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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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The 1980s

The 1980s

Italy, Spain, France, and England

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Our Lady of the Nations

Chris Maunder

Oxford University Press

Medjugorje also influenced new apparition shrines in Italy, where moral change and church decline were being experienced as in most Western European nations. This context now forms the major challenge to which apparition cults react, rather than the socio-political strife of the first half of the century. Schio and Oliveto Citra were hillside towns where the most popular events occurred; Apolito’s anthropological work has documented thoroughly the latter and demonstrated the social dynamics of apparition fervour. The failure of Oliveto Citra to identify a major visionary did not stand in its favour, although Schio, with its single visionary, has not been approved either. The chapter concludes by looking at apparitions in the 1980s not influenced by Medjugorge, in Spain, France, and England. This establishes that there were more apparition streams in the 1980s than those originating in Medjugorje.

Keywords:   Italy, Spain, France, England, apparitions

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