June 1988, Vatican City: Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect,
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and who has read the Third
Secret of Fatima, gave definitive judgement on the Akita events and
messages as reliable and worthy of belief (in April, 1984, the
local bishop, Rev. John Shojiro Ito, Bishop of Niigata, Japan, after years
of extensive investigation and consultation with the Holy See, declared
the events of Akita, Japan to be of supernatural origin, and authorized
throughout the entire diocese the veneration of the Holy Mother of Akita.)
The extraordinary events began on June 12, 1973, when stigmatist Sr. Agnes
Katsuko Sasagawa saw brilliant mysterious rays emanate suddenly from
the tabernacle. The same thing happened on each of the two days that
On June 28, 1973, a cross-shaped wound appeared on the inside left hand
of Sr. Agnes. It bled profusely and caused her much pain. On July 6 in the
chapel where she was praying, Sr. Agnes heard a voice coming from the
statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Lady of All
Nations. On the same day, a few of the sisters noticed drops of
blood flowing from the statue's right hand. On four occasions, this act of
blood flow repeated itself. The wound in the statue's hand remained until
September 29, when it disappeared. On this same day the sisters noticed
the statue had now begun to "sweat", especially on the forehead and neck.
On August 3, Sr. Agnes received a second message. On October 13, she
received a final third message.
Two years later on January 4, 1975, the statue of
the Blessed Virgin began to weep. It continued to weep at intervals
for the next 6 years and eight months, weeping on 101 occasions.
August 3, 1973: "Many men in this world afflict the Lord.
I desire souls to console Him to soften the anger of the Heavenly
Father. I wish, with my Son, for souls who will repair by their
suffering and their poverty for the sinners and ingrates."
"In order that the world might know His anger, the Heavenly Father is
preparing to inflict a great chastisement
on all mankind. With my Son I have intervened so many times to appease
the wrath of the Father. I have prevented the coming of calamities by
offering Him the sufferings of the Son on the Cross, His Precious Blood,
and beloved souls who console Him forming a cohort of victim souls.
Prayer, penance and courageous sacrifices can soften the Father's
October 13, 1973
"As I told you, if men do not repent and better
themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all
humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one
never seen before. Fire will
fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the
good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The
survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead.
The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign
left by My Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the
Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and priests."
"The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a
way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against
bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by
their confreres ... churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full
of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests
and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.
"The demons will be especially implacable against souls consecrated
to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of my
sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will be no longer
pardon for them"
"Pray very much the prayers of the Rosary. I alone am able still to
save you from the calamities which approach. Those who place their
confidence in me will be saved."