Our Lady of Akita (1973 — 1981)
In 1984, the diocesan Bishop of Niigata, Bishop John Shojiro Ito recognized as being authentically of the Mother of God, the extraordinary series of events that had taken place from 1973 to 1981 in a little lay convent within his diocese, at Akita, Japan. Before making his decision Bishop Ito consulted with the Holy See.
Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, in June 1988, approved the Akita events as «reliable and worthy of belief».
The Philippine ambassador to the Vatican, spoke to Cardinal Ratzinger about Akita in 1988. The ambassador said that Cardinal Ratzinger «personally confirmed to me that these two messages of Fatima and Akita are essentially the same».
Our Lady of Akita, in Her message, is warning of worldwide chastisement. The chastisement is truly terrible — far worse than the possibility of annihilation of several nations prophesied at Fatima.
The first message
received by Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa on June 6, 1973. It was a call for prayer and sacrifice for the glory of the Father and salvation of souls.
The second message
received on August 3, 1973. It was for prayer, penance and courageous sacrifices to soften the Father's anger.
The third message
was given on October 13, 1973. It warns about terrible chastisement which is going to come if men do not repent.
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