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Thomas wrote:

Hi guys,

My brother asked me this question and I didn't have a good enough answer for him.

  • Are Mary's apparitions for only Catholics?

I would also appreciate an explanation.

Thanks,

Thomas

  { Are Mary's apparitions only for Catholics and can you explain your answer? }

Mary Ann replied:

Hi Thomas,

Mary is the Mother of everyone, and her appearances are for everyone. Moreover, she has appeared to Orthodox and, at times, to unbelievers.

Still, her appeal is directed mainly to Catholics, because, as the children who accept her and who have the responsibility to bring the Gospel to all, she wants them to pray, fast, and work for the conversion of the world.

Mary Ann

Mike replied:

Hi Thomas,

I just wanted to add two cents to Mary Ann's answer. As Mary Ann stated, Mary is the mother of everyone who calls, asks, and prays to her. Nevertheless, both Catholics and non-Catholics should be aware that there are approved and unapproved apparitions of Mary.

The Church in most cases has either approved or not approved most of the current Marian apparitions. One should check with ones pastor [and/or] bishop for guidance. Some unapproved Marian apparitions may seem OK as an aid to growing in holiness, but many times there are other issues the faithful are not aware of. For this reason we have to trust in the Church's judgment.

This piece on the Catholic Culture web site may be helpful:

Hope this helps,

Mike

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