A photostatic copy of a page from Ilustração Portugueza, October 29, 1917
The Living Church of God reported:
Masses Pray to the “Virgin Mother”: On December 9 and the weekend that followed, six million people descended on Mexico City during the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in order to visit the Basilica of Guadalupe. This shrine contains a cape reported to be miraculously imprinted with an image of Mary—following a vision by a farmer in 1531. Approximately 95,000 people per hour filed past the cape for a fleeting glance at the holy relic. Simultaneously in Turin, Italy, a replica of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was displayed, while in Rome, the Pope recognized this “holy” day and the loving holiness of the “Blessed Mother” in his Sunday mass (Zenit.org, December 13, 2010). Although God chose Mary as the physical mother of Jesus, there is no evidence that Mary remained a virgin following Christ’s birth. In fact, the Scriptures clearly indicate that Mary had additional children (Mark 3:31-35; 6:3; Galatians 1:19). The First Commandment states that God is to be the object of our worship (Exodus 20:1-3). Jesus Christ alone is our Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5). Nowhere does Scripture indicate that any human, including Mary, should be worshiped. Yet, over a billion people around the world pray regularly to Mary. This is one reason why God prophesied that one day soon, the celebration of man-made feasts will end (Amos 5:21; 8:10) and will be replaced by the Feasts of the Lord (Zechariah 14:16-18).
As time goes on, I strongly suspect that we will see more Marian veneration, including in places such as Europe and Turkey. It is likely that apparitions that will be claimed to be Mary, the mother of Jesus, will be a factor in unifying much of the world behind a compromised ecumenical religion that will call itself Catholic. And this will not be good for the Catholics or the others that will join in with this coming ecumenical group.
For more information on Fatima and other mystic Catholic claims, please check out the following:
Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the Apparitions Do you know much about Mary? Are the apparitions real? What happened at Fatima? What might they mean for the rise of the ecumenical religion of Antichrist? Are Protestants moving towards Mary? How do the Orthodox view Mary? How might Mary view her adorers?
Catholic Prophecies: Do They Mirror, Highlight, or Contradict Biblical Prophecies? People of all faiths may be surprised to see what various Roman and Orthodox Catholic prophets have been predicting as many of their predictions will be looked to in the 21st century.
Why Should American Catholics Should Fear Unity with the Orthodox? Are the current ecumenical meetings a good thing or will they result in disaster?