On May 9, 1967, and throughout the following year, Dr. Sebastian Fausto de Faria, an agnostic medical doctor, claimed to have seen and received messages from the Virgin Mary, who told him:
"I am truly Myriam, the Immaculate Mother of Jesus."
"My principal title is the one of my divine Motherhood, the reason of my own existence."
"I am the messenger of faith and of love, to Christianity torn by divisions."
The diocesan bishop granted the Imprimatur for the messages and authorized the construction of a shrine.
Patrick Sbalchiero and Father Laurentin, Paris 2007.