EWTN Catholic Q&A
Akita and the warning.
Question from Rocco Jr. on 10-01-2007:

As you know, the apparition of Mary at Akita, Japan was approved by Pope Benidict XVI when he was a Carninal. I believe it. Mary stated on Oct 13, 1973;

"My dear daughter, listen well to what I have to say to you. You will inform your superior." "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 will never seen before. Fire will fall from the sky 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 demon 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"

This message also appears in the last chapter of the Book of Zechariah in the last chapter when it reads that two thirds of all the nations will be wiped out and the living will envy the dead.

Then I heard that there will be a warning where humans will see themselves as God sees him/her, a miracle which no one can touch and followed by a chastisement. As I was told, there is a man who will have his eye site restored (he appeared on EWTN with Mother Angelica some years ago) prior to the warning. I was told that this man is in his late '70's so this prophecy cannot be too far off.

What is your take or what does the Catholic Church think about this? Rocco

Answer by David Gregson on 10-26-2007:

The apparitions at Akita were approved by Bishop Ito, the local ordinary, in 1984, apparently with some consultation with the Holy See. That's not to the say the Holy See gave formal recognition to the apparitions. Cardinal Ratzinger apparently expressed confidence in the apparitions, but again that's not the same as formal recognition. Until there is formal recognition from Rome, I would regard the apparitions as credible but not certain.