Our Lady appeared at different places in the 20th century, asking for prayer for the conversion of sinners, and promising to intercede for suffering humanity.
Lady of the Rosary
In 1917, Our Lady appeared six times to three children at Fatima, Portugal. The three children were: Lucia Santos, Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto.
One of the key messages of Fatima is devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as an effective means for the salvation of souls and peace of the world.
Our Lady urged the children to pray and to make sacrifices in reparation for sin and for the conversion of sinners. She said, “Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to hell because they have no one to make sacrifices and pray for them.”
The call for conversion is another key message. Our Lady said, “Do not offend the Lord our God anymore, because He is already so much offended.”
On October 13, 1917, Our Lady said, “I want to tell you that a chapel is to be built here in my honor. I am the Lady of the Rosary. Continue always to pray the Rosary every day.”
The Immaculate Virgin
From November 29, 1932 to January 3, 1933, Our Lady appeared thirty-three times to five children at Beauraing, Belgium.
Our Lady said, “Pray, pray very much.”She also requested that a chapel be built and that people would come in pilgrimage. Our Lady indicated herself as “the Immaculate Virgin”.
In the final apparitions, the children saw Our Lady with a heart of gold surrounded by rays. In the last apparition on January 3, 1933, Our Lady spoke to each of the five children individually. Here are some the messages she gave: “I will convert sinners.” “I am the Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven. Pray always.” “Do you love my Son? Do you love me? Then sacrifice yourself for me.”
Virgin of the Poor
Twelve days after the last apparition at Beauraing, Our Lady appeared at Banneux, Belgium. Banneux is fifty miles from Beauraing. Our Lady appeared to an eleven years old girl, Mariette Beco, eight times from January 15 to March 2, 1933.
On January 19, Our Lady identified herself as “the Virgin of the Poor”. Our Lady and Mariette went to the spring together. Our Lady said, “This spring is reserved for all the nations —- to relieve the sick.”
On January 20, Our Lady said, “I would like a small chapel”, and on February 11, she said, “I come to relieve suffering.”
In the last three apparitions, Our Lady told Mariette to pray much. Her final message was: “I am the Mother of the Savior, Mother of God, Pray much. Farewell.”
Mother of the Word
Between 1981 and 1989 Our Lady appeared to three young women (Alphonsine, Nathalie & Marie Claire) who were attending a Catholic school in Kibeho, Rwanda. Though there were other people who claimed to experience apparitions, the Church only approved the Marian apparitions that were received by the three young women at the Catholic school.
Our Lady told Alphonsine that she is the Mother of the Word. She said, “I have heard your prayers. I would like it if your companions had more faith because some of them do not believe enough.”
Nathalie is especially known for the message of redemptive suffering and unceasing prayer for a world that is very bad and at risk of falling into an abyss.
A key message given to Marie Claire was: “Repent, repent, repent!”
In 1982 the girls foresaw the genocide that would take place in 1994.