Turmoil now surrounds the alleged visions, apparitions, and locutions of an alleged seer from Itapiranga, Brazil.

Turmoil Surrounds Alleged Seer

Turmoil now surrounds the alleged visions, apparitions, and locutions of an alleged seer from Itapiranga, Brazil.

Image result for edson glauberIt’s as yet unclear what the final stance of the Church will be. The current bishop hasn’t yet rendered a verdict. His predecessor, Monsignor Carillo Gritti, did, informally approving the supernaturality of the events in the 1990s  and consecrating a shrine there though not those occurring since that time (and up to the present). The key visionary, Edson Glauber, still asserts he sees Mary as well as Joseph and Jesus. He has appeared twice in the New York area as well as extensively in Italy and Slovenia.

But last February — unbeknownst to the Catholic media — the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome apparently issued an internal letter of warning after receiving a letter concerning the shrine and alleged apparitions. (We are still refining translations of it.)

In that note, according to rough preliminary interpretation, the Congregation strongly recommended that the local prelate “take all necessary measures” not to broadcast Glauber’s messages “from the prelature of Itacoatiara” (the local diocese). The document cited problems with a priest involved at the apparition’s shrine — which had been consecrated by Bishop Gritti (who is now deceased).

It also suggested there be “no further mention of worship celebrated in the shrine dedicated to ‘Our Lady Queen of the Rosary and Peace of Itapiranga.’”

And it asked Glauber as well as an organization associated with his apparitions to refrain from further dissemination of messages.

Image result for mark miravalleIt’s unclear whether the Congregation’s recommendations — strongly worded, according to that preliminary translation — pertain to reputed messages received recently or also to those from the 1990s that met with tacit approval (and that were thus the focus of articles on Catholic news websites). 

Those messages, as well as some more recent ones, are also the focus of a book by a major Marian theologian, Dr. Mark Miravalle, of Franciscan University, who understood the situation as having met with at least partial approval.

Thus does confusion reign.

We attempted more than a month ago to contact the Diocese of Itacoatiara but have not yet met with success. While deciding, last summer, not to attend his apparitions in the U.S., we as yet withhold judgment. Glauber declined repeated requests for interviews by Spirit Daily, citing the delicacy of his situation with his bishop. However, the extent of that situation was not known until now.

Bishops in Slovenia and Italy have also been made aware of the Congregation’s recommendations.

Image result for cardinal muellerThat dicastery, under Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, was seen as clamping down on apparitions. It likewise halted public messages from a seer, Ivan Dragicevic, from Medjugorje (first reported here) and put a stop to certain public appearances by other visionaries. In July, Cardinal Müller’s tenure was ended, however, by Pope Francis, who has himself expressed misgivings about daily alleged missives (saying the Virgin was “not a postmaster”).

On July 1, 2017, Pope Francis named Luis Ladaria Ferrer to succeed Müller as Prefect of the CDF.

Those involved with Itapiranga assert that “lies” were spread about the association by a priest after the death of Bishop Gritti and that the decree is thus incomplete and “erroneous.” They complain that it fails to mention a second seer, Glauber’s mother, Maria do Carmo, who likewise met with approval by the now-deceased Bishop Gritti. The Congregation’s document was not a formal “Notification” of condemnation. Nothing has been stated as far as books about the situation.

We will strictly adhere to any final determination by the local bishop and will report any actions or statements he makes.  Those around Glauber indicate they are not “obliged” as yet to enter into silence, though the Congregation’s requests are sure to dampen enthusiasm for the alleged circumstances at this remote city along the Amazon.

Turmoil Surrounds Alleged Seer

How Eucharistic miracles show Christ’s blood type

Christ’s blood type

Scientific testing on a wide variety of Eucharistic miracles consistently shows human flesh with blood group AB

Catholic doctrine has always held that, upon consecration at Mass, Christ becomes truly and substantially present in the bread and wine on the altar.

Over the centuries, however, there have been numerous reports of consecrated Hosts literally turning to physical flesh and blood.

One such miracle happened in 8th Century Lanciano, where a priest who was doubting the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist saw the bread and wine transform into human flesh and blood as he said the words of consecration.

Over 1,200 years later, that flesh has not decomposed and is still preserved at the Church of San Francesco in the Italian town. Odoardo Linoli, a professor of anatomy, conducted a scientific analysis in 1971 and concluded the flesh was human cardiac tissue of blood group AB. The blood was still fresh, yet contained no trace of preservatives.

The AB blood group, which is relatively uncommon, does indeed keep appearing in reported miracles.

In 1996, a woman approached a priest in a Buenos Aires parish to say she had found a desecrated Host in a candleholder at the back of the church. When the priest put the Host in a glass of water to dissolve, as is specified in canon law, it appeared to turn into a piece of bloody flesh.

Three years later, after the flesh had not decomposed, a certain Bishop Jorge Bergoglio sent a sample for testing in California. The results came back that the blood was group AB, and was indeed human.

Another sample was later to Dr Zugiba of Columbia University, a renowned cardiologist, who concluded the tissue was a fragment of heart muscle that had “been under severe stress, as if the owner had been beaten severely about the chest”.

A later analysis of the results from the Buenos Aires miracle and that of the Lanciano miracle over a millennium earlier, found the tissue samples had the same DNA.

Meanwhile, tests in the mid-1990s on a third miracle, the Corporal of Bolsena (13th century), also found that traces of blood were group AB, the same result as tests on blood specks on the Shroud of Turin among others.

Of course, this could all just be a massive coincidence, or Dan Brown-style Church conspiracy to plant fresh blood and tissue samples on miracles across the world just before they are tested, but the chances are remote.

As the Church celebrates the feast of Corpus Christi, Catholics should remember this key doctrine of the faith – scientifically verified, it seems.


Tennessee Homeowner Credits Jesus Christ After Georgia Fugitives Surrender in His Driveway

Photo Credit: Tennessee Borough of Investigations

CHRISTIANA, Tenn. — A Tennessee homeowner rejected the label of hero and instead pointed to Jesus Christ while speaking at a press conference on Friday about the capture of two escaped Georgia inmates who murdered two correctional officers while in transport to another prison.

Patrick Hale, 35, says that he had been alerted by friends on Thursday night that the convicts, Ricky Dubose and Donne Rowe, were in the area and had been in a shootout with police. He loaded his guns in the event that he needed to protect himself and his daughter. His wife was not home at the time.

Within minutes, Hale saw the two men cross a barbed-wire fence 300 yards from his back door. He called 911.


“I prayed like I have never prayed before,” Hale recalled.

Pondering whether he should stay or leave, Hale decided to grab his daughter and leave the property. As he began backing out of his driveway, he saw that the convicts had drawn even closer.

But then something strange happened.

“They began to take off their shirts and start waving at us as if to slow us down,” Hale outlined.

Much to his surprise, the men laid down in his driveway in a position of surrender. The situation took him aback.

“I realized I had two ex-cons wanted for murder who had just shot at law enforcement [and] who had nothing to lose, and for some reason they surrendered and laid down on the concrete in my driveway,” Hale said. “If that doesn’t make you believe in Jesus Christ, I don’t know what does.”


As Holy Week Begins, Strange Things.Church of the Holy Sepulcher Holy Icon of Christ the Crucifix Eyes open.Pics


An interesting start to Holy Week, as we hear various unusual reports.

cru8At the Church of the Holy Sepulcher — the holiest spot this time of year, and for that matter any time — Orthodox priests reportedly saw rays shining from the Holy Icon of Christ the Crucifix.  “When they went to examine the strange light they discovered the icon had its eyes open,” says a report. “Some of the priests posted the images on social media. Could this be a sign of the times or a miracle?” 

A priest there tells us it was for just a few hours on one particular day, but apparently it occurred as recently as March 29 and by one report also in February. Are both eyes opened in the shot above? (Naturally, there is controversy over one priest there.)cru7

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the region — in Syria — we learn of a sacred community where legend has it the Virgin Mary stayed.
This is in the besieged province of Hama at a town called Mhardeh, according to Sputnik News, which was reporting on a number of Russian militia and their families there. The population, it seems, almost exclusively consists of Orthodox Christians, about 20,000 in all, though many fled with families during recent violence.

 Will terrorists — who have their eyes on it — destroy this place?

Says Sputnik: “[A] small church is located near the city center. Its doors are hanging quite low on purpose so that everyone who wants to enter it has to bow in respect. Everything inside looks modest and there is almost no light, only burning candles under the images of the holy saints and in front of the altar. ‘Mhardeh is an extremely important city for Christians. In the church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it is believed that Virgin Mary was here for some time in this room to the right of the altar,’ the guardian of the church told [our correspondent].”

According to the correspondent, inside a room at the altar where the Virgin Mary spent several days of her life, “one can feel shivers running down their spine.” As the newspaper adds: “Just about four kilometers from this historically sacred place there are terrorists who are ready to turn this place into a heap of stones as soon as they get a chance. But the residents of Mhardeh believe that the government forces will liberate the neighboring Halfaya and in the near future they will defeat terrorists in Idlib. However, to date, no one is in a hurry to bring their families back and everyone keeps their weapons close by.” Prayer urgency…

Isn’t it interesting that all this comes out as Holy Week is here and all eyes internationally are on Syria — and the U.S. strike after a horrendous government gas attack? (We say alleged, because, stranger yet, Catholic bishops in Syria believe an investigation should have been conducted before declaring it such and taking action).

Upheaval; watch!

Our strange time. 

But, then, times have always been strange.

Looking back at things related to the Crucifixion, we note a long-ago report in Harper’s Weekly (50-715) to the effect that in Patrick County, Virginia (where the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains conjoin), numerous tiny stone crosses were once found — as if from nowhere. From what I can determine, this was in the 1860s (again, conflict: Civil War-time).

They ranged in weight from a quarter of an ounce to a full ounce. It also made Scientific America (79-395), that some of them were no bigger than a pin.

Most were on Bull Mountain. Some were also found in two other states.

Some were Roman Crosses. The St. Andrew Cross. Some Maltese.

They were called “fairy crosses” by one cynical scribe of the arcane. We declare nescience.

Geologists said they were simply crystals.

Others decided that science might not be able to quite explain (let’s go back to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher) quite everything…

As Holy Week Begins, Strange Things


Statue wept when she kissed it: CNY woman remembered for ‘miracle’ that drew thousands + Video

Statue wept when she kissed it: CNY woman remembered for ‘miracle’ that drew thousands

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Thousands of people flocked to a home on Hawley Avenue in Syracuse in 1949 to witness what some called a miracle.

An 11-year-old girl found a broken head of a religious statue in her yard and as she kissed the head, tears appeared to form in the eyes of the plaster statue of Saint Ann, the mother of the Virgin Mary.

“I have no powers. I’m a little girl,” Shirley Anne Martin said in 1949 and repeated in 1999 to The Post-Standard.

Martin – who married and became Shirley Hamlin and lived in Oswego County –  passed away Monday at 79 years old.

The event, which was called a “phenomenon” by her childhood Catholic church in Syracuse, was recalled in Hamlin’s obituary.

“At the age of 11, something amazing happened; Shirley kissed a statue of Saint Ann, tears flowed from the statue’s eyes and this continued for years,” the obituary reads.

In 1999, 50 years after, Hamlin recalled what the media called “the statue that cried.”More IN FO.


The Problem With Prophecy-Fatima-Akita with video.Good article.

From the Manila Times:


One problem about prophecies is that most people believe them only after they come true. Not much use at that point, except to lament one’s unbelief.

Take Noah. No one listened to his warning of a great flood until people watched his ark sail away while rising waters engulfed them.

That happened not just in biblical times, but in our time, too. As recounted in past articles, Our Lady of Fatima, whose apparitions in the Portuguese village to three shepherd children turn 100 on May 13, warned of World War II and the global spread of communism from Russia.

Visionaries Lucia dos Santos and her cousins Francisco and Jacintha Marto relayed the warning to Church authorities, along with God’s instruction for the Pope in communion with all other bishops to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart.
One would think the Vicar of Christ and all his fellow prelates would promptly carry out God’s express instruction delivered by His Blessed Mother in a Vatican-affirmed apparition, buttressed by miraculous gyrations of the sun on the final visitation, before tens of thousands of witnesses.

devotional image of Our Lady of FatimaBut the Pope and the prelates didn’t heed our Lord and our Lady, even after communist Bolsheviks took over Russia in the months after the last apparition on October 13, 1917.

Jesus Himself followed up His instruction, so to speak. Appearing to Sister Lucia in Rianjo, Spain, in 1931, He admonished: “Make it known to My ministers, given that they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My command, they will follow him into misfortune.”

Just like the popes, King Louis XIV and his successors failed to obey a divine command, told by our Lord Himself to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque on June 17, 1689, to consecrate France to His Sacred Heart and place the icon on the national tricolor.

On June 17, 1789, exactly one hundred years since the day Jesus told St. Margaret Mary to convey His instruction to Louis XIV, the French elite formed themselves into the National Assembly and took power away from Louis XVI.

Two months later, the French Revolution raged, executing the royal family and countless others, shutting down churches and convents, persecuting and killing clergy and laity, and even banning Christianity for a time in a nation once called “the first daughter of the Church.”

Consecrating the world to Mary

It is now a century since Fatima. Will we see chastisements from heaven? Let’s recall some telling events.

On October 13, 1884, exactly 33 years — Jesus’s lifespan — before the last apparition of Our Lady of Fatima and the Miracle of the Sun accompanying it, Pope Leo XIII had a vision of Christ granting Satan’s request to be loosed upon the world for a century, as the devil claimed, “I can destroy your Church.”

On July 13, 1917, Our Lady asks the Fatima visionaries to convey our Lord’s instruction for the Holy Father to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart, for the nation’s conversion, blocking the spread of its errors and preventing a worse conflict than World War I.

At a concelebrated mass in Fatima on May 13, 1982, exactly one year after he survived an assassin’s bullet in St. Peter’s Square, Saint Pope John Paul II consecrated all individuals and all nations to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

He repeated it the next two years. In the March 25, 1984 consecration on the Feast of the Annunciation, almost a century after Leo XIII’s vision of Satan being loosed for 100 years, St. John Paul II did the rite “in spiritual union with all the bishops of the world.”

Fatima devotees wondered why Russia was never named. Whether or not that compromised the consecrations, in 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev became president of Soviet Russia. He instituted his glasnost reforms, which led to the empire’s breakup and the global decline of communism.

So is this the triumph of Our Lady of Fatima? Not so fast.

When prophecies come true
A sweeping review of major prophecies about coming chastisements needs more space than we have left. But here are a few passages and developments seeming to fulfill them.

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Perhaps the most widely reported prophesied event was the aurora borealis or northern lights seen across North America and Europe on January 25, 1938. Leading newspapers like The New York Times reported the illumination and the widespread fear it provoked.

Sister Lucia said it was the sign of coming punishments, of which Our Lady of Fatima said: “… you shall see a night illuminated by an unknown light.”

Several weeks later, on March 11-13, 1938, Hitler’s forces entered and annexed Austria without a fight — the first of many sovereign nations Nazi Germany invaded.

In another Vatican-approved vision, Our Lady of La Salette appeared as a beautiful weeping woman to two children, Mélanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud, at La Salette-Fallavaux, France, in September 1846.

Many La Salette prophecies were unimaginable at the time. Despite the adherence of governments in Europe and the Americas to Christian precepts, the Blessed Virgin warned, as it has since come to pass: “All civil governments will have one and the same plan, which would be to abolish and do away with every religious principle, to make way for materialism, atheism, spiritualism and vice of all kinds.”

Closer to our time, Our Lady of Akita in Japan, seen as a weeping statue of Mary, spoke to Sister Agnes Sasagawa on October 13, 1973, the anniversary of the last Fatima apparition.

Our Blessed Mother warned: “The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way you will see Cardinals opposing Cardinals, Bishops against other Bishops.”

That now sounds prophetic to Catholics following the escalating controversy over Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation on marriage and the family, “Amoris Laetitia.” In the intensifying debate among the hierarchy, Francis remarked just before Christmas: “It is not to be excluded that I will enter history as the one who split the Catholic Church.”

Clearly, we all need to pray.

[see also:  A century since Fatima, does anyone care?]

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