Introduction

Between 1961 and 1965, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to four young peasant girls in the small village of Garabandal, in northern Spain. The four girls, Conchita, Mari Loli+, Jacinta, and Mari Cruz, claimed to have received messages from Our Lady, urging the world to change from it ways.

The videos to the right contains actual footage of the apparitions. Additionally, there are video clips of village life in Garabandal, as well as an interview with Conchita in 1973.Media sourced from; Catholic Webcast.

 



Seers in Ecstatic State                    Conchita and Children
Ecstatic Marches                              Mystical Communions
Seers in Normal State1                Seers in Normal State2

Interview with Conchita
part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4
The Message   |   Teachings of the Lady    |   Eye Witness Accounts  |   Church Approval   |   Reasons to Believe   |  Preparations

Church Approval
The official position of the Church is still pending, as Garabandal has neither been positively approved, nor negatively condemned. The Vatican has yet to make a public pronouncement, likely because the Church is awaiting to see if the prophecies will be fulfilled.
       At the local level, the Bishops of Santander have not affirmed supernatural origin, but also have been careful not to condemn Garabandal either;

Bishop Eugenio Beitia, of Santander, 1965
"we have not found anything deserving of ecclesiastical censorship or condemnation either in the doctrine or in the spiritual recommendations that have been publicized as having been addressed to the faithful, for these contain an exhortation to prayer and sacrifice, to Eucharistic devotion, to veneration of Our Lady in traditional praiseworthy ways, and to holy fear of God offended by our sins. They simply repeat the common doctrine of the Church in these matters.”

Bishop Juan Antonio del, of Santander, 1992
"The previous bishops did not admit that the apparitions were supernatural, but to condemn them, no, that word has never been used."

The Church has a very strict and precise terminology for judging alleged apparitions (very few apparitions are officially approved). According to the norms of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, alleged apparitions are classified in one of three categories;

1. Constat de supernaturalitate -- It is certain that the events are of supernatural origin.
2. Constat de non supernaturalitate -- It is certain that the events are not of supernatural origin.
3. Non-constat de supernaturalitate -- It is not certain that the events are of supernatural origin.

Garabandal has been classified in the 3rd category, Non-constat de supernaturalitate, meaning; it is not certain/confirmed that the events were of supernatural origin. Even though the Church has not given official approval yet, a Catholic may in good standing believe in the events at Garabandal (see section; "Reasons to Believe").

But what about Cardinal Seper's Letter? [Link] ...     What about Bishop Vilaplana's Letter? [Link]

There are some who argue that Garabandal has been condemned, based on a poor English translation of a 1993 letter from Bishop Jose Vilaplana [see Response to Bishop Jose Vilaplana's Letter], or a misapplication of a 1973 letter from Cardinal Seper [see Response to Cardinal Seper's Letter] . Such claims are unfounded, as the previous links will show. The local ordinaries have been very clear to avoid condemnation. In fact, the Bishops allow private pilgrimages to Garabandal--a typical practice when an alleged apparition has not yet been approved or condemned. The Church will allow private pilgrimages, but discourage official diocese/church pilgrimages. Such is the case with Garabandal (in contrast to Bayside, for example, which has been condemned and consequently forbids pilgrimages).

 

Resources

Recommended Books
Our Lady Comes to Garabandal (Conchita's diary, with extensive commentary and eye witness accounts)
by Joseph Albert Pelletier

Apparitions of Garabandal (eye witness author, who interviewed the children directly)
by F. Sanchez-Ventura Y Pascual

Recommended Websites
Three Popes and Garabandal, Geoffrey A. P. Groesbeck
The Church's True Position Regarding Garabandal Geoffrey A. P.Groesbeck
The Warning -- Our Upcoming Damascus Gabriel Garnica

Garabandal, and the Church's Criteria for Approval, Colin B. Donovan, STL (EWTN Expert)
Apparitions and Private Revelations, Colin B. Donovan, STL (EWTN Expert)
Interview with Joey Lomangino, Mother Angelica (EWTN), 1995
Norms of the Congregation for Proceeding in Judging Alleged Apparitions and Revelations
Conchita's Diary
Articles, Interviews, and Testimonies

Additional articles may be found here.
Videos & Media made available by: Catholic Webcast and Garabandal Archives

 

Uber Votum, Copyright 2007 | Contact