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Visionary: Venerable Bartolomeo Holzhauser



Visionary: shepherd
Title: Madonna del Pollino

The origins of the sanctuary "Madonna del Pollino" (which derives its name from the mountains on the northern slopes of which rises on the border of Calabria and Lucania) can be traced back to 1700, with the apparition of Our Lady "bathed in light, fair as the sun "to a shepherd, and then to a local woman, which pointed to a pool of water because you saw this in a cave nearby, a statue of the Virgin Mary covered with soil. Every year in late spring, devotees climb the nice little sanctuary, reachable only by foot (at a height of 1537 meters.), With a colorful procession carrying the statue of the Madonna from the Mother Church of San Severino.

Source: magazine "Madre di Dio", august 2005

ca. 1700


Visionary: a shaman

There was a historic and prodigious event where in front of a local shaman, an image of Our Lady fell from the breviary of a young French missionary. Collecting it from the sand, the shaman recognized in Our Lady the woman he that met the day before in the surrounding countryside .With him, he converted to Christianity all the people of the village.


Quillacollo , Cochabamba, (Bolivia)

Title: Virgen de Urkupiña
Visionary: shepherd girl
Feast: August 15

In the late seventeenth century, at the beginning of the colony, in the region of Cota (Quillacollo southwest), lived a humble family of farmers who subsisted on the usefulness of his small flock of sheep that were in the care of menor. La daughter girl headed toward low hills daily front Cota, passing Sapinku river, where there was water and grass in abundance for his flock. A splendid August day, when the sun played with the wild bushes and grass hill dazzling emerald, appeared to him a very beautiful lady who had children in their arms, maintained in long conversations with her own native language of the place , the Quechua . Often the shepherd playing with that child in the waters of a spring gushing from the rocks.

Since then, the girl almost always delayed in returning to the hut of their parents, so they asked the reason for their tardiness, she recounted their encounters with the lady whom he called "Mommy and child". He said the mommy and her little boy came down to play with her in the chimpanzee juturis (or chimpa batteries), so they called and continue to call the two strands of clear and sweet water situated at the foot of the hill. Hearing her, her parents became alarmed and went repeatedly to the green hill to convince the incredible stories of the peasant girl.

At reiterated the visit of the "Mother", she went in search of their parents and those to doctrinero (parishes were called doctrines and by extension the priest doctrinero) and Rancherio neighbors who take notice of the event decided to ensure its accuracy , going to the place where the girl led them. The Virgin to see that the shepherd did not show up from where it was uphill and climbed the hill, while the girl screamed indicating finger in Quechua "Jaqaypiña orqopiña, orqopiña", which in Quechua means "is already on the hill "" (Orqo = hill, pineapple = already), hence the Spanish name Urkupiña. Mrs. to get to the top, he disappeared, but managed to reach view a celestial image vanished in the tangle of carob, cactus and ululas. Convinced that the vision was strange, ran to town. The pastor who summoned the people, and with other officials rushed to the scene of the miracle in front of the settlement of Cota ... The bustling crowd moved to the chapel this Quillacollo and has since become known as the Virgin of Urqupiña, who is highly revered by the Bolivian people and the stories of the miracles that lavish their devotees are extraordinary. There, he built a chapel of the Virgin, now has moved image matrix Quillacollo the temple to where pilgrims come from all over Bolivia and South America, to venerate the Virgin Mary of Urkupiña, patron of the National Integration. (By Bishop Francisco Cano Galvarro and Mercedes Anaya Urquidi)

Source: Wikipedia

January 25, 1704


The proto-martyr Antonio Cuipa was an Apalachee Indian. He was a layman—a husband, father, chief, and catechist. He was a carpenter, and he was devoted to St. Joseph. He was a skilled musician (a guitarist as well as a craftsman of flutes). He was also an evangelist, whose zeal and joy brought many native persons to Christianity.

Antonio’s life would end tied to a cross at the mission of La Concepción de Ayubale, where the English led a brutal attack.  Antonio was mocked for his faith and tortured with a fire burning under his feet for many hours.  Near the end, Antonio cried out from the cross.  The Virgin appeared to him at his side!  It was her eyes looking into his, he said, that gave him courage to endure his martyrdom.  His last words were that his body would fall to the earth, but that his soul was going to God. 


August 1705

Capurso (Italy)

Visionary: Father Dominic Tanzella
Title: The Madonna of the Well

The origin of the shrine dates back to August 1705. Life goes on freely, as in many small agricultural towns of Italy, without any extraordinary events, and there is nothing to foreshadow an event that will change the face of the town and make it known not only in Puglia, but also in the Christian world.

A priest of Capurso, Father Dominic Tanzella, in a serious health condition with doctors having diagnosed him with an incurable disease.

One night some unknown that August, Our Lady appears to the priest, telling him he would be healed if she drank water once the ancient well called "Santa Maria" and he vowed to erect a church with an adjoining convent for the Franciscan Friars . Confident in the words of Madonna, who appeared to him, the priest drinks the water of the well and heals instantly.


Kötschach (AUSTRIA)

Visionary: young sanctuary sacristan

Our Lady appeared to a young sanctuary sacristan and led him to worship her statue by remaining kneeling at his home for twelve hours. After this test of loyalty, she urged him to continue his church service. In addition, he promised his protection of that place, to the inhabitants and all the pilgrims who had come. On 29 April the same year in the night the bells began to ring. People, woke up suddenly from the noise, came and saw with wonder that the church was completely illuminated. No one could explain the origin of the miraculous light. The faithful, deeply moved, prayed for one night, then suddenly the light vanished.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 pp. 176-77



Visionary: soldier George Mittnacht
Title: Mary, Help of Christians

Mary blessed the soldier George Mittnacht with her appearance and helped him. George fought in the army of Prince Eugene against the Turks. He was taken prisoner, was sentenced to be thrown into boiling oil, and he prayed earnestly to the Mother of God, vowing to build a chapel in her honor if he could see his homeland again. The next day the soldier woke up on a lawn near Bischwind, fifty kilometers from Wurzburg. After a few years, he devoted himself to the building with his hands, a chapel dedicated to Mary, "Mary, Help of Christians."

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 177Foret




Visionary: St. Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort (1673-1716)

St. Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort (1673-1716) was an extraordinary mystic, prophet and apostle of the fervent Marian devotion. Its greatest merit is that he has introduced countless people to the love of the Blessed Mother of God and the practice of Marian devotion. Marian devotion of his inspiration presupposes two elements that combine in one body inseparable: the perfect practice of true veneration of Mary and deeper commitment to Jesus, ie the total consecration of themselves to Christ through daily rededication to Mary.

On June 5, 1700 Grignon was ordained priest. In 1701 he became a chaplain at the hospital for the poor of Poitiers of which, after various vicissitudes, was appointed director. From 1706 he devoted himself to parish missions for the people, his true vocation, and founded the Daughters of Divine Wisdom, a hospital dedicated to the Order of Most Blessed Virgin Mary. He was a missionary traveling throughout France, and during these trips was often accompanied by the appearance of a "Lady dressed in white." The apparition was seen by some believers. From the prayers of St. Louis Marie Grignon, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, is the profound influence of these apparitions. Because of the persecution of the Jansenists, who at that time dominated the public and ecclesiastical life, his writings for a long time could not move. Only much later, his treatise on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin (Traité de la Sainte Vierge à la vraie devotion), which was written in 1842, was widespread. The complete works of Louis Grignon first spread to France and England, then across the German-speaking world, thanks to the publications of the Swiss publishing house Canisius. Grignon was beatified in 1888 and canonized by Pope Pius XII July 20, 1947. The encyclical Ad diem istum, written by Pope Pius X for the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the declaration of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, all written in the spirit of Grignon de Montfort, has promoted the link between the cult of Mary and the modern apostolate. From careful investigation on the mystical Marian Grignon clear the relationship with that of Berulle and Henry Suso.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 178

1710 and on

Ovada, Castellazzo, Italy

Visionary: St. Paul of the Cross (Paul Francis Danei, 1694-1775)

St. Paul of the Cross had a vision of our Lady in a black habit with the name Jesus and a cross in white on the chest. In the vision, the Blessed Virgin told him to found a religious order devoted to preaching the Passion of Christ. He later founded the Passionist Order.


Paul of the Cross (Paul Francis Danei, 1694-1775) was sixteen when his brother fell into a river, Mary. appeared and saved them both from certain death by drowning. Three years later he was converted and received by the office of Madonna leaving the secular world to dedicate himself to the Lord Jesus Christ. In 1715 he enlisted in the Army of the Republic of Venice against the Turks to fight and die as a martyr, believing in this way to serve Christ and do the will of the Holy Virgin. But soon it became clear that, to accomplish the task entrusted to him by Mary, would have to go another way. He then retired for some time in solitude to devote to prayer and atonement and understanding his true path in the world at this time drew up a "rule". From his spiritual father, Francesco Arborio, bishop of Alexandria, received the black robe of atonement. Pope Benedict XIII allowed him to seek other brothers, but rejected the rule because too severe. Paul devoted himself to the care of the sick with his brother and was ordained priest in 1727. With some brothers retired to Monte Argentario, where he founded the first home of the Passionists. Benedict XIV approved a less severe form of the rule. During an apparition, Mary Paul explained to the meaning and nature of his pain and induced him to contemplate the sufferings of his Son. Through the spiritual schools of Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Francis de Sales and John Tauler, Paul developed a deep passion of the mystic, who through his sermons, also spread among the faithful and contemporary spiritually prepared. At his death the Order of the Passionists had 12 offices with over 200 members. Paul was beatified in 1863 and canonized in 1867.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 179

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Visionary: a monk Lova

The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared on June 18th to the monk Lova, in the convent of Solowczkij, instructing him to build a church on the hill on which stood the convent and to consecrate to the crucifixion of Jesus She said: "This mountain will be named as Golgotha will be a place of indescribable torment and punishment." In 1928 in that place was built a political prison camp where tens of thousands of people died in the most terrible conditions.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 179



Title: Our Lady of Snow (Mary with the protective mantle)

According to tradition, Mary would have extended her great mantle over the army of Prince Eugene and Prince Elector of Baden to make possible the victory of the Christians on the Turkish power. During a celebration, Prince Eugene commissioned the portrait of Most Holy Mary, Who had exhibited in the hospital the morning of the battle of the military, the church of Our Lady of Snow in Peterwardein. The painting was dedicated in eternal memory of the final expulsion of the Turks from Europe. Pope Clement XI arranged the introduction of the feast of the Holy Rosary and the spread of the Angelus, which for a long time, it was also called "Turkish prayer." Pope Callistus III introduced the prayer for daily recitation (you had to pray three times a day as a counterweight to the call of the muezzin of Islam). Peterwardein became an important pilgrimage site and the portrait of the Virgin "Mary of the Snow" (Mary with the protective mantle) was the object of devotional worship.

Source: HIerzenberger p 180

Oct 1, 1711

Valverde (italy)

Visionary: Paolo Ogna (8) and Francesco Pellizzari (11)

The Shrine of Our Lady of Valverde Rezzato, dates back to 1399, when Our Lady appeared to a farmer plowing his field, near the entrance of Valverde Rezzato, urging people to abandon their sinful ways, and encouraging them to live a Christian life. A small octagonal church dating from the twelfth century was built before the Rezzatesi decided to erect a larger sanctuary, completed in 1615. During the summer of 1711, the province of Brescia was hit by a severe epidemic of dying cattle. The inhabitants of Rezzato prayed to Our Lady of Valverde. On October 1, Our Lady appeared a second time to Paul Ogna, 8, and Francesco Pelizzari, 11, who went to collect chestnuts near the pond of the Sanctuary. Our Lady promised the end of the epidemic.

Aug 18, 1713 and Aug 20, 1714

Rubiana (italy)

Title: Madonna of Sorrows
Nicol Lorenzo

On dividing ridge between the towns of Val della Torre and Rubiana, in the province of Turin, lies the shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, Our Lady of the Low (mt.1152).

His story, handed down to us in detail by Canon Colombero , began August 18, 1713 when a certain Lorenzo Nicol broke his leg in an area called the Lower and, turning to Mary, vowed to build a pylon there.
Immediately healed by divine intervention, the Nicol was able to return to the country and, as often happens, he forgot the promise.

On August 20 of the following year, working in the same locality, Lorenzo Nicol was affected by the same disaster. Repented of his past behavior, he prayed to the Virgin Mary because, once again, came to his aid. Our Lady answer the prayers of our workers and allowed him to reach his home. The Nicol no longer disregarded the vow. He built a pylon which formed the origin of the sanctuary and placed in it a statue of the Virgin Mary still worshiped there.

The source from which the Colombero took the news about what happened to Lorenzo Nicol in those years, dating back to a script left by the theologian Joseph Bertolo of Mompellato in which the author comments on the fact exceptional. The local people, became aware of the miraculous event, wanted to build a Lower chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, which replaced the shrine, and where he celebrated his first Mass in 1721.

In the following years the building was enlarged to reach the current structure consists of a building, used as a shelter for pilgrims, and the real church consists of three naves, one of which is located in the Municipality of Val della Torre while insist on remaining estate of Rubiana. Permits for use of municipal land were granted, and communicated via two letters of concession in 1879, by then Mayor of Val della Torre, Sig.Chiaberge, Sig.Presidente to the Shrine of the Low.


August 14, 1715

Sinj, Croatia

Title: Our Lady of Sinj

Tradition holds that Catholics in Sinj spent the night of August 14, 1715 praying for the Blessed Mother's intercession to stop an army of Turks bent on taking the city and moving toward Vienna. When the Blessed Mother's image appeared in the sky the next day - the Feast of the Assumption - the Turkish soldiers became violently ill and retreated. TH local celebrations includes a procession, Mass and roast lamb and other traditional Croatian foods.

Source: Catholic New World, Vol 122, Issue 17

Aug 4, 1716

Pellestrina (Italy)

Title: Madonna of the Apparition
Natalino Scarpa

On Tuesday, August 4, 1716, feast of St. Dominic, around six in the morning a guy named John Di Scarpa Natalino said Muto, age about 14 years and a half on his way to the parish church of All Saints, past the temple of Saints Vito and Modesto, who also kept an ancient painting of the Madonna del Carmine, he saw a strange woman, short in stature, rather old, standing on the right side of the church. The "Lady" was wearing a blue dress, embroidered with red stars, which came down to his feet and his head was covered with a white veil that came under his arms, his face was pale, his cheeks white, the look without frank ornaments of any kind, concerned look.

The church was closed and she was beside him: he waved to the boy approached because they had to say something:
"Come here fio - he said - go 'from Piovan and dams that do celebrate masses for the souls in Purgatory, volemo if you win, and portime the answer, and to tel you why you digo x and worthy."

And with his right hand as if to reassure him and to confirm the reality of the vision, touched his left wrist, holding it with affection for a few moments. The detailed description, referring directly to the guy, it shows how the young man was impressed that image: "resembled - remembers Natalino - the mother of my teacher (the priest Antonio de Ambrosi), especially in the eyes, but she certainly was not, because of short stature and dressed differently. " Natalino was alone and on his way to All Saints Church ceremony to accompany the administration of Communion to the sick three: no one else but him could have seen that woman.




Visionary: St. Veronica Giuliani

July 2, 1717

Lescure (France)

Visionary: John Paillé (13 - shepherd)

The Virgin Mary appears to a shepherd boy named Jean Paillé and calls for the construction of a chapel on the site of the apparition. The boy was scared and did not talk to anyone. The Virgin, then, appeared a second and a third time, encourages the seer to tell the tale and reveals the existence and location of a statue underground. Due to the disbelief of his fellow citizens, Jean builds in its own way a small niche of stones and lays the stauetta miraculously found. After analyzing the facts, the bishop of Saint.Flour, Msgr. D'Estaing du Saillans, give credence to the story of the shepherd and authorizes the construction of a chapel, solemnly blessed on July 2, 1724 by one of his vicars. On July 2, 1869, was inaugurated by Bishop De Pompignac a new larger church. In 1934, the image of "Our Lady of the Visitation" is solemnly crowned.


October 1717

Sao Paulo (Brazil)

Title: Our Lady of Apparecida ("Our Lady who Appeared" - statue)
Domingos Garcia, Joco Alves, and Felipe Pedroso (three fishermen)
Feast Day: October 12

In October of 1717, Dom Pedro de Almedida, Count of Assumar, was on his way to the state of Minas Gerais from Sao Paulo. He would have to pass by Guarantinqueta, a small city in the Paraiba River valley. The people of Guarantinqueta decided to hold a great feast to honor the Count, and a lot of fish would be needed.

However, it was not the season for fish and the water seemed deserted. After many hours of catching nothing, the fishermen were very depressed. Among the fishermen were three men who always prayed to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception -- Domingos Garcia, Joco Alves, and Felipe Pedroso. Before going out to fish, they asked God to help then in this difficult task, to find enough fish at this time when no fish were available. Felipe knelt and prayed, along with his companions, "Mother of God and our Mother, we need to find fish!"

Just before they were ready to give up, Joco cast his net one more time near the Port of Itaguagu in hopes that they would find fish. However, they found a body of a statue! Joco called out in surprise, "Domingo! Felipe! Come and see what we have!" They cast the net one more time and brought up the head of the statue!

They very carefully washed the statue and saw that it was Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. They wrapped her in some cloths and continued to fish. Domingo commented, "We worked all night and have found no fish!"

Felipe had a proposition: "Let's continue to fish with faith in the Virgin Aparecida (who appeared)." From this moment on, the net became very full with fish. This was the first miracle of Our Lady of Aparecida.

It is not known how the small (less than three feet high) statue came to rest at the bottom of the river, but its artist is known, Frei Agostino de Jesus, a "carioca'' monk from Sao Paulo who created artistic clay sculptures.The image was made around 1650 and must have stayed submerged in the river for many years because it lost its original polychromy. The image is now a brilliant dark brown color, and is covered by a stiff mantle of richly embroidered thick cloth, allowing only her face and hands to be seen. She wears on her head the imperial crown with precious stones with which she was crowned by the Apostolic Nuncio in 1904. In 1930 Pope Pius XII proclaimed her principal patroness of Brazil.

Her feast on October 12 is a national holiday. Pope John Paul II visited the Virgin "Aparecida" in her much frequented sanctuary and gave it the title of Basilica. A few days before the visit someone got hold of the statue and threw it forcibly on the floor. Although the frail image was broken into many pieces, the loving and careful work of several artists put it together again and the Virgin, "Aparecida" returned to her niche in the Basilica.


Altenhohenau (Germany)

Visionary: Columba Weigl (1713-1783)

Apparitions to Columba WEigel, German dominican, right from childhood, on a consistent basis (at times daily). The visionary saw visions of Christ and the saints and received the stigmata on August 19, 1731. In 1774, she became the prioress of a convent.

Source: Imbert-Gourbeyre, 426


Persquen (Morbihan, Diocese of Vannes)

A chapel was built. Each August 1, a "pardon" (with Mass and procession) attracts hundreds of devotees.

Source: Patrick Sbalchiero "PERSQUEN" in: René LAURENTIN and Patrick Sbalchiero, Encyclopedic Dictionary of the apparitions of the Virgin, Fayard, Paris, 2007.

July 9, 1722

Maserada Sul Piave, Treviso, Veneto, Italy

Title: Madonna delle Vittorie (Madonna of Victories)

May 14, 1729 and May 26, 1730

Montagnaga di Pinè (Trento)

BISHOP APPROVED (see the list of Bishop approved apparitions)

Domenica Targa (1699-1764), cowherd

Domenica Targa of Guardia, thirty years old, was busy supervising the cattle grazing,which suddenly, with no apparent visible reason, started running in all directions as if he were crazy. The shepherdess then began to cry out: "Mary, Jesus, help me." As soon as she uttered these words, the Virgin Mary appeared before her with a white veil on her head, and thus addressed her: "You called Jesus and Mary for help and they will help you ... Do you promised once again to visit Our Lady of Caravaggio? But do not go to Caravaggio! Go rather to the Feast of the Ascension of Christ in the chapel of St. Anne in Montagnaga. There you will find a portrait of the Blessed Virgin by Caravaggio. Kneel down and address your prayers with a sincere heart to Jesus and Mary, then you will see miraculous things. " Sunday shewent to the chapel of St. Anne in Montagnaga, while praying fervently, she again had an apparition of Mary. The robe of the Blessed Virgin radiated a golden light shining, crowned with a diadem on her head and gave off rays of clear light, even the Child Jesus, who was in his arms, he was dressed all in gold. In the right hand of the Madonna holding a crown, she said: "I am Mary, the Mother of the Lord. Please tell this apparition to the local priest. Do not be afraid! Nothing bad will happen to you. I will be with you. In my name you must announce that every year on this day is set up a feast. " Only a few believed the story and especially the priest showed himself very skeptical. In another appearance, the Virgin said on Sunday: "I chose this place as the throne of my Mercy. Those who care to pray there with living faith and grace will not return home empty-handed. Take care that a church be built for large mass flow to my devotees. " After other vicissitudes, in 1730, an ecclesiastical investigation was ordered on the case which resulted in a positive opinion. A sanctuary was built and consecrated in 1750. She led a life of deep Christian devotion and died in 1764.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 pp 181-182


Pine, Trentino Alto Adige (Italy)

Mary appeared four times to a devout woman and asked her to construct a church. In 1730 in fact, following the request of the apparition, a chapel was begun and in 1740 a statue of teh Madonna was placed in the church.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 182


Neunkirchen (AUSTRIA)

Visionary: Joseph Locatelli (a patient)

In the area of Neunkirchen, the Holy Virgin appeared to a patient suffering from dropsy, Joseph Locatelli, and healed him.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 pp 183


Rome (Italy)

Title: Madonna of Divine Love
A wayfarer attacked by stray dogs



Visionary: Madeleine-Marie Morice (1736-1769)

Mary appeared to 11 year old Madeleine-Marie Morice (1736-1769) and explained the Lord's Prayer - first the meaning of the words "Thy kingdom come." In another apparition, the Virgin asked the girl we must ensure that an orphanage was founded (House of Providence). In this apparition the Blessed Virgin would have anticipated many sufferings thatshe would suffer, but she promised her personal protection. Our Lady dressed in blue appeared many more times to Madeleine. The girl left this earthly world in 1769.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 184



Visionaries: Turkish army

An apparition of Mary saved a convent from destruction at the hands of the Turks. As soon as the assailants saw a bright light before them, and then majestic figure of the Most Holy Virgin stood beforethem , they fled. In 1772 the icon was crowned in the presence of over one hundred thousand faithful.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 184


Chaguaya,Tarija, Bolivia

Title: Virgen de Chaguaya (miraculous image)

According to legend, one day in 1750 , a couple of shepherds returning from work, commenting on the plight of the drought of that year. The only salvation of crops and animals, it would rain. Night fell and the couple hurried pace with their sheep and goats. Suddenly, both spotted not far away, a glow; onlookers stopped before heading into the light. As they approached, the light is to multicolored rays intertwined giving a wonderful view. Both were engrossed watching the play of light that gradually gave way to a beautiful image of the Virgin Mary on the top of a pepper tree , typical of the area tree. Fell on their knees and kissed the ground exclaiming "Madonna mine, thank God!" Looking up they saw that the image was gone.

The next day at the first light of dawn, went to the place of occurrence: there was the image. They took her to his ranch , placing it in a place of preference. Once anoticiaron neighbors came to the house to honor the Blessed Virgin, but found to his surprise that the image had disappeared. Quickly all went to the place of the apparition. Indeed, the image resting in leafy tree, wrapped in a light beam. On his knees, prayed all night, and were joined by other villagers with torches and bonfires, accompanying the image, and promised to build a chapel on the spot. At dawn the next day the settlers built the first chapel , where enshrined the image of the Virgin of Chaguaya. In the 1980s they built the current sanctuary, which was declared a basilica .

The devotion to Our Lady of Chaguaya is widespread in southwest Bolivia , both among locals and among parishioners neighboring departments, and even among residents of northern Argentina . Between August 15 and September 14 , a lot of believers are addressed in pilgrimage from the city of Tarija.

Source: Wikipedia

Oct 1753


Visionary: Pietro Gatto
Title: Madonna di Porto
Feast: Sunday Pentecost and ends on Tuesday evening

The genesis that led to the change from "Our Lady of Constantinople" to "Our Lady of Porto" is traced back more than two centuries ago, when the Virgin appeared in a dream to a thief - that Peter Cat - which was stationed in the district of Porto Gimigliano, and he asked the construction site, a "CONA", pointing to the place where you can withdraw the lime stone; Peter Cat, found no positive response on the part of the local masons, built personally "CONA" and converted to a better life. Here, around the "CONA" was built a small church [2] , well-preserved and open to the public). The traditional, centuries-old, lists a long series of miracles of "Our Lady of Porto" and wants miraculous since its pictorial reproduction (Achiropita; traditionally it is said that the painter Marcangione had outlined a draft of the image of Our Lady of Constantinople, received from Naples to the parish priest of Gimigliano, postponing, after fasting for inspiration, continued work the next day and surprise the next morning he found the painting beautifully complemented by the hands of angels, became aware of the event the villagers of the painter sought to retain the framework to their land, but the authorities then, hear claims by gimiglianesi, decreed that it was to be delivered to the parish of Gimigliano who had commissioned), as well as events related to both natural disasters and war (eg. epidemics plague, earthquakes, French occupation: during the occupation of the beauty of the image led the general who led the French army to remove it from the throne of the Church and carry it into the camp of Catanzaro; He was then placed in a cabinet, but during the night a bright light lit up the closet where it was placed the painting of the Madonna and the general impression from the event decided to bring in a solemn procession to the effigy Gimigliano - the event is given back to the year 1807;In fact in 2007 it was celebrated the bicentennial [3] ) is the radical solution of health problems to believers. The Framework has undergone two restorations at the hands of the Romans and leading experts in both trips to Rome he was blessed by Pope Paul VI (27 February 1974) and John Paul II (26 February 1997). In 1984 (October 6) Pope John Paul II during his trip to Calabria had crowned in thestage of Catanzaro .



Guaitara Canyon (Colombia)

Title: Our Lady of Las Lajas
Juana Maria Mueses de Quiñones

Juana Maria Mueses de Quiñones and her daughter Rosa, a deaf-mute from birth, were resting in a grotto, Guaitara near the river, between Ipiales and Potosi, near the equator. Rosa suddenly starts shouting: "Mama, look at this dark women with a little baby in its arms!" Her Mother did not see anything.

A few days later, Rosa knelt at the bottom of the grotto in front of a 'mysterious image of the Virgin and Child dressed with a pink robe with golden flowers and a white mantle decorated with stars, standing around 1.40 m high, painted on a flat stone. The Madonna holds a rosary in her right hand that she presents to St. Dominic who is kneeling at her right. Jesus gives a cord to St Francis who kneels on the left of Our Lady. Rays of light encircle the Mother and Child. According to an unknown source, Rosa, who died shortly thereafter, would be resurrected. On September 15th, 1754, a mass was celebrated at that place. On September 16, 1952, the image was solemly crowned.

Source: Mathiot, 106-107

April 19, 1759


Visionary: John Fiedler (mason)

On the site where once stood a church of the Premonstratensian XII century, a new church was to be built in the eighteenth century. On the night of April 19, 1759 the mason John Fiedler had a dream: Mary predicted that the next day in the ruins of the collapsed church, exactly where the altar was, he would find something valuable. She also commanded the builder to put it on the newfound new altar so everyone could see. The next day the mason discovered the place indicated in the dream, a statue of ivory top 11 cm of the Mother of God, a masterpiece of the fourteenth century. The Cardinal Migazzi confirmed the discovery of the miraculous statue. After the discovery of the sacred statue, a new church was built and pilgrims began to flock in large numbers. Mariabesny÷ still is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Hungary.




Visionary: Marie Lenormand


Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (USA)

Visionary: George Washington (President of the USA)

It has been reported that George Washington received a vision from a Lady while at Valley Forge,
and that she gave him a prophecy. The account of Washington’s vision appeared in a newspaper
article first published in the National Tribune in 1859 and reprinted in 1880. Later reprinted in The
Stars and Stripes newspaper owned by the National Tribune, in 1931 and the latest printing on
December 21, 1950. The vision was related to a reporter named Wesley Bradshaw by an officer
who served under General Washington at Valley Forge, named Anthony Sherman. This vision has
never been historically confirmed, and there have been some who have made somewhat feeble
attempts to discredit it. Thus, it is worth a mention in this paper. In the vision, Washington sees
three great trials that the future country of America would face. The vision showed him images of
what would later be the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the greatest threat, a war fought on
the soil of the United States as the final conflict near the time of Jesus’ return to reign on the
renewed earth.

Here is an excerpt from the vision about the final conflict:

And again I heard the mysterious voice saying, ‘Son of the Republic, look and learn.’ At this the
dark, shadowy angel placed a trumpet to his mouth, and blew three distinct blasts; and taking
water from the ocean, he sprinkled it upon Europe, Asia and Africa. Then my eyes beheld a fearful
scene: from each of these countries arose thick, black clouds that were soon joined into one.
Throughout this mass there gleamed a dark red light by which I saw hordes of armed men, who,
moving with the cloud, marched by land and sailed by sea to America. Our country was enveloped
in this volume of cloud, and 1 saw these vast armies devastate the whole country and burn the
villages, towns and cities that I beheld springing up. As my ears listened to the thundering of the
cannon, clashing of swords, and the shouts and cries of millions in mortal combat, I heard again
the mysterious voice saying, ‘Son of the Republic, look and learn.’ When the voice had ceased, the
dark shadowy angel placed his trumpet once more to his mouth, and blew a long and fearful blast.
Instantly a light as of a thousand suns shone down from above me, and pierced and broke into
fragments the dark cloud which enveloped America. At the same moment the angel upon whose
head still shone the word ‘Union,’ and who bore our national flag in one hand and a sword in the
other, descended from the heavens attended by legions of white spirits. These immediately joined
the inhabitants of America, who I perceived were well nigh overcome, but who immediately taking
courage again, closed up their broken ranks and renewed the battle.

Again, amid the fearful noise. of the conflict, I heard the mysterious voice saying, ‘Son of the
Republic, look and learn.’ As the voice ceased, the shadowy angel for the last time dipped water
from the ocean and sprinkled it upon America. Instantly the dark cloud rolled back, together with
the armies it had brought, leaving the inhabitants of the land victorious!

Then once more I beheld the villages, towns and cities springing up where I had seen them before,
while the bright angel, planting the azure standard he had brought in the midst of them, cried with
a loud voice: ‘While the stars remain, and the heavens send down dew upon the earth, so long
shall the Union last.’ And taking from his brow the crown on which blazoned the word ‘Union,’
he placed it upon the National Standard while the people, kneeling down, said, ‘Amen.’

The scene instantly began to fade and dissolve, and I at last saw nothing but the rising, curling
vapor I at first beheld. This also disappearing, I found myself once more gazing upon the
mysterious visitor, who, in the same voice I had heard before, said, ‘Son of the Republic, what you
have seen is thus interpreted: Three great perils will come upon the Republic. The most fearful is
the third, but in this greatest conflict the whole world united shall not prevail against her. Let every
child of the Republic learn to live for his God, his land and the Union.’ With these words the vision
vanished, and I started from my seat and felt that I had seen a vision wherein had been shown to
me the birth, progress, and destiny of the United States.

Source: The Spiritual Journey of George Washington by Janice T. Connell


Bocca Pignone di Ripalta (Italy)

Title: Madonna della Ghianda (Madonnna of the Chestnuts)
Domenico Malatesta

In 1778 and again the following year, the Virgin Mary appeared on a branch of a chestnut tree in Mouth pinion Ripalta, in the province of La Spezia, to three shepherd children near the ruins of a church of the twelfth century. The following days, other people have also seen the Blessed Virgin in the same place. The messages point to the need of humanity's conversion, the practice of the sacraments, meditation on the S. Scripture. The image of "Our Lady of the Chestnut" is very popular among believers in the region. According to some historical sources, it would, however, the representation of another Marian apparition took place in the late Middle Ages.



Sarov (Russia)

Visionary: St. Seraphim of Sarov (1759-1833)

During his life, St. Seraphim di Sarov saw the holy Virgin many times. Since 1779 he was a monk at the convent in Sarov. In 1782 he became gravely ill and was healed by teh Virgin. For many years he lived as a hermit in the forest dedicating his life to prayer. He lived in absolute silence most of the time and remained closed in his cell for 15 years. Since 1825 he becmae known as a spiritual guide, consouler, and healer of ills. He received numerous apparitions one of which he recorded on March 25 1832. The apparition was by his disciple Starica Evpracstina (+1865).

Father Deraphim died on January 2, 1833. He was later verneated as a saint.

Source: HIerzenberger 1997 p 185 (Read more there)


Dulmen, Westphalia (Germany)

Visionary: St. Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774 - 1824)

The pious nun Anne Catherine Emmerich is famous for her mystical gifts and holy stigmata, including a bloody cross on her chest which appeared on August 28, 1812 and every Wednesday thereafter. She was born in 1774 in Flamske at Coesfeld (Westphalia). In 1802, after overcoming some difficulties, she entered the Augustinian convent of Agnetenberg to Diilmen. Since childhood she had the gift of a profound religious and cosmic consciousness and received many visions of heaven: the angels, the Church triumphant of heaven and earth and the suffering of the Church, the communion of saints, of Jesus Christ, His Life and His sorrowful Passion, the Madonna and her life, her ancestors and parents, Joachim and Anna was often seen among the Essene community. The servant of God was accompanied spiritually in her travel in Purgatory, by her guardian angel that was next to her on many other occasions. The seer was also accompanied by the sacred souls of Clare of Montefalco, Juliana of Liege, St Rita of Cascia and her deceased sister, Clara Sóntgen; also was often comforted in the expiatory sufferings of St. Ignatius and St. Augustine, from which she drew useful lessons.

Her mission of atonement and perpetual dedication to the poor souls in Purgatory, for all the suffering of the Earth and for the renewal of the Church, was rewarded by the Lord Jesus Christ by grace more sublime than the holy stigmata. Anna Catherine was subjected to strict examination and inspection by the ecclesiastical commission and temporal investigation systems used many times very cruel (even came to get their fingers in the wounds). Finally, all were agreed in the certificate the absence of every possible trick and recognize the stigmata of the pious nun as truly supernatural. The writings in the diary of her physician, F.W. Wesener, from doubting Thomas to become faithfully devoted, try the heroic virtues and special mystical gifts of the servant of God: no power, knowledge of human hearts, recognition of the relics of saints, knowledge of medicinal herbs, all the mysteries of the Bible faith, participation in the spirit in the afterlife, all thanks to knowledge infused by the Holy Spirit.

From 1819, until the day of her death in 1824, the visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich were carefully recorded in about sixteen thousand sheets from the German Romantic poet Clemens Brentano (who later converted to Catholicism). The poet sat almost continuously for about six years by the side of the pious nun. The bitter sufferings of our Lord Jesus Christ was published by Brentano himself, knew the other visions long after many editions and were translated into major languages. A part of the mystical visions still remain unpublished. In the book The Life of the Virgin Mary and The Poor Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ have documented numerous contemplations Marian, in furtherance of our knowledge about the earthly life of Our Lady. The collection of views on the life of Mary. Especially can be considered a veritable treatise on mystical Marian (comparable to the visions of Mary Agreda, and Teresa of Konnersreuth and partly also to those of St. Bridget of Sweden and Jakob Lorber).
In the summer of 1823 Anna Catherine had reached the limit of her strength. In these last days she gave her outlooks on life and Passion of Jesus, while contact with the Holy Virgin was becoming more alive: "She who honors the glorious Mother of God will be encouraged by her devotees who will intercede for her at the Divine son. During the temptations should put his image on the chest. " The pious nun died in the embrace of of the mystical sufferings of Our Lord on February 9, 1824. In 1892 her cause of beatification was Introduced , which is still ongoing. She so loved the Blessed Virgin Mary, that she imitated her virtues with deep devotional fervor, was able to relive her life in its smallest details, and endure the same suffering in silence as the heroic true mystics.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 pp 188-190



Visionary: Bl. Guillaume-Joseph Chaminade (1761-1850)

Guillaume-Joseph Chaminade (1761-1850) refused to swear allegiance to the constitution of the French Revolution, and for this he had to hide out in Bordeaux. In this city, the Holy Virgin appeared to him several times and delivered him from the danger of being discovered by soldiers. In 1797 he was exiled to Zaragoza and on his return home he founded the religious Order of the Marianists (SM) or brothers and sisters of Mary. The Order is dedicated to education (even universities in the U.S.). The basic rule of the Order is the consecration and devotion to Mary. Priests and lay people in the congregation have the same rights.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 186



Visionary: Janos Zavloczki (blind man)

Janos Zavloczki was a devotee to the cult of Mary. One day he had an accident and became blind. The Blessed Virgin appeared to him and advised him to wash his eyes in a miraculous fountain. The fervent Christian, animated by the hope of being freed from this infirmity, immediately followed the indication of Mary and was healed. The news of the miracle spread quickly and caused a great sensation. First, a chapel was built then, given the large number of pilgrims, a church was erected.

Source: Hierzenberger 1997 p 186


In 1792, the Virgin Mary healed Janos Zavloczki blind. A chapel was built on the site of the apparition.

Patrick Sbalchiero article "DOROSZLO" in: Dictionnaire encyclopédique des apparitions de la Vierge. Inventaire des origines à nos jours. Méthodologie, prosopopée, approche interdisciplinaire, Fayard, Paris


Matemblewo (Poland)

Miraculous Image
Rosina Puechner (18)

During the winter of 1790, the Virgin Mary allegedly appeared to a man from Matemblewo, in the diocese of Gdansk, while walking alone in a forest, near an ancient church built in honor of the Mother of God. The message of Our Lady drew on the themes of peace, penance and prayer. Although historical records exist, it seems that the church authorities have not formally investigated this event.



LaVang (Vietnam)

Title: Our Lady of LaVang
Villagers Quang Tri

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 dressed in pure white light 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: "My children you begged and implored me in my name, I will preserve you from all dangers, and will I hear anyone here who prays."
All those who were present, including Buddhists, witnessed this miracle.

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