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On October 8, 2008,
the Archbishop of Baltimore
banned all activities in his Diocese.

KNOWN AS: "Dr. Gianna Talone-Sullivan"; "Unbridled Mercy, The Return of Jesus as a Child"; "the Mission of Mercy founded by Dr. Talone-Sullivan."

ALLEGED SEER: Dr. Gianna Talone-Sullivan

LOCATION: Emmitsburg, near Baltimore, USA.

YEARS: September, 1987 to Present

STATUS: On September 8, 2000, the Archdiocese of Baltimore issued a statement with the approval of Cardinal William H. Keeler, indicating that it "finds no basis" for the alleged apparitions and messages of the Blessed Virgin Mary which Gianna Talone-Sullivan claimed to receive during the Thursday evening prayer services at St. Joseph in Emmitsburg.

As such, the sale of the video produced by The Mercy Foundation of Mun-delein, Illinois is to be discontinued. And the 7:00 P.M. services which draw hundreds of people each Thursday are also to be discontinued.

ALLEGED REVELATIONS: The claims of Gianna Talone- Sullivan consisted of the following:

1) Since September, 1987, while residing in Scottsdale, she received private revelations from the Virgin Mary.

2) "The prediction of trials and tribulations and future events involving the fire of purification."

3) "That Jesus would return as a child."

4) "That the time was coming when at one single moment everyone on earth will see simultaneusly the state of their souls and know with certainty that God exists."

5) "The prediction of a sign of apparently miraculous proportions that would occur in Emmitsburg in October."


In consideration of the Church developments that have recently taken place, it is sufficient to say:

1) That although the archdiocese "does not intend to detail a point-by-point theological analysis" of the alleged messages from Heaven, "it finds material in them that cannot be reconciled with the teaching of the church."

2) One such teaching consist of the content of the Video that promotes the return of Jesus on earth as a child.

3) Dr. Michael Sullivan informed the Church, "we will be obedient."


By embracing these alleged messages, the faithful would be heading towards a false hope that will never come to pass. As such, Catholics, including those travelling from out-of-state, are asked to discontinue their attendance to St. Joseph Church in Emmitsburg.

"The archdiocese calls on the faithful to strengthen their resolve to follow Jesus through reception of the sacraments, personal prayer, study of our Catholic faith, devotion to the Blessed Mother, and participation in the life of their parishes."

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