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Visionary who reported eight apparitions of Mary dies aged 90

By on Wednesday, 7 December 2011

The shrine at Banneux, Belgium

The shrine at Banneux, Belgium

The girl who saw apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Banneux, Belgium, died last week at the age of 90.

Mariette Beco reported eight apparitions of the Virgin Mary between January 15 and March 2 1933, in the small town south-east of Liège.

A statement on the website of the shrine of Our Lady of Banneux said: “Mariette’s last years were those of most elderly persons with both joys and sufferings. The rector of the shrine of Banneux, Fr Leo Palm, had several encounters with Mariette. He remembers her as a person loved by her family and attached to her son and her grandchildren. Mariette also mourned her two daughters, one who died in her childhood, the second who died in 2008, aged 61.”

Bishop Louis-Joseph Kerkhofs of Liège recognised the apparitions of Banneux in 1949, marking the official recognition by the Church.

Mariette led a very quiet life after the apparitions and did not make any further public comments.

In 2008, the year of the official ceremonies of the 75th anniversary of the apparitions, she asked Fr Joseph Cassart, then rector of the shrine, to publish a letter in which she made her final statement about the apparitions.

She said: “I was no more then a postman who delivers the mail. Once this has been done, the postman is of no importance any more.” Mariette reported her first apparition on the evening of Sunday, January 15, as she stood at the kitchen window in her home in Banneux.

It was then that she said she saw the Virgin Mary beckon to her from the garden but her mother was afraid and stopped her daughter from going outside. Seven apparitions followed, during which Our Lady of Banneux said: “I am the Virgin of the Poor” and “I come to relieve suffering.”

  • Brad

    It is always fascinating and exhilarating to hear how our Lord, Lady, even other saints, speak to us in apparitions, meaning the words and phrases they carefully choose to use.  This is how thoughts are expressed in the language of heaven.  The verbal expression is fascinating as well as the thoughts themselves: how those thoughts of the pure inhabitants of that place are properly formed without being marred by disorder.  “I am the Virgin of the Poor” and “I come to relieve suffering.” 

  • Anonymous

    It is remarkable how those who see the Blessed Virgin respond to her and how they
    shun the limelight as if the world is put into proper perspective and they very
    gladly diminish; this mortal life looses the appeal the rest of us still cling
    to. A far cry from those who claim to see the Virgin and respond with
    disobedience, seek the limelight and relish in the public arena.  I’m sure they see someone, or some ‘thing’, but I’m equally sure it isn’t the Virgin Mother of God.  I pray for all the victims of false visions, and disobedience so desperate for miracles that they reject the authority of
    the Church and reach their hands out to the serpent whose fangs will bring them
    everlasting death.  It’s not complicated nor above even the very simple-minded: Follow the Church and you have nothing to fear where your soul is concerned. But follow someone who will not follow the Church, (starting with the local Bishop) and your soul is toast.

  • Terry hudon

    Ya it works she relieves suffering 

  • http://www.catholictruthscotland.com EditorCT

    Got it in one, B8oven.  The clearest evidence that Medjugorje is a fraud, is the disobedience of all those connected with it, from the alleged seers to their clerical supporters to the “pilgrims” who visit the site and behave as if it is an approved apparition – which it is not and never will be.

    Humility and obedience are the hallmarks of authentic visionaries. Most people will never have heard of Mariette Beco despite her apparitions being Church approved (note: that is because the Bishop approved them – not the Vatican.  That is the normal procedure.)

    Requiescant in pace.

  • J.P. Hynes

    A reported vision of a Virgin of the Poor may be the first and last time Our Lady has been seen as a champion of the poor. After all, the Magnificat has been attributed to  the Virgin Mary but we are still waiting for the Mighty to be pulled down from their thrones. Most times the Churchmen have used Our Lady as an opponent of socialism and particularly of communism so well done Mariette for attempting to draw attention to bringing the Good News to the Poor.

  • SANDRA SALAS

    GOD BLESS THOSE WHO HERE THIS MESSAGE. OUR MOTHER VIRGINS MARY IS SPEAKING NOW. THE COMING EVENTS THAT HAS HAPPEN AND WILL HAPPEN IS IN THE BOOK. OUR MOTHER SPEAKS NOW. THIS MESSAGE COME ON THE NEWS IN SAN. ANTONIO ABOUT 1 1/2 YRS.  NOW. SHE HAS A MESSAGE FOR ALL US TO HERE. PEASE FIND THE BOOK.   “MARY MESSAGE TO THE WORLD”    AUTHOR ANNIE KIRKWOOD.   SHE IS TRYING TO GET A HOLD ALL HER PEOPLE. BECAUSE THE  TIME IS SOON ,NOW… OUR FATHER SPEAKES IN PAGE 190.   PEASE FIND THE BOOK THERE COMING VERY VERY SOON!!!!! GOD BLESS ALL THAT WHAT TO KNOW…..               

  • Liliy

    God & His messengers are with us all the time.Only those who experience the wonders of His love will understand & believe.May God’s unceasing love & grace bestow upon the soul of the visionary, Mariette Beco.

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  • David Armitage

    Good to hear the local bishop approves.  Have you read the Dafoe report yet, Catholic Truth?

  • Berrabus

    whats medjugorje got to do with this  have you been to medjugorje  .. no i dont think you have  wake up

  • Daclamat

    The Eucharist is what he left us. Mariolatry is scandalous. Apparitions are a spoof.