 1724 by one of his vicars. On July 2, 1869, was inaugurated by Bishop De Pompignac a new larger church. In 1934, the image of "Our Lady of the Visitation" is solemnly crowned.


October 1717

Sao Paulo (Brazil)

Title: Our Lady of Apparecida ("Our Lady who Appeared" - statue)
Domingos Garcia, Joco Alves, and Felipe Pedroso (three fishermen)
Feast Day: October 12

In October of 1717, Dom Pedro de Almedida, Count of Assumar, was on his way to the state of Minas Gerais from Sao Paulo. He would have to pass by Guarantinqueta, a small city in the Paraiba River valley. The people of Guarantinqueta decided to hold a great feast to honor the Count, and a lot of fish would be needed.

However, it was not the season for fish and the water seemed deserted. After many hours of catching nothing, the fishermen were very depressed. Among the fishermen were three men who always prayed to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception -- Domingos Garcia, Joco Alves, and Felipe Pedroso. Before going out to fish, they asked God to help then in this difficult task, to find enough fish at this time when no fish were available. Felipe knelt and prayed, along with his companions, "Mother of God and our Mother, we need to find fish!"

Just before they were ready to give up, Joco cast his net one more time near the Port of Itaguagu in hopes that they would find fish. However, they found a body of a statue! Joco called out in surprise, "Domingo! Felipe! Come and see what we have!" They cast the net one more time and brought up the head of the statue!

They very carefully washed the statue and saw that it was Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. They wrapped her in some cloths and continued to fish. Domingo commented, "We worked all night and have found no fish!"

Felipe had a proposition: "Let's continue to fish with faith in the Virgin Aparecida (who appeared)." From this moment on, the net became very full with fish. This was the first miracle of Our Lady of Aparecida.

It is not known how the small (less than three feet high) statue came to rest at the bottom of the river, but its artist is known, Frei Agostino de Jesus, a "carioca'' monk from Sao Paulo who created artistic clay sculptures.The image was made around 1650 and must have stayed submerged in the river for many years because it lost its original polychromy. The image is now a brilliant dark brown color, and is covered by a stiff mantle of richly embroidered thick cloth, allowing only her face and hands to be seen. She wears on her head the imperial crown with precious stones with which she was crowned by the Apostolic Nuncio in 1904. In 1930 Pope Pius XII proclaimed her principal patroness of Brazil.

Her feast on October 12 is a national holiday. Pope John Paul II visited the Virgin "Aparecida" in her much frequented sanctuary and gave it the title of Basilica. A few days before the visit someone got hold of the statue and threw it forcibly on the floor. Although the frail image was broken into many pieces, the loving and careful work of several artists put it together again and the Virgin, "Aparecida" returned to her niche in the Basilica.


Altenhohenau (Germany)

Visionary: Columba Weigl (1713-1783)

Apparitions to Columba WEigel, German dominican, right from childhood, on a consistent basis (at times daily). The visionary saw visions of Christ and the saints and received the stigmata on August 19, 1731. In 1774, she became the prioress of a convent.

Source: Imbert-Gourbeyre, 426



Visionary: shepherd
Title: Madonna del Pollino

The origins of the sanctuary "Madonna del Pollino" (which derives its name from the mountains on the northern slopes of which rises on the border of Calabria and Lucania) can be traced back to 1700, with the apparition of Our Lady "bathed in light, fair as the sun "to a shepherd, and then to a local woman, which pointed to a pool of water because you saw this in a cave nearby, a statue of the Virgin Mary covered with soil. Every year in late spring, devotees climb the nice little sanctuary, reachable only by foot (at a height of 1537 meters.), With a colorful procession carrying the statue of the Madonna from the Mother Church of San Severino.

Source: magazine "Madre di Dio", august 2005


Bad Rippoldsau (GERMANY)

Title: Mother of Sorrows (animated painting)
Witness: A mother

The mother of a blind girl petitioned the Virgin for healing her daughter. The devout woman knelt before a painting of the Pietà for seven consecutive days. The Most Holy Virgin moved with pity "came down from the portrait" and healed the girl. In the fourteenth century, more than two hundred prayers were answered In front of the Pieta, and there were many miraculous healings. In particular, the "Mother of Sorrows" healed sores, fever, gout, rheumatism and teeth.



Miraculous Statue

A group of girls adorned the church of Barweiler with flowers of lilies and placed some in the hand of the statue of Mary (Cornonated with the Child). These flowers, now withered, in September, returned to green petals and appeared just like fresh crops. The following year, the phenomenon was repeated. On the initiative of the Bishop of Trier, the case was carefully examined and confirmed it was of supernatural origin. The miraculous statue was closed in a reliquary with two bolts.


Persquen (Morbihan, Diocese of Vannes)

A chapel was built. Each August 1, a "pardon" (with Mass and procession) attracts hundreds of devotees.

Source: Patrick Sbalchiero "PERSQUEN" in: René LAURENTIN and Patrick Sbalchiero, Encyclopedic Dictionary of the apparitions of the Virgin, Fayard, Paris, 2007.

July 9, 1722

Maserada Sul Piave, Treviso, Veneto, Italy

Title: Madonna delle Vittorie (Madonna of Victories)



Bleeding Statue

A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in late Gothic style, which from the beginning of the sixteenth century had been the object of veneration and devotional pilgrimage began to weep blood. This miraculous phenomenon was repeated three times. At first, the Ordinary of Bamberg forbade the pilgrimage then, under the insistent pressure of the multitudes of the faithful, he entrusted the care of pilgrims to the Franciscans.

May 14, 1729 and May 26, 1730

Montagnaga di Pinè (Trento)

Visionary: Domenica Targa (1699-1764), cowherd

Domenica Targa of Guardia, thirty years old, was busy supervising the cattle grazing,which suddenly, with no apparent visible reason, started running in all directions as if he were crazy. The shepherdess then began to cry out: "Mary, Jesus, help me." As soon as she uttered these words, the Virgin Mary appeared before her with a white veil on her head, and thus addressed her: "You called Jesus and Mary for help and they will help you ... Do you promised once again to visit Our Lady of Caravaggio? But do not go to Caravaggio! Go rather to the Feast of the Ascension of Christ in the chapel of St. Anne in Montagnaga. There you will find a portrait of the Blessed Virgin by Caravaggio. Kneel down and address your prayers with a sincere heart to Jesus and Mary, then you will see miraculous things. " Sunday shewent to the chapel of St. Anne in Montagnaga, while praying fervently, she again had an apparition of Mary. The robe of the Blessed Virgin radiated a golden light shining, crowned with a diadem on her head and gave off rays of clear light, even the Child Jesus, who was in his arms, he was dressed all in gold. In the right hand of the Madonna holding a crown, she said: "I am Mary, the Mother of the Lord. Please tell this apparition to the local priest. Do not be afraid! Nothing bad will happen to you. I will be with you. In my name you must announce that every year on this day is set up a feast. " Only a few believed the story and especially the priest showed himself very skeptical. In another appearance, the Virgin said on Sunday: "I chose this place as the throne of my Mercy. Those who care to pray there with living faith and grace will not return home empty-handed. Take care that a church be built for large mass flow to my devotees. " After other vicissitudes, in 1730, an ecclesiastical investigation was ordered on the case which resulted in a positive opinion. A sanctuary was built and consecrated in 1750. She led a life of deep Christian devotion and died in 1764.



Rome (Italy)

Title: Madonna of Divine Love
A wayfarer attacked by stray dogs


Neunkirchen (AUSTRIA)

Visionary: Joseph Locatelli (a patient)

In the area of Neunkirchen, the Holy Virgin appeared to a patient suffering from dropsy, Joseph Locatelli, and healed him.



Miraculous statue

Five girls saw a statue of Holy Mary in a cave. The wanted to make, but it could not be removed from that place. Also called a friend for help and when they repeated the attempt, the "statue" suddenly disappeared. The girls informed the ecclesiastical authority of the appearance, after reviewing the incident, in that place he built a small chapel in memory of the event.

September 21, 1745

Bruchhausen (GERMANY)

Title: Our Lady Refuge of Sinners (Crying Statue)

A wooden statue of 70 cm (representing Mary with the Christ Child) was kept in a closet behind the altar of the church of Bruchhausen. It was shown to the public only when it was worn by the girls in the sacramental processions. At the feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, in 1745 the statue was exhibited to the faithful; September 21 it began to weep. So there documenting the record of the time: "From both eyes saw drops fall like crystal, even for the substance to human tears." It was shown in the evaluation report of the phenomenon that until March 16, 1746, the statue was repeatedly tearing. More than one hundred eminent personalities confirmed the authenticity of the miraculous event, first and foremost, the archbishop of Cologne, Elector Clemens August, who worked for the statue to be prepared to become the object of devotional worship. The miraculous statue it is still revered as "Our Lady Refuge of Sinners."


May 1745


Title: Our Lady of Mariazell (animated statue)
Witness: parish priest

The parish priest of the time, Janos Zichi, and over one hundred faithful saw the statue of Our Lady (a copy of the statue of Mariazell) come alive. Before this statue also arose many clearmiracles.

January 1747

Suyapa (Honduras)

Title: Our Lady of the Conception of Suyapa (statue)
Visionary: Alejandro Colindres, and Lorenzo Martinez (8)

The tiny image of Our Lady of the Conception of Suyapa was found by a humble young peasant on a Saturday in January 1747. Alejandro Colindres, and Lorenzo Martinez, an eight-year-old boy, were returning to the village of Suyapa, tired from working all day gathering corn. They were half way there when night fell as they reached the Piligüín ravine. This seemed to them like a good place to spend the night and they lay down on the hard ground. Right away Alejandro felt that something, apparently a stone, was preventing his finding a comfortable position for his back. In the dark, he picked it up and threw it far away. Strangely enough, on lying down again he felt the same discomfort, but--intrigued--this time he did not throw it, instead he put it away in his knapsack. At day break he discovered that the mysterious object was a charming small image of Our Lady carved in cedar wood.

Our Lady of Suyapa measures only six and a half centimeters. It is a very old carving, probably the work done with devotion by an amateur artist. Her angelic looks reflect the nobility of the native race. It is a dark image with an oval face and shoulder length straight hair: her tiny hands are joined together in a prayerful attitude. The original painted color of her robe is light pink, which now can be seen slightly, covered by a dark cloak trimmed with golden stars and adorned with valuable jewels. The object of great veneration on the part of the Honduran people, the image rests on a solid silver sphere, and appears surrounded by a circle of silver rays, which evoke 'the woman dressed by the sun' mentioned in the Book of Revelation.

In 1925, Pius XI declared Our Lady of Suyapa patroness of the Republic of Honduras, and February 3 was chosen as her feast day with proper Mass and office. The first shrine was blessed in 1780 and the first notable attested miracle, occurred in 1796. The present enormous church, with space for the multitude of pilgrims who visit Suyapa, was visited by John Paul II in 1983. In the land of the poor, this sanctuary of Santa Maria de Suyapa is located in one of the humblest parts of the city.




Visionary: Madeleine-Marie Morice (1736-1769)

Mary appeared to 11 year old Madeleine-Marie Morice (1736-1769) and explained the Lord's Prayer - first the meaning of the words "Thy kingdom come." In another apparition, the Virgin asked the girl we must ensure that an orphanage was founded (House of Providence). In this apparition the Blessed Virgin would have anticipated many sufferings thatshe would suffer, but she promised her personal protection. Our Lady dressed in blue appeared many more times to Madeleine. The girl left this earthly world in 1769.



Visionaries: Turkish army

An apparition of Mary saved a convent from destruction at the hands of the Turks. As soon as the assailants saw a bright light before them, and then majestic figure of the Most Holy Virgin stood beforethem , they fled. In 1772 the icon was crowned in the presence of over one hundred thousand faithful.


Chaguaya,Tarija, Bolivia

Title: Virgen de Chaguaya (miraculous image)

According to legend, one day in 1750 , a couple of shepherds returning from work, commenting on the plight of the drought of that year. The only salvation of crops and animals, it would rain. Night fell and the couple hurried pace with their sheep and goats. Suddenly, both spotted not far away, a glow; onlookers stopped before heading into the light. As they approached, the light is to multicolored rays intertwined giving a wonderful view. Both were engrossed watching the play of light that gradually gave way to a beautiful image of the Virgin Mary on the top of a pepper tree , typical of the area tree. Fell on their knees and kissed the ground exclaiming "Madonna mine, thank God!" Looking up they saw that the image was gone.

The next day at the first light of dawn, went to the place of occurrence: there was the image. They took her to his ranch , placing it in a place of preference. Once anoticiaron neighbors came to the house to honor the Blessed Virgin, but found to his surprise that the image had disappeared. Quickly all went to the place of the apparition. Indeed, the image resting in leafy tree, wrapped in a light beam. On his knees, prayed all night, and were joined by other villagers with torches and bonfires, accompanying the image, and promised to build a chapel on the spot. At dawn the next day the settlers built the first chapel , where enshrined the image of the Virgin of Chaguaya. In the 1980s they built the current sanctuary, which was declared a basilica .

The devotion to Our Lady of Chaguaya is widespread in southwest Bolivia , both among locals and among parishioners neighboring departments, and even among residents of northern Argentina . Between August 15 and September 14 , a lot of believers are addressed in pilgrimage from the city of Tarija.

Source: Wikipedia

Oct 1753


Visionary: Pietro Gatto
Title: Madonna di Porto


Guaitara Canyon (Colombia)

Title: Our Lady of Las Lajas
Juana Maria Mueses de Quiñones

Juana Maria Mueses de Quiñones and her daughter Rosa, a deaf-mute from birth, were resting in a grotto, Guaitara near the river, between Ipiales and Potosi, near the equator. Rosa suddenly starts shouting: "Mama, look at this dark women with a little baby in its arms!" Her Mother did not see anything.

A few days later, Rosa knelt at the bottom of the grotto in front of a 'mysterious image of the Virgin and Child dressed with a pink robe with golden flowers and a white mantle decorated with stars, standing around 1.40 m high, painted on a flat stone. The Madonna holds a rosary in her right hand that she presents to St. Dominic who is kneeling at her right. Jesus gives a cord to St Francis who kneels on the left of Our Lady. Rays of light encircle the Mother and Child. According to an unknown source, Rosa, who died shortly thereafter, would be resurrected. On September 15th, 1754, a mass was celebrated at that place. On September 16, 1952, the image was solemly crowned.

Source: Mathiot, 106-107

April 19, 1759


Visionary: John Fiedler (mason)

On the site where once stood a church of the Premonstratensian XII century, a new church was to be built in the eighteenth century. On the night of April 19, 1759 the mason John Fiedler had a dream: Mary predicted that the next day in the ruins of the collapsed church, exactly where the altar was, he would find something valuable. She also commanded the builder to put it on the newfound new altar so everyone could see. The next day the mason discovered the place indicated in the dream, a statue of ivory top 11 cm of the Mother of God, a masterpiece of the fourteenth century. The Cardinal Migazzi confirmed the discovery of the miraculous statue. After the discovery of the sacred statue, a new church was built and pilgrims began to flock in large numbers. Mariabesny÷ still is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Hungary.




Visionary: Marie Lenormand


Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (USA)

Visionary: George Washington (President of the USA)

It has been reported that George Washington received a vision from a Lady while at Valley Forge,
and that she gave him a prophecy. The account of Washington’s vision appeared in a newspaper
article first published in the National Tribune in 1859 and reprinted in 1880. Later reprinted in The
Stars and Stripes newspaper owned by the National Tribune, in 1931 and the latest printing on
December 21, 1950. The vision was related to a reporter named Wesley Bradshaw by an officer
who served under General Washington at Valley Forge, named Anthony Sherman. This vision has
never been historically confirmed, and there have been some who have made somewhat feeble
attempts to discredit it. Thus, it is worth a mention in this paper. In the vision, Washington sees
three great trials that the future country of America would face. The vision showed him images of
what would later be the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the greatest threat, a war fought on
the soil of the United States as the final conflict near the time of Jesus’ return to reign on the
renewed earth.

Here is an excerpt from the vision about the final conflict:

And again I heard the mysterious voice saying, ‘Son of the Republic, look and learn.’ At this the
dark, shadowy angel placed a trumpet to his mouth, and blew three distinct blasts; and taking
water from the ocean, he sprinkled it upon Europe, Asia and Africa. Then my eyes beheld a fearful
scene: from each of these countries arose thick, black clouds that were soon joined into one.
Throughout this mass there gleamed a dark red light by which I saw hordes of armed men, who,
moving with the cloud, marched by land and sailed by sea to America. Our country was enveloped
in this volume of cloud, and 1 saw these vast armies devastate the whole country and burn the
villages, towns and cities that I beheld springing up. As my ears listened to the thundering of the
cannon, clashing of swords, and the shouts and cries of millions in mortal combat, I heard again
the mysterious voice saying, ‘Son of the Republic, look and learn.’ When the voice had ceased, the
dark shadowy angel placed his trumpet once more to his mouth, and blew a long and fearful blast.
Instantly a light as of a thousand suns shone down from above me, and pierced and broke into
fragments the dark cloud which enveloped America. At the same moment the angel upon whose
head still shone the word ‘Union,’ and who bore our national flag in one hand and a sword in the
other, descended from the heavens attended by legions of white spirits. These immediately joined
the inhabitants of America, who I perceived were well nigh overcome, but who immediately taking
courage again, closed up their broken ranks and renewed the battle.

Again, amid the fearful noise. of the conflict, I heard the mysterious voice saying, ‘Son of the
Republic, look and learn.’ As the voice ceased, the shadowy angel for the last time dipped water
from the ocean and sprinkled it upon America. Instantly the dark cloud rolled back, together with
the armies it had brought, leaving the inhabitants of the land victorious!

Then once more I beheld the villages, towns and cities springing up where I had seen them before,
while the bright angel, planting the azure standard he had brought in the midst of them, cried with
a loud voice: ‘While the stars remain, and the heavens send down dew upon the earth, so long
shall the Union last.’ And taking from his brow the crown on which blazoned the word ‘Union,’
he placed it upon the National Standard while the people, kneeling down, said, ‘Amen.’

The scene instantly began to fade and dissolve, and I at last saw nothing but the rising, curling
vapor I at first beheld. This also disappearing, I found myself once more gazing upon the
mysterious visitor, who, in the same voice I had heard before, said, ‘Son of the Republic, what you
have seen is thus interpreted: Three great perils will come upon the Republic. The most fearful is
the third, but in this greatest conflict the whole world united shall not prevail against her. Let every
child of the Republic learn to live for his God, his land and the Union.’ With these words the vision
vanished, and I started from my seat and felt that I had seen a vision wherein had been shown to
me the birth, progress, and destiny of the United States.

Source: The Spiritual Journey of George Washington by Janice T. Connell


Bocca Pignone di Ripalta (Italy)

Title: Madonna della Ghianda (Madonnna of the Chestnuts)
Domenico Malatesta

In 1778 and again the following year, the Virgin Mary appeared on a branch of a chestnut tree in Mouth pinion Ripalta, in the province of La Spezia, to three shepherd children near the ruins of a church of the twelfth century. The following days, other people have also seen the Blessed Virgin in the same place. The messages point to the need of humanity's conversion, the practice of the sacraments, meditation on the S. Scripture. The image of "Our Lady of the Chestnut" is very popular among believers in the region. According to some historical sources, it would, however, the representation of another Marian apparition took place in the late Middle Ages.



Sarov (Russia)

Visionary: St. Seraphim of Sarov

1783 - 1824

Dulmen, Westphalia (Germany)

Visionary: St. Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774 - 1824)


Maipú (Chile)

Title: Our Lady of Carmel (statue)

In the year 1785 Don Martin de Lecuna ordered an image of Our Lady of Carmel from a sculptor in Quito, whose worship and devotion have since been associated with the struggles for independence of the Chilean nation. On December 5, 1811, Generals José Miguel Carrera and Bernardo O'Higgins asked the Vicar of Santiago de Chile for a "Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving" for success in the struggle for independence.

On January 5, 1817, General José de San Martin placed his baton in the right hand of the image and solemnly named her Patroness of the Army of the Andes. On the eve of the battle of Chabuco, the army, led by O'Higgins proclaimed the Virgen of Carmel patroness and general of the Chilean armed forces. In 1818, as the Spanish forces were advancing, the people and their leaders crowded into the cathedral to place their prayers and trust at Our Lady's feet. They promised her to raise a church in her honor at the site where Chile's independence is signed: "In the very same place where the battle is waged and victory is won, a sanctuary will be raised to the Virgin of Carmel, Patroness and General of the Chilean armed forces, and the same magistrates who make this vow will lay the foundation in the very same site of her mercy, which will be that of her glory. "

That was why in the midst of the battle of Maipú, on April 5, General San Martin encouraged his army with the cry: "Our Patroness, the most Blessed Virgin of Carmel, will give us victory, and right here we will build the church we promised her to commemorate this triumph." Before the end of the year, the first stone of the first sanctuary was laid. The shrine was completed in 1892. The present church was completed in October, 1974. In 1923, at the request of the Chilean bishops, the Holy See proclaimed the Virgin of Carmel principal patroness of all Chileans, not just of the army and navy as she had been until then.

There are two Carmel images that Chileans especially venerate; the one at the National Shrine of Maipú, carved in Quito, Ecuador in 1785, and the one, made in France, at the Basilica of the Savior in Santiago de Chile, that was solemnly crowned in 1926. The liturgical feast of Chile's patroness is celebrated on the last Sunday of September.



Visionary: Guillaume-Joseph Chaminade (1761-1850)

Guillaume-Joseph Chaminade (1761-1850) refused to swear allegiance to the constitution of the French Revolution, and for this he had to hide out in Bordeaux. In this city, the Holy Virgin appeared to him several times and delivered him from the danger of being discovered by soldiers. In 1797 he was exiled to Zaragoza and on his return home he founded the religious Order of the Marianists (SM) or brothers and sisters of Mary. The Order is dedicated to education (even universities in the U.S.). The basic rule of the Order is the consecration and devotion to Mary. Priests and lay people in the congregation have the same rights.



Visionary: Janos Zavloczki (blind man)

Janos Zavloczki was a devotee to the cult of Mary. One day he had an accident and became blind. The Blessed Virgin appeared to him and advised him to wash his eyes in a miraculous fountain. The fervent Christian, animated by the hope of being freed from this infirmity, immediately followed the indication of Mary and was healed. The news of the miracle spread quickly and caused a great sensation. First, a chapel was built then, given the large number of pilgrims, a church was erected.


Matemblewo (Poland)

Miraculous Image
Rosina Puechner (18)

During the winter of 1790, the Virgin Mary allegedly appeared to a man from Matemblewo, in the diocese of Gdansk, while walking alone in a forest, near an ancient church built in honor of the Mother of God. The message of Our Lady drew on the themes of peace, penance and prayer. Although historical records exist, it seems that the church authorities have not formally investigated this event.




Visionary: Janos Zavloczki (blind man)

In 1792, the Virgin Mary healed Janos Zavloczki blind. A chapel was built on the site of the apparition.
Patrick Sbalchiero article "DOROSZLO" in: Dictionnaire encyclopédique des apparitions de la Vierge. Inventaire des origines à nos jours. Méthodologie, prosopopée, approche interdisciplinaire, Fayard, Paris

January 17, 1797


Miraculous Image
Rosina Puechner (18)

On January 17, 1797, a teenager, Rosina Puechner saw the glass of his window, an image of the Holy Virgin. After having contemplated for about an hour, Rosina rubbed the glass with the intent to remove it but it was impossible to erase. The phenomenon was carefully examined by an ecclesiastical commission, and finally was declared miraculous. The glass of the window with the image of Mary was brought into the church and remains exposed Absam before the pilgrims as a devotional object of particular devotion to Mary. The church was then called Maria Absam Sanctuary.


LaVang (Vietnam)

Title: Our Lady of LaVang
Villagers Quang Tri

Many Christians took refuge in the jungle near Quang Tri where they prepared themselves for martyrdom. Many people died from the weather, wildlife, sickness and starvation. One night while praying the rosary they were visited by an apparition of Our Blessed Mother dressed in pure white light holding a child in her arms, with two angels at her sides. She comforted them and told them to boil the leaves from the surrounding trees to use as medicine. She also told them that all those who came to this place to pray, would get their prayers heard and answered: "My children you begged and implored me in my name, I will preserve you from all dangers, and will I hear anyone here who prays."
All those who were present, including Buddhists, witnessed this miracle.

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