– Photos and video showing an alleged apparition of Mary has surfaced online
– The apparition happened during the national Marian Congress on Friday, October 13, 2017 in Benin City, Edo state
– The apparition is believed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the first ever recorded apparition of the Virgin Mary
– Our lady of Fatima or the blessed Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to three shepherd children in the year 1917
– She is said to have given the children the Holy Rosary and revealed ‘three secrets’ to them
– Our Lady of Fatima is revered and honoured especially by Catholics with pilgrimages made to the site of the first apparition yearly
Photos and videos of what is being described as apparition of the Holy Mary after she appeared to some Catholic faithfuls in Benin City, Edo state has gone viral on line.
According to a Facebook post on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, Cbcn, the Holy Mary appeared to Catholic women during a national Marian Congress on Friday, October 13, 2017. The CBCN Facebook administrator shared photos of the epic event writing :
“History has repeated itself here in Benin City, Nigeria during the National Marian Congress. Just like what happened 100 years ago at Fatima, Portugal reoccurred on 13th October, 2017. What a great miracle from our mother Mary, Our Lady of Fatima…”
For non catholics unfamiliar with the story, Mary or our Lady of Fatima is said to have first appeared to to three shepherd children Lucia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto in the year 1917.
The apparitions were said to be the that of a luminous Lady believed to be the Virgin Mary. She appeared to the children in the Cova da Iria fields outside the hamlet of Aljustrel near Fatima, Portugal. She appeared to them on the 13th day of each month at approximately noon, for six straight months starting in May of 1917. The only exception was the month of August, when the children were arrested by the local administrator.
Lucia described seeing the lady as “brighter than the sun, shedding rays of light clearer and stronger than a crystal glass filled with the most sparkling water and pierced by the burning rays of the sun.” According to Lucia’s account, the lady confided to the children three secrets, known as the Three Secrets of Fatima. She urged the children to do penance and to make sacrifices to save sinners. The children wore tight cords around their waists to cause pain, abstained from drinking water on hot days, and performed other works of penance. Most important, Lucia said that the lady asked them to say the Rosary every day, reiterating many times that the Rosary was the key to personal and world peace.
In all Her appearances at Fatima the Blessed Mother repeatedly emphasized the necessity of praying the Rosary daily, of wearing the Brown Scapular of Mount Carmel, and of performing acts of reparation and sacrifice.
Read more about Our Lady of Fatima HERE
See photos of the apparition in Benin below:
While some believe that this is indeed a divine apparition, many have expressed their doubts, giving a scientific explanation for the apparition which took the form of a flickering sun.
One social media user said:
No offence to Catholics but this is simple physics that has been explained by NASA time and again. It is called the Inconstant sun. It is caused by sunspots growing and shrinking and also rotating onto the face of the Sun and off again. Although the solar constant is high at the peak of the sunspot cycle, individual sunspots ironically cause dips in the Sun’s brightness. … Because compared to the rest if the Sun sunspots are relatively dark.
Another instagrammer explained:
Sun’s Fluctuations Caused Partial Collapse of Earth’s Atmosphere. As the sun’s energy rises and falls, so goes the Earth’s atmosphere, a new study suggests. These fluctuations in the sun’s energy explain a recent partial collapse of the Earth’s upper atmosphere, which had previously puzzled scientists. In order words, scientists themselves have not been able to prove why this is. I think its mysterious
Others who believe it to a divine apparition have argued that if indeed it was just the Sun fluctuating, why was it experienced on the 100th anniversary of the first apparition during the National Marian Congress; Why wasn’t it experienced in other parts of the country or even the world?
See the video of the said apparition below and let me know what you think:
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