On June 12, 1973, in Japan, Sr. Agnes Sasagawa, after "hearing" (She was deaf.) the urgings of an angelic voice, went to the chapel to pray. There she saw brilliant rays coming from the tabernacle. This light reoccurred on the next two days. On her left hand appeared a cross-shaped wound, painful with profuse bleeding on June 28.
Sr. Agnes was praying in the chapel on July 6 when she heard a voice coming from the statue of the Virgin Mary. That same day, a few of her colleagues noticed blood flowing from the statue's right hand; this was repeated on four occasions, finally disappearing on September 29. On that day, the sisters was the statue "sweat" from the neck and forehead. Two years later, the statue began to "weep" and this continued for over six years.
JULY 6, 1973: "Is the infirmity of your ears painful? Your deafness will be healed. Does the wound of your hand cause you to suffer? Pray in reparation for the sins of men. [The apparition gave the text of a prayer.] Pray very much for the pope, bishops, and priests. Tell your superior all that passed today..."
AUGUST 3, 1973: "If you love the Lord, listen to what I have to say to you. It is very important; you will convey it to your superior. Many men in this world afflict the Lord. I desire souls to console him to soften the anger of the heavenly father. I wish, with my son, for souls who will repair by their suffering and their poverty for the sinners and ingrates.
"In order that the world might know his anger, the heavenly father is preparing to inflict a great chastisement on all mankind. I have intervened so many times to appease the wrath of the father. I have prevented the coming of calamities by offering him the sufferings of the son on the cross, his precious blood, and beloved souls who console him forming a cohort of victim souls. Prayer, penance and courageous sacrifices can soften the father's anger... Even in a secular institute prayer is necessary. Already souls who wish to pray are on the way to being gathered together. Without attaching too much attention to the form, be faithful and fervent in prayer to console the master."
OCTOBER 13, 1973: "My dear daughter, listen well to what I have to say to you. You will inform your superior. As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead... The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres... churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises, and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord. The demon will be especially implacable against souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of my sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will be no longer pardon for them. Today is the last time that I will speak to you in living voice. From now on you will obey the one sent to you and your superior."
The angel who had originally spoken to Sr. Agnes continued to speak to her for the next nine years. The messages given at Akita are thought by some to have disclose the third secret of Fatima. Mary seemed to emphasize the urgency of her plea for the conversion of all humanity by making herself known to a much wider audience. A Japanese TV crew filmed the statue "crying" while reporting on the events at Akita.