La Salette

[image of Our Lady of LaSallette appearing to the children] A mountain, elevation 5918 feet, near the village of La Salette-Fallavaux, department of Isere, France. Celebrated as the site of an apparition of the Blessed Virgin to two peasant children, Melanie and Maximin, on 19 September 1846. The messages she gave to each were conveyed in 1851 to Pope Pius IX, and to him alone, and have since been designated as the "Secret" of La Salette. Melanie printed a version of her secret, 1849, which excited a considerable controversy, and in 1915 a decree of the Holy Office forbade further publications on the subject. The Missionaries of La Salette were founded to administer the church erected there after pilgrims thither began to increase in number attracted by the story of the apparition and the numerous remarkable answers to prayer.

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