4 More Marian apparitions that were approved by the Vatican

4 More Marian apparitions that were approved by the Vatican

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Approved Marian apparitions are called worthy of belief to help the faithful grow in their faith which is the preparations that foreshadows heaven

While Catholics are not required to believe any private revelation, even approved ones, apparitions and messages may be approved by the Church for local or universal devotion. This approval is done for the benefit of the faithful, declaring “worthy of belief” those private revelations that can be helpful to Christians striving toward the ultimate goal of Heaven

There are hundreds of reported apparitions (appearance) of Our Lady around the world of which only a few are approved by Vatican and 2 by Anglican Church and 2 by Coptic Orthodox Church.

A number of claimed apparition’s sites which have yet to be fully approved continue to gather pilgrims and become the site of major Marian basilicas. The apparitions at these sites are often the subject of legends.

Laus, France

During May of 1664, a young shepherdess named Benoite Rencurel suddenly saw a magnificent lady holding a child. These apparitions lasted for about a year, while she experienced various other visions throughout her life. Mary’s primary message was that of penance and conversion, reconciling oneself with God and each other. The apparitions were recognized in 1665 by the local bishop, and officially approved by the Vatican in 2008.

Rue du Bac, Paris, France

On July 18th, 1830, a young religious woman named Catherine Laboure experienced a beautiful vision of Our Lady. She received several other visions, which led to the popular devotion of the Miraculous Medal, promising many graces to those who wore the medal devoutly. The apparitions were officially approved in 1836 and have been one of the most popular apparitions ever since.

Siluva, Lithuania

In 1608, a group of shepherd children saw a vision of a weeping woman holding a child. Our Lady was sorrowful that the people of the village had lost the Catholic faith. Most returned to the practice of the faith. The apparitions were officially approved on August 17, 1775, by the Vatican.

Lezajsk, Poland

In 1578 a woodcutter named Thomas Michalek saw a vision of Our Lady in the forest. She asked for a chapel to be built, saying, “I chose this place. Here my Son will be loved and respected and whosoever shall call upon my intercession, will receive my blessing.” The pope personally approved the apparition in 1752.

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