By James Todd
The picturesque village of Garabanal, Spain. site of the apparations which occured between 1961-1965
April 23, 2009 - Mari Loli Lafleur, better know to many as Mary Loli, one of the four Garabandal visionaries has died at the age of 60. Joey Lomangino, the founder of the U.S. based apostolate for Garabandal issued a brief statement on April 21 announcing her death. No specific date of death was given in this announcement but from the text in appears to have been on April 20th. Attempts to contact Mr. Lomangino and the Garabandal Center for more information have been unreturned.
Information posted on several websites suggests that Mari Loli had been ill for sometime, having been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and Lupus back in 2002 at a hospital in Boston area hospital.
The Garabandal apparitions occurred between 1961 – 1965 in Garabandal Spain, a small village 55 miles southwest of Santander. There has been no official statement, issued from Rome, regarding the Church’s opinion on the events of Garabandal. The local Spanish Bishops have been predictably skeptical. However, in his “Official Note” of July 8, 1965 Bishop Eugenio Beitia of Santander wrote, “We point out, however, that 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.”
At this juncture in time the apparitions have neither been condemned nor approved.
The Garabandal Prophecies predicted four supernatural events:
- A worldwide warning to be experienced by everyone on earth. Its purpose would be to call humanity to amend its behavior and return to God.
- A great miracle that will occur in the late winter or early spring within one year after the warning.
- A Permanent sign that will remain for all time at a pine grove near Garabandal.
- A terrible chastisement or punishment that is conditional to some extent, based upon how well mankind heeds the messages of Garabandal.
Mary Loli was the only seer, who knew the year of the warning. However, it is Conchita, one of the other visionaries, who knows the nature of the great miracle as well as the exact date – and she has been charged with announcing this to the world eight days before it happens. The "miracle," it was claimed, would occur within a year of the "warning".
More information about the Garabandal Apparition can be found here.
There are several video's on Youtube explaining the appartion.