On her birthday, April 1, 1983, visionary, Marija, was given the gift of the native Italian language during her apparition. She did not know Italian prior to this, but when she left the apparition, she knew it as well as her native tongue and could speak it fluently. Marija later married an Italian man and has spent much of her married life in Italy. Having the ability to communicate in their native tongue has given Marija the ability to express more intimately the plans and messages of Our Lady to Italians, a nation that is geographically just across the Adriatic Sea from Medjugorje. As Italy is where the seat of the Catholic Church rests, one can see the design of Heaven to have a visionary who can communicate well in Italian with those in the Church.