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The curious case of the Lipa Marian apparitions

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By Mary Farrow

Lipa, Philippines, Dec 28, 2016 / 14:49 pm

The story of Sister Teresita Castillo and the supposed Marian apparitions of Lipa City, Philippines reads something like a mystery novel.

A negative judgement given in a document signed by local bishops and subsequent suppression of the devotion most likely drove the visionary nun out of the convent.

Years later, some bishops involved in the disapproval of the case allegedly came forward with deathbed confessions, saying they only ruled against the apparitions on threat of excommunication.

A document from the 1950s that would further clarify the case is still being kept secret in the archives of the Vatican.

Then in May of this year, the local Archbishop Ramon C. Arguelles announced that the Holy See had reiterated its negative judgement on the supernatural nature of the apparitions. The reiteration was a rebuttal to the archbishop, who had a few months prior announced (without Vatican approval) that the apparition had been reapproved as supernatural.

The exchange was just the latest in a decades-long ping-pong match between the Vatican and the local clergy over whether or not the popular local devotion should be officially approved.

As it currently stands, the apparitions of Mary in Lipa – known as Mary, Mediatrix of all Grace – are officially considered "not supernatural in nature" by the Holy See.

The highest recognition that the Catholic Church gives to an alleged miracle is that it is "worthy of belief." If investigations determine an event to be fraudulent or lacking in supernatural character, a rejection may be issued.

Alternatively, the Church may declare that there is nothing contrary to the faith in a supposed miraculous phenomenon – but without making a determination on whether a supernatural character is present.

However, in an unprecedented move in this case, the Lipa apparitions are not considered supernatural, but local devotion is still allowed.

"I believe it to be the singular case in history where you have a negative judgement, but the devotion is allowed," Michael O'Neill, a Catholic miracle researcher and author who runs the website miraclehunter.com, told CNA.

Visions in gardens and rose petals from heaven

This unique, mysterious and still-contentious case all began with a young nun in a quiet convent garden in 1948.

Sr. Teresita, also known as Sr. Teresing, was just 21 years old when allegedly, Mary began appearing to her in the garden of her Carmelite convent in Lipa City. On September 12, 1948, the young nun was outside praying when one of the garden vines began to shake. She then heard the voice of the Virgin Mary, who asked Teresita to kiss the ground and return to the same spot for fifteen days.

Sr. Teresita returned, and Mary reportedly appeared to her on a cloud, dressed in simple white robes with a small belt, hands clasped, and a golden Rosary hanging from her right hand.

According to the visionary nun, throughout her 19 appearances that year, Mary stressed humility, penance, prayers for the clergy and the Pope, and to pray the Rosary. Teresita reported that there was one secret for herself, one for the Carmel convent in Lipa City, one for China, one for the entire world from the Blessed Mother.

At her final appearance on November 12, 1948, Mary reportedly called herself by the title "Mediatrix of All Grace." Also associated with the apparition are rose petals that seemed to fall from heaven, and appear to be emblazoned with images of Jesus, Mary and the Saints.

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The mysterious negative ruling

Fast forward three years later, to 1951. Sr. Teresita left the convent sometime in 1950, likely because of all the controversy surrounding the apparitions.

The local bishop, Alfredo Verzosa y Florentin, had approved the veneration of Our Lady, Mediatrix of All Grace, and the devotion easily grew in popularity in the already-Marian spirituality of the Filipino faithful.

Despite the approval from the local bishop, a committee of Church hierarchy in the Philippines declared on April 11, 1951, that "there was no supernatural intervention in the reported extraordinary happenings including the shower of rose petals in Lipa."

The statement also contained the contentious phrase "until final decision on the matter will come from the Holy See".

Bishop Rufino Santos, who became apostolic administrator after the decision, ordered that no petals be given to anyone by the Lipa Carmelite community; and that the statue of Our Lady, Mediatrix be withdrawn from public view.

Veneration of Our Lady, Mediatrix of All Grace remained officially disallowed for decades after the judgement of the committee, until February of 1990.

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On February 11, 1990, the nephew of Bishop Cesar M. Guerrero, one of the signers of the 1951 negative judgment, swore in an affidavit that his uncle signed the document under duress and was a believer in the authenticity of the apparitions, according to a book about the Lipa apparitions by June Keithley. The Catholic Bishops Conference in the Philippines did not respond by press time to requests for comment on the matter.

Local devotion grows

Later that year, a sister at the Lipa Carmel convent requested on her deathbed that the statue of Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace be brought back for veneration. The community obliged, and the statue was displayed in the convent chapel the next day.

Soon after, Msgr. Mariano Gaviola, Archbishop of Lipa at the time, lifted the ban from Bishop Rufino Santos and allowed the statue to be displayed.

In 2005, Most Reverend Ramon C. Arguelles, the new and still-current Archbishop of Lima, kicked off a campaign to further spread devotion and to place a statue of the Mediatrix of All Grace in parishes throughout the country, and publicly professed his personal devotion and belief in the apparition on numerous occasions.

The ping-pong match continues

Archbishop Arguelles felt so passionately about the devotion that on Nov. 12, 2009, on the 61st anniversary of Mary's alleged final appearance to Sister Teresita, he officially lifted the 1951 ban on public veneration of the image, and formed a new commission to re-examine the apparition and related phenomena.

Once again, about a year later, the Vatican shut it down.

"We, the undersigned Archbishops and bishops, constituting for the purpose a special Commission, having attentively examined and reviewed the evidence and testimonies collected in the course of repeated, long and careful investigations, have reached the unanimous conclusion and hereby officially declare that the above mentioned evidence and testimonies exclude any supernatural intervention in the reported extraordinary happenings – including the shower of petals – at the Carmel of Lipa. This declaration is the official communication of the final decision on the matter, as approved by the Holy See," the bishops said in a statement. 

But Archbishop Arguelles' personal faith in the devotion did not budge. After declaring in another homily his personal devotion and belief in the apparitions, he released an official statement of approval of the apparitions on Sept. 12, 2015 declaring "that the events and apparition of 1948 also known as the Marian phenomenon in Lipa and its aftermath even in recent times do exhibit supernatural character and is worthy of belief."

Which brings the saga to this past Spring, when the archbishop once again had to revoke his statement of official approval of the supernatural nature of the apparitions.

It's likely the first time ever that the Vatican and a local bishop have had so much back and forth over a supposed apparition, O'Neill said.

"This is completely historic that the archbishop flipped over a Vatican confirmation of a previous judgement, and historic that the Vatican has come back over and flipped back a statement of the local bishops; those two things have never happened before," he said.  

What's the problem?

What makes the alleged apparitions and related phenomena – the rose petals – so contentious?

O'Neill said that while it is not known for sure, there are a few reasons that the Holy See may be hesitant to declare the apparitions as supernatural.

One of these reasons, he said, may be because Sr. Teresita's first mystical experience was actually an encounter with the devil.

"There has always been the question of whether the devil was disguised in further apparitions," he said.

Another issue could be the complexity of the various related phenomena surrounding the apparition, O'Neill said, including the shower of rose petals and a claim from several children who said they saw the statue come to life.

"So when you look at this - do you approve the whole thing? Or do you approve just the apparitions? Or what's true or what's a hoax? It's a little bit of confusing territory when you have to deal with these many different types of mystical phenomena," O'Neill said.

So many mysteries remain with this supposed apparition.

Where are these affidavits of the supposed deathbed confessions of bishops who claim they were coerced into the negative judgement? How thoroughly did the original committee of bishops examine the case - and what led them to the negative judgement? Archbishop Arguelles, as well as the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, did not respond to requests for comment by press time.

If the document surfaced that confirmed Pope Pius XII's approval of the negative judgement in 1951, there would be no way to reopen the case. But such a document, if it does indeed exist in this case, would be in the archives of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, which only releases documents to the public, with few exceptions, once they are more than 80 years old.

On a recent visit to Lipa, O'Neill said he was able to visit the convent where Sr. Teresita supposedly had visions of Mary.

The sisters there, he said, remain privately devoted to Mary, Mediatrix of all Grace. Though they remain obedient to the Holy See, they, as well as many of the faithful, quietly hope the case could be reconsidered in the future.

In a country with 33 canonically recognized icons of Mary, the country's Marian devotion is "incredible," O'Neill said.

"So there's a great amount of disappointment among the people of the Philippines who followed this devotion, but they remain obedient to the Holy See."

Update 6/22, 1:47 p.m.: A previous version of the story said a negative Vatican judgement drove Sr. Teresita out of the convent. The judgement instead was signed by local bishops, and subsequent suppression of the devotion likely led to her leaving. Also, the line: "This declaration is the official communication of the final decision on the matter, as approved by the Holy See" has been included to the bishops 2010 statement to show the Holy See's ruling. 

This article was originally published on CNA June 18, 2016.

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Lipa, Philippines: Apparitions of Our Lady Mediatrix of All Graces

About the apparitions of our lady of all graces:.

The story begins in 1948 at the Carmelite Monastery in Lipa City, Philippines. That year, it was reported that Our Blessed Mother appeared 19 times to a novice, Teresita Castillo.

Teresita recounted that Our Lady stressed humility, penance, prayers for the clergy and the Pope, and to pray the Rosary. She told her superiors that there was one secret for herself, one for the Carmel convent in Lipa City, one for China, and also one for the entire world. These secrets have never been revealed.

Veneration of Mary was permitted under the title “Mediatrix of All Graces” in the Archdiocese of Lipa, but in 1951 a ruling of “Established as Not Supernatural” was affirmed by the Vatican in 2010. This was perhaps due to misuse of the information given in the apparitions, when vendors began to try to capitalize on them. Note that this ruling did not declare the apparitions fraudulent, just that there was no evidence of the supernatural.

Then, in 2009, Archbishop of Lipa, Ramon C. Arguelles lifted the ban and decided to call for a new investigation.  In 2014,  the Archbishop approved the apparitions.

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Lipa, Philippines (CNA) - A negative judgement from the Vatican on the apparition most likely drove the visionary nun out of the convent.

Years later, some bishops involved in the disapproval of the case allegedly came forward with deathbed confessions, saying they only ruled against the apparitions on threat of excommunication.

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Last month, the local Archbishop Ramon C. Arguelles announced that the Holy See had reiterated its negative judgement on the supernatural nature of the apparitions. The reiteration was a rebuttal to the archbishop, who had a few months prior announced (without Vatican approval) that the apparition had been reapproved as supernatural.

The exchange was just the latest in a decades-long ping-pong match between the Vatican and the local clergy over whether or not the popular local devotion should be officially approved.

As it currently stands, the apparitions of Mary in Lipa - known as Mary, Mediatrix of all Grace - are officially considered "not supernatural in nature" by the Holy See.

The highest recognition that the Catholic Church gives to an alleged miracle is that it is "worthy of belief." If investigations determine an event to be fraudulent or lacking in supernatural character, a rejection may be issued.

Alternatively, the Church may declare that there is nothing contrary to the faith in a supposed miraculous phenomenon - but without making a determination on whether a supernatural character is present.

However, in an unprecedented move in this case, the Lipa apparitions are not considered supernatural, but local devotion is still allowed.

"I believe it to be the singular case in history where you have a negative judgement, but the devotion is allowed," Michael O'Neill, a Catholic miracle researcher and author who runs the website miraclehunter.com, told CNA.

Visions in gardens and rose petals from heaven

This unique, mysterious and still-contentious case all began with a young nun in a quiet convent garden in 1948.

Sr. Teresita, also known as Sr. Teresing, was just 21 years old when allegedly, Mary began appearing to her in the garden of her Carmelite convent in Lipa City. On September 12, 1948, the young nun was outside praying when one of the garden vines began to shake. She then heard the voice of the Virgin Mary, who asked Teresita to kiss the ground and return to the same spot for fifteen days.

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Sr. Teresita returned, and Mary reportedly appeared to her on a cloud, dressed in simple white robes with a small belt, hands clasped, and a golden Rosary hanging from her right hand.

According to the visionary nun, throughout her 19 appearances that year, Mary stressed humility, penance, prayers for the clergy and the Pope, and to pray the Rosary. Teresita reported that there was one secret for herself, one for the Carmel convent in Lipa City, one for China, one for the entire world from the Blessed Mother.

At her final appearance on November 12, 1948, Mary reportedly called herself by the title "Mediatrix of All Grace," a title derived from the Second Vatican Council document "Lumen gentium." Also associated with the apparition are rose petals that seemed to fall from heaven, and appear to be emblazoned with images of Jesus, Mary and the Saints.

The mysterious negative ruling

Fast forward three years later, to 1951. Sr. Teresita left the convent sometime in 1950, likely because of all the controversy surrounding the apparitions.

The local bishop, Alfredo Verzosa y Florentin, had approved the veneration of Our Lady, Mediatrix of All Grace, and the devotion easily grew in popularity in the already-Marian spirituality of the Filipino faithful.

Despite the approval from the local bishop, a committee of Church hierarchy in the Philippines declared on April 11, 1951, that "there was no supernatural intervention in the reported extraordinary happenings including the shower of rose petals in Lipa."

The statement also contained the contentious phrase "until final decision on the matter will come from the Holy See".

Bishop Rufino Santos, who became apostolic administrator after the decision, ordered that no petals be given to anyone by the Lipa Carmelite community; and that the statue of Our Lady, Mediatrix be withdrawn from public view.

Veneration of Our Lady, Mediatrix of All Grace remained officially disallowed for decades after the judgement of the committee, until February of 1990.

On February 11, 1990, the nephew of Bishop Cesar M. Guerrero, one of the signers of the 1951 negative judgment, swore in an affidavit that his uncle signed the document under duress and was a believer in the authenticity of the apparitions, according to a book about the Lipa apparitions by June Keithley. The Catholic Bishops Conference in the Philippines did not respond by press time to requests for comment on the matter.

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Later that year, a sister at the Lipa Carmel convent requested on her deathbed that the statue of Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace be brought back for veneration. The community obliged, and the statue was displayed in the convent chapel the next day.

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Soon after, Msgr. Mariano Gaviola, Archbishop of Lipa at the time, lifted the ban from Bishop Rufino Santos and allowed the statue to be displayed.

In 2005, Most Reverend Ramon C. Arguelles, the new and still-current Archbishop of Lima, kicked off a campaign to further spread devotion and to place a statue of the Mediatrix of All Grace in parishes throughout the country, and publicly professed his personal devotion and belief in the apparition on numerous occasions.

The ping-pong match continues

Archbishop Arguelles felt so passionately about the devotion that on Nov. 12, 2009, on the 61st anniversary of Mary's alleged final appearance to Sister Teresita, he officially lifted the 1951 ban on public veneration of the image, and formed a new commission to re-examine the apparition and related phenomena.

Once again, about a year later, the Vatican shut it down.

"We, the undersigned Archbishops and bishops, constituting for the purpose a special Commission, having attentively examined and reviewed the evidence and testimonies collected in the course of repeated, long and careful investigations, have reached the unanimous conclusion and hereby officially declare that the above mentioned evidence and testimonies exclude any supernatural intervention in the reported extraordinary happenings - including the shower of petals - at the Carmel of Lipa," they said in a statement.

But Archbishop Arguelles' personal faith in the devotion did not budge. After declaring in another homily his personal devotion and belief in the apparitions, he released an official statement of approval of the apparitions on Sept. 12, 2015 declaring "that the events and apparition of 1948 also known as the Marian phenomenon in Lipa and its aftermath even in recent times do exhibit supernatural character and is worthy of belief."

Which brings the saga to last month, when the archbishop once again had to revoke his statement of official approval of the supernatural nature of the apparitions.

It's likely the first time ever that the Vatican and a local bishop have had so much back and forth over a supposed apparition, O'Neill said.

"This is completely historic that the archbishop flipped over a Vatican confirmation of a previous judgement, and historic that the Vatican has come back over and flipped back a statement of the local bishops; those two things have never happened before," he said.

What's the problem?

What makes the alleged apparitions and related phenomena - the rose petals - so contentious?

O'Neill said that while it is not known for sure, there are a few reasons that the Holy See may be hesitant to declare the apparitions as supernatural.

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One of these reasons, he said, may be because Sr. Teresita's first mystical experience was actually an encounter with the devil.

"There has always been the question of whether the devil was disguised in further apparitions," he said.

Another issue could be the complexity of the various related phenomena surrounding the apparition, O'Neill said, including the shower of rose petals and a claim from several children who said they saw the statue come to life.

"So when you look at this - do you approve the whole thing? Or do you approve just the apparitions? Or what's true or what's a hoax? It's a little bit of confusing territory when you have to deal with these many different types of mystical phenomena," O'Neill said.

So many mysteries remain with this supposed apparition.

Where are these affidavits of the supposed deathbed confessions of bishops who claim they were coerced into the negative judgement? How thoroughly did the original committee of bishops examine the case - and what led them to the negative judgement? Archbishop Arguelles, as well as the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, did not respond to requests for comment by press time.

If the document surfaced that confirmed Pope Pius XII's approval of the negative judgement in 1951, there would be no way to reopen the case. But such a document, if it does indeed exist in this case, would be in the archives of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, which only releases documents to the public, with few exceptions, once they are more than 80 years old.

On a recent visit to Lipa, O'Neill said he was able to visit the convent where Sr. Teresita supposedly had visions of Mary.

The sisters there, he said, remain privately devoted to Mary, Mediatrix of all Grace. Though they remain obedient to the Holy See, they, as well as many of the faithful, quietly hope the case could be reconsidered in the future.

In a country with 33 canonically recognized icons of Mary, the country's Marian devotion is "incredible," O'Neill said.

"So there's a great amount of disappointment among the people of the Philippines who followed this devotion, but they remain obedient to the Holy See."

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Teresita Castillo was 21 years old when she fled her prominent home and followed her secret desire to become a Carmelite novice on July 4, 1948.  Within one month of her arrival into the convent, on July 31, 1948, Satan visited her in her room and attempted to convince her to leave the convent.  Three more times, accompanied by a foul odor, he appeared to her and tried to force her out with threats and fears.  But, in August, when Our Lady first appeared to her, there was an overpowering but pleasant fragrance of flowers.  Mary appeared to her three times in August, then for 15 consecutive days in September with one final visit in November.  This rapid succession of supernatural visits caused Teresita to ask, “Is this what life is like in this convent?”

July 31, 1948 – Satan made three loud knocks on her cell door followed by a foul odor and then a harsh voice which frightened her.  When she showed her rosary to him, he departed, leaving a soot-covered hoof print on the floor.

August 18, 1948 – Mary tells Teresita to wash the feet of the prioress, Mother Cecilia, and to drink some of the water herself.  When told this, the prioress was quite doubtful.

August 19, 1948 – Blessed Mary repeats her request to Teresita but adds a locution in Mother Cecilia’s ear, telling her that Teresita would be carrying a sign of confirmation for such a request.  The prioress observed unexpected circles of blood around Teresita’s eyes – so she believed and let her wash her feet! Mary voiced her approval later that night, disguised as a nun.

August 20, 1948 – Teresita saw showers of rose petals for the first of many times.  They occurred both outside in the garden and inside the convent.  Many clergy, pilgrims, and religious witnessed these rose petal showers.  The rose petals contained miraculous images of Jesus, Mary, and other holy scenes.  They were collected, saved, and cherished by many – even to this present day.

August 22, 1948 – Teresita awoke and felt invisible hands trying to strip her of her clothes.  The devil was trying to attack her.  She struggled, broke free, and fled to the stairway.  The prioress heard the commotion and joined into the physical struggle herself – and helped free Teresita.  But Teresita was now blind .  Mother Cecilia had a prophetic locution that she would regain her eyesight – and on September 7, she did see again.

September 12, 1948 – Teresita was praying in the garden when a vine began to shake and a bluebird appeared.  Our Lady appeared and requested that she kiss the earth and return to this same spot for 15 consecutive days.

September 14, 1948 – Mary requested that the location of the apparitions be blessed in the presence of the community – and that was accomplished.

September 15, 1948 – Our Lady asked that her image be created and placed in a shrine for prayer at the site of these apparitions.  A statue of Mary was enshrined.

September 16, 1948 – Teresita sees Mary arrive, accompanied by little angels.

September 21, 1948 – Mary requests 13 devotions be said on Saturdays.

September 22, 1948 —  Mary tells Teresita that she is not obligated to believe, listen, or even pray on Saturdays unless she wants to — of her own free will.

September 25, 1948 – Mary asks for everyone to become consecrated to her on October 7 and “become My slaves.”

September 26, 1948 – “I am Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace.  Mass is to be held every 12 th  day of the month.”

November 5, 1948 – Teresita suffers the passion of Jesus, beginning exactly at noon, lying on the floor unconscious.  This is witnessed by the prioress, Bishop Obviar, and other nuns.  As one nun reported, “The seven words would be re-enacted, and we really did see it!”

November 12, 1948 – Mary says, “People do not believe my words … Pray for priests … What I ask here is exactly what I asked for at Fatima … Pray .  The people do not  heed my words.  There will be persecutions, unrest, and bloodshed in your country.  The enemy of the church will try to destroy the faith which Jesus established and died for.  …Be not afraid, for the love of my Son will soften the hardness of hearts, and My Motherly love will be their strength to curse the enemies of God …”

Saint Therese of Liseux accompanied Our Lady during some of the apparitions.  She had been known for saying, “From the heavens I will let fall a shower of roses.”  Teresita had also seen Saint Cecilia.  On an occasion, Teresita was too ill to attend Mass, so an angel brought her communion, placing a host on her tongue. 

On January 23, 1949, the cornerstone was laid for the new church, Our Lady Mediatrix of All Grace — with up to 50,000 present.  But Bishop Alfredo Verzosa ordered the Carmelite nuns to withdraw the statue of Mary from public veneration because of all the commotion it had caused.  He personally went to the convent on November 19, 1948, determined to do this, himself.  When he opened the door and entered the convent, a shower of rose petals fell on him.  He fell to his knees and could not utter a word.  From that moment on, Bishop Verzosa supported the apparitions with official approval.

Many cures have been reported using the rose petals.  A baby, Soccorro Dichoso, was born with a hole in her skull.  The parents applied rose petals from one of the “showers” to the baby’s skull on January 28, 1949.  X-rays confirmed that the hole closed up and the brain receded, curing the child.

On December 24, 1950, a girl was receiving the Last Rites, dying from a cerebral hemorrhage, when the priest placed one of those “heavenly rose petals” on her forehead.  Upon the ringing of the Angelus bell, the girl suddenly awakened as if nothing was wrong – and she was completely healed.

Another child, Menania Sungo, had been born with a severely deformed right foot.  It was curled so much that she could not wear a shoe; her leg had atrophied, shortened, and wasted away.  But, at nine years old, her uncle brought a bottle of water that had been placed by Mary’s statue overnight. The mother rubbed this water on her foot every evening for a week, and then the child awoke one morning to a perfectly healed foot and leg!  Neighbors reported a strong fragrance of flowers around the child’s home.  The Sungo family was shocked when a shower of rose petals fell inside their own home.

And “showers” of rose petals have often fallen inside Teresita’s home as well.  Several witnesses, including a priest, were present when full roses materialized out of thin air and landed on the stairs, altar, and bedroom of Teresita’s home.

The official church investigation in April, 1951, was rather suspicious in that key witnesses were not interviewed, diaries and evidence were destroyed, and the six bishops who signed the negative report admitted later that they had been coerced to do so under threat of excommunication .  Despite efforts by psychiatric professionals to find mental illness, delusion, or other emotional disturbances with Teresita, she was officially deemed sane .  Neither Bishop Obviar nor Bishop Verzosa was questioned. Stringent sanctions were placed on the Convent of Lipa.  The nuns were cut off from the world; the statue of Mary was removed from sight. But, from February through May, 1990, a white luminous figure of a female in prayer appeared in a coconut tree every evening for 90 days .  Sister Alphonse pleaded from her deathbed for the statue of Mary to be exposed again in the Chapel of Carmel.

The next day – after 40 years – Archbishop Gaviola finally ordered the statue to be displayed again.  Showers of rose petals began again .  As Teresita and two others were praying in front of Mary’s statue in the chapel, a shower of pure white rose petals fell inside the chapel.

A few days later, six children playing in the convent garden saw the statue of Mary come to life.  They reported,

“I saw her eyes cry, and her feet come close together.  I held her hand, and it was soft.  I saw her dress blow in the breeze.  I held her dress, and it was soft.  When I kissed her feet, I felt them move – the toes wiggled.  The eyes raised upward and the rosary moved.”  

Other reports include the “spinning of the sun” and strong smell of roses again.  And Teresita began receiving messages from Mary again.  Water gained healing powers if the rose petals had been dipped into it.

Due to the scandalous suppression of facts, coerced statements from six bishops, and the omission of key witnesses and evidence, the church has finally set up a new committee to investigate all the happenings at Lipa.  (Finally approved 9-12-2015 by the Archbishop)

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The Appearance of the Devil According to the Lipa Marian Visionary

“I was in our cell praying when I heard three knocks. I did not see anyone come in. After a little while, I heard a man’s voice, very rough and guttural in nature as though coming from a deep, hollow container…. Then I heard the voice again telling me that he will leave signs of his presence in our cell. With shaking knees and trembling hands, I somehow managed to grope for our little lamp, and sure enough there were two black footprints and their shape was so different from that of a human being.”
“I will try my best to describe him to you. He was around 5 feet tall. He was surrounded by fire, which was only about an inch wide. His eyes were bloodshot. Those glaring eyes could not look at me, but looked to the left side of our cell. His face seemed oblong in shape and his voice was the same as before. His foul odour convinced me that he was something totally evil. 2 ”

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Blessed Virgin’s apparitions in Lipa: 66 years hence, still waiting for the nod

This story begins The Filipino Connection’s coverage of the 2015 apostolic and state visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines.

As devotees of Our Lady of Mary Mediatrix of All Grace are still awaiting a verdict from the Philippine bishops if the Blessed Mother’s apparition holds true, the waiting is now 66 years and counting.

It is some 66 years ago that the Blessed Mother, at a monastery owned by the Carmelite nuns in Lipa City, Batangas, reportedly appeared to a nun named Teresita Castillo and then showered rose petals to the said area.

This is one of the reported rose petals that fell at the grounds of a Carmelite monastery in Lipa, Batangas in 1948–said to prove the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin (Our Lady, Mary Mediatrix of All Grace) there. Some 66 years hence, and with a third Pope visiting the Philippines weeks from now, Philippine bishops still have no verdict on this apparition’s authenticity (photo taken from the Facebook page of Mary Mediatrix devotees)

While the reported apparitions started August 1948, it was during November that same year when the significant events of this controversial apparition by the Blessed Mother occurred.

It was on November when Mary Mediatrix appeared in the cloistered halls of the Carmelite Monastery and introduced herself to Castillo. The Blessed Mother reportedly asked for the whole country’s renewal of faith.

It was also in November when Castillo was reported to have had “supernatural experiences” including the re-enactment of the Lord’s passion.

On November 12, 2009, speculations on the veracity of the Marian apparition already ended with an important declaration from Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles.

Arguelles, who took over Lipa Archdiocese in 2004, issued a decree stated that “all bans, written or unwritten, to curtail or diminish the devotion to Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace be lifted.” This decree by Arguelles lifted the ban on the people’s devotion to Mary Mediatrix that was issued on April 1951 by a group of bishops who regarded the apparitions as a “hoax.”

Aside from the decree, Archbishop Argulles also formed a commission to re-open the investigation of the alleged apparitions of Mary Mediatrix in the Carmelite Monastery in 1948.

This commission had already forwarded its findings to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), and review remains ongoing weeks before the Philippines gets visited by Pope Francis (Jorge Mario Bergoglio).

It was said that then Imus Diocese Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle, now head of the Archdiocese of Manila, is leading a team reviewing the pieces of evidence of the said apparitions. Series of appearances

It was in 1948 when the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared several times to Castillo, then a new novice in the Carmelite Monastery.

The Blessed Virgin Mary’s appearances in the monastery started on August 18 when she asked Castillo to wash and kiss the feet of their Mother Prioress and drink the water used after. Despite doubts, the Mother Prioress agreed upon seeing blood of tears shedding on the eyes of Castillo.

The apparitions of Mary Mediatrix continued the following month in the gardens of the monastery for 15 days. Some of the reported scenes then include the shaking of the vine and series of requests by the Lady; the exposition of her statue in the garden; the blessing of the Carmelite monastery; and a prayer for the nuns.

But the presence of Mary Mediatrix was visibly felt through the petals being showered in the monastery, which were later discovered can cure diseases.

After the first showering of petals in the monastery, Castillo became totally blind. She regained her sight after the kiss of their mother prioress which was witnessed by the late Lipa Auxiliary Bishop Alfredo Obviar, the spiritual director of Carmelites.

Servant of God Obviar is now being lobbied for sainthood.

On a day in November 1948, Castillio had her last encounter with Mary Mediatrix when the Lady asked that people worldwide pray the Holy Rosary.  The Blessed Virgin also warned Castillo that persecutions may happen in various parts of the world.

It was reportedly hard for the community of Lipa and the Roman Catholic Church to believe these so-called appearances, given that the Carmelite Monastery is the home of cloistered nuns. But Lipa residents wanted to see the Blessed Mother given the reported showering of petals.

On Nov. 19, 1948, people began to flock in increasing numbers to the convent grounds. That time, Lipa Bishop Alfredo Versoza wasn’t pleased with the turn of events and ordered the Carmelite nuns to withdraw the statue of Mary Mediatrix from the public’s veneration. That same day, Versoza was said to be determined in chastising Obviar (given the latter’s belief in the apparitions) and to put an end to the flocking of people.

But when Versoza entered the door of the monastery, it was reported that a shower of petals fell on him–then Versoza got dumbfounded, knelt down and prayed. Afterwards, he ordered to return of the image of Mary Mediatrix for public veneration at a Mass held on that day.

Nevertheless, the alleged appearances of the Blessed Virgin Mary did not gain the support of the Philippine Catholic Church. A group of bishops, on April 11, 1951, issued a verdict saying that “evidence and testimonies exclude any supernatural intervention in the reported extraordinary happenings –including the showers of petals– at the (Carmelite Monastery) of Lipa.”

An order destroying pieces of evidence, including the statue of Our Lady of Mary Mediatrix, was also issued. However, the Carmelite Nuns exerted

Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles

as much efforts to keep the statue.

Decades after, and given his November 2009 decree, Arguelles stands firm in believing the authenticity of the 1948 events.  “I believe that the Mediatrix phenomenon is the most significant event in the local Church of Lipa in the last 100 years,” he said after lifting the ban on Mary Mediatrix in 2009.

Every September for the past 11 years, the Carmelite monastery hosts an annual National Days of Prayer and Pilgrimage to Lipa. This year, the event carried the theme “Mary in the Laity Proclaiming the Gospel of Life.”

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Clericalism, synodality, and the 1948 Lipa incident

By Harriet O. Demetriou

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NOW that Pope Francis has pointed to synodality as a way for the Church in the new century to achieve “communion” through “participation” in the joint “mission” of evangelization, there should be a re-investigation of the 1948 incident in the Carmelite monastery of Lipa City in Batangas, in which the Virgin Mary allegedly appeared to a novice, Teresita Castillo (1927-2016).

A church commission composed of clerics from the ecclesiastical hierarchy found no “supernatural” basis for the reported apparition and banned the veneration of the image of the “Mary Mediatrix of All Grace” in the monastery. However, the same hierarchs had told their relatives and clerical associates in their death beds that they had been forced to declare the negative decision by the apostolic delegate, Msgr. Egidio Vagnozzi (1880-1967).

Noting that the devotion was achieving conversions and enhancing the Catholic faith of ordinary lay people, Lipa Archbishop Mariano Gaviola (1922-1998) encouraged the veneration of Mary Mediatrix. Ditto with Archbishop Ramon Arguelles (who served 2004-2017); he reopened the inquiry into the incident and ruled that the apparition was “worthy of belief.” When the Vatican doctrinal of fi ce overruled him in 2016, he resigned.

But in the same ruling, the doctrinal office said Pope Pius XII had already ruled in 1951 that the apparition had no supernatural origin. Lipa Archbishop (later Manila cardinal-archbishop) Rufino Santos had referred to the “pending final approval” by the pope in his decree banning the veneration in 1951, but since then, no such document of approval has materialized. Even the 2016 Vatican decree overruling Arguelles did not show the alleged document.

The recent discovery in Rome of the journals of the eminent Spanish Dominican psychologist Fr. Angel de Blas, who was tasked by the commission to investigate Castillo, should prod a reconsideration of the 1951 commission’s ruling. Father De Blas is widely considered as the father of psychology education in the Philippines, having set up the experimental psychology laboratory of the University of Santo Tomas as early as 1938, the first of its kind in the Philippines and Asia. He also set up the psychology program of UST in 1948, the first in the country. In his journals, Father De Blas said Castillo was an “authentic seer.”

The lay faithful have generally welcomed the continued veneration of the Mediatrix and pilgrimages to Mount Carmel in Lipa, but the clergy have been cold if not hostile.

Where does such an attitude stem from? The repercussions of the possible toppling of the negative decree of 1951 will not only stain the person of the clergy who were involved in the verdict but the entire hierarchy itself: the prelates tolerated the compromise, becoming in themselves accessory to the deceit.

To confront the negative judgment on the Lipa phenomenon would imply an attack on the hierarchy that gave the negative verdict. What is at stake is the credibility of a clerical institution long considered infallible in matters of faith and morals. The benefit of having the devotion vindicated will take as its price the esteemed reputation of their pastors. Obviously, this fear reeks of clericalism.

While the sensationalized definition of clerical scandals has long been associated with sexual sins, it cannot be denied that scandals in the Catholic Church are not merely confirmed in the faults committed in the flesh. Equally alarming and destructive are those acts which are suggestive of authoritarianism, religious entitlement, superiority, and unethical hierarchical claims and careerism rooted in clericalism.

The betrayal of truth renders one more despicable than when one yields to the inordinate demands of the fl esh; for either way, one reduces one’s identity to the level of the irrational brute acting against truth knowable by reason.

This is perhaps why the writings of Fr. Angel de Blas on the apparition are worth considering. As an eminent psychologist, philosopher, and Dominican priest, he gives his expert opinion on the apparition as a person who sought only the truth and nothing more.

The alleged message of the Mediatrix on Sept. 14, 1948 to Castillo may be prophetic: “Please pray for priests and nuns and help me by doing some penance for them. Pray for them as you have not prayed before. The Sacred Heart of my Son bleeds anew [for] every fallen priest or nun. To some, pride was the obstacle to go back to the true fold and shame hardened their hearts.”

Could this be a suggestion of the elephant in the room: the issue of the ordained and consecrated who, despite their horrific infidelities to their sworn ways of life, continue to impose themselves as dogmatic despots? Or could it be a prophecy of the future: of how the very pastors, who are supposed to champion the cause of her heavenly pleadings, would turn out to be her arch-nemesis?

Could the Blessed Mother’s alleged visit be a re-introduction of a radical new way of thinking and behaving for the institutional hierarchy toward the marginalized laity and a reconsideration of the sensus fi delium (sense of the faithful) as a basis of the Church’s faith? Is this a reminder of what the Church is supposed to be: a teaching and learning institution that bears the mark of an eschatological entity, a reality in the making, a promise as yet unful fi lled, an instrument of service and not an end in itself?

A Marian devotee and Catholic lay leader, Harriet O. Demetriou is former chair of the Commission on Elections and a retired justice of the Sandiganbayan.

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Our Lady Mediatrix of All Graces

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Lipa, Philippines, Dec 28, 2016 / 02:49 pm (CNA).- The story of Sister Teresita Castillo and the supposed Marian apparitions of Lipa City, Philippines reads something like a mystery novel.

Our Lady, Mediatrix of All Grace is an alleged Marian apparition that took place in the Carmelite Monastery of Lipa, Batangas, Philippines, to a religious postulant, Teresita Castillo. The apparition is known in the Philippines for the rose petals which showered within the vicinity of the monastery, some bearing religious Catholic imagery which believers hold to be miraculous.

Our Blessed Mother appeared 19 times to a novice, Sister Teresita Castillo, in the Carmelite order in Lipa City, Philippines. Sister Teresita recounted that Our Lady stressed to her, humility, penance, prayers for the clergy and the Pope, and to pray the Rosary. She also reported that there was one secret for herself, one for the Carmel convent in Lipa City, one for China, and also one for the entire world. On June 4, 2015, Archbishop Ramon C. Arguelles, Archbishop of Lipa, declared, “Mary Mediatrix of all Grace of Lipa is ‘worthy of belief’.”

The 1948 Apparition:

On August 18, 1948, Teresita noticed a very heavenly fragrance, and upon entering her room she saw a beautiful Lady in white who spoke to her: "Do not fear my daughter, He who loves above all things has sent me. I come with a message…" The Lady asked Sister Teresita to wash the feet of the Mother Prioress, to kiss it and drink the water afterwards. The Lady said that the washing was a "sign of humility and obedience".

According to the account, on September 12, 1948, Sr. Teresita Castillo noticed a vine shaking without the presence of wind. Then she heard a woman's voice who told her to visit the garden for 19 consecutive days. The next day, September 13 at 5pm, Teresita came to the spot, knelt down and intended to say the Hail Mary. In the middle of the prayer, wind came, the garden vine moved and a beautiful lady appeared. She described the lady as having her hands clasped in prayer and holding a golden Rosary in her right hand. The lady asked her pray for priests and nuns. On September 14, rose petals began to shower within the monastery. Some of the religious sisters living in the convent began to notice rose petals outside their hallways.

Again at 5:00 pm, the lady appeared once more at the vine and said "I wish this place to be blessed tomorrow." "At what time, Mother?" asked Teresita. "Anytime your Mother Prioress wants, my child. I forbid you to forget the incidents of these fifteen days." Then the lady vanished. On the other hand, Mother Mary Cecilia of Jesus, the Mother Prioress, decided to consult His Excellency, the Most Reverend Alfredo Obviar, the auxiliary bishop of Lipa and spiritual director of Carmel, on what to do on the alleged apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The bishop instructed the Mother Prioress to demand from the lady a proof that she is from Heaven.

Days after the first shower of rose petals, total blindness affected Teresita. The Mother Prioress heard a woman's voice telling her to kiss the postulant's eyes will recover her sight. One day, in the presence of Bishop Obviar, the mother prioress lifted the veil of the postulant and imparted a kiss to Teresita's eyes. Immediately, the girl recovered her sight. Bishop Obviar no longer doubted the claims of her apparition.

According to an interview with the Prioress of the Carmelite Monastery, Mother Mary of the Sacred Heart and Sister Mary Balthazar were ordered to burn several boxes containing leaflefts, novena booklets, rose petals, and any religious paraphernalia pertaining to the apparition. The sisters were also ordered by their bishop to destroy the statue of the Virgin Mary but instead hid it out of religious devotion. The personal diary of Castillo was also consumed in the fire. According to an interview with Teresita Castillo, she had met Cardinal Egidio Vagnozzi in 1951 and expressed to him that she had left the Carmelite monastery to seek medical treatment. The papal nuncio strongly disapproved, called her the Devil and asked her to leave his presence and tried to shove her out the door. Castillo cried tears and begged for his blessing, which he refused.

According to the Archbishop of Lipa, Ramon Arguelles, two of the bishops in the commission were forced to leave the investigation due to their lack of jurisdiction of Lipa, Bishop Versoza and Bishop Obviar. In a televised interview with ABS-CBN network communications, Arguelles noted no documents were compiled or even reached the Holy See in 1951, causing its immediate rejection. In 1991, a current petition to approve the apparition once again is currently went underaway in Rome.

Former Philippine president Corazon Aquino had a close religious affinity with the Carmelite Monastery in Lipa and visited often, as well as former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who on the Feast of the Assumption 2007, signed "Proclamation No: 1362" of September 12 as a "National Day of Prayer for Peace and Reconciliation" in honor of the alleged Marian apparitions.

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St. Daniel of Moscow – the peace-loving prince

St. right-believing prince Daniel was the fourth son of prince Alexander of Neva. He was born in 1261 and became to reign in Moscow in 1280th. It should be noted, on that time Moscow was small and not rich appanage, and even princes were there not quite often. So Daniil Aleksandrovich became a founder of princely dynasty of Moscow.

The Saint in his daily life was righteous, humble and peace-loving. His hagiography states that Daniil Aleksandrovich, having enlightened mind, wisely reigned in his princedom. He was a brave warrior and protected his lands firmly. Similarly to other Russian governors, Daniil Aleksandrovich took a part in internecine wars. But moscow prince was pretty peaceable, what was very rare in that time. The majority of conflicts between his brothers-princes he tried to resolve in peace. That is why ancient singers called Daniel «the One who loves his brothers».

Daniil Aleksandrovich himself showed no desire to reign over anyone. He honored the Law of succession to the throne and did not raised a sword against his older brothers during a struggle for the Title of Great Prince.

St. Daniel’s peace-loving gave to him love and respect of contemporary people. A lot of people came to Moscow from different princedoms: nobles, craftsmen, farmers… Prince Daniel welcomed everyone who required refuge. Prince gave a work to everyone according to his bent, always taking care about wellbeing of his citizens. Soon land of Moscow became populous. New villages appeared, a lot of farmers and occupations.

Moscow during the reign of prince Daniel was gradually built and strengthened. City did not disappeared even after terrible devastation during the march of the commander of the Horde Tudan. All together people Moscow rebuilt their city. And again prince Daniil Aleksandrovich showed to everyone an example of unprecedented mercy. He gave all his property for needs of those who suffered of devastation and for restoration of Moscow. And city was quickly renewed. Soon there were no sign of Tatar storm.

Daniil Aleksandrovich was an example of true righteousness for everyone. He cordially took care for spiritual enlightenment of his citizens. During St. Daniel’s reign Moscow became a religious center. That has begun when prince founded the monastery of St. Venerable Daniel the Stylite, who was a heavenly patron of St. prince Daniel. His hagiography says about this event: «During his godly reign in the land of Moscow, the blessed prince Daniel built the monastery beyond Moscow-River which is called after his name Danilovsky, created the church of honor of his angel St. Venerable Daniel the Stylite and assigned an archimandrite there».

Danilov Monastery is the first among monasteries which exists for today. Precise date of its foundation is unknown. Historical literature indicates 1272 or 1282; sometimes just «the end of XIII century». Recently comparative studying of historical evidences allowed scientists to assume that the monastery was founded in 1298-1299.

In 1303 St. Prince Daniel got sick hardly. Before his repose he followed an example of his father, the Great Prince Alexander Yaroslavovich of Neva, and took monastic vows. Prince of Moscow commanded to bury him in the monastery which he created, not in the church, but on the common cemetery because of his deep humbleness. Prince Daniel reposed on March 5 of 1303.

Hagiography of St. Daniel’s of Moscow says about miracles which were made by him after his death. One day Great Prince Ivan III Vasilyevich passed near an ancient Danilov Monastery, where relics of St. Daniel were. A horse of one noble young man stumbled; he was fell behind by prince’s suit and remained alone. Suddenly, the stranger appeared ahead the young man. The youth was afraid and stranger started to speak: «Do not afraid of me, because I am a Christian and the lord of this place. My name is Daniel of Moscow. According to God’s will I am entombed here – on Daniel’s place. Go, young man, to Great Prince Ivan and tell him: «There, you seeking to comfort yourself in many ways, but why did you forgot of me»? But even though he forgot of me, God of mine never did». And the stranger disappeared.

The young man immediately overtook the Prince and told him about miraculous vision. Since then the Great Prince ordered to make pannychidas and prayer services; he arranged dispensation of alms and meals for remembrance of his reposed relatives, who died in goodness.

Here is another miracle. During a reign of Ivan the Terrible, one merchant lived in Kolomna. One day together with his son he went to Moscow by boat for trading. The son got sick on a way. The merchant came to the church where St. Daniel’s relics were, brought his ill son to the tomb and started to pray. Immediately his son received healing and they continued their trip. Since then father started to venerate St. Daniel. Every year on the day of his son’s healing he was coming to St. Daniel’s tomb, making prayer service and dispensing the alms.

Canonization

Less than 30 years since the right-believing prince Daniel reposed, the monastery, founded by him, was moved to Kremlin in 1330 (it was founding of Transfiguration monastery), the church was turned into simple parish, cemetery became public and St. Prince’s grave was lost.

Russian people always remembered the righteous life of Daniil Aleksandrovich with gratitude. On August 30 of 1652 the relics of St. Daniel of Moscow were found incorruptible. They were laid into silver tomb placed in the church of Seven Ecumenical Councils in the Danilov Monastery.

St. Right-Believing Prince Daniel of Moscow was canonized for local veneration only in 1791.

The Holy Relics

Up to 1930 St. Daniel’s relics were in Danilov Monastery; at that time the last monastic church was closed. Then, for a while they were in the Church of the Resurrection near Danilov Monastery. In 1932 that church was closed too and relics disappeared. Today in Danilov Monastery are several particles of St. Daniel’s relics, which are placed in reliquary, ark and icons.

The particles of relics of St. Right-Believing Prince Daniel of Moscow, which are in reliquary, were given to the monastery by the Most Holy Patriarch of Moscow and of All Russia Alexy II on March 17 of 1995. Its story descends to 1920-1930. Relics are in pencil-case-looking ark with unskillful, but reverentially made image of St. Prince Daniel and belonged to bishop, whose name is unknown. In the middle of 1930s he was exiled to the North, and before he went there he has given those relics to professor I. Anichkov, who had it for many years. Before his death Anichkov gave the shrine to Academician Dmitry Likhachov, asking to return it to Danilov Monastery when it will be possible. Dmitry Likhachov entrusted the holy relics to archpriest John Meyendorff who took it to USA in order to keep it safe. In 1995 relics were returned to Russian Orthodox Church. The reliquary is in the church of the Holy Fathers of the Seven Ecumenical Councils, under the northern arch. Above the shrine carved wooden canopy installed.

Particles of the relics of St. Right-believing Prince Daniel which belonged to last Rector (before monastery was closed) of the cloister Archbishop Theodor Pozdeevsky (†1937), were given to Danilov Monastery by Primate of Autocephalous Orthodox Church in America Metropolitan Theodosius on May 30 of 1986. The ark is in St. Trinity Cathedral near central northeast column.

In the Church of Protection of Virgin Mary are two icons with particles of St. Daniel’s relics. Big icon was painted in 1980s and now is on the column between two iconostasis. The relics which are in that icon were given to the monastery from Orenburg Diocese soon after the cloister was opened. Another icon with the relics is just for veneration; it is a smaller one and located on the lectern in the middle of the church.

Veneration in USA

A particle of the holy relics of St. Right-Believing Prince Daniel of Moscow permanently are in St. John Cathedral of Brooklyn. It is one of other 114 particles of relics of another Saints. The Cathedral is always opened for those people who want to pray and to venerate the shrines.

The prayer to St. Prince Daniel

Oh, St. Venerable Prince Daniel, we come to your icon and cordially pray you: support us (names) by your charity, because we are gather under the covering of your prayers.

Spill your warm intercession to Savior of all, may He grant peace to this parish and this church, may He keep it safe, bringing righteousness and love for people; may He eradicate spite, internecine and corruption of tempers. Give to all of us by your prayers everything what is good for temporary life and for eternal salvation, and for that we shall glorify Christ, Who is marvelous in all His Saints, together with Father and Holy Spirit, to the ages of ages. Amen.

St. Venerable Prince Daniel, pray the Lord for us!

In the article were used materials of portal «Orthodoxy and the World» and of official web-site of Danilov Monastery.

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