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Akita, Japan

April 22, 1984 - Pastoral Letter of Bishop John Shojiro Ito declaring the events of Akita, Japan to be of supernatural origin [ more ]

1999 - Letter from the Apostolic Nuncio in Tokyo, Ambrose de Paoli [ more ]


Amsterdam (Our Lady of All Nations)

June 27, 1974 - A Notification from the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in the June 27, 1974 issue of L'Osservatore Romano
[ more ]

May 31, 1996 - Notification from Henry Bomers, Bishop of Haarlem. [ more ]

December 3, 1997 - Letter (HB-97-403)  from Henry Bomers, Bishop of Haarlem. commending the "Action of The Lady of All Nations" and the work of Fr. Paul Maria Sigl. [ more ]

May 31 , 2002 -- THE DECLARATION BY BISHOP JOSEPH PUNT REGARDING THE SUPERNATURAL AUTHENTICITY OF THE APPARITIONS OF THE LADY OF ALL NATIONS [ more ]

Anne, A Lay Apostle (Illinois(USA) / Ireland)

June 16, 2006 - Letter from Bishop Leo O’Reilly, bishop of the Diocese of Kilmore, Ireland [ more ]

September 2, 2011 - Letter from Bishop Leo O’Reilly, bishop of the Diocese of Kilmore, Ireland [ more ]

Assiut, Egypt

Declaration of the Coptic Priests in Assiut
Concerning the Marian Apparitions at St. Mark Church
El-Keraza Official Magazine of the Coptic Orthodox Church
[ more ]


Bayside, Brooklyn, NY, USA

November 4, 1986 - DECLARATION CONCERNING THE "BAYSIDE MOVEMENT"
Letter of Bishop John Mugavero of Brooklyn
[ more ]


Banneux, Belgium

July 31, 1999 - LETTER OF JOHN PAUL II TO THE BISHOP OF LIÈGE
ON THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE RECOGNITION OF THE APPARITIONS OF OUR LADY AT BANNEUX
[ more ]

March 28, 2008 - Pope BENEDICT XVI - AD VENERABILI FRATRI GODEFRIDO S.R.E. CARDINALI DANNEELS, ARCHIEPISCOPO METROPOLITAE MECHLINIENSI-BRUXELLENSI, NOMINATO MISSO EXTRAORDINARIO AD SEPTUAGESIMO QUINTO ANNO APPARITIONUM BEATAE MARIAE "VIERGE DES PAUVRES" IN BELGII LOCO BANNEUX CELEBRANDO
[ more ]

Beauraing, Belgium

July 2nd, 1949 - Official Declaration of Bishop
[ more ]


Betania, Venezuela

November 21, 1987 - INSTRUCTION ON THE APPARITIONS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN IN FINCA BETANIA
Archbishop Pio Bello Ricardo
[ more ]

May 26, 2009 - Declaration of Marian Diocesan Sanctuary of 'Mary Reconciler of All People and Nations.'
Bishop Freddy J. Fuenmayor
[ more ]


Borg In-Nadur, Malta

October 12, 2012 - Alleged Phenomena and Messages in Connection with Borg In-Nadur
[ more ]

Bouxieres-aux-Dames (France)

February 1951, Cardinal Ottaviani, statement of assessor of the Holy Office
[ more ]

Brindisi, Puglia, (Italy)

Jan 24, 2012 - Bishop Talucci on the alleged apparitions to Mario D'Ignazio
[ more ]

Budapest, Hungary (Flame of Love Movement)

December 1st, 1995 - Imprimatur of Bernardino Cardinal Echeverria Ruiz, OFM, Emeritus Archbishop of Guayaquil, Equador
[ more ]

June 6, 2009 - Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest and President of the Council of Episcopal Conferences of Europe, Cardinal Peter Erdo, gave his IMPRIMATUR number 494-4/2009 to the Hungarian original Spiritual Diary of Elizabeth Kindelmann
[ more ]

Caserta, Italy (Poem of the Man-God)

April 17, 1993 - CONDEMNATION OF THE WORKS OF MARIA VALTORTA
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
[ more ]


June 15, 1966 - STATEMENT ABOUT CONCERNING THE MORAL FORCE OF THE INDEX OF FORBIDDEN BOOKS
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
[ more ]


Castelpetroso, Italy

1889 Mgr. Macarone-Palmieri, Bishop of the diocese of Bojano, letter regarding the the apparitions which took place at Castelpetroso.
[ more ]

Centeno, Argentina

April 15, 2011 - Archbishop Jose Maria Arancedo of Santa de la Vera Cruz, Argentina declared that the reported Marian apparitions in the town of Centeno will not be approved by the Church.
[ CNA Article ]

Conyers, GA, USA

March 19, 1991 - In a March letter to his fellow U.S. bishops, Archbishop James P. Lyke, OFM, has asked that priest-led pilgrimages from their dioceses to the site of alleged Marian apparitions in Conyers be discontinued. [ more ]


September 19, 1991 - In a statement distributed to the priests of the Atlanta archdiocese, Archbishop James P. Lyke, OFM, has provided guidance on reported apparitions of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary in Rockdale County. [ more ]

Cuapa, Nicaragua

1982 - Declaration of Bishop Bosco M. Vivas Robelo, Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Managua
[ more ]

November 13, 1982 - Statement of Bishop Pablo Antonio Vega M., Prelate Bishop of Juigalpa
[ more ]

June 10, 1994 - Statement of Bishop Robelo of Leon
[ more ]


Denver, CO, USA

March 9, 1994 - Declaration Concerning Alleged Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Mother Cabrini Shrine and Other Places in the Archdiocese
[ more ]


Dozul, France

June 24, 1985 - Ordinance of the Bishop of Bayeux
[ more ]

Dublin, Ireland - Maria Divine Mercy

April 2014 - Statement Of Archdiocese Of Dublin On The Alleged Visionary “Maria Divine Mercy”
[ more ]

May 2013 - Statement of Archbishop Denis J. Hart of Melbourne regarding Maria Divine Mercy
[ more ]


El Algarrobal, Argentina

Aug 2, 2004 - Argentinean Archbishop issues statement on alleged Marian apparitions
[ more ]

Aug 2, 2004 - Archbishop Jose Maria Arancibia of Mendoza, Argentina, has published a statement clarifying the official position of the Archdiocese
[ more ]

May 29, 2005 - Pastoral Letter of Archbishop of Mendoza, Jose Maria Arancibia
PASTORAL DIRECTIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF DEVOTED FAITHFUL OF MARY, "MYSTICAL ROSE"
[ more ]

September 23, 2005 - Official Notice of the Archdiocese of Mendoza
[ more ]


Elyria, OH (USA)

November 11, 2009 - Decree from Richard Lennon, Bishop of Cleveland regarding alleged apparitions to Maureen Sweeney Kyle.
[ more ]

Emmittsburg, MD (USA)

September 8, 2000 - Statement concerning Archdiocesan action regarding alleged apparitions to Gianna Talone-Sullivan in Emmitsburg, Maryland
[ more ]

October 8, 2008 - Pastoral advisory against alleged apparitions to Gianna Talone-Sullivan in Emmitsburg, Maryland
[ more ]


Fatima, Portugal

October 13, 1930 - Announcement of Dom Jose Alves Correia da Silva, Bishop of the Diocese of Leiria-Fatima on the Results of the Investigative Commission
[ more ]

THE MESSAGE OF FATIMA - Tarcisio Bertone, SDB, Archbishop Emeritus of Vercelli, Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
[ more ]

Theological Commentary on the Third Secret of Fatima by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
[ more ]


Garabandal, Spain

June 8, 1993 - Statement by Bishop Msgr. Jose Vilaplana of Santander on alleged apparitions at Garabandal
[ more ]

1970 - Bishop of Santander Official Declarations of the Hierarchy Regarding Garabandal (Spanish)
[ more ]

April 25, 1970 -- Communication of the Bishop of Santander (Spain) to his brothers in the Episcopacy, Regarding the Alleged Apparitions of the Most Holy Virgin at San Sebastian de Garabandal. (Spanish)
[ more ]

April 21, 1970 - Letter from Cardinal Seper, Prefect of the congregation For the Sacred Doctrine Of the Faith, to Archbishop Philip M. Hannan of New Orleans, Louisiana.
[ more ]

March 10, 1969 - Letter of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to the Bishop of Santander (Latin and Spanish)
[ more ]

October 9, 1968 - Official Note from the Secretary of the Bishop - Note Concerning the Occurrences at San Sebastian de Garabandal (Spanish)
[ more ]

March 17, 1967 - Official Note of Mons. Puchol. San Sebastian de Garabandal (Latin and Spanish)
[ more ]

March 7, 1967 - Letter of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to the Bishop of Santander (Latin and Spanish)
[ more ]

July 8, 1965 - Second Official Note of Mons. Beitia. Official Note of the Bishop of Santander Regarding the Events of San Sebastian de Garabandal (Spanish)
[ more ]

October 7, 1962 - First Official Note of Mons. Beitia. Official Note of the Bishop of Santander Regarding the Events of San Sebastian de Garabandal (Spanish)
[ more ]

November 1961 - Second Official Note of Mons. Fernandez. Official Note of the Bishop of Santander Regarding the Events of San Sebastian de Garabandal (Spanish)
[ more ]

August 26, 1961 - Declarations of the Bishop of Santander - First Official Note of Mons. Fernandez. San Sebastian de Garabandal (Spanish)
[ more ]

Ghiaie-di-Bonat, Italy

October 13, 1930 - Announcement of Dom Jose Alves Correia da Silva, Bishop of the Diocese of Leiria-Fatima on the Results of the Investigative Commission
[ more ]

July 8, 1960 - Pope John XXIII's letter to monsignor Joseph Battaglia bishop of Faenza "with regard to the Ghiaie question"
[ more ]

Gietrzwald, Poland

September 11, 1977 - Decree of the Warmian Bishop, Józef Drzazga
[ more ]

Guazapa (San Salvador), El Salvador

Jun 11, 2008 - 'Apparitions' of Guazapa not approved by Church in El Salvador
[ more ]

Haiti

November 21, 1997 - Approval of the Content of Messages by Francoise-Marie Wolff Ligonde, Archbishop of Port-au-Prince
[ more ]

Itapiranga, Brazil

May 31, 2009 - Approval of the Apparitions of Itapiranga by Archbishop Carillo Gritti Itacoatiara - Am Bishop of Itacoatiara
[ more ]

Jacarei, Brazil

February 11, 2011 - Statement from Bishop Dom Nelson Westrupp, SCJ Regarding Alleged Apparitions at Jacarei, Brazil
[ more ]

Kibeho, Rwanda

June 29, 2001 - Judgement on the Apparitions of Kibeho by Bishop Augustin Misago of Gikongoro, Rwanda
[ more ]

La Salette, France

September 19, 1851 - Pastoral Letter of Mgr de Bruillard, Bishop of Grenoble, on the Fifth Anniversary of the La Salette Apparition
[ more ]

September 19, 1855 - Declaration of Mgr Ginhoulhiac Concerning the La Salette Apparition
[ more ]


Laus, France

May 4, 2008 - Homily of Bishop Jean-Michel de Falco of Gap Approving Apparitions at Laus
[ more ]


La Vang, Vietnam

August 12/19 1998 - L'Osservatore Romano Issue N. 32/33
The Catholics of Viet Nam Pay Homage to Our Lady of La Vang
[ more ]

December 16, 1997 - Letter addressed to Cardinal Paul Joseph Pham Dinh Tung of Ha Noi to mark the 200th anniversary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin in La Vang
[ more ]


Lipa, Phillipines

April 11, 1951 - Declaration from Bishop Verzosa declaring the apparitions not supernatural.
[ more ]

1992 - Statement of Msgr. Mariano Gaviola, archbishop of Lipa lifting the 1951 ban.
[ more ]

April 17, 2005 - Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, DD, STL
[ more ]

November 12, 2009 - Decree from Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, DD, STL
[ more ]

September 28, 2010 - Statement from Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, DD, STL
[ more ]

Litmanova, Slovakia

August 8, 2004 - Mountain Zvir near Litmanova declared as "Place of Prayer"
[ more ]

September 7, 2008 - Mountain Zvir declared as pilgrimage site
[ more ]

Los Angeles, CA USA - St. Joseph's Hill of Hope - City of God

March 15th, 1981 - Statement of Position in Reference to St. joseph's Hill of Hope - City of God
[ more ]


Lourdes, France

July 28th 1858 - Establishment of an Investigative Commission
[ more ]

January 18, 1862 - Report of Investigative Commision
[ more ]

Marpingen, Germany

December 13, 2005 - Publication of the Decree of Bishop of Trier, Dr. Reinhard Marx
[ more ]

Medjugorje, Bosnia

April 10, 1991 - Proclamation of the Bishops of Yugoslavia
[ more ]

Msgr. Ratko Peric's Open letter to the Secretary General of "Famille Chretienne"
[ more ]

May 26, 1998 - Letter by Archbishop T. Bertone to Mgr. Gilbert Aubry, Bishop of Saint-Denis de la Reunion
[ more ]

January 7, 2000 - Msgr. H. Brincard, Bishop of Puy-en-Velay, Association of Marian organizations; From the official bulletin of the French Episcopal Conference [SNOP], No. 1,064 [printed in Documentation Catholique of 7 January 2000].
[ more ]

JULY 3, 2001 - Zenit News Agency Article: Medjugorje: 20 Years Later, the Questions Linger - Church Has Not Ruled on Reported Apparitions
[ more ]

February 17, 2004 - MEDUGORJE: SECRETS, MESSAGES, VOCATIONS, PRAYERS, CONFESSIONS, COMMISSIONS
Msgr. Ratko Peric Bishop of Mostar-Duvno, BiH
From a talk given at Maynooth, Co. Dublin
[ more ]

June 15, 2006 - HOMILY OF BISHOP RATKO PERIC
SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
MEDJUGORJE, 15 - VI - 2006
[ more ]

August 31, 2008 - THE CANONICAL STATUS OF REV. FATHER TOMISLAV VLASIC, OFM
Msgr. Ratko Peric, Bishop of Mostar-Duvno, BiH
[ more ]

Marpingen, Germany

December 13, 2005 - Publication of the Decree of Bishop of Trier, Dr. Reinhard Marx
[ more ]

Montefanera, Italy

March 6, 2006 - statment of the Curia of Treviso, signed by the Vicar General Monsignor Corrado Pizziolo
[ more ]

Naju, South Korea

January 1, 1998 - Declaration concerning "The phenomena and messages which happened to Julia Youn of Naju and her statue of the Blessed Mother"
[ more ]

May 5, 2001 - Pastoral Letter of Archbishop Andreas CHOI of Kwangju
[ more ]

May 5, 2005 - ADMONITION FOR A TRUE AND SINCERE DEVOTION BY THE ORDINARY OF THE KWANGJU ARCHDIOCESE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH - A PASTORAL ADMONITION FOR NAJU JULIA YOUN AND MATTERS RELATED TO HER -
[ more ]

June 29, 2007 - Bishop Warns Catholics On Activities Related To Naju Marian Shrine
[ more ]

November 19, 2007 - The Position of the Archdiocese of Kwangju
in relation to the Matter of Julia Yoon of Naju and its related Phenomena
[ more ]

January 21, 2008 - Decree by the Ordinary of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kwangju
[ more ]

Ngome, KwazauluNatal, South Africa

August 11, 1981 - Statement of Bishop Mansuet Biyase of Eshowe prohibiting mass public pilgrimages and distribution of texts
[ more ]

August 22, 1988 - Minutes of the deanery of Inkamana, 22-08-88
[ more ]

July 5th, 1990 - Ngome Statement Approving Content of Visions
[ more ]

Pontmain, France

February of 1875 - Declaration of approval from Bishop Laval
[ more ]

Piacenza, Italy (San Damiano)

May 1, 1980 - Office of the Bishop of Piacenza Official Notification
[ more ]


Quebec, Canada (Army of Mary)

June 29, 2001 -Doctrinal Note of the Catholic Bishops of Canada concerning the Army of Mary
[ more ]

Robinsonville, WI, USA

December 8th, 2010 - Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay declared the apparitions to be authentic, making them the first approved apparitions in the United States.
[ more ]

Roggliswil, Switzerland

January 25, 1935 - Bishop Joseph Ambühl, bishop of Bale relays the negative results of the commission.
[ more ]

Rochester, NY

July 7, 2000 - Bishop Mathew H. Clark, Rochester, NY
[ more ]


Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico

September 23, 2000 - LETTER FROM CARDINAL BERTONE TORCISIO, SECRETARY OF THE CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH TO PUERTO RICAN PRESIDENT OF THE EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE, BEING MONSIGNOR ULYSSES CASIANO VARGAS
[ more ]

September 19, 2002 - Decree of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
[ more ]

November 14 , 2006 - PASTORAL LETTER ON THE CALL "MISSION OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY OF WELL" - BISHOPS OF PUERTO RICO
[ more ]

January 19, 2007 - Vatican Letter to Bishops of Puerto Rico
[ more ]

September 15, 2011 - Circular 34/2011 - Devotion Del Rosario De La Virgen Del Pozo - D. Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago, Archbishop of León (Guanajuato, Mexico) warns the faithful about the devotion to the Virgen del Rosario del Pozo
[ more ]

Salta, Argentina

July 3, 2006 - Local archbishop finds that alleged Marian appartions are not supernatural (CNA News article)
[ more ]

April 7, 2003 - Declaration Regarding the Question of the Hill - Archbishop of Salta, Mario Cargnello
[ more ]

San Nicolas, Argentina

November 14, 1990- Edict of the Bishop of San Nicolas, Monsignor Domingo Castagna
[ more ]

Scottsdale, AZ, USA

October 1989 - Fr. Ernest Larkin, Investigative Commission of the Diocese of Phoenix
[ more ]

January 8, 1990 - Bishop Thomas O'Brien of Phoenix, AZ
[ more ]

Shoubra, Egypt

April 9, 1986 - His Holiness Pope Shenouda III issues a following papal order to form a special investigative committee.
[ more ]

April 16, 1986 - Statements of the Papal Delegation
[ more ]

June 21, 1986 - Report of the Papal Delegation presented to the Holy Synod assembled on June 21, 1986 and headed by H.H. Pope Shenouda III
[ more ]

Surbiton, England

September 23, 2007 - Vatican Note on Divine Innocence Community
[ more ]

Suwon, Korea

March 20, 1998 - BISHOPS CONFIRM OLD AND NEW BANS ON TWO ALLEGED VISIONARIES
[ more ]

Switzerland (Vassula Ryden)

July 10, 2004 - Letter on Vassula Ryden to the Episcopal Conferences of France, Switzerland, Uruguay, Philippines and Canada Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
[ more ]

June 26 , 2002 - Vassula Ryden's Response to CDF Letter
[ more ]

April 4, 2002 - CDF Letter to Vassula Ryden
[ more ]

October 6, 1995 - NOTIFICATION ON VASSULA RYDEN
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
[ more ]

October 23, 1995 - Note Issued on Doctrinal Errors by Greek-Orthodox Swiss Resident
[ more ]

November 29, 1996 - Congregation Communique on Private Revelations
[ more ]


Syracuse, Italy

December 12, 1953 - Declaration on the Authenticity of the Lachrymation of Mary in Syracuse
[ more ]

October 17, 1954 - Radio Message of Pius XII at the Marian Convention of Sicily
[ more ]

Tubize, Belgium

March 25, 1942 - Negative Judgment from Monsignor Van Roey, Cardinal-Archibishop of Malines
[ more ]

Vailankanni, India

1962 - Apostolic Brief of Pope John XXII on the Elevation of the Shrine Basilica of Vailankanni to Minor Basilica Status
[ more ]

Warraq el-Hadar, Cairo, Egypt

December 11th, 2009 - Statement from Giza Coptic Orthodox Bishopric
[ more ]

Zeitun, Egypt

1968 - Report released by The General Information and Complaints Department of Zeitun, Egypt
[ more ]

May 4, 1968 - The Official Statement from the Papal Residence in Cairo on the Apparition of Saint Mary in the Zeitoun Virgin Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo, Egypt
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