A: The USA has been blessed with a number of reported apparitions recently, comparable to those occurred in other countries. We find that these apparitions in the USA have either been rejected as inauthentic or are not yet recognized. There have been twenty-nine alleged apparitions since World War II:
Fort Kent 1968
Santa Fe 1985
Arkansas (TX) 1991
San Bruno 1991
We may say that the numbers increased significantly (see our directory of twentieth-century apparitions). There is probably greater attention and awareness now than in the past. Normally, this is also a a sign that Catholicism has become a more "public" reality, and that apparitions, in general, are better received now than in the past. They coincide with a reawakening of religiosity in our society: some observers consider apparitions to be the Catholic answer to "new age" and other secularized forms of religiosity. Should we pray for more apparitions? For sure we should pray for deeper understanding and more zealous commitment to the message of Christ as comes true in authentic marian apparitions.
The best relatively current book we know of concerning contemporary Marian
apparitions is The Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary Today by Father
Rene Laurentin (1990). Regarding those in the United States, we suggest the
following: Our Lord and Our Lady in Scottsdale [Arizona] by Rene Laurentin
(1992); To Bear Witness That I Am the Living Son of God [Conyers, Georgia];
and Personal Revelations of Our Lady of Light (two volumes) by Gerald
Ross (1992 & 1993). Peter Heintz has written A Guide to Apparitions
Finally, please note that, to date, no Marian apparition reported in the
United States has received formal approval from the Catholic Church.
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