SAN NICOLAS DE LOS ARROYOS, Argentina (RNS) Once a month, thousands of devout Catholics descend on this city, where an uneducated resident said she began seeing visions of the Virgin Mary on Sept. 25, 1983.
CHR Comment: Gladys Motta is now more than 80 years old and says she has received over 1800 visions from the Virgin Mary and 68 from Jesus. In addition to building the shrine, devotees are now publishing the content of Motta’s visions.
Source: Church confirms Argentine apparitions as ‘supernatural’
Stuttgart’s art museum says a print by Albrecht Durer donated by a man who found it at a French flea market is in very good condition.
CHR Comment: Durer’s “Mary Crowned by an Angel” likely illustrates late medieval piety before the Reformation influenced the artist’s theology.
Source: German museum rejoices over Durer found at flea market – BBC News
Millions of pilgrims walk for days to celebrate the Feast of Guadalupe.
CHR Comment: Devotees process to the festival caring objects of devotion and specific prayer requests with hope for healing and other blessings. On December 12, 1531, a Mexican man reported the visitation of the Virgin Mary to him, which became the basis for the annual festival. The article includes fine photography by a national Geographic correspondent.
Source: Photos Reveal Mexico’s Colorful Virgin Mary Festival
Apparitions of the Virgin Mary, inspiring wonder and devotion among millions, have been tracked for centuries.
CHR Comment: A fantastic visual exploration of popular Roman Catholic piety. The infographic charts show how the number of sightings has increased in modern times, perhaps due to better recording and reporting. This illustrates how important new revelations are to Roman Catholics. I will add a link to this on the maps page of Church History Review.
Source: 500 Years of Virgin Mary Sightings in One Map
One of the six witnesses to the 1981 visitation of Mary was scheduled to speak at Lindenwood University. Church officials are still reviewing the claims.
St. Louis archdiocese cancels speech by visionary who saw the Virigin Mary at Medjugorje – Religion News Service.