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Our Lady of the NationsApparitions of Mary in 20th-Century Catholic Europe$
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Chris Maunder

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198718383

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718383.001.0001

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Grottoes, Statues, and Visions in Ireland

Grottoes, Statues, and Visions in Ireland

(p.171) 14 Grottoes, Statues, and Visions in Ireland
Our Lady of the Nations

Chris Maunder

Oxford University Press

Medjugorje inspired many apparitions in other countries during the 1980s. Ireland, where the strife in Northern Ireland had reached a peak, provided fertile soil for the yearning for peace that Medjugorje symbolized. Catholic Ireland was also experiencing a crisis over moral norms: the press had become critical of the Church and there was strong pressure for change on issues such as contraception, divorce, and abortion. The year 1985 saw an outbreak of moving statues followed by apparitions. While these caused mass public interest, the bishops did not encourage any of these new cults and,in time most faded in popularity. It was left to minority groups, such as the followers of Christina Gallagher in County Mayo, to continue to proclaim the apparition messages that warned of divine punishment for moral and religious decline.

Keywords:   Ireland, shrines, Irish media, Catholic doctrine, visionaries

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