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IMHO, past apparitions (e.g. Fatima, Lourdes, etc.) that are completely orthodox (small 'o'), are supported by indisputable miracles, are free of legitimate controversy, have proven good fruits, and which received unqualified Church approval prior to Vatican II may be considered very trustworthy. As for more recent alleged apparitions and alleged private revelations, I think it is wise to be cautious because most are false and because many people are misled by them. Remember that we do not need anything from an apparition for salvation. A couple relevant quotes are below...

"Faith rests on divine revelations made through the prophets and apostles and set down in the canonical Scriptures, not on revelations, if there be any, made to other holy teachers." (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church")

"The devil is most pleased when he sees that people desire to accept revelations and are inclined toward them. For then he has an excellent opportunity to inject errors and disparage faith as much as possible." (St. John of the Cross, Doctor of the Church)

Remember that the Church is unable to guarantee the authenticity of any apparition outside of Holy Scripture with "absolute certainty."

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