Fatima, Medjugorje, kibeho & Garabandal

Question from anonymous on 1/21/2008:

What is the church's view on the alleged apparitions of Our Lady to 4 girls in Garabandal, Spain between 1961-1965? I have also heard that the apparitions of Our Lady to 6 young college students in Kibeho,Africa begining in 1981-1989 are officialy authenticated by the church is this correct? Finally, the apparitions of Our Lady in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovinia to 6 village teenagers in 1981-present, Has the holy father said anything in regards to These apparitions? One more question, When Our Lady apeared in Fatima, Portugal in 1917 Or Lady promised a sign, wich later turned out to be the miracle of the Sun, Did the church approve the apparitions due to the fullfilment of the miracle? I have this question because scientists have found this miracle to be of "natural origins" Thanks and God Bless

Answer by Fr. Robert J. Levis on 1/23/2008:

About Garabandal, I am doubtful,but today I believe the local Church has accepted as true this phenomenon. Also the appearances of Our Lady in Rwnanda in Africa has recently been approved. (Is Kibeho the same place?) Medjugorje in Yugoslavia does not enjoy the acceptance of the local Bishops. The miracle of the Sun at Fatima in 1917 is truly and fully recognized by the Church as a supernatural happening. Most scientific proposals fall very short. Fr. Bob Levis

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