CHAMPION, Wis. (AP) — A tiny shrine in a small northeast Wisconsin town has just been given a huge distinction by the Vatican: It’s been named as a holy site.

The Midwestern chapel has been recognized by the Catholic Church as an official sighting of the Virgin Mary. In fact, WTMJ AM reports it’s the only site in the country with that distinction.

According to Green Bay Bishop David Ricken, the Virgin Mary appeared there three times to Belgium immigrant Adele Brise in 1859. Since the sightings, the chapel has attracted many others praying for miracles.

Ricken started investigating the events and three theological experts soon picked up the work. After two years of poring over letters and documents relating to the apparitions, experts confirmed it was the true article. The Vatican validated those results in December.

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Comments (4)
  1. Paul says:

    Are they sure that old Adele Brise didn’t consume to many Chimay Grande Reserve Blue.

    1. K. says:

      The Catholic Church doesn’t take these things reportings lightly. There is a lot of research and study that goes into any report before they issue any statements. They want to be 100% sure that everything is authentic. Apparently, this passed muster.

  2. richard says:

    NOW we kmow how they won the superbowl….

  3. Doubting Thomas says:

    They can authenticate a sighting of the Virgin Mary, but it takes hundreds of years to determine their clergy are abusing young boys? Interesting!

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