Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton, Melinda Gates? According this interesting article in National Geographic there is one woman who is and has been for a long time more powerful, than this trio… Virgin Mary – the mother of Jesus.
According to the text Virgin Mary barely speaks in the New Testament, but her image and legacy are found and celebrated around the world. The Cult of Mary is often linked to supernatural apparitions and miracle healings. There were over 2,000 sightings of the Virgin Mary claimed since A.D. 40. In the 16th century, the Roman Catholic Church instituted a strict verification process of miracles. The process of investigation covers many aspects of each apparition, including the ‘authenticity’ and mental stability of the seer. To be worthy of belief and church support, apparitions must be deemed miraculous with a high degree of certainty and in line with church doctrine, and found to have had a positive impact. In fact only 16 of them have being sanctioned as true miracles.
The article is summarised with this cool infographic showing where the sightings have been reported, and how they’ve been classified by the church. The map is nicely designed and complemented by a timeline were each apparition has been marked.
source: National Geographic