Mariette Beco deceased
the morning of Friday 2nd December, Mariette Beco, to whom the Virgin
Mary appeared eight times from the 15th of January to the 2nd of March
1933, died, aged 90, in an old people’s home at Banneux.
The news of her death was soon spread among pilgrims, arousing a vivid emotion.
last years were those of most elderly persons with both joys and
sufferings. The Rector of the Shrine of Banneux, Father Leo Palm, had
several encounters with Mariette. He remembers her as a person loved by
her family and attached to her son and her grand-children. Mariette
also mourned her two daughters, one who died on her prime childhoud,
the second who died in 2008, aged 61.
Apparitions of Banneux were officially recognized by the Church in 1949
by Mgr Kerkhofs, bishop of Liege. During his visit to Banneux, Pope
John Paul II had an encounter with Mariette Beco.
In 2008, the year
of the official ceremonies of the 75th anniversary of the Apparitions,
Mariette Beco requested Father Joseph Cassart, then Rector of the
Shrine to merely make known a letter in which she made her last
statement about the Apparitions: “I was no more then a postman who
delivers the mail. Once this has been done, the postman is of no
importance any more”.
Just like his predecessors Mgr Aloys
Jousten, present-day bishop of Liege, solemnly reaffirmed the authentic
character of the Apparitions in remembrance of the official recognition
60 years before, in 2009.
All through her life, Mariette proved
to be perfectly discreet. She came to the spring and to the little
Chapel of the Apparitions as unnoticed as best she could, praying to
the Virgin Mary whom she has now set off to see again forever.