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Curia to end apparitions probe ‘in next few weeks’

The Church investigation into reported Marian apparitions at Borg in-Nadur is expected to be concluded “within weeks”, a spokesman said. The result will be published

Anġelik Caruana claims the Virgin Mary appears to him at Borġ in-Nadur, in the limits of Birżebbuġa, every Wednesday. The television programme Xarabank recently dedicated a programme to the subject and, subsequently, psychiatrist Mark Xuereb was invited by the producers to publicly announce the outcome of his report on the matter. Dr Xuereb had been appointed to follow Mr Caruana by his former spiritual director, Fr Hayden Williams, a Capuchin friar.

However, on February 27, Dr Xuereb announced he could not divulge his findings because of a legal letter filed in the First Hall of the Civil Court. In it, Mr Caruana and his wife, Catherine, called on Dr Xuereb not to divulge information about him without his consent, in accordance with professional ethics.

Dr Xuereb said he had sent a copy of his report to the Curia and informed the Caruana family about his conclusions.

Times of Malta asked the Curia whether it planned to use Dr Xuereb’s report in its own investigations. The Church spokesman said: “During the last week of February 2015, Dr Mark Xuereb discussed in detail his scientific findings with the local Church authorities. The Church authorities are duty-bound to make use of any fact, witness and report that they deem relevant and useful in their discernment to establish the truth.”

The Caruana family said they filed the legal letter because they felt that for the whole truth to surface, there had to be a holistic study, not simply one based on psychiatric information.  

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