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* Please note: As established in the Council of Trent (1545-1563), the local bishop is the first and main authority in the judgement of the authenticity of apparition claims. Vatican approval is not required for an apparition to be considered authentic. After an episcopal approval, the Vatican may officially release a statement or give less explicit forms of approval such as a papal visit or crowning of the associated icon, a papal gift such as a golden rose, the approval of the construction of a basilica, the establishment of a feast day, or the canonization of the associated visionary.

Positive judgments by the local bishop (but not yet by the Vatican) theoretically are able to be reversed by a subsequent bishop - but this has never happened in the history of the Church. Negative judgements (Non constat de supernaturalitate) and rulings of no evidence of supernaturality (Constat de non supernaturalitate) have later been changed to positive judgments on a few rare occasions with the ruling of a subsequent bishop.

If a Marian apparition is recognized by the bishop, it means that the message is not contrary to faith and morals and that Mary can be venerated in a special way at the site. But, because belief in a private revelation is not required by the church, Catholics are at liberty to decide how much personal spiritual emphasis to place on apparitions and the messages they deliver.

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Bishop Approved
 

Quito, Ecuador (1594)

Title: Our Lady of Good Success

Feast Day: February 2nd

Investigated:

First Apparition:
Feb 2, 1594

Approved: Feb 2, 1611 - Bishop Salvador de Riber

Last Apparition:
Dec 8, 1634

Visionaries: Venerable Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres (31)

Number of Apparitions: 4

Miracles & Signs: Blind girl cured at Mariana's wake; incorruptible body of Mariana

Summary: 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.

Querrien, Bretania, France (1652) (

Title: Our Lady of Eternal Aid

Investigated: 1652

First Apparition:
Aug 15, 1652

Approved: Archbishop Denis de La Barde, bishop of Saint-Brieuc, authenticated the appearance in Sept 1652. The chapel was immediately built on site of the apparitions.

Last Apparition:
Aug 20, 1652

Visionaries: Jeanne Courtel (12), shepherdess

Number of Apparitions: 15

Summary: The twelve year-old Jeanne Courtel 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 veneration 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 of Saint-Brieuc. The chapel was immediately built on site of the apparitions and the statue was unearthed on the inside.

Montagnaga, Italy (1729)

Title: Madonna of Montagnaga

Feast Day: May 26

Investigated: 1730

First Apparition:
May 14, 1729

Approved: Church of Sant'Anna expanded in 1740; new church was consecrated by Leopold Ernst Cardinal von Firmian, bishop of Trento; Sanctuary enlarged in 1881; Image crowned on Aug 11, 1894; Feast day established as May 26.

Last Apparition:
May 26, 1730

Visionary:
Domenica Targa, shepherdess

Number of Apparitions: 5

Summary: The Virgin, dressed in white with a rosary in her hand, appeared to a shepherdess

Robinsonville, WI, USA (1859)

Title: Our Lady of Good Help

Investigated: 2009

First Apparition:
October 9, 1859

Approved: Dec 8, 2010 by Bishop David L. Ricken , bishop of Green Bay, WI

Last Apparition:
October 17, 1859

Visionaries:
Adele Brise (28)

Number of Apparitions: 3

Miracles & Signs: On October 8th, 1871 (12 years from the first apparition), the greatest fire disaster in the history of the US destroyed 1.5 million acres of land in Wisconsin. The only place left untouched was the Chapel and Shrine property of Our Lady of Good Help. Many cures have been recorded at the Shrine.

Summary: Our Lady appeared 3 times to a 28 year old Belgium farm woman and asked to pray for the conversion of sinners and encouraged her to envangelize and catechize the local people.

Castelpetroso, Italy (1888)

Title: Our Lady of Sorrows

Feast Day: March 22

Investigated: 1889

First Apparition:
March 22, 1888

Approved: 1889 (Mgr. Macarone-Palmieri, Bishop of the diocese of Bojano)

Last Apparition:
June 1890

Visionaries: 2 sheperdesses -
Fabiana Cecchino (35) and Serafina Giovanna Valentino (33)

Number of Apparitions: Many

Miracles & Signs: A healing spring appeared at the apparition site.

Summary:Two women, Fabiana Cecchino (35) and Serafina Giovanna Valentino (33), had a vision of Mary first as the Pieta and later as Our Lady of Sorrows in a cave at Castelpetroso, Italy.

Amsterdam, Netherlands (1945)

Title: Our Lady of All Nations

Investigated: 1956, 2002

First Apparition:
March 25, 1945

Approved:
May 31, 2002 by Bishop Jozef Marianus Punt of Haarlem

Last Apparition:
May 31, 1959

Visionaries:
Ida Peederman

Number of Apparitions: 56

Notes: Negative judgement was given by the bishop of Haarlem on May 7, 1956, confirmed in 1957 and 1972. Worship authorized by Mgr H. Bomers, bishop of Haarlem, on May 31, 1996.

Summary: During a series of 56 apparitions, lasting 14 years, prophecies were given to Ida Peederman along with an image of the Blessed Mother and a prayer. The revelations emphasize the importance of the Eucharist and portray in detail the events will bring about the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart, most importantly the declaration of the final Marian dogma of Mary as The Lady of All Nations: Coredemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate.

Betania, Venezuela (1976)

Title: Reconciler of People and Nations

Investigated: 1984

First Apparition:
March 25, 1976

Approved: Nov 21, 1987 by Pío Bello Ricardo, S.J., Bishop of Los Teques; Declared a sanctuary on May 26, 2009 by Bishop Freddy J. Fuenmayor.

Last Apparition:
Jan 5, 1990

Visionaries:
Maria Esperanza

Number of Apparitions: 31

Miracles & Signs: Many cures, bleeding Host, stigmata of Maria Esperanza

Summary: Maria Esperanza of Betania, Venezuela witnessed 31 apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary over the course of 15 years. The Virgin called herself the "Reconciler of People and Nations" and warned of impending war and suffering. Many visitors have come to the site, reporting numerous miracles and signs. On one occasion in 1984, over 100 people claimed to have witnessed a public apparition of the Virgin.

Akita, Japan (1973)

Title: Our Lady of Akita

Investigated: 1973

First Apparition:
July 6, 1973

Approved:
April 22, 1984 approved by Bishop John Shoojiroo Ito of Niigata. In 1988, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger allowed Ito's pastoral letter and its dissemination to the faithful.

Last Apparition:
October 13, 1973
(The statue wept 101 times from July 6, 1973 to Sept 15, 1981)

Visionaries:
Sr. Agnes Sasagawa (43)

Number of Apparitions: 3

Miracles & Signs: Bleeding Statue, Stigmata

Summary: Sister Agnes Sasagawa of the Handmaids of the Eucharist received 101 messages emanating from a bleeding wooden statue.

Cuapa, Nicaragua (1980)

Title: Our Lady of Cuapa

Investigated: 1981

First Apparition:
April 15, 1980

Approved: Nov 13, 1982 by Pablo Antonio Vega Mantilla, Bishop of Juigalpa

Last Apparition:
Oct 13, 1980

Visionaries:
Bernardo Martinez

Number of Apparitions: 4+

Notes: After the initial 4 apparitions, the Virgin reportedly subsequently appeared in later years with messages of the destruction of atheistic communism and the whole world. She also requested the propagation of the devotion to the shoulder wounds of Christ.

Summary: Church sacristan Bernardo Martinez entered an old chapel and observed a supernatural light illuminating from a statue of the Blessed Virgin. The Virgin later appeared clothed in white and asked for the daily Rosary with Biblical citations and have the First Saturday Devotions renewed. She also warned of future sufferings for Nicaragua if the people didn't change.



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San Nicolas, Argentina (1983)

Title: Our Lady of the Rosary

Investigated: April 1985

First Apparition:
Sept 25, 1983

Approved: Nov 14, 1990, by the Bishop of San Nicolas, Monsignor Domingo Castagna

Last Apparition:
Feb 11, 1990

Visionaries:
Gladys Quiroga de Motta

Number of Apparitions: 1816

Notes: She reportedly additionally received 78 messages from Jesus Christ. Numerous healings, including the cure of a boy with a brain tumor, have been documented.

Summary: An ordinary housewife, a mother and grandmother who had no formal education and no knowledge off the Bible or theology claimed that she was visited by the Blessed Mother daily for a period of over 6 years.



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Itapiranga, Brazil (1994)

Title: Queen of the Rosary

Investigated: 1994 -1998

First Apparition:
May 2, 1994

Approved: May 31, 2009 - Archbishop Carillo Gritti Itacoatiara, Am Bishop of Itacoatiara

Last Apparition:

Visionaries: Edson Glauber (young man)

Number of Apparitions:

Notes:The Virgin Mary speaks to the truth of the apparitions at Ghiaie di Bonate.

Summary: Our Lady appeared as a very beautiful seventeen year old girl. Mary tells him she is the Queen of the Rosary. Sometimes she comes with the Child Jesus in the arms of St. Joseph, and speaks of the consecration to the most chaste heart of St. Joseph.

 
 
 
   
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