Marian apparitions are reported supernatural appearances by Mary, the mother of Jesus. Below is a list of alleged events surrounding notable Marian apparitions, which have either been approved by a major Christian church, or which retain a significant following despite the absence of official approval or despite an official determination of inauthenticity. According to norms of the Catholic Church which have been in effect since the Council of Trent in the 16th century,  the initial responsibility of evaluating the merits of any purported apparition falls to the bishop of the area in which the events allegedly occurred. A distinction is sometimes made between apparitions that are "Vatican approved" and those that are not.
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Whitney Hopler is a writer and editor who has covered faith since She is the author of the book "Wake Up to Wonder. A look at the apparitions and miracles of the Virgin Mary with angels in Guadalupe, Mexico in , in an event known as "Our Lady of Guadalupe":. Just before dawn on December 9, , a poor, year-old widower named Juan Diego was walking through the hills outside Tenochtitlan, Mexico the Guadalupe area that is near modern Mexico City , on his way to attend church. He began hearing music as he walked closer to the base of Tepeyac Hill, and at first, he thought the beautiful sounds were the morning songs of local birds in the area.
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A Marian apparition is a reported supernatural appearance by Mary, the mother of Jesus , or a series of related such appearances over a period of time. In order to be classified as a Marian apparition, the person or persons who claim to see Mary the "seers" must claim that they see her visually located in their environment. Also excluded from the category of apparitions are dreams , visions experienced in the imagination, the claimed perception of Mary in ordinarily-explainable natural phenomena , and miracles associated with Marian artwork, such as weeping statues.
Historically, Europe is the continent where most apparitions of the Virgin Mary have been reported. The divine is supernatural, but religion is very much of this world. The way people worship even has an impact on their physical surroundings. Here's a telltale sign that you're in Catholic country: chapels, shrines and grottoes dot the roadside. The latter are replicas of the cave in southern France where the Virgin Mary appeared to a local peasant girl in the early 19th century.