Apparitions of Virgin Mary in Egypt (1968-1971)
To be clear, these apparitions are approved by the Coptic Church but have received no official ruling from the Catholic Church, although a Catholic cardinal (as well as other Catholic representatives) forwarded to the Vatican their own personal declarations of the validity of the events in Egypt. Protestant authorities in Egypt also declared the apparitions authentic. The apparitions occurred at an Egyptian church on grounds believed to have been visited by Mary, Joseph and the Child Jesus during the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt in the first century.
From 1968 to 1971, forty million people reportedly witnessed the apparitions of a Lady of Light (the Virgin Mary) walking around the domes on the rooftop of a Coptic Church called St. Mary's Church in the Zeitoun district of Cairo in Egypt. Up to 250,000 at a time saw her in one night.
The extraordinary history and origin of this church may explain why the Virgin selected this site. In 1918, a devout Egyptian Coptic Christian named Khalil Ibrahim received a vision by a Lady of Light who told him to build a church on that land in her honor. She promised the man that if he built the church, she would return to the church in 50 years to bless the church with her presence. Sure enough, the apparitions on the church’s rooftop began 50 years later, on April 2, 1968. The apparitions continued until 1971.