Cnninued fromm Page One: private revelations in recent years are St Faustina Kowalska, the first saint of the new millennium and a Polish nun who received the devotion of Divine Mercy from Our Lord in the 1930s. The visions of the three children at Fatima between 1915 and 1917 have also been affirmed.
Pope Pius XII was said to have been visited by Jesus and Mary during the Second World War, and the private letters of Mother Teresa of Calcutta have shown that she began her ministry to India's poor after she received interior messages from Our Lord in 1947.
However, the majority of claims are rejected by the Church, among them the recent apocalyptic prophecies of Vassula Ryden, Stephano Gobbi and the Marian "seers" of Garabandal, northern Spain. In England, claims by Patricia de Menezes that Our Lady has been appearing in Surbiton, Surrey, since 1966 were rejected by Archbishop Michael Bowen of Southwark, who as local ordinary ruled in his capacity as the competent ecclesiastical authority.