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18th July 1830: 1st Appearance of the Virgin Mary
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In the night of 18th July 1830, Catherine was woken up by a child ringed in a halo of light. She followed him into the church which was open and lit by countless candles. The child asked her to kneel next to the altar where the Virgin Mary was waiting for her with a message, a mixture of political and religious predictions.

In this message, she namely predicted the July 1830 revolution in France, the bloody political events of 1870, the death of Archbishop Darboy in 1871 and the ensuing political chaos. The Virgin Mary also announced the formation of 2 religious communities abroad, one in the United States (founded by Elisabeth-Ann Seton) and one in Austria, founded by Léopoldine de Brandis.

She finally asked for a medal to be struck in her effigy.


27th November 1830: 2nd Appearance of the Virgin Mary

When with the other Sisters at evensong, Catherine saw another Appearance in the form of a tableau. She saw the Holy Virgin with outstretched arms and open hands from which shone beams of light symbolising the Graces Mary obtained for humankind. Written in golden letters were the words: "Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who appeal to you".

This second appearance of the Virgin Mary, clothed in a veil, white robe and silver-blue cloak is the current representation of the Virgin that was later to be called the Miraculous Virgin. The tableau turned around and Catherine saw the letter M crowned by a small cross and below the Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

The Virgin gave the following message:
"a medal should be struck in this image. The people wearing it will receive my indulgence and those who piously say this short prayer will enjoy my very special protection".
Catherine of course talked about this appearance to Mr Aladel, who, although troubled, as some of the previous predictions had come true, refused to believe that the Virgin Mary had decided to appear to such a simpleminded, albeit very charitable, person like Catherine.

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