Ivory Coast bishops denounce Virgin Mary txt ‘messages’

The Catholic bishops of Ivory Coast have denounced the circulation of emails and text messages claiming to include messages from the Virgin Mary.

The bishops said the authenticity of the messages “has neither been proven nor approved by the Church”.

In fact, they said, most of the messages are “contrary to the teachings of the Church”.

The bishops warned that some messages may disturb public order and create psychosis and fear among people.

The apocalyptic messages, which describe impending calamity for Ivory Coast and the coming of “the victory of God”, call people to prayer and repentance.

In response, the bishops have invited the faithful to exercise “prudence and discernment”.

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