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Investigated - No Decision (Approval of Faith Expression)

* Please note: As established in the Council of Trent (1512-17), 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.

Click here for more on the discernment of apparition claims.

Traditionally Approved
 

Zaragoza, Spain (40)

Title: Our Lady of the Pillar

Feast Day : October 12th

Investigated: N/A

First Apparition:
Jan 2, 40 AD

Approved:

Last Apparition:
Jan 2, 40 AD

Visionaries: St. James the Greater

Number of Apparitions: 1

Miracles & Signs:
The chapel originally built by Saint James was later destroyed as were several subsequent chapels on the same site. The statue and pillar have been preserved however for almost 2000 years.

Summary:According to legend, in the early days of the Church on January 2, 40 AD, the Apostle James the Greater was proclaiming the Gospel in Caesaraugusta (present day Zaragoza) by the river Ebro, when he saw Mary miraculously appearing in the flesh on a pillar calling him to return to Jerusalem.

Le Puy en Velay, France (250)

Title: Our Lady of the Le Puy

Feast Day : July 11th

Investigated: N/A

First Apparition:
250

Approved: Traditional approval only

Last Apparition:
250

Visionaries: Vila, a convert woman

Number of Apparitions: 1

Miracles & Signs:
After seeing Our Lady, Villa was cured and built a small chapel on the site of the apparition. Throughout history, other miracles were performed there, which gained a certain popularity for the shrine.

Summary: Our Lady appeared in Le Puy (Haute-Loire, France), in a chapel built by the faithful few years before on a high mountain, to a recent convert. She had been plagued by a serious illness and no doctor had been able to help. Our Lady, during her appearance, completely cured her.

Rome, italy (352)

Title: Our Lady of the Snows

Feast Day : August 5th

Investigated: N/A

First Apparition:
Aug 4, 352

Approved:

Last Apparition:
Aug 4, 352

Visionaries: John of Rome, Pope Liberius

Number of Apparitions: 1

Miracles & Signs:
The Virgin Mary miraculously left snow in the middle of the hot month of August on Esquiline Hill on the precise area in which she wanted the church built.

Summary: A wealthy but childless Roman couple, John and his wife decided to leave their fortune to the Church. The Virgin appeared to them on the night of August 4th and told them that she wished a basilica to be constructed on the Esquiline Hill which would be outlined in snow. Pope Liberius also received the same message from the Virgin and ordered the construction of St. Mary Major Basilica.

Covadonga, Spain (722)

Title: Our Lady of Covadonga

Feast Day : September 7th

Investigated: N/A

First Apparition:
722

Approved: A Basilica stands at the spot of the apparition to honor Our Lady of Covadonga.

Last Apparition:
722

Visionaries: Dom Pelayo, first King of the Asturias

Number of Apparitions: 1

Miracles & Signs: The Christians defeated the Moors at the battle of Covadonga against incredible odds.

Summary: Dom Pelayo, first King of the Asturias led the first victory over the Moors in all the Iberian Peninsula in the year 722. Our Lady appeared to him and left behind a statue of Herself and the Christ Child.

Walsingham, England (1061)

Title: Our Lady of Walsingham

Feast Day : September 24th (originally March 25)

Investigated: N/A

First Apparition:
1061

Approved: During Pope John Paul II's visit in 1982, he asked that the statue be placed on the altar for Mass. In 2000, he decreed that the feast of Our Lady of Walsingham would be celebrated on September 24th in England.

Last Apparition:
1061

Visionary: Richeldis de Faverches

Number of Apparitions: 1

Summary: In 1061 Our Lady appeared to Richeldis de Faverches, a Catholic English noblewoman in the village of Walsingham in Norfolk, England. Our Lady of Walsingham presented her with the plans of the Holy House of the Holy Family in Nazareth and asked that she build the house as a shrine and place of pilgrimage.

Barcelona, Spain (1218)

Title: Our Lady of Ransom / Our Lady of Mercy

Feast Day : September 24th

Investigated: N/A

First Apparition:
August 10, 1218

Approved: The Order of the Mercedarians was approved by Gregory IX on Jan 17, 1235

Last Apparition:
August 10, 1218

Visionaries: St. Peter Nolasco, St. Raymund of Pennafort, King James of Aragon

Number of Apparitions: 1

Miracles & Signs: A plague of locusts was banished from Barcelona through the intercession of the Virgin of Mercy.

Summary:The Blessed Virgin appeared to three men who established the Mercedarian religious order for the redemption of Christian captives from Moorish imprisonment and offer themselves, if necessary, as an exchange.

Aylesford, England (1251)

Title: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Feast Day : July 16th

Investigated: N/A

First Apparition:
July 16, 1251

Approved: Confirmation of the Rule of the Order by Pope Honorius III, Gregory IX, and Pope Innocent IV

Last Apparition:
July 16, 1251

Visionaries: St. Simon Stock

Number of Apparitions: 1

Summary: In answer to St. Simon Stock's appeal for help for his oppressed order, the Virgin Mary appeared to him with a scapular in her hand and the promise of safety from Hell. Soon after, he instituted the confraternity of the Brown Scapular.

Cacerces, Spain (1326)

Title: Our Lady of Guadalupe

Investigated: N/A

First Apparition:
1326

Approved: No official approval.

Last Apparition:
1326

Visionaries: Gil Cordero

Number of Apparitions: 1

Summary: Legend says that in 1326, near the Guadalupe river in Cacerces, Spain, cowherd Gil Cordero experienced an apparition of the Virgin Mary who directed him to a miraculous buried statue given to Spain from Pope Gregory the Great 600 years prior.

Liguria, Italy (1490)

Title: Our Lady of the Guard

Investigated: N/A

First Apparition:
August 29, 1490

Approved: No official approval. The shrine was visited by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

Last Apparition:
August 31, 1490

Visionaries: Benedetto Pareto

Number of Apparitions: 2

Summary: According to tradition, on August 29, 1490 the Virgin Mary appeared to a peasant called Benedetto Pareto and asked him to build a chapel on the mountain.

Wesemlin, Lucerne (1513)

Title: Our Lady of the Angels

Investigated: NA

First Apparition: Pentecost 1513

Approved: Traditional approval only. A shrine was built on the location of the apparitions.

Last Apparition: 1513

Visionaries: Maurice von Mettenwyl, city councilor

Number of Apparitions: 2

Summary: During the night of Pentecost of 1513, the city councilor, Maurice von Mettenwyl, saw the Virgin Mary surrounded by a heavenly light and surrounded by arrows and the moon was at her feet. Mary appeared crowned and carrying the Child Jesus on her left arm, while the right hand was a scepter. Faced with this majestic appearance of the man was shocked and fell on his knees, promising to rebuild the chapel and put the portrait of Mary in her place, as she had appeared.

Garaison, France (1515)

Title: Notre Dame de Garaison

Investigated: NA

First Apparition: 1515

Approved: Traditional - Popes Urban VIII and Gregory XVI have issed indulgences for those who visit the Shrine built in honor of the apparitions.

Last Apparition:1515

Visionaries: Angleze Sagazan

Number of Apparitions: 3

Miracles & Signs: Many cures are attested there.  In the 17th century the young Louis XIV was cured, following a vow of his mother Ann of Austria to Our Lady of the "Cure."

Summary: In France, in the Pyrenees, the Virgin appeared to a shepherdess, Angleze Sagazan.  Mary visited her three times near the source of the Cier. Mary made the request to her, "I want a chapel to be built here to me."

Ocotlán, Tlaxcala, Mexico (1541)

Title: Our Lady of Ocotlán

Feast Day: Second Sunday of July

Investigated: N/A

First Apparition:
Spring 1541

Approved: Pope Benedict XIV granted Indulgences, privileges and Apostolic indults to the faithful venerating the image of Our Lady of Ocotlan. Pope Clement XIII declared a feast day to be celebrated on a Sunday in July, in honor of this apparition.

Last Apparition:
Spring 1541

Visionaries: Juan Diego Bernardino

Number of Apparitions: 1

Summary: A young native Tlaxcalan man named Juan Diego Bernardino was going to draw water from a river believed at the time to have healing properties. Our Lady appeared to him and lead him to a special spring of water. She promised him that an image of herself could be found within a tree. The Franciscans discovered the image and placed it in the San Lorenzo monastery.

Vailankanni, India (1580)

Title: Our Lady of Good of Health

Feast Day : September 8th (also December 8th)

Investigated: N/A

First Apparition:
1580

Approved: Nov 3, 1962
(Pope John the XXIII raises the Shrine to Basilica status)

Last Apparition:
1600

Visionaries: A shepherd boy named Tamil Krishnannesti Sankaranaranayam and a crippled boy

Number of Apparitions: 2

Miracles & Signs: A crippled boy is healed and a Portuguese trade ship is saved from a violent storm. Other miracles have been reported at the Shrine.

Summary: There are three major events associated with Our Lady of Good of Health in Vailankanni. The Virgin Mary is said by tradition to have appeared to a shephered boy named Tamil Krishnannesti Sankaranaranayamwho offered her child milk. She is subsequently said to have appeared to and healed a crippled boy selling buttermilk. A group of Portuguese sailors attribute being saved from a violent storm to her intercession. They constructed a larger chapel at their landing spot in Vailankanni.

Coromoto, Portuguesa, Venezuela (1652) (

Title: Our Lady of Good of Coromoto

Feast Day : Februrary 2nd

Investigated: N/A

First Apparition:
1652

Approved: Traditional approval only. In 1950, Pope Pius XII declared Our Lady of Coromoto the Patroness of Venezuela. Pope John Paul II crowned the image and Pope Benedict XVI elevated the National Shrine of Our Lady of Coromoto to the rank of Minor Basilica.

Last Apparition:
1652

Visionaries:Cospes Coromoto and his wife

Number of Apparitions: 2

Summary: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.

Guáitara Canyon, Columbia (1754)

Title: Our Lady of Las Lajas

Feast Day: September 16th

Investigated: N/A

First Apparition:
1754

Approved: Traditional approval only. The Roman Catholic Church authorized the cult of Nuestra Señora de Las Lajas Virgin in 1951.

Last Apparition:
1754

Visionaries: 2 (Maria Mueses de Quinones and her deaf-mute daughter Rosa)

Number of Apparitions: 1

Summary: In 1754, Maria Mueses de Quinones, an Indian woman from the village of Potosi, Colombia and her deaf-mute daughter Rosa were caught in a very strong storm. They sought refuge in a canyon between the gigantic Lajas. To Maria's surprise, her mute daughter, Rosa exclaimed with her first words "the mestiza is calling me..." She did not see the figures of a woman and child that the girl described and fearfully ran back with her daughter to Ipiales and told the townspeople. After later returning to the spot, the woman saw an apparition of Our Lady and Child. Some months later, Rosa died and was returned to life when her mother prayed again at the cave. The townspeople came to see this place and encountered the miraculous image burned into the rocks.

LaVang, Vietnam (1798) (

Title: Our Lady of La Vang

Feast Day: November 22nd

Investigated: N/A

First Apparition:
1798

Approved: Traditional approval only. Pope John Paul II celebrated the 200th anniversary of the apparitions.

Last Apparition:
1798

Visionaries: 100,000

Number of Apparitions: 1

Summary: 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 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. All those who were present, including Buddhists, witnessed this miracle.

Lichen, Poland (1813, 1850) (

Title: Our Lady of Lichen

Investigated: 1852

First Apparition:
1813

Approved: Traditional approval only. In 1967 the Primate of Poland crowned the image. Pope John Paul II consecrated the Sanctuary on June 7,1999.

Last Apparition:
1850

Visionaries: Tomasz Klossowski (soldier) and Mikolaj Sikatka (63 - shepherd)

Number of Apparitions: 2

Summary:
According to legend, the Virgin Mary appeared in Lichen, Poland to Tomasz Klossowski, a wounded soldier, in 1813 who was healed and discovered a miraculous portrait of Our Lady. She then appeared to a poor shepherd, Mikolaj Sikatka, in 1850 who promoted her devotion. She foretold of a cholera epidemic and interceded for the healing of many who sought her help.

Pompeii, Italy (1884)

Title: Our Lady of Pompeii

Feast Day: May 8th

Investigated: N/A

First Apparition:
March 3 , 1884

Approved: Traditional approval only. Pope Paul VI crowned the image in 1965; John Paul II visited the shrine in 1979 and 2003.

Last Apparition:
May 8, 1884

Visionary: Fortuna Agrelli

Number of Apparitions: 2

Miracles & Signs: The miraculous cure of Fortuna

Summary:The Virgin appeared as the Queen of the Rosary on March 3, 1884 to Fortuna Agrelli after she and her parents had prayed for her recovery from an illness. The girl was healed on May 8 of that year.

Dong Lu, China (1900)

Title: Our Lady of China

Feast Day: Vigil of Mothers Day (the second Sunday of May)

Investigated: N/A

First Apparition:
1900

Approved: 1932
(Pope Pius XI approved it as an official Marian Shrine)

Last Apparition:
1900

Visionaries: Thousands

Number of Apparitions: 1

Miracles & Signs: 300+ miraculous cures

Summary:
The Virgin Mary appeared as a beautiful lady in the skies when Catholics implored Her to save them from their enemies and their city from destruction during the Boxer Rebellion. In thanksgiving for Our Lady’s protection over the city of Donglu, a beautiful church was built in her honour. It was meant to serve as a constant reminder to the people of Mary’s loving and motherly protection.

 
 

 

Guadalupe, Mexico (1531)

Title: Our Lady of Guadalupe

Feast Day: December 12th

Investigated: 1666, 1723

First Apparition:
Dec 9, 1531

Approved: 1555 by Archbishop Alonso de Montúfar

Last Apparition:
Dec 12, 1531

Visionaries: St. Juan Diego (57), Juan Bernardino

Number of Apparitions: 5

Miracles & Signs: Tilma of Juan Diego with imprint of image of Virgin; conversion of millions of indians

Summary: Mary proclaimed herself "the Mother of the true God who gives life" and left her image permanently upon the tilma of Juan Diego, a recent convert to Christianity.

Siluva, Lithuania (1608)

Title: Our Lady of Siluva

Feast Day: September 8th

Investigated: 1612

First Apparition:
1608

Approved: Aug 17, 1775 by Pope Pius VI.

Last Apparition:
1612

Visionaries: 4 children

Number of Apparitions:
Many over 4 years

Miracles & Signs: Complete conversion of Calvinist town; blind man cured.

Summary: 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.

Laus, France (1664)

Title: Our Lady of Laus / Our Lady of Happy Meetings

Feast Day: September 27th

Investigated: 1665, 2007

First Apparition:
1664

Approved: May 4, 2008
Bishop Jean-Michel di Falco of the Diocese of Gap

Last Apparition:
1718

Visionaries:
Benoite (Benedicta) Rencurel (17)

Number of Apparitions: Many (over 54 years)

Summary: 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.”

Rue du Bac, Paris, France (1830)

Title: Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Feast Day : November 27th

Investigated: 1836

First Apparition:
July 18, 1830

Approved: 1836 by Archbishop de Quelen of Paris

Last Apparition:
Nov 27, 1830

Visionaries:
St. Catherine Laboure (24)

Number of Apparitions: 2

Miracles & Signs: Miraculous Medal; Prediction of Paris Revolution (1871); incorruptible body of Catherine Laboure

Summary: In the chapel of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Mary showed herself three times to novice Catherine Laboure. Laboure said she was commissioned by the Virgin to have the medal of the Immaculate Conception or "Miraculous Medal" made in order to spread devotion to Our Lady.

Rome, Italy (1842)

Title: Our Lady of Zion

Feast Day : November 17th

Investigated: Feb 1842

First Apparition:
Jan 20, 1842

Approved: June 3, 1842 by the Vicar General of Pope Gregory XVI, Cardinal Patrizi

Last Apparition:
Jan 20, 1842

Visionaries:
Marie Alphonse Ratisbonne (28)

Number of Apparitions: 1

Summary: Marie Alphonse Ratisbonne, an anti-Catholic Jew, befriended a baron in Rome and began wearing the Miraculous Medal as a simple test. On Jan 20, 1842 while waiting for the baron in the church Sant Andrea delle Fratte, Ratisbonne encountered a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He converted to Catholicism, joined the priesthood, and began a ministry for the conversion of Jews.

La Salette, France (1846)

Title: Our Lady of La Salette

Feast Day : September 19th

Investigated: 1846

First Apparition:
Sept 19, 1846

Approved: Nov 16th, 1851 by Mgr de Bruillard

Last Apparition:
Sept 19, 1846

Visionaries:
Maximin Giraud (11), Melanie Mathieu (14)

Number of Apparitions: 1

Summary: Six thousand feet up in the French Alps, Mary is believed to have come to Maximin and Melanie while they tended sheep. Her appearance in sorrow and tears called for conversion and penance for sins.

Lourdes, France (1858)

Title: Our Lady of Lourdes

Feast Day : February 11th

Investigated: 1858

First Apparition:
Feb 11, 1858

Approved: Jan 18, 1862 by Bertrand Severe Laurence, Bishop of Tarbes

Last Apparition:
July 16, 1858

Visionaries:
St. Bernadette Soubirous (14)

Number of Apparitions: 18

Miracles & Signs: Healings, Conversions, Incorruptible body of St. Bernadette.

Summary: At the Grotto of Massabielle, the Virgin showed herself 18 times to Bernadette Soubirous. Under the title "the Immaculate Conception," she called for penance and prayer for the conversion of sinners.

Filippsdorf, Czech Republic (1866)

Title: Help of Christians

Feast Day: January 13th

Investigated: 1866

First Apparition:
January 13, 1866

Approved: Bishop's commission examined the miraculous event and recognized the healing and supernatural character. Church was elevated to minor basilica and consecrated by Pope Leo XIII in 1885.

Last Apparition:
January 13, 1866

Visionaries: Magdalene Kade (31)

Number of Apparitions: 1

Miracles & Signs: Cure of Magdalene and many others at the shrine.

Summary: Magdalene Kade, an orphaned 31 year woman bedridden due to many illnesses, received a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary who immediately cured her. A bishop's commission examined the miraculous event and recognized the healing and supernatural character. In the period between 1870 and 1885 a neo-Romanesque church was built and was elevated to minor basilica by Pope Leo XIII, who officially consecrated it and dedicated to Mary, "Help of Christians."

Pontmain, France (1871)

Title: Our Lady of Hope

Feast Day: January 17th

Investigated: 1875

First Apparition:
Jan 17, 1871

Approved: Feb 1875 Bishop Laval

Last Apparition:
Jan 17, 1871

Visionaries: Eugene Barbadette (12), Francoise Richer (11), Jeanne-Marie Lebosse (9), Eugene Friteau (6)

Number of Apparitions: 1

Miracles & Signs: Prussian army halts advances after soldiers see Virgin in the sky.

Summary: Mary appeared on a farm to students at the nearby convent school. Mary's message was written on a banner that unfurled from her feet: "But pray my children. God will hear you in a short time. My Son allows Himself to be moved by compassion.

Gietrzwald, Poland (1877)

Title: Our Lady of Gietrzwald

Investigated: 1877

First Apparition:
June 27, 1877

Approved: Bishop Filip Krementz 1878; Warmian Bishop, Jozef Drzazga Sept 11, 1977

Last Apparition:
Sept 16, 1877

Visionaries:
Justyna Szafrynska (13), Barbara Samulowska (12)

Number of Apparitions: 9

Miracles & Signs: Healing spring; return of piety and devotion to the villagers; Primate of Poland Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski is cured on 100th anniversary of apparitions.

Summary: In 1877, the Virgin Mary appeared to two girls over the course of 3 months and encouraged a return to prayer.

Knock, Ireland (1879)

Title: Our Lady of Knock

Feast Day : August 21st

Investigated: 1879, 1936

First Apparition:
August 21, 1879

Approved: In 1936 Archbishop of Tuam, Dr. Gilmartin's investigative commission returns a positive verdict.

Last Apparition:
August 21, 1879

Visionaries: 18

Number of Apparitions: 1

Miracles & Signs: 300+ miraculous cures

Summary: During a pouring rain, the figures of Mary, Joseph, John the Apostle and a lamb on a plain altar appeared over the gable of the village chapel, enveloped in a bright light. None of them spoke. At least 15 people, between the ages of 5 and 75, saw the apparition.

Fatima, Portugal (1917)

Title: Our Lady of Fatima / Our Lady of the Rosary

Feast Day : May 13th

Investigated: 1919

First Apparition:
May 13, 1917

Approved: October 13, 1930 (Dom Jose Alves Correia da Silva, Bishop of the Diocese of Leiria-Fatima)

Last Apparition:
October 13, 1917

Visionaries: Lucia dos Santos (9), Jacinta Marto (8), Francisco Marto (7)

Number of Apparitions: 6

Miracles & Signs: Dancing Sun, Healings, Conversion of Russia, Incorruptible body of Jacinta.

Summary: While tending sheep, Lucia de Santos and her two cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, reported six apparitions of Mary, who identified herself as "Our Lady of the Rosary." Mary urged prayer of the rosary, penance for the conversion of sinners and consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart.

Beauraing, Belgium (1932)

Title: The Virgin with the Golden Heart

Feast Day : August 22nd

Investigated: 1949

First Apparition:
Nov 29, 1932

Approved: July 2, 1949 by the Bishop of Namur

Last Apparition:
Jan 3, 1933

Visionaries: Fernande Voisin (15), Andree Degeimbre (14), Gilberte Voisin (11), Gilberte Degeimbre (9)

Number of Apparitions: 33

Miracles & Signs: Miraculous cures, fireball

Summary: Mary is believed to have come 33 times to the playground of a conTvent school to five children. Identifying herself as "the Immaculate Virgin" and "Mother of God, Queen of Heaven," she called for prayer for the conversion of sinners.

Banneux, Belgium (1933)

Title: The Virgin of the Poor

Feast Day : May 31st

Investigated: 1935-37

First Apparition:
January 15, 1933

Approved: March 19th, 1942 Bishop Kerkhofs of Liege; Aug 22, 1949

Last Apparition:
March 2, 1933

Visionaries:
Mariette Beco
(11)

Number of Apparitions: 8

Summary: In a garden behind the Beco family's cottage, the Blessed Mother is said to have appeared to Mariette Beco (age 11) eight times. Calling herself the "Virgin of the Poor," Mary promised to intercede for the poor, the sick and the suffering.

Kibeho, Rwanda (1981)

Title: "Nyina wa Jambo" (Mother of the Word)

Investigated: April 1982

First Apparition:
Nov 28, 1981

Approved: June 29, 2001 (Bishop Augustin Misago of Gikongoro)

Last Apparition:
Nov 28, 1989

Visionaries: Alphonsine Mumureke (17), Nathalie Mukamazimpaka (20), and Marie Claire Mukangango (21)

Number of Apparitions: Many

Summary: The apparitions began in November 1981 when six young girls and one boy claimed to see the Blessed Virgin Mary and Jesus. But only the visions of the first three -- 17-year-old Alphonsine, 20-year-old Nathalie, and 21-year-old Marie Claire -- have received Bishop Misago's solemn approval. Because there were reservations about the other four visionaries, and the supposed visions of Jesus, Bishop Misago didn't confirm the authenticity of either those visions or visionaries.

 
 


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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 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 of Saint-Brieuc. The chapel was immediately built on site of the apparitions and the statue was unearthed on the inside.

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

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 Bishop Pio Bello Ricardo; 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 Bishop Pablo Antonio Vega

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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Zeitun, Egypt (1968)

Title: Our Lady of Light

Investigated: 1968

First Apparition: April 2, 1968

Approved:
May 4, 1968 by Pope of Coptic Orthodox Church and Local Catholic Bishop

Last Apparition: 1971

Visionaries: Millions

Number of Apparitions: Many

Miracles & Signs: Accompanying objects (Doves, Stars and Glowing Balls of Light, Cross, Incense, Clouds), Healings, Conversions

Summary: Our Lady reportedly appeared in Zeitoun, Egypt hovering above Saint Mark's Coptic Church for a span of three years. She appeared on many occasions especially at night, and sometimes she was accompanied by white doves. The apparitions attracted large crowds up to 250,000 people including Christians, Jews, and Moslems. The apparitions were photographed, filmed and broadcast on Egyptian TV. An estimated 40 million people witnessed the events.

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Edfu, Egypt (1982)

Investigated: 1982

First Apparition: Saturday, August 21, 1982

Approved: 1982 HG Bishop Hedra of Aswan

Last Apparition: November 1982

Visionaries: Many people

Number of Apparitions: Many

Summary: The Blessed Holy Virgin Mary appeared on St. Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church church located in El-Gomhourya ((also known as El-Kenissa) street in the city of Edfu (Diocese of Aswan).



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Shoubra, Egypt (1986)

Investigated: April 9, 1986

First Apparition: March 25, 1986

Approved: June 21, 1986 H.H. Pope Shenouda III formally approved the apparitions

Last Apparition:1991

Visionaries: Many people

Number of Apparitions: Many

Summary: The Holy Virgin Mary appeared on the church of Saint Demiana the Martyr in Papadouplo, near El-Teraa El-Boolakia street, in the overcrowded Shoubra quarter of Cairo, Egypt.



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Shentena Al-Hagger, Menoufiya, Egypt (1997)

Investigated: 1997

First Apparition: 1997

Approved: Unknown

Last Apparition:1997

Visionaries: Many people

Number of Apparitions: Many

Summary: In 1997, a small church in Shentena Al-Hagger in Menoufiya hosted thousands of Copts following news of an apparition.

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Assiut, Egypt (2000)

Title: Our Lady of Assiut

Investigated: 2000

First Apparition: Aug 17, 2000

Approved: Approved by H.H. Pope Shenouda III, Pope of Coptic Orthodox Church (2000)

Last Apparition: Jan 2001

Seen by: Millions

Number of Apparitions: Many

Summary: Apparition of Mary on top of St. Mark's Church accompanied by lights and doves.



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Gabal Dronka, Egypt (2001)

Investigated: 2001

First Apparition: August 2001

Approved: Unknown

Last Apparition: 2001

Visionaries: Many people

Number of Apparitions: Many

Summary: Luminescent figure of Virgin Mary in Gabal Dronka, Egypt

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Warraq el-Hadar, Egypt (2009)

Investigated: 2009

First Apparition: Dec 11, 2009

Approved: Approved on December 14, 2010 by Anba Theodosius Bishop-General of Giza

Last Apparition: 2010

Seen by:
More than 200,000 (Christians and Muslims)

Number of Apparitions: Many

Summary: Luminescent figure of Virgin Mary and Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church in El-Warraq

 
 



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Mariahilfberg, Gutenstein, Austria (1661)

Investigated: 1661

First Apparition:
1661

Approved:
Pope Clement IX authorized the cult of the veneration of the image and the construction of a church which was entrusted to a Marian religious order

Last Apparition: 1661

Visionary: Sebastian Schmid Schlager

Number of Apparitions: 6

Miracles & Signs: In front of the portrait that Sebastian painted, many noted miraculous healings and mystical phenomena occurred.

Summary:
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. 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.

Saint Bauzille, France (1873)

Investigated: 1873 Bishop Cabrières

First Apparition:
June 8, 1873

Approved: The commission recognized the authenticity of the apparitions. But the vicar general remained in opposition to this commission.

Last Apparition:
July 8, 1873

Visionaries:
Auguste Arnaud (37)

Number of Apparitions: 2

Miracles & Signs: Auguste was seen to miraculously run across a field at the speed of lightning to meet the Virgin.

Summary: At Saint Bauzille, the Virgin appeared twice to Auguste Arnaud, a non-practicing Catholic.

Pellevoisin, France (1876)

Title: Our Lady of the Scapular of the Sacred Heart

Feast Day : February 14th

Investigated:

First Apparition:
Feb 10, 1876

Approved: No official approval of supernatural event. May 1894 Pope Leo XIII approved the Archconfraternity of our Mother All Merciful of Pellevoisin. April 4, 1900 The Congregation of
Rites granted approval to the Scapular of the Sacred Heart.

Last Apparition:
Dec 8, 1876

Visionaries:
Estelle Fagguette (33)

Number of Apparitions: 15

Miracles & Signs: Estelle is cured of her terminal disease after seeing the Blessed Mother.

Summary: In 1876 in the village of Pellevoisin, Estelle Faguette lay dying of pulmonary tuberculosis, acute peritonitis and an abdominal tumor. During the night of the February 14th, she claimed to witness the first of fifteen apparitions of the Blessed Virgin and was healed.

Campinas, Brazil (1930)

Title: Nossa Senhora das Lagrimas (Our Lady of the Tears)

Investigated:

First Apparition:
March 8, 1930

Approved: Msgr. Count Franciscus von Campos Barreto, Bishop of Campinas, approved the devotion of Rosary of Our Lady of Tears.

Last Apparition:
March 8, 1930

Visionaries:
Sr. Amalia Aguirre of the Savior Scourged

Number of Apparitions: 1

Summary: On March 8th, 1930, the Virgin appeared to a religious from the Institute of the Missionary Sisters of Jesus Crucified, Amalia Aguirre of the Savior Scourged. She was dressed in a purple dress, a blue cloak and a white veil that covered even the chest. The Most Holy Virgin, would display a rosary with her tears, for converting sinners. Devotion to this Rosary, was approved by Bishop Francisco Campos Barreto, Bishop of Campinas, who not only allowed the recognition of the events, but he did his utmost to spread everywhere the commemorative medal of Our Lady of Tears, the source of many conversions and graces.

Heede, Germany (1937)

Title: Queen of the Poor Souls in Purgatory

Investigated: 1945

First Apparition:
October 1, 1937

Approved: for Faith Expression in1945

Last Apparition:
November 3, 1940

Visionaries:
Margaret Gansferth, Greta Gansferth, Anna Schulte, Susanna Bruns

Number of Apparitions: 3 recorded

Summary:Mary appeared to four childrennear their homes, in a meadow, and at other places. She was holding the Divine Child in her arms when she first appeared. After the children were forbidden by the Gestapo (and briefly arrested) to go to the place of the original apparition, Mary appeared to them in secret. Prayer, conversion, and the rosary were the primary messages.


Wangen/Wigratzbad, Germany (1938)

Title: Our Beloved Lady of Victory

Investigated:

First Apparition: 1919 (Antonie), Feb 22, 1938 (Cecilia)

Approved:

Last Apparition: Feb 22, 1938

Visionaries:
Antonie Radler, Cecilia Geyer

Number of Apparitions:2

Summary: In 1919, after Antonie Radler contracted the Spanish influenza, the Blessed Virgin appeared to her, laid her hands on her, and healed her. Later she was imprisoned and was freed through the intercession of Our Lady who appeared to Cecilia Geyer, who she asked that a chapel be built.

Marienfried, Germany (1946)

Title: Mediatrix of all Grace

Investigated:

First Apparition:
April 25, 1946

Approved: for Faith Expression by Bishop of Augsburg on March 20, 2000

Last Apparition:
June 25, 1946

Visionaries:
Barbara Reuss
(12)

Number of Apparitions: 3

Notes: Mary identifies herself as Mediatrix of all Graces


Codosera, Spain (1945)

Investigated:

First Apparition:
May 27, 1945

Approved: for Faith Expression
by the bishop of Badajoz

Last Apparition:

Visionaries: Marcelina and Afra Brigida Blanco

Number of Apparitions:

L'Ile-Bouchard, France (1947)

Title: Our Lady of Prayer

Investigated: 1947

First Apparition:
Dec 8,1947

Approved: for Faith Expression on Dec 8 2001 by Andre Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Tours

Last Apparition:
Dec 14 , 1947

Visionaries:
Jacqueline Aubry (12), Jeanette Aubry (7), Nicole Robin (10), Laura Croizon (8)

Number of Apparitions: 9

Miracles & Signs: Miraculous ray of sunlight

Summary: In the parish church of St Gilles, in L'Ile Bouchard south of Tours, from the 8th to the 14th of December 1947, four children witnessed the apparition of the Virgin Mary and an angel. She asked that they pray for France and construct a grotto at the location.

Tre Fontane, Italy (1947)

Title: The Virgin of Revelation

Investigated: 1947

First Apparition:
April 12, 1947

Approved: The Vicariate of Rome approves the cult of the Virgin of Revelation in 1947.

Last Apparition:
April 12, 1947

Visionaries: Bruno Cornacchiola,

Number of Apparitions: 1+

Miracles & Signs: Conversion of Bruno Cornacchiola

Notes: Not fully approved because of Bruno's character and subsequent 27 claims.

Ngome‚ South Africa (1955)

Title: Mary, Tabernacle of the Most High

Investigated:1976

First Apparition:
Aug 22, 1955

Approved: in 1989 for Faith Expression Bishop Manuset Biyase

Last Apparition:
May 2, 1971

Visionaries:
Sr. Reinolda May

Number of Apparitions:10

Fostoria, OH USA (1956)

Title: Our Lady of America

Investigated:

First Apparition:
Sept 25, 1956

Approved:for Faith Expression by Monsignor Paul F. Leibold, Archbishop of the Cincinnati diocese

Last Apparition:
Dec 20, 1959

Visionaries:
Sr. Mildred Mary Neuzil

Number of Apparitions: Many

Miracles & Signs:

Summary: Sr. Mary Ephrem (Mildred Neuzil), of the Precious Blood Sisters and later a Contemplative of the Indwelling Trinity reportedly received apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary as well as of Our Lord, St. Joseph, St. Gabriel, and St. Michael. She said she was asked by the Blessed Virgin Mary to draw a picture according to the vision of Our Lady of America and have a statue constructed accordingly and placed after a solemn procession into the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in Washington, D.C. as Our Lady of America.

San Vito Romano, Italy (1964)

Investigated:

First Apparition: 1964

Approved:

Last Apparition:

Visionaries: N/A

Number of Apparitions:

Miracles & Signs:

Notes:

Cefala Diana, Italy (1967)

Investigated:

First Apparition: May 26, 1967

Approved:

Last Apparition: May 26, 1967

Visionaries:
Roberto Castelluci (11), Antonino Barberia (8), Francisco di Marto (12), Antonio Bellavia (10)

Number of Apparitions:1

Miracles & Signs:

Notes: 4 children claimed to see Our Lady of Sorrows in tears.

Source: Bibl. Billet, Vraies et Fauses Apparitions, 1976, 19; Bouflet-Boutry, 1997, 400-401; Gamba 1999, 507; Gente, June 14, 1967

 
 
 
   
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