Here you will find up-to-date information for the apparitions of Our Lady Mary in "Finca Betania", Venezuela, under the title of "Mary, Virgin and Mother Reconciler of all People and Nations".
Apparition officially approved by Bishop Pio Bello Ricardo on November 21, 1987.
Mrs. Maria Esperanza, through earlier messages of Our Lady, was already aware of the existence of Her land. Our Lady, on numerous occasions spoke about a Holy Land which would be "The New Ark of Salvation".
She told her that it was located in the North central part of Venezuela, and that it would come to be a "Place of constant prayer and pilgrimage" for the Venezuelan people and in time, for all the Nations of the world; and, so all People and Nations could hold hands in Reconciliation; and where Church and People would be united in one heart, i.e. Church and People working together united by one objective:
The name, Betania comes from the original name the farm already had. This land was offered to be purchased to the Bianchini, Andreu and Castellano families. And when Mrs. Maria Esperanza Medrano de Bianchini saw it, she felt it was the land God had promised her from the beginning of her mission.
Long before Mrs. Maria Esperanza married, the Lord had told her that she would have a land of great spiritual importance. He would offer it to her when the time was right, and its significance was that it would be a land of promises.
From 1957 to 1974, Mrs. Maria Esperanza felt the inspiration to visit many sites throughout Venezuela. One day, a gentleman offered Mr. Geo Bianchini and Engineer, Jesus Andreu – who were working together – a farm that was for sale in Valles del Tuy. They made the decision to go and see the place, Mrs. Maria Esperanza agreed, so they set the day to visit the land.
March 29, 1974 was the day they chose. Three families (Mrs. Maria Esperanza, Mr. Geo, Mr. Andreu, Mrs. Luisa de Andreu and Mr. Castellano), the owner, Dr. Rafael Perez and the vendor, Mr. Hicle gathered at the site. They all visited the place, and then they spoke about all the details.
The main harvest of the farm was represented by sugar cane, there were over 20 planted hectares. Besides, it had a good sugar mill that produced “papelon”, many fruit trees, and a small group of fowls. The farm was well cared for and was very nice, it had a house that had been rustically built in a typical tropical style, and it had a calm river that crossed it that was fully flowing due to the summer season; all this made it appear like a true paradise.
Mrs. Maria Esperanza agreed and they made the decision to purchase the farm. The conditions were considered to be good, and the owner tuned out to be a very fine person. He said that he had founded the farm himself purchasing three farms that were together, and named it BETANIA, because of the place where Jesus of Nazareth used to go and rest with his friends. Then they learned that this gentleman was part of an Evangelic group from Caracas, and that they would go to the farm with many of his friends to celebrate collective baptisms by bathing in the river, as well as group prayers. For all these reasons, it was concluded that it was truly the place that corresponded with the indications that had been announced by Our Lady.
When they left the place they all felt happy and content, because it seemed to them that they had spent that time in another dimension of absolute peace and calmness.
Mrs. Maria Esperanza confirmed that it was the chosen place since the beginning, that it was the site where a divine design of immense proportion would be carried out, and where great events would also take place. Two years later, on March 25, 1976, this was proven with the apparition of Our Lady to Mrs. Maria Esperanza at the grotto. She was with 80 friends, and although they were not able to see her, they witnessed phenomena associated to the apparition. On March 25, 1984 “the great apparition” of Our Lady took place, to a group of more than 108 people. They all saw her clearly and sharply, so they gave their oral and written affidavit to the Bishop of the dioceses, Monsignor Pio Bello Ricardo (+), who after thoroughly studying the testimonies, gave his approval with a Pastoral Letter.
The Mother of God pointed out to Mrs. Maria Esperanza that she had to donate the corresponding land to the dioceses of Los Teques where the well-known Sanctuary has been built. On August 28, 1989, 4 hectares were donated to the Church. Since then, the Bishop has given permission to celebrate liturgical acts at the site. The divine indication was to work together for the wellbeing of all souls: “The Church and the people united.”
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