I saw Mother: she had a white dress, a golden belt around her waist, on her head the crown of twelve stars and a blue mantle that also covered her shoulders and reached down to her bare feet that were resting on the world, where scenes of war and violence were taking place. Then Mother covered the world with her mantle and everything ceased. May Jesus Christ be praised…
My dear children, I love you with an immense love. My children, I come to you once again in order to ask for prayer: pray, children. My children, I come to warn you, I come to take you by the hand and lead you to my beloved Jesus. He died on the cross for each one of you to give you eternal life, to free you from the death of sin. Pray, my children, pray; pray with me, daughter.
I prayed with Mother for all those who had entrusted themselves to my prayers, for all those who are sick in body and spirit, for the needs of the Holy Church and for all priests, then Mother resumed the message.
My children, I come to you to warn you and to ask for prayer: pray for this world that is increasingly ruined; pray, children — hard times await you.
My children, if I tell you this is to prepare you, not to frighten you, so that in the moment of battle you would be ready with the Holy Rosary clasped in your fist, with firm faith. My children, strengthen your faith with the Holy Sacraments. My children, adore my beloved Jesus on your knees in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar; pray, children, be bearers of love and peace. Pray, children, pray. Now I give you my holy blessing. Thank you for having hastened to me.
WHO is Simona and Angela? Visionaries of Our Lady of Zaro
The alleged Marian apparitions in Zaro di Ischia (an island near Naples in Italy) have been ongoing since 1994. The two current visionaries, Simona Patalano and Angela Fabiani, receive messages on the 8th and 26th of each month, and Don Ciro Vespoli, who provides spiritual guidance to them, was himself one of a group of seers during the initial phase of the apparitions, before he became a priest. (It is Don Ciro who, at least until recently, would read out the messages written down by Simona and Angela after they emerged from their supposed ecstasies or “resting in the Spirit—riposo nello Spirito“).
The messages from Our Lady of Zaro may not be well known in the English-speaking world, but a case can be made for treating them seriously on a number of grounds. The first is that the diocesan authorities are actively studying them and in 2014 established an official commission tasked, among other things, with collecting testimonies of healings and other fruits associated with the apparitions. The visionaries and their apparitions, therefore, are therefore subject to intense scrutiny, and to our knowledge, there have been no allegations of malpractice. Don Ciro, himself, has pointed out that he could not have been ordained by Msgr. Filippo Strofaldi, who had been following the apparitions since 1999, had the monsignor judged the apparitions either diabolic or the result of mental illness. A third factor in favor of taking the Zaro apparitions/messages seriously is the clear evidence that in 1995, the visionaries had what appears to have been a precognitive vision (published in the magazine Epoca) of the 2001 destruction of the Twin Towers* in New York. (It was this that attracted the attention of the national press to Zaro). As regards the often sobering content of the messages,** there is a striking convergence between them and other serious sources, with no theological