New inquiry sought into 1948 lipa
New inquiry sought into
1948 Lipa ‘apparitions’
By: Lito B. Zulueta – Arts and Books Editor / @LitoZulueta
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:34 AM April 17, 2022
RENEWED INTEREST The statue of Mary Mediatrix of All Grace stands at the spot
in the Carmelite convent garden in Lipa, Batangas, where Teresita Castillo
supposedly saw the Lady in 1948. No visitors are allowed in the garden. —
(First of two parts)
With Pope Francis’ recent consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate
Heart of Mary, as supposedly demanded in the Blessed Virgin Mary’s apparitions
in Fatima in 1917, a Marian devotee in the Philippines is pressing for a reopening
of the inquiry into the controversial apparitions in Lipa, Batangas, in 1948.
Harriet Demetriou, a retired justice of the Sandiganbayan and a former chair of the
Commission on Elections, said the negative findings of the 1951 investigation were
marring devotion to Mary.
“It seems that the alleged papal approval of the negative judgment on the Lipa
apparitions is destined to become one of the best-kept secrets of the Church,” said
Demetriou, a devotee of Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace.
One of the messages in the supposed apparitions at the Carmelite convent in Lipa
was China’s invasion of the Philippines, according to the late Cardinal Ricardo
Vidal, who was archbishop of Lipa before becoming archbishop of Cebu. As Lipa
prelate, Vidal interviewed the visionary, ex-Carmelite sister Teresita “Teresing”
Castillo, who had told him of the supposed warning of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
In a 2014 letter to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Vidal said
one of the “secrets” of the Lipa apparitions was the invasion of the Philippines and
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