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Top 17 Miracle Stories of 2017


2017 was filled with incredible miracle stories with Marian apparition news and sainthood miracles dominating the list. The Catholic Church celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the most famous apparitions in history at Fatima and the popular alleged apparition site of Medjugorje moved ever closer to receiving a decision from the Pope. Other ongoing apparitions with some approval of previous local bishops - namely at San Nicolas and Itapiranga - have been slowed by successor bishops and new apparitions now in India are being claimed. These were the top miracle stories of the year.

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17. Vatican issues new rules for relics in saint-making process

The Vatican’s saint-making office has updated its rules governing the use of relics for would-be saints, issuing detailed new guidelines Saturday that govern how body parts and cremated remains are to be obtained, transferred and protected for eventual veneration. The instructions explicitly rule out selling the hair strands, hands, teeth and other body parts of saints that often fetch high prices in online auctions. They also prohibit the use of relics in sacrilegious rituals and warn that the church may have to obtain consent from surviving family members before unearthing the remains of candidates for sainthood.

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16. Vatican Envoy to Medjugorje announces pilgrimages ok, then backtracks comments as "a little exaggerated"

Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Poland, the Vatican envoy to Medjugorje, announced in an interview with Aleteia (France) that official pilgrimages to Medjugorje were now permitted and then in a subsequent interview to Il Giornale said that his comments about pilgrimages were saying they were “a little exaggerated”. He clarified that one could go to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary - but pilgriamges taking the authenticity of the apparitions for granted were still not permitted.

Read the Catholic Herald article >

Listen to the interview with "Miracle Hunter" Michael O'Neill on the Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio.

15. CDF Halts Dissemination of Messages of Itapiranga by Seer

In February, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome issued an internal letter of warning after receiving a letter concerning the shrine and alleged apparitions to seer Edson Glauber.

In that note, the Congregation strongly recommended that the local prelate “take all necessary measures” not to broadcast Glauber’s messages “from the prelature of Itacoatiara” 

Read the entire Spirit Daily article >

14. In India, schoolkids say Virgin Mary appeared amid scent of jasmine

Both Hindu and Catholic schoolchildren in India claim to have witnessed an apparition of Christ and several appearances of the Virgin Mary accompanied by the scent of jasmine, the gift of contrition, and the healing of a girl’s ear problem.

The site of the alleged apparitions is St. Ambrose Church and Lower Primary School in Edavanakkad, in the far southwestern state of Kerala, 16 miles northwest of Kochi. The parish and adjacent school are under the Archdiocese of Verapoly. The Marian apparitions are said to have happened on at least two separate dates.

Read the entire Catholic News Agency article >

Michael O'Neill interviewed by The Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio about the new reports of visions of the Virgin Mary in India. (Go to 32:15)

13. In YouTube address, Bishop of San Nicolas Ends Publication of Apparition Messages

On March 13, 2017, Mons. Hugo Santiago, Bishop of San Nicolas, Argentina, in a YouTube message, has stopped the publication of the messages currently being claimed by Gladys Motta de Quiroga until further review. His predecessor, Bishop Hector Cardelli, last year had approved the apparitions as supernatural. No statement has been made about any reversal of this judgment.

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12. Official Recognition of Our Lady of America Devotion Considered at USCCB Meeting

The devotion to Our Lady of America and the requested procession are under consideration by various committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  This is the first time since the 1956 when Our Lady of America first appeared in Indiana that the Bishops as a group have discerned this devotion.  

On June 14-15, 2017 the Spring Assembly of the Bishops Conference will meet in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Archdiocese of Indianapolis is the Metropolitan See of the State of Indiana.  It is also an Archdiocese where there has been good ecclesiastical support for this devotion

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11. René Laurentin, World's Most Famous Investigator of Marian Visions, Dies at 99

The Rev. René Laurentin, a prominent Roman Catholic theologian who devoted his career to investigating reports of supernatural religious visions, died on Sept. 10 in Evry, a suburb of Paris. He was 99.

Often compared to the French philosophers Henri-Louis Bergson and Jacques Maritain, Father Laurentin was one of the world’s foremost students of Mariology, the theological exploration of the Virgin Mary; an expert on historic religious apparitions; and an investigator of celestial sightings reported everywhere from a hill in the Balkans to a Texas backyard.

The author of more than 150 books, he wrote six volumes on Our Lady of Lourdes alone, perhaps the world’s best known account of a Virgin Mary apparition.

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10. Eastern Orthodox Icon continues to weep oil in Illinois

An Eastern Orthodox icon in Illinois since 2015, has wept holy oil purported to have healing properties.

John Ackerman, spokesman for the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, acknowledged that, in fact, two icons were weeping oil. “They are not random pictures,” he said, “they are a vital part of every parish.” Another aspect, Ackerman pointed out, is that the entire iconostas of eight icons are made from the same materials but only two of them are weeping. “If there was a natural explanation, the same thing should happen on all the icons,” he said.

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9. Shroud, new study: there is blood of a man tortured and killed

The Shroud of Turin, the linen cloth that according to an ancient tradition, wrapped the body of Jesus after crucifixion, actually came into contact with the blood of a dead man who suffered many serious injuries. This is what emerges from a research on a fabric fiber extracted from the dorsal imprint of the cloth, around the feet area. The study was conducted by two CNR institutes, the Istituto Officina dei Materiali (IOM-CNR) in Trieste and the Institute of Crystallography (IC-CNR) in Bari, together with the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Padua, the latter uncovered the news with a statement. An article detailing the discovery findings and measurements was published in the American journal PlosOne and titled “New Biological Evidence from Atomic Resolution Studies on the Turin Shroud”. 

Read the entire La Stampa article >

Michael O'Neill interviewed by The Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio >

8. The conversations with Jesus with a mystic from Poland receive imprimatur from Bishop

Alicja Lenczewska received an unusual gift from Jesus — she spoke with him not in the usual way of prayer, but in mystical conversations. Now, the bishop of Szczecin, Poland, has authorised the publication of the notes from these conversations.

Such an account, and from Poland, might bring to mind the great saint of Divine Mercy, St Faustina. But Lenczewska was born only on Dec. 5, 1934, in Warsaw and died less than 15 years ago.

Read the entire Aleteia article >

7. 100th Anniversary of Fatima Sun Miracle

The Blessed Mother appeared to three small-town children in Portugal in 1917, calling on the world to repent and say the Rosary. At first, the only person who believed them was Ti Marto, the father of two of the children. But then, on October 13, a promised miracle — the “Miracle of the Sun” — was witnessed by 70,000 people, including skeptics and scientists. –– ADVERTISEMENT –– After that, everyone believed. “The sun painted the world in different colors,” described Ti Marto, who must have been as happy as the children to see it. “It moved and danced in the sky!”

Read the entire Aleteia article >

Michael O'Neill interviewed on A Closer Look with Sheila Liaugminas on Relevant Radio about the "Miracle of the Sun". (Go to 15:00)

6. 300th Anniversary of Brazil's Nuestra Señora de la Aparecida

The Archbishop of Aparecida, Archbishop Orlando Brandes received a Golden Rose, from Pope Francis to Naciona Sanctuary, the celebrations of 300 years of the date image of Our Lady Aparecida . The honor will be given by the Pope's representative during the 300-year Jubilee festivities, Italian Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re , Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Bishops and President Emeritus of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. The announcement of this homage was made during the celebration of the 7th day of the Novena of the Solemnity in preparation for the festivities of the Jubilee.

Read the entire Catholic News Agency article >

5. Second Miracle Found, Pope Paul VI to be canonized

In a special issue entitled “It will be the year of Paul VI Saint”, the weekly magazine of the diocese of Brescia, La voce del popolo, writes that on 13 December, theologians of the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints recognized a miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope Montini, after a first free go-ahead had been given by the medical consultation of the Vatican Congregation itself. At this point it is necessary that the cardinals of the Congregation and, finally, the Pope express themselves on the same miracle. 

Read the entire Vatican Insider article >

4. Miracle approved; Fr. Solanus Casey is Beatified
in Detroit

Usually, when Detroit’s Ford Field is filled with people, it’s because football fans are watching the Lions play another NFL team.

On Saturday, Nov. 18, despite the chill and the rain, more than 60,000 people from around the country filled the domed stadium for another reason - to celebrate the beatification of their friend Father Solanus Casey, who is now just one step away from canonization as a saint in the Catholic Church.

Read the entire Catholic News Agency article >

2B. Ruini Commission results leaked - positive on Medjugorje for first 7 apparitions

If the Catholic Church recognizes as “worthy of belief” only the initial alleged apparitions of Mary at Medjugorje, it would be the first time the church distinguished between phases of a single event, but it also would acknowledge that human beings and a host of complicating factors are involved, said a theological expert in Mariology.

Servite Father Salvatore Perrella, president of the Pontifical Institute Marianum and a member of the commission now-retired Pope Benedict XVI established to study the Medjugorje case, said that although Pope Francis has not yet made a formal pronouncement on the presumed apparitions, “he thought it was a good idea to clear some of the fog.”

Read the entire Catholic News Service Article >

2A. Pope expresses doubts about Medjugorje on plane ride back from Fatima

While the investigations into the very first alleged apparitions at Medjugorje in must continue, Pope Francis said he has doubts about claims that Mary continues to appear in the village of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Asked May 13 about the authenticity of the Marian apparitions, which reportedly began in 1981, the pope referred to the findings of a commission chaired by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the retired papal vicar of Rome. “The report has its doubts, but personally, I am a little worse,” the pope told reporters traveling with him from Fatima, Portugal. “I prefer Our Lady as mother, our mother, and not Our Lady as head of the post office who sends a message at a stated time.”

Read the entire Catholic News Service Article >

1. Pope Canonizes Fatima Shepherd Children at 100th Anniversary Mass

Pope Francis visited Portugal to mark the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions of Fatima on May 13, 2017. During the Mass, Pope Francs canpnized the two younger shepherd children, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, making them the youngest non-martyrs in the history of the Catholic Church. Official estimates placed the crowd's total at 1 million.

Listen to The Miracle Hunter® interview with the vice-postulator of the Fatima children, Sr. Angela Coelho.

Other noteworthy stories: 'Santa's bone' dates to the time of St. Nicholas, scientists discover, Mysterious Christ Cross Stone Found In Ghana, Pope Francis visits Ratisbonne apparition site at Sant’Andrea delle Fratte Basilica, "Miracle of the Swine" location discovered.

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