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Santa Maria del Rosario (Our Lady of the Rosary), San Nicolás, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Santa Maria del Rosario (Our Lady of the Rosary), San Nicolás, Buenos Aires, Argentina
An ordinary housewife, a mother and grandmother who had no formal education and no knowledge of the Bible or theology claimed that she was visited by the Blessed Mother daily for a period of over 6 years. She reportedly additionally received 68 messages from Jesus Christ. Numerous healings, including the cure of a boy with a brain tumor, have been documented.

Devout housewife Gladys Quiroga de Motta first saw the Virgin on September 25, 1983, while praying the rosary at home in the town of San Nicolás, some two hours north of Buenos Aires. It was the beginning of a long series of apparitions that would result in a sanctuary, a devotional revival with international impact, and over 1800 messages until the last one on February 11, 1990. In November, 1983, the seer and her confessor discovered a statue, stored in the bell tower of the cathedral in the city of Rosario, which matched the Virgin's appearance. It was a statue of Our Lady of the Rosary, blessed by Pope Leo XIII and sent to the Argentine church at its founding. The Rosary Confraternity had said their first prayers before this Madonna on September 25, 1884. The renovated statue was moved to the new sanctuary being built at the Virgin's request "on the banks of the Paraná," which soon became a magnet for pilgrims and a locus of the miraculous. Beginning in November 1984 stigmata appeared on the seer during Advent and Lent. Unlike most recent apparition cults, the devotions at San Nicolás have enjoyed Catholic Church support. Our Lady's final message was: "I invite you to live my instructions step by step: pray, repair, trust!" The sanctuary's website is www.virgen-de-san-nicolas.org. (Photograph of the statue from the website of Las Siervas de los Corazones Traspasados de Jesús y María, www.corazones.org. Information also from Messages Of Our Lady At San Nicolás, E. O. De Nagy-Pal and M-H Gall, tr., Faith Publishing Company, Milford, Ohio, 1991.)

History

Timeline
 
Sept 25, 1983
 
First appearance of the Virgin to Gladys Quiroga de Motta
 
Oct 7, 1983
 
Gladys asked the Virgin what she wanted. Gladys:"I saw her and I asked her what she wanted of me. Then her image faded away and a chapel appeared. I understood that she wanted to be among us."
 
Oct 12, 1983
 
Gladys discusses her experiences with a priest.
 
Oct 13, 1983
 
The Holy Virgin talks to her for the first time. 
Nov 17, 1983
 
Gladys sprinkles holy water on the apparition.
 
Nov 19, 1983
 
Gladys is informed of her mission : "You will become the bridge of union. Proclaim my words."
 
Nov 24, 1983
 
A shaft of light in the darkness shows Gladys where the Church should be built - on a wasteland called Campito on the banks of the Parana river. The ray of light is seen by other witnesses, a nine-year old girl.
 
Nov 27, 1983
 
Gladys recognizes the apparition when she sees an image of the Lady of Rosary relegated to the belfry of the diocesan cathedral because of damage. The Virgin referred to Exodus 25;8 in describing the church to be built. The passage says,"They shall make a sanctuary for me, that I may dwell in their midst." The significance of the passage is that it contains the instructions given by God to the Israelites for builiding the Ark of the Covenant by means of which Yahweh would be present to them. The New Testament and the earlyChurch has consistently understood Mary to be the New Ark of the Covenant, who was the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit and the Bearer of the Son. At San Nicolas, the Virgin was restating this teaching.
 
November 1984
 
Gladys is welcomed by the new bishop of San Nicolas, Domingo Salvador Castagna. The bishop has an audience with Pope John Paul II, at which he discusses the phenomenon.
 
April 1985
 
A Commision of Inquiry is named.
 
Feb 25, 1986
 
First pilgrimage and celebration of the Holy Mass in El Campito, the location of the new sanctuary.
 
May 25, 1986
 
Spreading of a medal introduced by the Virgin in the apparitions.
 
Sept 25, 1986
 
Placing of the foundation stone of the sanctuary.
 
April 11 , 1987
 
Bishop Castagna has an audience with Pope John Paul II in Rosario, the main city of his diocese. The bishop promises the pope that he will direct a study of San Nicolas.
 
Oct 13, 1987
 
The building of the sanctuary begins.
 
March 19, 1989
 
Moving of the image from the cathedral and blessing and opening of the sanctuary.
 
Nov 1989
 
Bishop Castagna has another audience with the Pope.
 
Feb 11, 1990
 
The end of the cathechesis of Our Lady of San Nicolas.
 
July 25, 1990
 
Bishop Castagna said: "Undoubtedly this event of grace will continue ot grow; it has proved its authenticity by its spiritual fruits."
 
Aug 25, 1990
 
Bishop Castagna consecrates the sanctuary and the pilgrims to God through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
 
Nov 14, 1990
 
The Bishop issued an edict comprising an "Imprimatur" for the publication of the Spanish edition of the Messages of Our Lady to Gladys de Motta.
 
Sep 28, 2008
 
Some 200,000 people participated in the Eucharistic celebration near the Sanctuary of Mary of the Rosary of San Nicolás, for the 25th Anniversary of the appearances of Our Lady in Argentina. The Eucharistic celebration was presided over by the Bishop of San Nicolás de los Arroyos, Héctor Cardelli who in his homily stressed that "when Mary calls us together, the family is reinforced, because the Mother is bringing her children together."

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The Virgin's figure glowed with light. She had a blue gown and a veil and held the baby Jesus in her arms along with a large Rosary. She bore a close resemblance to a statue of Our Lady of the Rosary that had been left in the belfry of a nearby cathedral.

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On July 25, 1990, the Bishop of San Nicolas, Monsignor Domingo Castagna said: "Undoubtedly this event of grace will continue ot grow; it has proved its authenticity by its spiritual fruits."
 
On November 14, 1990, the Bishop issued an edict comprising an "Imprimatur" for the publication of the Spanish edition of the Messages of Our Lady to Gladys de Motta. 

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