Lady's Apparitions in the
Maltese Islands (Borg in-Nadur)
Angelik Caruana is a resident of Birżebbuġa in Malta who has reported a series
of visions of the Virgin Mary since 21 April 2006, including a number at a hill
in Borġ in-Nadur where he delivers monthly messages to the public.
Caruana originally made headlines in 2006 when he claimed that a statue of the
Virgin Mary in his home was weeping blood and oozing oil. The blood was later
identified as Angelik's own and the oil as burnt cooking oil. The Borġ in-Nadur
site sometimes receives more than 200 visitors, and Caruana has a number of
followers who circulate his messages through newsletters and the internet.
In January 2016, the Church decreed that Caruana's messages were not divine in
nature, and should not be promoted. The curia were particularly concerned over
Caruana's "monetary gain" from the reported apparations, and two cases where
Caruana had told cancer patients that their illness has been cured, only for
them to die weeks later.
In January and April 2006, Caruana reported that a statue of the Virgin Mary in
his house in Birżebbuġa was issuing tears of blood. Mrs. Caruana had felt so
drawn towards the statue while it was on display in a Birzebbuga pet shop, that
she immediately purchased it and placed it in a prominent place in her residence.
Three days later, on the 23rd January, tears of a red liquid oozed from the
statue. In April that year he reported his first vision of the Virgin Mary in a
local church, in which she referred to herself as the "Immaculate Conception and
the Queen of Peace and the Family" and asked for the urgent conversion of
Maltese families, and prayer for the conversion of the people of Iran, Russia,
America, China and Australia.
Apparitions began to occur more regularly, although without any pattern, and in
June 2006, Caruana reported apparitions on the 19, 23 and 30. Father Hayden
Williams was notified of the events and became Caruana's spiritual director
under his own initiative, without the support of the church, accompanying him on
many occasions during his apparitions.
Starting in December 2006, Caruana was reporting weekly apparitions on a hill at
Borġ in-Nadur, which he described as "the special place Mother Mary has chosen
for the apparitions". These apparitions included conversations with the Virgin
Mary, visions of souls in Purgatory, vision of the Archangel Uriel, Satanic
attacks, mystic visions of Jesus on the Cross, the apparition of the Eucharist
on Caruana's hands and his subsequent Holy Communion, and visions of other
During a vision on February 28, 2007 on Borg in-Nadur Hill, Angelik Caruana is
reported to have said the Madonna told him she is appearing in Malta because she
wants people to accept her son again.
The public messages Caruana gives on Borġ in-Nadur Hill are now recorded live by
the priests accompanying him, and are read out to an audience. All the messages
are also posted to an official website. Lengthy messages start out with "My dear
children" where Caruana greets the listeners as the Virgin Mary's children.
Caruana's messages have directed the pilgrims present to meditate on the rosary
daily as the means to acquire peace, and have said that Mass is more of a
necessity than visiting the site of Borġ in-Nadur, although Caruana has said
that he believed the Virgin Mary wanted the people to visit the site and pray as
"it is a special place that she herself has chosen".
In 2010, Caruana was directed by the Virgin Mary to travel to Gozo, Malta's
sister island where he described further apparitions from her at a site in
Xewkija. In 2011, Caruana travelled to the Vatican, where it was reported he
climbed over a security barrier to interrupt a general audience with Pope
Benedict XVI, in order to personally deliver a letter containing "devotional
messages". Caruana was escorted from the venue by Vatican security.
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