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What Do We Know About Our Lady of Mercy?

Last edited 18th January 2016

What Do We Know About Our Lady of Mercy?

Pope Francis has placed the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy under the protection of Our Lady of Mercy, who is venerated under that title in Savona, Italy.

On 10 May, 2015, the pope wrote to the bishop of Savona-Noli to this effect, speaking of “the cascade of grace from heaven” at the shrine of Our Lady of Mercy in Savona.

“The Mother of Mercy is always close and helps all her children who are in danger”, he wrote.
The devotion in Savona owes its origin to the apparitions there in 1536 to Blessed Antonio Botta, a farmer born in 1471. He was a pious man, who always prayed the Rosary as he went to work.

On Saturday, 18 March, 1536, as he was on his knees washing his hands in a little stream, he saw a great light come down from heaven and he heard a voice say: “Rise up and do not doubt – I am the Virgin Mary.”

He described Our Lady as being dressed in white and surrounded by a dazzling light. She was standing on a large rock overlooking the stream in the valley of the river Letimbro.

Our Lady told him to ask his confessor to announce in the church that the people should fast on the next three Saturdays and make processions in honour of God and his Blessed Mother.

She also asked Antonio to go to confession and Communion and to return to the same place on the fourth Saturday to receive another message. Antonio immediately went to tell the parish priest, Mons Bartholomew Zabreri, who in turn passed the news on to the bishop. Visit this article to read more.

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