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Our Lady of Banneux

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Our Lady of Banneux
The miraculous spring of Our Lady of Banneux, in Belgium
LocationBanneux, Belgium
Date15 January – 2 March 1933
WitnessMariette Beco
TypeMarian apparition
Approval22 August 1949[1]
Bishop Louis-Joseph Kerkhofs
Diocese of Liège
Venerated inCatholic Church
ShrineShrine of Our Lady of Banneux, Belgium

Our Lady of Banneux (French: Notre-Dame de Banneux), or Our Lady of the Poor, is the sobriquet given to the apparition of the Virgin Mary to Mariette Beco, an adolescent girl living in Banneux, Liège Province, Belgium. Between 15 January and 2 March 1933 Beco told her family and parish priest of seeing a Lady in white who declared herself to be the "Virgin of the Poor", saying I come to relieve suffering and Believe in me and I will believe in you.

The apparitions


Mariette Beco was 12 and a half years old when she reported Marian apparitions in 1933 in Banneux, Belgium, a hamlet about 15 kilometres (10 mi) southeast of the city of Liège. The Lady in White reportedly declared she was the Virgin of the Poor and said: "Believe in me and I will believe in you."[citation needed]

According to Mariette, she first saw the Blessed Virgin on the evening of Sunday 16 January 1933, as she was looking out the kitchen window.[2] A woman in white stood in the garden and called to her to come out, but her mother would not let her. She is described as a young lady in the yard smiling at her. The woman was bent slightly forward and wearing a long white gown with a blue sash, and a transparent white veil. Three days later the woman in white reappeared and told Mariette she was "Our Lady of the Poor". The lady appeared eight times in all, the last on 2 March 1933.[3]

In one of these visions, Mariette said the Lady asked her to plunge (push) her hands into a small spring [poussez vos mains dans l'eau], telling her the spring was for healing and "for all nations". Over time the site drew pilgrims. Today, the small spring yields about 2,000 gallons of water a day with many reports of miraculous healings.[4]

Mariette, meanwhile, became the object of local derision, with even her grandmother and aunt making fun of her. Boys followed her around, calling her "Bernadette", kneeling and asking for her blessing.[5] Her claims were subject to an official investigation from 1935 to 1937 by an episcopal commission. The evidence collected was submitted to Rome for further analysis. Meanwhile, a hospital was built in 1938.[5]

In May 1942, Bishop Kerkhofs of Belgium's Diocese of Liege approved the veneration of Mary under the title of Our Lady of the Poor[6] and approved the apparitions themselves in 1949.[7][8] Although the Holy See gave the bishop permission to approve the apparition, the Holy See itself did not approve it.[9]

After the apparitions, Mariette decided to remain a private person, married and led a quiet family life.[2] A small chapel stands where the Virgin of the Poor is said to have requested it to be built.

Mariette died on 2 December 2011, at the age of 90.[10] In 2008 she made a final statement about her role in the apparitions: "I was no more than a postman who delivers the mail. Once this has been done, the postman is of no importance any more".[2]


The venerated image of Our Lady of the Poor of Taguig during a visit in the Manila Cathedral. This image was crowned in 2018.

As Our Lady of Banneux she has two titles: Our Lady of the Poor and Queen of Nations.[11] Her feast day under these titles is January 15.[12]

See also



  1. ^ Pope John Paul II (1999-07-31). "On the 50th Anniversary of the Recognition of the Apparitions of Our Lady at Banneux". Letter to Bishop Albert Houssiau. Fifty years ago, on 22 August 1949, Bishop Louis-Joseph Kerkhofs, your predecessor in the see of Liège, definitively recognized the reality of the apparitions of Our Lady of the Poor in Banneux.
  2. ^ a b c "Teahan, Madeleine. "Visionary who reported eight apparitions of Mary dies aged 90", Catholic Herald, 7 December 2011". Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Apparitions after Beauraing", Catholic Herald, 15 November 1957
  4. ^ Peter Stravinskas, 1998, Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Encyclopedia ISBN 0-87973-669-0 page 124
  5. ^ a b West, Ed. "Healing for all nations", Catholic Herald, 11 January 2008
  6. ^ van Houtryve, La Vierge des Pauvres, Banneux, 1947
  7. ^ Ann Ball, 2003 Encyclopedia of Catholic Devotions and Practices ISBN 0-87973-910-X page 641
  8. ^ Matthew Bunson, 2008, The Catholic Almanac, ISBN 978-1-59276-441-9 page 123
  9. ^ Rahner, Karl (1995). Visioni e profezie: mistica ed esperienza della trascendenza (in Italian). Translated by Dell'Oro, Roberto. p. 109. ISBN 9788834338766. è sorprendente che la Santa Sede abbia evitato nei casi di Beauraing e Banneaux di concedere l'autorizzazione come i vescovi volevano; per questo però diede il permesso, a che essi facessero ciò con la loro autorità episcopale
  10. ^ KIPa News
  11. ^ "Coronation At Banneux - from the Catholic Herald Archive". archive.is. 2014-08-16. Archived from the original on 2014-08-16. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  12. ^ Staff, Women of Grace (12 May 2012). "Virgin of the Poor – Our Lady of Banneux – Feast Day January 15 | Women of Grace". Retrieved 2019-01-15.

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