On June 8, 2002, on the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Bishop of Haarlem, Amsterdam, Bishop Joseph Maria Punt, issued an official declaration acknowledging the supernatural origin of the apparitions of the Lady of All Peoples. This acknowledgement is a follow-up to the Notification of May 31, 1996, whereby his predecessor had authorized public devotion to and the recitation of the Prayer of the Lady of All Peoples.
In his declaration, Bishop Punt stated that the apparitions of the Lady of All Peoples are a help in understanding the signs of the times and to help live more fully the Gospel. And he went on to say: The devotion to the Lady of All Nations can help us, in my sincere conviction, in guiding us on the right path during the present serious drama of our times, the path to a new and special outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Who alone can heal the great wounds of our times.
It is not by mere chance that two devotions which have marked the 20th century are brought together through this episcopal declaration: the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary so well represented by Our Lady of Fatima and the devotion to the Lady of All Peoples. At Fatima, in fact, Mary promised us her victory: In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. In Amsterdam, she showed us how her triumph would come about, when all peoples would be united into one single, large Community.
Declaration of H. Exc. Bishop Joseph Maria Punt
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