An Italian locutionist, Father Stefano Gobbi, 81, of Milan, reportedly died at three p.m. today after spending several days in "very critical condition" in a coma that was induced after he suffered a heart attack on June 19.
According to Tammy Ouellette, national secretary for the U.S. Marian Movement of Priests in Maine (which was founded on Father Gobbi's reputed locutions), the priest's heart has been "very damaged." He underwent a bypass operation in 1998 but doctors have been unable to operate further. The death has been officially confirmed. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Father Gobbi rose to renown in Marian circles during the late 1980s as he released messages said to come from the Blessed Mother that addressed the world and the Church, including prophetic messages. His last public one was on December 31, 1997.
Meanwhile, the Marian Movement in the U.S. is under a new director, Father Francis Geremia, following the retirement more than a year ago of longtime director Father Albert G. Roux.