Many Westerners have heard that Our Blessed Mother appeared in Zeitoun, a suburb of Cairo, Egypt. Few are aware of the electrifying, even delightful details of events that began in 1968 and continue elsewhere in Egypt right up to this present day.
And while there are some notable distinctions between Zeitoun and Medjugorje, the message is the same: peace, prayer, reconciliation. Perhaps the only real difference is that when Mary appears to thousands with diverse beliefs, languages and nationalities She is silent. When She comes to six children in one small village, She graciously uses their native tongue.
Update: April, 2007, Sister Agnes Sasagawa and Father Yasuda are still alive and well. Father Yasuda though frail will celebrate his 91st birthday in May, 2007. The statue of Our Lady that cried 101 times has not cried again since. Medjugorje USA has exclusive and rare photos of the statue and the Akita chapel and grounds around the convent. In the coming months these photos will be added to a link at the bottom of this page.
In Akita, Japan on June 12, 1973, Sister Agnes Sasagawa while in prayer witnessed rays of light proceeding from the tabernacle. The miraculous happenings to follow were such that on April 22, 1984, after an 11-year investigation, bishop John Shojiro declared the events to be of supernatural origin, with Holy See approval.
In 1917, Our Lady of Fatima told the 3 shepherd children that if men did not stop offending Her Son, the world would be punished by means of wars, famines, and persecutions of the church.
By 1932, this prophecy was well underway. Communists were in power in Russia. Mussolini was leader of Italy. Hitler was rising in Germany. The world was in depression. Unemployment, bread lines, hunger and riots were wide spread.
In a French speaking part of Belgium, lay a village called Beauraing. Sixty miles southeast of Brussels, Beauraing was mostly a farming community of about 2000 people.
93nd apparition anniversary October 13th. 2009
Below is the brief story of the Fatima apparitions, also below are two Fatima picture pages.
In the year of 1916 three shepherd children, Lucia dos Santos, age nine and her two cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, age eight and six respectively tended their parents flock of sheep. It was a fine spring morning for grazing sheep on Lucia's father property. The children played as the sheep feasted on the grass.
Suddenly there was a change in the weather. A steady drizzle fell and the breeze was chilling from a northwest wind. Quickly gathering the sheep they lead them to a small wooded area where they took shelter in a cave. The drizzle proved to be just a passing shower.