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Mary, Appearances of
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Appearances of Mary can be described as perceptions in which one or more persons (visionaries, mostly female) have a vision or audition in which they experience the presence of Mary, mother of Jesus, alone or in the company of other supernatural figures (esp. her child). Accounts run through all the centuries of church history; all of them derive from the Roman Catholic world. There are none from Protestantism; there are scattered Orthodox accounts of speaking icons of Mary. Since the 19th century (106 instances), they have increased significantly and hav…

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Beinert, Wolfgang, “Mary, Appearances of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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