Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help near Green Bay sees attendance soar

SCOTT — The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay expected the small shrine in Champion to generate interest after it was officially recognized as a site where the Virgin Mary had appeared — the first and only such site in the United States.

Diocesan officials just didn’t expect the Our Lady of Good Help shrine to be flooded with such intense attention so soon.

“The immediate aftermath was the phone was ringing off the hook,” said Karen Tipps, a caretaker of the shrine in northeastern Brown County. “Right from Dec. 8 on, we never had a slow time this winter.”

People began flocking from across the country in the middle of a harsh Wisconsin winter, coming from as far away as Texas, New Orleans and even the south Pacific island of Tahiti — to pray and pay respects.

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The 67 miracles of Lourdes

Catherine Latapie was the first person to be miraculously cured at Lourdes.  She was healed of paralysis in 1858.  And on the same day she was cured, she gave birth to a boy who later became a priest.

Her spectacular cure was a test case that started an era of reported miracles that’s lasted ever since.  These claims have increased over the years, and led to the setting up of a “Medical Bureau” at the Marian shrine in 1905. The office studies cases of those who claim to have been miraculously cured.

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Ireland’s National Marian Shrine, Knock, controversy

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Dublin, Ireland, Oct 29, 2009 / 06:35 am (CNA).- The Archbishop of Tuam has responded to an alleged visionary who predicted that another Marian apparition would take place at the Shrine of Knock, warning that recent gatherings inspired by his claims could obscure the “authentic identity” and “essential message” of the shrine.

The Shrine of Knock is at the site of an 1879 apparition where Mary, Joseph and St. John appeared to several laymen.

Joe Coleman of Dublin had predicted an apparition would take place on Oct. 11 at the Shrine of Knock church. He claimed the Virgin Mary said 50,000 would attend.

“I have seen her twice in recent months in the Gable chapel at Knock,” Coleman had told the Mayo News. “The statue comes alive, she opens her arms, a lovely pink cloak comes around her, there are stars above her head, she turned into Jesus, then to Padre Pio and then back to herself. While the vision is happening, I can see nothing else in the chapel.”

Coleman claimed he and several others had previously witnessed Marian apparitions. He also spoke of the great need for reconciliation and returning to churches.

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