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Below is our featured article for this issue. In this article, we shed light on the Church-approved apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Amsterdam, under the title "Our Lady of All Nations". Many people unfortunately have misunderstood this apparition, not realizing that it has already been officially approved by the Church.
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Understanding Our Lady of All Nations
By Lourdes R. Policarpio
Ours has been regarded as a Marian Age which started with the apparitions of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal to Sr. Catherine Laboure in Paris way back 1830. Indeed, no period has been endowed with so many apparitions from Our Lady as ours. Consider the breadth and reach of some of these apparitions: Medjurgorje (in former Yugoslavia), Akita (Japan), Naju (Korea), Fatima (Portugal), Lourdes and La Salette (France), Knock (Ireland), Beauraing and Banneux (Belgiuml,etc. What then distinguishes the apparitions of Our Lady of All Nations in Amsterdam?
The apparitions of Our Lady of All Nations are remarkable and controversial for here, Our Lady is said to have asked that she be declared Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate. The apparitions therefore merit more than a cursory glance.
The Apparitions of Our Lady of All Nations and the Messages to Ida
The visionary in Amsterdam is Ida Peerdeman (1905-1996) an unmarried woman, who lived with her sisters. When the apparitions of Our Lady of All Nations began in 1945, Ida was 40 years old and worked in an industrial firm.
The first apparition took place in her home and was witnessed by her spiritual director, Fr. Frehe, O.P. Thereafter, until 1959, Our Lady appeared to Ida 56 times. In Our Lady's last apparition on May 31, 1959, Ida saw her in her heavenly glory and with a Host of white fire from which the figure of the Lord emerged in all His majesty.
In addition to apparitions of the Blessed Mother, Ida also had Eucharistic experiences from 1958 to 1984. These Eucharistic experiences usually took place during Holy Mass.
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