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Author Maunder, Chris, author.

Title Our Lady of the Nations : apparitions of Mary in 20th-century Catholic Europe / Chris Maunder
Edition First edition
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 219 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits
Contents Introduction : apparitions of Mary in the twentieth century -- Immaculate and sorrowful Mary : apparitions 1830-1917 -- Sister Lúciaś narrative of war and peace -- Catholic interpretations -- Women as visionaries -- Children as visionaries -- Basque raggle-taggle: Ezkioga -- Between the wars: the Belgian visionary 'Epidemic' -- 'When the Gestapo Hounded the Apparitions': Mary in Nazi Germany -- Hearts and nations: visionary women as popular theologians -- The Cold War and the Marian cult -- Vatican II: Visionary reactions to change in the Church? -- Medjugorje: the Queen of Peace and a Civil War -- Grottoes, Statues, and visions in Ireland -- The 1980s: Italy, Spain, France, and England -- Conclusion
Summary Our Lady of the Nations is a detailed and scholarly overview of the apparitions of Mary in 20th-century Catholic Europe. Chris Maunder discusses apparitions in general and how they are interpreted in Catholicism by, for example, Karl Rahner and Benedict XVI. The role of women and children as visionaries is considered, including issues concerning changing views of gender, children's spirituality, and the protection of minors. He covers cases that are well known and approved by the Church (Fatima, Beauraing, Banneux, and Amsterdam), others that are well known but not approved (such as Garabandal and Medjugorje), and many that are neither well known nor approved, such as those in Belgian Flanders or Nazi Germany in the 1930s, or in France, Italy, or Germany after the Second World War. Resources include academic studies of particular apparitions, some Catholic theological and devotional literature, and occasionally travel writing. There is also coverage of material in French which is not known to the English reader. Shrines and visionaries are believed to be indicators of the presence of Mary. In the visionary perspective, she has appeared in order to reassure her followers and to warn of divine judgement. Her messages echo doctrinal Catholic Mariology with some innovations, but also express a deep dissatisfaction with the events and trends of the 20th century, from communism to Nazism to liberalism and religious indifference. While the Marian cult evolves according to new templates for apparitions and developments in Mariology, the fundamental message of presence, consolation, and admonition remains constant. -- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed January 19, 2016)
Subject Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint -- Apparitions and miracles -- Europe -- 20th century
Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint
RELIGION -- Christian Theology -- Christology.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780191028199