I hope you could allow a moment for a proud father to brag. Our daughter met the Pope yesterday in Yonkers. Ten top students were selected from the Diocese of Rockville Centre Catholic Schools to meet the Pope. She had to undergo FBI clearence a few months ago, unfortunately they did not permit her to bring a camera. Also, my dad, who was the main Design Engineer for many of the Buildings at JFK Airport, was invited out of retirement to preside over Hanger 119 (the largest hanger) during the Popes visit, where over 5000 people attended the Papal arrival. He was also invited out of retirement last year for the first arrival of the Airbus A380 in the same hanger, which he welcomed with Mayor Bloomberg. My partner and I still come across blueprints that my dad signed off on from the mid 1950’s. My dad was hoping to personally speak with the Pope, but unfortunately the opportunity didn’t present itself.
April, 1984—Most. Rev. John Shojiro Ito, Bishop of Niigata, Japan, after years of extensive investigation, declares the events of Akita, Japan to be of supernatural origin, and authorizes throughout the entire diocese the veneration of the Holy Mother of Akita.
On April 22, 1984, after eight years of investigations, after consultation with the Holy See, the messages of Our Lady of Akita were approved by the Bishop of the diocese. In the Japanese village of Akita, a statue of the Madonna, according to the testimony of more than 500 Christians and non-Christians, including the Buddhist mayor of the town, has shed blood, sweat and tears. A nun, Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa has received the stigmata and has received messages from Our Lady.
June, 1988—Vatican City—Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, gives definitive judgement on the Akita events and messages as reliable and worthy of belief.
It is difficult to understand how Cardinal Ratzinger (Head of the Holy Office and now Pope Benedict) could be overruled a year later Ambrose de Paoli, claiming that someone from the Vatican told him to tell a British magazine that this never took place.
Apparitions.org is commonly quoted and the most recognized definitive Catholic resource used by Catholic Forum moderators. Cardinal Ratzinger’s judgment is the one that prevails.