In Lourdes, in 1858, Mary appeared to a young girl named Bernadette Soubirous eighteen times. She gave Bernadette a number of messages. In one of those visits she told Bernadette to go drink and wash her face in the spring. There was no spring. But one sprung up in the spot indicated and many miraculous cures have been attributed to those waters. The Catholic Church has officially declared sixty five of these as genuine miracles.
At Fatima, she appeared to three shepherd children in 1917. For months, many flocked to Fatima to hear what Mary had to say and, hopefully, to witness miracles. Probably the best known miracle is known as the miracle of the sun. During the last visit, the sun was seen by many to change colors, rotate, zigzag and fall toward the earth only to return back to it’s normal position. Three visions were left with the children by Mary.
Another well known modern appearance of Mary is at Medjugorje, where she has been seen frequently since 1981. Many messages have been given at Medjugorje, mainly warning that our time is almost up and we need to pray to get and work together for peace and to save the world. Note: the visions at Medgugorje have not been approved as legitimate by the Catholic church.
There have been other appearances, but those are the major ones of the last two centuries. I may delve into some of them more deeply at another time. I just wanted to bring them up at this time when the Pope has just reiterated that woman are
second class persons not qualified to serve as priests. Although they are qualified to be saints and, in the words of the Catholic prayers, “Mother of God”. In my opinion, saying that women cannot be priests is saying women are second class persons.