Warning: If you are easily offended, please stop reading now. Otherwise, keep an open mind. It was not intended to offend anybody. I wrote this “article” back in August 2011. The person mentioned in the article lives within 10km of my village, presumably a Catholic and is known to be rather fond of a drink or twenty. Another person mentioned, Patimah, is apparently her close relative.
There are 11 Catholic-church approved apparitions around the world. The more famous sites include Fatima, on which the Chapel of Apparitions was built at the place where the sightings were reported. The other is the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes (1858).
The only approved apparition in Asia is the apparitions of Our Lady of Akita which was reported in 1973 by Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa in Yuzawadai, Akita, Japan. She reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary, as well as stigmata and a weeping statue of the Virgin which continued to weep over the next 6 years on 101 occasions. In June 1988, Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI), in his capacity as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, gave definitive judgement on Our Lady of Akita events and messages as reliable and worthy of belief.
Then, a few years ago, there was a possible second approved apparition in Asia and only twelfth appartion worldwide, which happened at the village of Kionsom Lama, in the district of Tuaran, Sabah, Malaysia.
Witnesses professing under oath reported an apparition who appeared from darkness at 3am at a certain villager’s house, to whom she introduced herself as Maria Mariana (Mary is commonly known as Maria in Asia). It was reported that she had proclaimed that she walked uphill for several miles before arriving at her intended destination, and blessed were those who were chosen to become her audience. She had then proceeded to fellowship with the household for several hours until daybreak, inform them, in utmost seriousness, of The Fourth Secret of Fatima.
A thorough investigation was done by a 40-member technical team of the Holy See’s Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, assisted by His Grace Tan Sri Datuk Murphy Pakiam, the third metropolitan archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, which were then compiled in a 20-volume document totalling 15,435 pages.
After careful consideration, 5 years later the Holy See gave its verdict: the claim was rejected because it was irrefutably established that the apparition was in fact local female drunkard cum lout [real name withheld] who talked in a male’s voice due to her years of alcohol abuse. She had arrived intoxicated at 3am after walking uphill for several miles to Tamparuli, and stumbled upon the house out of sheer serendipity. The purported Fourth Secret of Fatima was simply her misheard saying in Dusun language, “linopot sogirit di Patimah” where Patimah was a relative of hers. As for all the confusion, it was revealed that the members of the household were, at the material time, in a drunken stupor, thus explaining the fantastic claims.
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