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What does the Blessed Virgin Mary tell us in all her visits or apparitions to mankind?

Over the course of history, the Blessed Virgin has visited mankind at particular sites around the world

In the majority of Marian apparitions, only one person or a few people, quite often children, report having seen the Blessed Virgin, who at first they describe simply as “a Lady.” Yet there have been exceptions, such as her apparition in Zeitun, Egypt, where she is reported to have been seen by thousands of people: Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Muslim, and unbelievers.

While miracles, reported healings and cures often accompany Marian apparitions, then, they are not their essential purpose. When the Blessed Virgin appears, her principal purpose is to lead her children to Jesus Christ.

Here are 7 times the Virgin Mary has visited mankind:

1. Lourdes (Francis), 1858

The Virgin Mary appears to 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous a total of 18 times at the grotto of Massabielle (“the rock”). The Virgin instructed Bernadette to tell the priests to build a chapel on the site, and showed her a spring whose waters have been the means for many miraculous healings. When Bernadette finally asked the Lady who she was, the Virgin responded: “I am the Immaculate Conception.”

2. Fatima (Portugal), 1917

The Virgin Mary appears to three shepherd children, Lucia Santos and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto, on May 13, 1917, in the valley of Cova da Iria. She addressed the pain of a world torn by war and revolutions, and called for prayer, penance, and redemptive suffering. Prophetic messages, known as “secrets,” were also entrusted to the children to be shared with Church leaders. Mary told the children to pray the Rosary often, saying: “Through the Rosary, you can stop wars.” On Sunday, October 13, 1917 the “Miracle of the Sun” was seen by an estimated 30,000 to 100,000 people.

3. Akita (Japan), 1973-1981

The Virgin Mary appears to Sister Agnes Sasagawa, a convert to Christianity from Buddhism. The message of Akita, which is associated with an image of the Virgin Mary venerated as miraculous, is said to be deeply tied to Fatima and warns of coming trials for the Church. While approved by the local ordinary, the events at Akita have received neither the approval nor the disapproval of the Holy See.

4. Betania (Venezuela), 1976-1988

The Virgin Mary appears to Maria Esperanza Medano, a wife, mother, and grandmother, under the title of Mary, Virgin and Mother, Reconciler of All People and Nations. During one of these apparitions, 150 people were present and also saw the Lady. The apparitions at Betania have been approved by the local ordinary, but the Holy See has taken no position. In 2010, the Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey opened the cause for beatification and canonization of the visionary, who is now known at the Servant of God Maria Esperanza.

5. Kibeho (Rwanda), 1981-1986

The Virgin Mary appears to three teens, Alphonsine Mumereke, Nathalie Ukamazimpaka and Marie-Claire Mukangango, shortly before the Rwanda genocide. She asks for fasting, unceasing prayer, and conversion. Other young people claimed to have received messages from the Virgin Mary at Kibeho, but only the apparitions to Alphonsine, Nathalie, and Marie-Claire have been approved by the local ordinary. At the shrine of Kibeho, Mary is venerated as Our Lady of Sorrows

6. Champion, Wisconsin (USA), 1859

The Virgin Mary appears to a young immigrant woman, Adele Brise, in Northeast Wisconsin. She called her to “gather the children in this wild country and teach them what they should know for salvation.” In 2010 the apparitions were approved for veneration by the bishop of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Hope, built on the site of the apparition to Adele Brise, draws pilgrims

7. Zeitun, Cairo (Egypt), 1968-1970 (Approved by the Coptic Orthodox Church)

The Virgin Mary appears on the Dome of St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church to crowds numbering more than 250,000 people, among them Catholics, Orthodox, Protestants, Muslims, and unbelievers. No messages were given during these appearances. Because the church where the apparitions occurred was part of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Kyrillos VI gave approval for veneration.