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Vatican to Hold Press Conference on Apparitions and Supernatural Phenomena

The Vatican is set to host a press conference today to address updated church doctrines on “apparitions and other supernatural phenomena,” prompting widespread speculation.

Announcement Details

Scheduled for midday at the Holy See Press Office (8 PM AEST), the announcement has generated sensational headlines, with some erroneously suggesting the Vatican might discuss “aliens.” In reality, church officials will present new guidelines from the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) on discerning apparitions and supernatural phenomena.

Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, prefect of the DDF, will speak at the event alongside Monsignor Armando Matteo, secretary for the Doctrinal Section of the DDF, and Sister Daniela Del Gaudio from the Pontifical International Marian Academy. The press conference will be live-streamed on the Vatican’s YouTube channel.

Historical Context

The church last formally addressed the issue of presumed apparitions in the 1970s. One of the most notable apparitions, the visions of the Virgin Mary reported by three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917, was officially recognized by the church in 1930. Two of the children, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, were canonized by Pope Francis in 2017.

In 1978, the church issued “Norms regarding the manner of proceeding in the discernment of presumed apparitions or revelations,” which set out criteria for evaluating such claims. These norms were approved by Pope Paul VI.

Recent Developments

The announcement follows a series of recent doctrinal declarations by Pope Francis, including the “Dignitas Infinita” statement addressing contemporary challenges such as gender theory and transgender surgeries. Another notable declaration, “Fiducia Supplicans,” controversially allowed priests to bless couples not formally recognized by the church, including same-sex couples.

UFO Theories and Speculation

News of the press conference has excited the UFO community, fueled by long-standing conspiracy theories linking the Vatican to alien phenomena. These theories include claims by a former US intelligence official, David Grusch, who suggested the Vatican was involved in the recovery of a crashed UFO in Italy during World War II. However, Grusch did not provide evidence to support these claims.

The press conference aims to clarify the church’s position on supernatural phenomena, steering the conversation away from sensationalist theories and reaffirming its doctrinal stance.


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