In June of 1988, Vatican City: Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, who had already read the Third Secret of Fatima, gave definitive judgement on the Akita events and messages as reliable and worthy of belief.
years earlier on April, 1984, the local bishop, Rev. John Shojiro
Ito, Bishop of Niigata, Japan, after years of extensive investigation and
consultation with the Holy See, declared the events of
The extraordinary events began on June 12, 1973, when stigmatist Sr. Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa<![if !supportNestedAnchors]><![endif]> saw brilliant mysterious rays emanate suddenly from the tabernacle. The same thing happened on each of the two days that followed.
On June 28, 1973, a cross-shaped wound appeared on the inside left hand of Sr. Agnes. It bled profusely and caused her much pain. On July 6 in the chapel where she was praying, Sr. Agnes heard a voice coming from the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On the same day, a few of the sisters noticed drops of blood flowing from the statue's right hand. On four occasions, this act of blood flow repeated itself. The wound in the statue's hand remained until September 29, when it disappeared. On this same day the sisters noticed the statue had now begun to "sweat", especially on the forehead and neck. On August 3, Sr. Agnes received a second message. On October 13, she received a final third message. There were only three messages.
Two years later on January 4, 1975, the statue of the Blessed Virgin began to weep<![if !supportNestedAnchors]><![endif]>. It continued to weep at intervals for the next 6 years and eight months, weeping on 101 occasions.
August 3, 1973: "Many men in this world afflict the Lord. I desire souls to console Him to soften the anger of the Heavenly Father. I wish, with my Son, for souls who will repair by their suffering and their poverty for the sinners and ingrates."
"In order that the world might know His anger, the Heavenly Father is preparing to inflict a great chastisement on all mankind. With my Son I have intervened so many times to appease the wrath of the Father. I have prevented the coming of calamities by offering Him the sufferings of the Son on the Cross, His Precious Blood, and beloved souls who console Him forming a cohort of victim souls. Prayer, penance and courageous sacrifices can soften the Father's anger.
October 13, 1973 "As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one never seen before. Fire will fall from the shy and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and priests."
"The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres ... churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.
"The demons will be especially implacable against souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of my sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will be no longer pardon for them. Pray very much the prayers of the Rosary. I alone am able still to save you from the
Prayer of Akita
"Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, truly present in the Holy Eucharist, I consecrate my body and soul to be entirely one with Your Heart being sacrificed at every instant on all the altars of the world and giving praise to the Father, pleading for the coming of His Kingdom."