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Livius Fernandes wrote:

Greetings Mike,

I am aware of the fifteen promises by Mother Mary on reciting the Rosary daily.

What I'm curious to know is:

  • Is it known or written somewhere that on completion of reciting the Rosary, a Rose is added to Mother Mary's Crown?

If you know something related to this, let me know.

Thank you! Your help is much appreciated.

God Bless!

Livius Fernandes

  { Is it known that on completion of reciting the Rosary, a Rose is added to Mother Mary's Crown? }

Mike replied:

Hi Livius,

To my knowledge, this has been written by people who have had private revelations that have not been approved by the Church.

There is nothing in your question that is required for Catholics to believe. Of those things related to private revelations from Our Lord, Our Lady or of any Saint, the Church teaches that the apparition is either:

  • Approved: Meaning the faithful may optionally follow its messages because it can help the faithful spiritually. Examples of approved apparitions are:
    • Juan Diego at Guadalupe in Mexico, in 1531
    • Catherine Labouré and the miraculous medal at Rue du Bac, France, in 1830
    • the apparition of Mary at La Salette in France, in 1846, to two young children, Mélanie Calvat aged 14, and Maximin Giraud aged 11, took place shortly before the European revolutionary outbursts of 1848.
    • the apparition at Pontmain in France to four young children, in 1871
    • the apparition at Knock in Ireland a group of villages of mixed ages, in 1879
    • The apparitions at Fatima in Portugal to Lucia dos Santos, aged 10, and her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, aged 7 and 8 respectively in 1917
    • at Beauraing, to five young children, and Banneux, to one young girl, Mariette Beco, in 1930s Belgium, happened just as Hitler was coming to power in Germany


  • Unapproved: meaning "unapproved by the Universal Church". Examples of unapproved apparitions are:
    • Garabandal apparitions from 1961 to 1965
    • messages from Veronica Lueken as Our Lady of Bayside were declared invalid by Bishop Francis Mugavero


    Unapproved but under investigation: Examples of apparitions unapproved but under investigation are:
    • the apparitions reported in Medjugorje
      Note: The Vatican is currently investigating this apparition. Read the following comments from my colleague, Richard.

Hope this helps,

Mike Humphrey

My colleague Richard offered me the following information on Medjugorje:

To clarify about pilgrimages to Medjugorje: individual Catholic faithful cannot be forbidden to go to St. James Church in Medjugorje. It is, after all, a Catholic parish, and people can go there to attend Mass or for any other legitimate reason.

What is forbidden is making pilgrimages: that is, going there on the basis of claimed supernatural events. Many well-meaning people have never heard that the bishops of Yugoslavia have prohibited pilgrimages, and intended the ban to be so sweeping. Anyone needing clarification, especially priests, can and should write to the bishop of Mostar-Duvno (even by e-mail to !) for information.

Here are some resources:

This document cites statements and directives by the Yugoslav bishops and CDF officials. Note: the English version is a bit awkward in places.

A news item, as it appeared on my blog:

Former advisor to seers is laicized for suspect mysticism, heresy, disobedience, and sexual misconduct within the context of the Medjugorje phenomenon:

Books on the case:

The Medjugorje case is a complicated matter, with its own dramatic aspects, and the critical books about it are relatively few and unpublicized.

The best recent book on Medjugorje is by Donal Foley, and published by his small company Theotokos Books, which is in Britain. The book is pretty thorough about the history of the alleged apparition, including its problematic aspects.

I know it can't be easy to read a lot of skeptical material about something you might have been favorably disposed to, but I hope this helps!

— Richard

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