Lady of Cuapa also known as:
Our Lady of Nicaragua
Feastday: April 15
San Francisco de Cuapa (Spanish
pronunciation: [sam fɾanˈsisko ðe ˈkwapa is a municipality in the Chontales
Department of Nicaragua. This municipality was created July 30, 1997 and is
located in the northeast section of Chontales. Before that date, the town was
part of the municipality of Juigalpa. Its area is about 277 km2 (107 sq mi). The
principal business activity is the cattle and agriculture. 99% of the population
is Catholic. The first mayor was Manuel Antonio Zelaya Meneses and the
vice-mayor was Oscar Velasquez Gonzalez. They were elected in 1997.
Reported apparition of the Virgin Mary
In 1980, Bernardo Martínez, sacristan,
claimed to have a series of visions of the Virgin Mary. According to Bernardo,
this began on April 15 when he saw a strange light emanating from a statue of
the Virgin Mary in the parish church. In May, when walking through the fields,
he claimed that he saw a vision of the Virgin Mary, who encouraged him to pray
the rosary and promote peace saying: "Make Peace. Don't ask Our Lord for peace
because, if you do not make it, there will be no peace."
At this time, Nicaragua was going through
a civil war. The Sandinista government was facing armed opposition from the
Contras. Bernardo Martinez claimed that the Virgin Mary ordered him to burn bad
books, which was interpreted to mean Marxist books. The auxiliary Bishop of
Managua complied with this request. Sandinista commentators responded by
describing the apparition as 'St. Mary of the Contras', 'Our Lady of Oliver
North and Our Lady of Cuapa.
On November 13, 1982, the Bishop of
Juigalpa released an official statement as Bishop of the area where the
apparitions took place assuring the faithful of the authenticity of the events.
The apparitions at San Francisco de Cuapa are thus among the few Marian
apparitions approved by the Catholic Church in the twentieth century.
In 2005, Silvio Sirias wrote a novel,
Bernardo and the Virgin based on these events.
Piedra de Cuapa
The Piedra de Cuapa
(Rock of Cuapa) or Monolito de Cuapa (Monolith of Cuapa) is a prominent landmark
in San Francisco de Cuapa. According to a Nicaraguan folk-tale, it is inhabited
by a duende, or perhaps a whole family of duendes. According to the
legend, a duende fell in love with a young woman named Flor, and stole her
family's donkey, which they placed on top of the Piedra. Eventually, the family
was able to defeat the duendes by playing loud music.
Other local folklore includes a tree that
is said to shed tears from its branches at midnight, and the legend that any man
who bathes in a particular place will marry a woman from the area and never
- Miriam and Stephen Weglian, "Let Heaven and Earth Unite", page 24,
Faith Publishing Company, Milford Ohio, 1996
Church-State Relations A Chronology - Part II"
Miracle Hunter web-site
- Silvio Sirias, Bernardo and the Virgin, Northwestern University Press,
El Duende de la Piedra de Cuapa, La Prensa Literaria, supplement to La
Prensa: El Diario de los Nicaragüenses, March 2003
- Cuentos y
Legendos de Nicaragua: Los Duendes,
- 'Memories of Cuapa',
Escape From America Magazine, February 2003
El Duende de la Piedra de Cuapa Article about La Piedra from
supplement to La Prensa (Spanish)
Marian Apparitions: Cuapa Site devoted to Marian apparitions, includes English
translation of Bernardo Martinez' account of his visions.
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