Apparition in Africa: Our Lady of Sorrows

 
Twelve years before the genocide in Rwanda that would claim the lives of a million people, the "Mother of the Word" appeared to a pious 16-year-old girl, Alphonsine Mumreke, in the remote village of Kibeho. The Virgin’s first appearance was in late 1981 at a school administered by religious sisters whose students were predominantly Catholic, though some were Protestant and Muslim.
 
Jeers met Alphonisne’s report of the heavenly visitation. School officials and students refused to believe the girl’s claim unless another person saw and verified the stupendous report that the Queen of Heaven would bother with the poorest backwater of Rwanda. (Rwanda is one of the poorest of African nations and is 70 percent Christian, though murderously fractured by tribal and political divisions.) Two months later, a student who had led the scoffers, Marie Claire Mukangango, also saw the Blessed Virgin. Marie’s conversion startled adults and students.
 
The Blessed Virgin’s messages in the following months echoed earlier pleas given in the apparitions at Lourdes, Fatima, and Beauraing: Mankind has fallen away from love of God. Sin rules men’s hearts. Repent and return to God:
 
When I tell you this, I do not speak to you alone, but I speak also to all the others. Men of our times have emptied each thing of its true meaning: he who commits a fault does not recognize that he did wrong.
 
Subsequent messages stressed the Rosary (or chaplet) of the Seven Sorrows as a means to obtain the grace for true repentance. But perhaps most piercing in our secularized modern world was this warning: "The world has become deaf and cannot hear the truth of the Word."
 
Visions reported by the girls during 1981-84 included horrific images of "a river of blood, people killing each other, abandoned bodies but no one to bury them, corpses minus their heads." Despite the messages from heaven, strife in the country deepened. During his visit to Rwanda in 1990, Pope John Paul II begged his listeners to heed the Virgin’s example and to pray fervently for peace among political and ethnic factions.
 
Yet by April 1994, the country was awash in carnage. The Hutu government unleashed an inhuman rage on the Tutsi people and moderate Hutus. The world stood stunned 100 days later at the collective failure of nations to stop the slaughter. I sat in a forum in 2000 where Canadian general Romeo Dallaire, head of the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission in Rwanda, denounced the UN’s refusal to send sufficient troops to his aid.
 
The Church, too, lamented the sins of her sons and daughters, whose tribal loyalties trumped the gospel imperative. As John Paul II said:
 
I hope furthermore that in seeking those responsible for the tragedy your country has suffered, justice and equity will prevail at the trials of those accused of taking part in the genocide. With regard to the Church, as I have already stressed, she cannot as such "be held responsible for the faults of her members who acted against the law of the Gospel; they will be called to account for their acts. All the members of the Church who sinned during the genocide must have the courage to bear the consequences of the deeds they committed against God and against their neighbour."
 
 
Rwanda struggles toward reconciliation. Many now understand that "Our Lady of Kibeho" came to warn and exhort the people in hopes that this heart-wrenching tragedy might be averted. The Church convened the requisite studies of the apparitions and the miracles that were said to accompany them. In 2001, on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, in the presence of all the bishops of Rwanda and the apostolic nuncio, Bishop Augustin Misago announced,
 
Yes, the Virgin Mary appeared at Kibeho on November 28, 1981, and in the months that followed. There are more reasons to believe in the Apparitions than to deny them . . . . The Apparitions of Kibeho are now officially recognized . . . . The name given to the Marian sanctuary at Kibeho is "Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows."
 
Since then, pilgrimages to the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows have steadily increased. Rwandan holocaust survivor Immaculée Ilibagiza, who spent 91 days hidden in a bathroom with seven other women, travels the world to encourage pilgrimages to Our Lady of Sorrows.
 
At the 2005 synod of bishops, Frederic Rubwejanga, Bishop of Kibungo, said,
 
Eleven years ago, in 1994, the Church in Rwanda and the people of Rwanda lived genocide and unbelievable massacres . . . . The courageous and pertinent intervention by Pope John Paul II was especially appreciated. The Pope was the first to set the alarm off, to call things by their true names and to openly denounce the genocide committed. The International Community hesitated in speaking about genocide so as not to have to intervene. In this intervention by Pope John Paul II, we have a model of ecclesial sensitivity that the Eucharistic celebration should urge us to imitate.
 
Also, it is a fact that certain persons were killed in our churches . . . . [Our] challenges never lack, especially the one of reconciliation, but the vast majority of survivors of the national drama have understood, better than ever, the need for the sacrament of the Eucharist that gathers and seals our ties of broken brotherhood. Among the promising signs, there is the increase in the devotion to Our Lady of Kibeho, whose apparitions have been recognized by the local Bishop, for the past four years. The central message of these apparitions was conversion while there is still time.
 
"While there is still time" is a message that we might ponder with great profit.
 


Mary Jo Anderson is the co-author of Male and Female He Made Them: Some Questions and Answers on Marriage and Same-sex Unions and is a frequent contributor to InsideCatholic.com. Visit her blog at maryjoanderson.net.

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Mary Jo Anderson is a Catholic journalist and public speaker. She has been a frequent guest on "Abundant Life," an EWTN television program, and her "Global Watch" radio program is heard on EWTN radio affiliates nationwide. She writes regularly for Crisis Magazine. More articles and commentary can be found at Properly Scared and at Women for Faith and Family. Mary Jo is a board member of Women for Faith and Family and has served on the Legatus Board of Directors. With co-author Robin Bernhoft, she wrote "Male and Female He Made Them: Questions and Answers about Marriage and Same-Sex Unions," published in 2005 by Catholic Answers. In 2003 Mary Jo was invited to the Czech Republic to address parliamentarians on the Impact of Radical Feminism on Emerging Democracies.

  • Dan Deeny

    Thank you for this very interesting article. Let us pray for the people of Rwanda. And may they pray for us.

  • beth

    I wonder how many messages/apparitions are being received here in the states and are being ignored or brushed aside. But make this statement in a public setting, you could be laughed out of the room—even if that public setting is in church!

  • John McCormick

    When the children listen to their Mother, only good things happen. When, we think we are so sophisticated that we can leave the protection that all mothers lend their children, then the horrors of the carnage in Rwanda and other conflicts that lie in the heart of the sinful man are possible. Such is the warning that Mary continues to offer us: “Listen to my Son”.

  • elena maria vidal

    Thank you, Mary Jo, for reminding us of the manifestation of Our Lady in Rwanda. I remember hearing about the apparitions while they were occurring. It is helpful to read the details here, and very sobering.

  • Richard Saccone

    Thank you for this article concerning the Apparitions of Our Lady in Rwanda. Her messages are so true–not only about the subsequent genocide that occured,but also the destruction we cause each day right to the present,by our sins against the Goodness and Love of God.And we become so accustomed to these ways of evil that we do not realize the sins.
    Yet,as our Life, our Sweetness and our Hope,our Blessed Mother appeared “physically”in Rwanda,and she “appears”to us everyday in our lives by Her gracious Presence as the Mother of God,and our Church.
    Our Blessed Mother has Her own way of touching each of our hearts,and She will lead us through repentance.The key is simple-it just requires our own positive response to Her–our embracing Her message–our own “Fiat”-and She will lead us directly to Jesus.

  • JC

    There was some book on apparitions I read at some point which pointed out a parallel between alleged apparitions and violence in those nations 10-12 years after the alleged apparitions. I remember it mentioning this one (and of course Medjugorje/Balkans).

  • Mark

    Hi JC, might the book you referenced be “The Final Hour” by Mike Brown?

  • Maureen

    Thanks for letting the Blessed Mother’s warnings be heard Mary Jo. The Church has very nice statues of Our Lady in her different apparitions but we never hear about her dire warnings. THE WORDS THAT SHE SPEAKS IN APPROVED APPARITIONS HAVE BEEN SILENCED. One wonders why.

  • Marianna

    Could Mary Jo write again and let us know what happened to the visionaries?

    And, thank you, Inside Catholic, for bringing us alarming–but not alarmist–information regarding Marian apparitions.

    I am particularly interested in learning more about the Holy Love apparitions in Lorain County, Ohio. The prayers that emerge from there are so beautiful that I don’t understand why this site is not given more positive attention.

    Here is an example of these marvelous prayers:

    “Help me, my Jesus. Help me to give you my whole heart just as You gave Yourself entirely to me in Your Passion and Death–just as You give Yourself completely to me in every Mass and in the Holy Eucharist.”

    “Stand guard over my senses so that my heart will not be conflicted by things of the world or others’ opinions.”

    “In this present moment, assist me in giving to You an undivided heart.”

  • Jeff Johnson

    It is sad. Our Lady appears, it is news perhaps, and then we forget to read the messages, let alone live them.

    The earth is trembling, and the fulfillment of her prophecies at Fatima, and yet to be approved Medjugorje and Garabandal is very soon.

    We forget, and that is why she is appearing on earth like never before to wake us, to warn us of events to come.

  • kb

    For those wanting to read the messages of Medjugorje, go to http://www.medjugorje.hr. This is the offical Medjugorje website and has all you need to know. Heaven is speaking to us and we will not listen. Our Lady calls us to pray all 4 mysteries of the rosary everyday, daily Mass, monthly confession, reading sacred scripture and fasting on Wed. and Fri. Nothing new-are we doing it? Also, check out http://www.directionforourtimes.com and read the messages from heaven given to Anne Lay apostle. Deal Hudson knows about her and has written on this page about her. Listen to heaven and begin to pray. Times of change are coming

  • Peter Crumley

    Wonderful material. Thank you very much. However, I called the Diocese of Cleveland to inquire about the Holy Love situation and was informed that such is not an approved site. I trust Marianna would agree that obedience must be our guiding light. Our Blessed Mother always calls us to obey Church authority.

  • Kris

    Mariana:

    Could Mary Jo write again and let us know what happened to the visionaries?

    Immaculee Ilibagiza has written a book all about the apparitions, those involved and what has happened over the years. It is really beautiful. You can find it at Amazon (as her other books).

    Our Lady of Kibeho: Mary Speaks to the World from the Heart of Africa by Immaculee Ilibagiza

  • Paul Meyer

    Does anyone have a place/book where we can learn more about this apparition and the messages?

  • Maria Cecilia

    …this is my reply to Paul Meyer
    The book is called “Our Lady of Kibeho”. You can get the book at any Barnes and Noble bookstore. For more information…you can go to youtube.com and type Our Lady of Kibeho miracle.
    I’m glad I can help.take care..
    Maria Cecilia

  • Patrick Martin

    I’ve been watching and triangulating between Medjugorje, Gianna Talone Sullivan (now silenced by in the Arch. of Baltimore by the Ordinary) and Ned Dougherty. In addition I’ve been told about John Leary and begun reading the messages given to him. I’d recommend reading prayerfully their current messages then working back, not too much at one time or you’ll fry your brain. Ned – FastLanetoHeaven.com (which is the title of his book) or MissionofAngels.org (his ministry) & John – johnleary.com … of course put
    www. before each of those web addresses.
    Ted Flynn of Signs of the Times has written a couple of books that are very focused on the current state of things as well as what to expect ahead … all warn, remind, encourage us to pray, meditate, frequent the sacraments, use blessed sacramentals, in short to Love God and keep His commandments, in order to be spiritually prepared and possibly to avert or lessen the severity of chastisements or the natural consequences of our sins and disbelief. And be ready to evangelize.

  • Monique

    I have also read the ‘Anne’ books and find great comfort and wisdom in them. The main message I receive is that Jesus is returning and the first part of His return will come through each one of us as we turn to Him and let Him into our hearts and souls and let His light shine through us onto others and the world.
    I take great solace in the fact that when I turn over my life and will completely to Him and His will this is when all fear and anxiety leave me and this is when I stop worrying about my failing. The Holy Spirit guiding me will never fail and I can rest secure in the knowledge that He will guide me to do the will of Jesus.

    Eph 6:12: For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

    This gives me a strange comfort because when all seems lost and it seems that mans’ inhumanity to man will never end and all human effort is in vain, I realize that there is One more powerful than anything else in this universe and that this One, Jesus can make anything happen and that though our prayer and fasting evil will be defeated and love will reign.

  • Lida dolores

    The greatest message of Mary was at Fatima when she begged the Bishops to consecrate Russia, which they didnt do (I know, they did the WORLD but that wasnt what Mary asked for) then to release the message of Fatima, the 3rd secret, in 1960…again the church disobeyed. I know when I was a kid what would happen if I ignored and disobeyed my mother…..

  • Claudia McClung

    I have been reading the Holy Love Web Site for over ten years and eagerly look forward to each message. Some times dioceses are cautious or maybe lack inspiration? http://www.petalsfromheaven.com is the wonderful web site.

  • Sandy

    I read about all of this years ago, and some of the comment writers are correct: many in the Church “despise prophecy”, as Scripture warns us not to. Our Mother never leaves us unguarded and helpless. These are times for conversion.

  • Barbara O’Brien Arato

    I read the book Our Lady of Kibeho and as a result we, the people from Catholic Chat, pray the Rosary (Chaplet) of the 7 Sorrows every Friday, Philippino time and Thursdays 4pm American time, in Catholic Chat 7. And a group of women from my parish pray the Rosary (Chaplet) of the 7 Sorrows after the 9am mass on Thursdays.

    The meditations, provided by Marie Claire, inspired by Blessed Mother, are overwhelming. I know they are a blessing to everyone who prays them.

    May God help us to recognize, indeed, before it is too late that we must come back to Him.

  • KC
  • theresa

    God’s signs, as Our Lady of Kibeho spoke, she said we don’t know we are sinning anymore. I believe it. Receiving Jesus, in Eucharist, confession, and the present moment, we pray to be enlightened. Keep balance in daily life. Ask, Seek, Knock, and pray that our Angel will keep us alert to God’s signs. For example, as the world stage ‘tightens’ up, God is right there along side, teaching—Cold weather: slow down, reflect on what we are doing, pray, Snow and rain, purifies the earth. The daily readings at Mass, LOH, also, keep us in tune with the whole church, past, present, and future. May God keep us in His way, as we walk through the maze of man’s attempt to mimic. God Bless You for teaching us about Our Lady of Sorrows. Theresa

  • pete salveini

    The message of Kibeho involved peace and reconciliation among the different tribes as a result of complete conversion of life. THE PREACHING OF THIS FROM THE PULPITS OF THAT CHRISTIAN NATION WAS HINDERED BY EXCESSIVE DELAY OF THE BISHOPS failing to DISCERN AND ACT UPON THIS PUBLIC PROPHECY THROUGH PRIVATE REVELATION.Too bad the bishops couldn’t come to their conclusions and preach about it BEFORE THE EVENTS WHILE THERE WAS STILL TIME. Did they delay because they thought it was “just” private revelation and so optional? Did they not fail to see it was Prophecy from Heaven?
    50 yrs ago Our Lady came to a nun and asked for the installing of her statue in the national Basilica by all our bishops collegially. In Nov.’06 three bishops presented this to our hierarchy. Archbishop Burke showed them this devotion was already canonically established by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Like Kibeho, our hierarchy are silent as church mice. “while there still is time”!!! Bishops pay attention!!!

  • LaVera Kandt

    Since I was a child I had spiritual experiences, such a love for God tears fell down my cheeks as I received Holy Communion, one child of 8 in a poor farm family. At harvest time my mother looked up and said “hail!!” which could wipe out our main income. I said “let’s go in and pray the rosary”. She and I plus my little brother and sister knelt on the hard floor and prayed. It hailed all around our farm but almost none on ours. God showed me at a young age of about 6 the power of the rosary. When my husband became very ill I had been attending a mixed bible study because we had none at our church but none of them called or offered help. I prayed and asked “Father where are they?” It was Jesus who answered and said “the same place they were when I was in the garden–sound asleep.” But I said these are your special ones. They should know better. He replied “So were they.” I thought OH! His apostles! They sure were. Jesus went on to say “I allowed this to happen to you so you would have some tiny idea how I felt when I was in that garden all alone.” Many of our people are sound asleep. Jesus told St. Faustina suffering is God’s greatest gift and He gave our family that gift when my husband’s illness lasted 15 years and ended in his death. What I learned could fill a book. I wish I could put in words the power in suffering. That is how Jesus saved the entire human race, when God only had to snap his fingers. One morning I woke up from a very powerful dream which I knew absolutely was a warning. There was a crescent moon with a very bright star near. There was also a horseman, both he and the horse were in full battle dress as in the days of knights. The horse was up on it’s hind legs ready to charge into battle. The horseman held a sword high over his head. The sword was a design I knew was important and I later learned it was in the class of designs for machetes (which were used in Africa and by terrorists). I also did not know until someone told me the crescent moon and star was a muslim symbol. I heard one word “PREPARE”. Shortly after came 911. I think there is more to come to prepare for. I know very well things like this can come from God, your imagination or satan so I am VERY careful to check them out with reliable authorities in the Church before I share them, however you must always excercise discernment and pray for the gift of discernment, it is very important at this time. May God plant all our feet firmly on the pathway to TRUTH and keep them there always. Pray for Mary to use her combat boots that God gave her to crush the power of satan so the people can wake up. I know of no visionaries who have not received ridicule. I am not in that class, mainly just share the interesting answers I get when I ask God questions but soon may have to do things more difficult which I am sure would bring more ridicule but count that as joy. Please include me when you pray for all God’s people

  • Colleen

    Sadly, what happened in Rwanda is still happening — not only in other African nations — but also in clinics and hospitals all over the United States. Victims of abortion outnumber all holocausts combined. And just last week, the President made US funds available for women around the world to have an abortion. What does that say about us? If we do not speak the Word when we SEE the slaughter of our brothers and sisters — as in Rwanda — then how can we even whisper it when we do not see the horror of sin? Let us pray for courage to do His will. May His love circumsize our hearts.

  • Mary S (WA)

    “Men of our times have emptied each thing of its true meaning.”

    How true are these words spoken in this unknown African place! How little they are known and understood!
    God intended that every cell of our being – every movement, thought, glance and word, each breath and heartbeat be consecrated to God and give Him honour and glory.
    Jesus prayed His Last Will and Testament at the Last Supper: Father may they be one even as You and I are one.
    Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done on earth (ie in EACH THING)as it is in Heaven.
    Jesus really meant it.
    Our Blessed Mother is our model in living it.
    For 2000 years we have been praying for it.
    Saints like Luisa Piccarreta, St Faustina, St Annibale di Francia and Mother Teresa all lived in the Divine Will giving everything ‘its true meaning’.
    God IS bringing His Will to reign in us that His Kingdom come. Despite terrible disasters and horrific events God IS in control. He will NOT take back His gifts from sinful,ungrateful man. He WILL accomplish what He set out to do.
    His loving Mother calls us to be ‘the remnant’ – not just to do His WIll but to live It that His Kingdom may come and that ‘all things have their true meaning.’
    Blessings
    FIAT VOLUNTAS TUA

  • Pamela

    Our Blessed Mother has also appeared here in the United States to a Sister Mary Ephrem, at the Convent of the Precious Blood in Rome City, Indiana, in 1956. She came under the title of Our Lady of America. She asked for the United States Bishops to process and place her statue in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. She said that if they would do this, that the United States would be saved. She said she would perform wonders and miracles here even greater than those that were granted at Lourdes and Fatima. Unfortunately, her wishes have been ignored and our country is in dire crisis.
    (See http://www.OurLadyofAmerica.org)

    “BY THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, O MARY, DELIVER US FROM EVIL.”–Prophetic prayer taught by Our Lady of America to Sister Mary Ephrem in 1956.

  • Jan

    Regarding the Holy Love apparitions. It is true that the site is not approved (the apparitions are ongoing as in Medjugorie) It is worth mentioning the apparition site is also not condemned. I know of amazing fruits to come from this apostolate. I have not been there myself, but feel in my heart a desire to go. God willing, the the help of Mary I will make a pilgrimage. I have prayed a long while on this one and remain cautious. There has been nothing so far in the messages contradicting anything our Catholic Faith teaches. I live in Indiana and had a very respectable priest that I trust check into the messages. He also agreed that although some are “politically incorrect” (praise God) that they reflect the heart of the Gospel message. I think the main thing is to go not looking for supernatural signs. Instead, looking for a closer relationship with God’s Holy will. His grace abounds for those seeking Him.

  • Marianne Johnpillai

    Dear Mary Jo,
    I just finished reading the book by Immaculee titled ” Led by faith”. It is a powerful testimony of how forgiveness not only brings healing to the wounded but peace to the perpertrator of crimes, as the grace of conversion flows into their souls. Right now in my motherland Sri Lanka, a war rages and countless civilians are being killed. Please, please, please pray for our land. OUr Lady of Lanka is the partroness of SRi Lanka and so please ask her to help us. My heart longs to be with the people up in the north and east who never started a war but are victims of it. Please pray that the bloodshed will be stopped, the bodies no more litter the streets and there will be a honest search for peace for all. Our hearts, hardened by bitterness, revenge, greed for power and position is sucking the life from our nation. Please ask Immaculee especially to pray for us. PLEASE HELP US WITH YOUR PRAYERS.
    God bless
    Yours in Christ
    Marianne

  • mj anderson

    Thank you for so many kind comments.

    The books by Immaculee Ilibagiza are published by Hay House and are available through Amazon or your local books stores.

    Her first book, LEFT TO TELL is an account of her horrific ordeal during the Rwandan genocide. It clearly shows how the apparitions at Kibeho years earlier, while Immaculee was till a girl, prepared her spiritually to persevere in faith despite unimaginable suffering. Immaculee’s OUR LADY OF KIBEHO details how her family responded when the apparitions began in a village a few days walk from her own village. Both books are worth reading.

    We should note for clarification that the Church does not require anyone to believe in an apparition that has been approved. One may be a faithful Catholic without accepting that any apparition has ever occurred. The investigations that lead to the approval of an apparition confirm that the messages do not contradict scripture or dogmatic teachings.

  • Anita

    Many of the posts on this site have mentioned the fact that more is not publicized concerning many of the apparitions that have happened in recent years.

    Actually, I have a number of books that have been published concerning apparitions, approved and also not yet approved by the Catholic church. They are available for anyone who seeks them out. The most important thing, though, is to use great discernment with some of the not yet approved ones. Some will eventually be authenticated and others have already been condemned or will be eventually condemned.

  • Sergei Bulgakov

    The prophets of our time have been speaking out for many years and for the most part have been left unheard.

    Each of us must do what she or he can to promote unity. Unity in ourselves (through conversion), unity in our families, unity in our local churches, and unity in the Body of Christ.

    ‘For he has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.’ (Eph 1)

  • Teresa

    LaVera,

    Thanks for sharing such a profound message. THANKS ALSO TO ALL THE PROPHETS WHO ARE LARGELY IGNORED BY A WORLD FILLED WITH PRIDE. PRIDE WHICH SHALL, AND MUST, BE BROKEN.

  • Marija

    I HAVE BEEN TO HOLY LOVE IN OHIO AND HAVE EXPERIENCED MANY SUPERNATURAL THINGS THERE – AND THE MESSAGES ARE SUPERB – HOLY AND DIVINE LOVE BEING THE FOUNDATION OF ALL MESSAGES FROM GOD. THE LOCAL OFFICIALS ARE UPSET BECAUSE HOLY LOVE IS REFERRED TO AS AN ECUMENICAL MINISTRY – MEANING THAT THEY WELCOME ALL FAITHS, BUT THE MESSAGES CAN BE SEEN TO ENCOMPASS CATHOLIC TEACHINGS AND PRACTICES. OUR LADY SAYS THIS EVERYWHERE – THAT SHE CALLS EVERYONE, NOT ONLY CATHOLICS – SHE SAID THIS AT KIBEHO AS WELL.

  • Marija

    POPE JOHN PAUL II STATED VERBALLY AND IN WRITING THAT THE CONSECRATION OF THE WORLD TO THE IHM WAS BEING MADE IN ORDER TO FULFILL OUR LADY’S REQUEST IN FATIMA, AND TO “COMPLETE” THE CONSECRATION OF RUSSIA SO AS TO INCLUDE THE WORLD’S BISHOPS, AS OUR LADY ASKED.

    THE FATIMA VISIONARY, LUCIA, TOLD US THAT OUR LADY DID INDEED ACCEPT THE 1984 CONSECRATION OF POPE JOHN PAUL II. SHORTLY THEREAFTER, COMMUNISM IN THE SOVIET UNION DISINTEGRATED, AND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MANY DECADES, PEOPLE IN RUSSIA AND THE OTHER EASTERN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES WERE ALLOWED TO PRACTICE RELIGION – “THE CONVERSION OF RUSSIA” HAPPENED, WHICH WAS PROMISED BY OUR LADY AS THE RESULT OF CONSECRATING IT TO HER.

    FR. GRUNER, WHO HAS HAD HIS PRIESTLY FACULTIES SUSPENDED BY THE VATICAN’S CONGRETAION FOR THE CLERGY – AND WHICH HE CONTINUES TO TRY TO EXPLAIN AWAY AS “INVALID” TO HIS FOLLOWERS – PERSISTS IN DISTRIBUTING WRITTEN MATERIAL SAYING THAT THE CONSECRATION BY POPE JOHN PAUL II DID NOT FULFILL OUR LADY’S REQUESTS, THAT SR. LUCIA’S WORDS ABOUT OUR LADY’S ACCEPTANCE WERE MADE UNDER COERCION OF SINISTER POWERS, ETC. FR. GRUNER CONTINUES TO CREATE SCHISM IN THIS WAY, BY TRYING TO CONVINCE PEOPLE THAT POPE JOHN PAUL II, THE PAPACY AND ALSO THE FINAL VISIONARY OF FATIMA WERE ALL UNDER THE CONTROL OF OUTSIDE NEGATIVE POWERS. HE PRODUCES A MAGAZINE WITH BEAUTIFUL PICTURES OF OUR LADY, LOVELY PRAYERS, ETC., ALL REALLY BEAUTIFUL – BUT THEN WRITES ARTICLES SAYING THAT HE IS A PRIEST IN GOOD STANDING, THAT THE CONGREGATION FOR THE CLERGY MISUNDERSTAND HIM, EVEN THAT HIS FACULTIES HAVE BEEN REINSTATED – ALL FALSE. HE MISLEADS THE READERS AND ALSO COLLECTS THEIR DONATIONS TO CONTINUE HIS PROPAGANDA CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE MAGISTERIUM.

    I FEEL SO SORRY FOR PEOPLE WHEN I HEAR THEM DECLARE “PRAY THAT THE CHURCH FINALLY CONSECRATES RUSSIA!” – WHAT AN INSULT TO POPE JOHN PAUL THE GREAT, TO SR. LUCIA, AND TO THE PAPACY. FR. GRUNER’S DISOBEDIANCE TO THE MAGISTERIUM IS PART OF THE REASON HIS FACULTIES WERE SUSPENDED, AND STILL HE CONTINUES UNABATED. MAY WE ALL PRAY FOR FR. GRUNER AND THOSE HE HAS LED ASTRAY.

  • kate archer

    I READ ON THESE APPARITIONS LAST WEEK AND THERE WAS ONE BOY WHO WAS A PAGAN WHO GOT A MESSAGE FROM CHRIST WHO TAUGHT THE BOY
    WHO DID NOT READ OR WRITE OR HAVE ANY KNOWLEGE OF OUR RELIGION
    PRAYERS AND ALSO TOLD THE BOY THE END OF THE WORLD IS VERY NEAR AND THAT BOY NOW IS A VERY GOOD CHRISTIAN .
    THE BOY WOULD NOT MAKE UP THIS STUFF – HE WAS COMPLETELY IGNORANT OF ALL THIS INFORMATION AND NOT EVEN A CHRISTIAN SO HE HAD NO REASON TO LIE. ALSO WHAT THE VIRGIN MARY SAID CAME TRUE WITH THE MURDERS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN RAWANDA SO IT IS TRUE

  • Marija

    I HAVE BEEN TO HOLY MEDJUGORJE ALMOST 20 TIMES, THANKS BE TO GOD. I HAVE HEARD OUR LADY SPEAK THERE A NUMBER OF TIMES, I HAVE SEEN HER THERE A NUMBER OF TIMES, I HAVE SEEN THE THREE FLASHES OF WHITE LIGHT WHICH APPEAR BEFORE SHE APPEARS, I HAVE SEEN THE CROSS OF WHITE LIGHT WHICH OFTEN REMAINS AFTER HER APPARITION ENDS. CLOSE TO 30 MILLION PILGRIMS HAVE GONE THERE. A HUGE PERCENTAGE OF VOCATIONS OVER THE LAST TWENTY FIVE YEARS ARE THE FRUIT OF MEDJUGORJE, AS WELL AS EUCHARISTIC ADORATION, AND THERE ARE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO SAY “MY LIFE WAS CHANGED IN MEDJUGORJE!”

    YET, CATHOLIC RADIO STATIONS, CATHOLIC PRAYER GROUPS, CHURCHES, PRIESTS, BISHOPS AND CARDINALS EXIST IN EVER GREATER NUMBERS WHO WILL NOT ALLOW ANY MENTION OF MEDJUGORJE, SAYING THE WORDS, “IT’S NOT APPROVED!” AS THOUGH THOSE WORDS MEANT THAT MEDJUGORJE IS CONDEMNED – WHICH IT ISN’T AND IS FAR FROM BEING SO!

    SUDDENLY, ALL OF THOSE SAME PEOPLE WHO LOVE POPE JOHN PAUL II SEEM TO TURN A DEAF EAR TO THE FACT THAT HE LOVED MEDJUGORJE, SAYING “THAT’S HEARSAY!” – EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE LETTERS WRITTEN BY HIM IN HIS OWN HAND ATTESTING TO THAT FACT.

    POPE BENEDICT XVI IS THE ONE (CARDINAL RATZINGER) WHO ORIGINALLY DENOUNCED THE FIRST NEGATIVE JUDGMENT OF THE BISHOP OF MOSTAR AGAINST MEDJUGORJE, AND HAS CONTINUED TO DISAGREE WITH NEGATIVE JUDGMENTS AGAINST IT, FINALLY BRINGING THE ENTIRE PROCESS OF JUDGMENT TO THE VATICAN AND CLEARLY STATING THAT THE JUDGMENT WILL COME WHEN THE APPARITIONS THERE ARE FINISHED – UNLESS, OF COURSE, ANY MESSAGES ARE GIVEN WHICH CONTRADICT CHURCH TEACHING/THE HOLY BIBLE/SACRED TRADITION – WHICH NONE HAVE OVER 27 YEARS….QUITE A FEAT FOR SIX PEASANT CHILDREN!

    SO I URGE THOSE OF YOU WHO KNOW THAT GOD IS SENDING OUR LADY TO HOLY MEDJUGORJE FOR THE CONVERSION OF THE WORLD, AS SHE SAID, “TO LET US KNOW THAT GOD EXISTS” IN THESE ATHEISTIC TIMES OF ANTI-CHRIST MEDIA AND POLITICIANS, AND LET THOSE PERSONS IN YOUR PARISHES, ETC., KNOW THAT WITHIN THREE YEARS OF THE BEGINNING OF THE APPARITIONS AT MEDJUGORJE, THE VATICAN GAVE ITS APPROVAL FOR CATHOLICS TO GO TO MEDJUGORJE, AND POPE JOHN PAUL II URGED PEOPLE TO GO AND PRACTICE WHAT THEY LEARNED THERE (THOUGH OFFICIAL PARISH PILGRIMAGES MUST AWAIT OFFICIAL APPROVAL, THAT’S JUST THE ORDER IN WHICH THINGS GO IN THE CHURCH) – BUT PRIESTS ARE ALSO ENCOURAGED TO GO ALONG WITH LAY-SPONSORED PILGRIMAGES. ANYONE WHO SAYS OR ACTS AS THOUGH OUR LADY IS NOT APPEARING IN MEDJUGORJE, OR THAT MEDJUGORJE HAS BEEN CONDEMNED IS IN COMPLETE DISOBEDIENCE TO THE MAGISTERIUM, BECAUSE THE MAGISTERIUM HAS NOT STATED EITHER OF THESE. ON THE CONTRARY, WE ARE URGED BY POPE JOHN PAUL II TO GO THERE, AND THE CHURCH HAS SAID WE ARE INDEED FREE TO GO THERE, TO GO ON PILGRIMAGE AND TO HAVE PRIESTS ACCOMPANY US! CARDINAL SCHONBORN OF AUSTRIA SAID THAT IF MEDJUGORJE WAS NOT AUTHENTIC, THEN ALL OF THE SEMINARIES WOULD HAVE HAD TO CLOSE, BECAUSE THERE WOULD NOT BE ENOUGH SEMINARIANS TO KEEP THEM OPEN.

    AND AS FAR AS “WHY SO MANY APPARITIONS?” – A COMMON “COMPLAINT” BY THOSE OPPOSING MEDJUGORJE – OUR LADY TOLD US THERE IN THE EARLY DAYS THAT SHE WOULD ACCOMPANY US THROUGHOUT THIS PERIOD OF TIME, LIKE A GOOD MOTHER WHO DOES NOT LEAVE HER CHILDREN ALONE WHEN THEY ARE IN DANGER, AND THAT WHEN SHE STOPS APPEARING – WHEN THE FINAL VISIONARY HAS RECEIVED THE 10TH SECRET – THEN THE EVENTS CONTAINED IN THOSE SECRETS WILL BEGIN. SHE ALSO SAID THAT WHEN THESE TEN EVENTS ARE FINISHED, THE WORLD WILL HAVE BEEN CLEANSED. PEOPLE – INCLUDING CLERGY – JUST DON’T ACCEPT THAT WE ARE IN SUCH HISTORIC TIMES, AND MANY OF THEM DON’T ACCEPT SUPERNATURL EVENTS HAPPENING IN OUR TIMES.

    THE WORLD IS BEING CLEANSED AND THE TIME OF PEACE IS COMING – THE TRUE “NEW SPRINGTIME” – AND OUR LADY HAS BEEN PREPARING US FOR THIS FOR DECADES, CENTURIES. THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS BOTH SPEAK OF THIS – WHEN THE SIN INCREASES TO SUCH AN EXTENT THAT GOD CLEANSES THE WORLD WITH HIS JUSTICE AND THEN THERE IS A TIME OF PEACE. OUR LADY SAID THAT SHE WOULD FINISH IN MEDJUGORJE WHAT SHE BEGAN IN FATIMA. “IN THE END, MY IMMACULATE HEART WILL TRIUMPH…AND MANKIND WILL EXPERIENCE A TIME OF PEACE”. MARY, QUEEN OF PEACE, PRAY FOR US!

  • Rev. Ted Custer MM

    I first heard about Kibeho back in the 80’s soon after it started. I was fascinated about it, already a believer in Medjugorje, and feel there was real prophecy there that has later ben confirmed by what happened in Ruanda, as in the 90

  • Under Mary’s Mantle

    Grace and Peace to all. I know times are serious and I want to join a Cenacle with the Marian Movement of Priests (which came from Our Lady’s messages to Father Gobbi) to pray for our world.

    I would love some input about Our Lady’s messages to Father Gobbi – She told him the Consecration was not made…what do you know about that? I thought PJPII approved of Father Gobbi.

    God bless!

  • Nyasha
  • Gerald

    got to http://www.oltiv.org and rad through the testimonials and see the photos of miraculous events that have taken place in Rome City, IN where Our Lady of America apparitions took place in 1956.

  • Mary

    The apparition of Our Lady of Sorrows seems genuine, though not approved by the church yet.There are TWO GENUINE APPARITIONS that I believe is worth knowing for all.
    OUR LADY OF LA SALETTE AND OUR LADY OF LAUS…
    The first one because of its secrets and revelations even for this and future generation…
    They are both approved by the churchThe apparition of Our Lady of La Salette occurred in 1846…You can read more about it here but you can also search for more on google…

    http://tinyurl.com/aph2jr

    The second apparition occurred in a beautiful valley, where you can still smell the flowers’ heavenly scent to this day…A Blessed oil was given at one of the Shrine’s altar for the sick…You can email the sanctuary and they will mail it for free…

    Their website is in french but when you google it,notre dame du laus gap, click on the translate the page to read in english…This is the website of the Shrine in french:

    http://tinyurl.com/avgg2p

    The apparition was recently approved by the church after it has been buried for long…

    http://tinyurl.com/cwqm9v

  • Linda

    Reading all these posts about apparations and prophecys, I remember reading this somewhere, I cant remember where,Sorry, but It said during world war 2 some American Soldiers got a chance to see Theresa Newman a mystic, and they asked her what would happen to America and the answer she gave them at the time was that America will be alright in the war but America will suffer from the enviorment, storms, events like this sort of thing.Wow.Something to think about for sure. Blessed Mother stay close to us. Linda

  • Halina Hladysz


    I am writing in reference to a message from Marianna dated January 31st, 2009 | 8:52am who informs the readers about apparitions by Mother Mary, Jesus, Saints and Angels in Lorain County, Ohio

  • DORIS

    MARIANNE,
    YOU CAN GO TO THE WEBSITE http://WWW.HOLYLOVE.ORG I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF GOING THERE TWO YEARS AGO. IT WAS THE MOST INSPIRING EXPERIENCE AND A BEAUTIFUL HOLY PLACE. THE WEBSITE HAS A TOUR OF THE SHRINE. ALL WHO GO THERE ARE TOUCHED BY OUR LADY’S BLESSINGS, PEACE AND GRACES.
    HOPE THIS HELPS.
    GOD BLESS,
    DORIS

  • Gertrude Mutema

    Many thanks for this very touching article. I first heard a bit about the messages to Alphonsine when I was a teenager at home in Zimbabwe and it was wonderful to learn of Our Lady visiting us in Africa as she had done to other parts of the world. Through my devotion to Our Lady as a lay person I won an unusual scholarship and went to study in America, hoping to be a doctor and that same year 1994 it was shocking to hear about the genocide. Only much later as a doctor in Europe did I get more details of the apparitions. About the historical facts I watched the movie Hotel Rwanda and I’m trying to get the DVDs on Our Lady of Kibeho. Thanks a million for providing more details on this website. God bless.

  • Claudia

    I know that Our Blessed Mother Mary is appearing some where in Ohio. I would love to go, but Can somebody tell me exactly the location of the site where I can go?

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