Given what we now know, I interpret these events in context of influencing the populace. That being likely part of "prison system" mental maintenance process. As I understand, our consciousness and belief systems are important to the prison system. Courtney recently emphasized this is a "mental prison", although there is an advanced technological aspect to it as well.
These incidents of the Virgin Mary feel like staged events, similar to going to a play or "performance" -- the latter term being more accurate, I think. There is physical distance, visuals and mental telepathy, all of which would be extremely influential to a "faithful" or simpler community. These stories would then carry through society and (as we've seen) generations, carrying the mental narrative into other parts of the world, keeping the populace focused on creating fantasies (consciousness) and worshiping power that is external (ie: keeping people in a sense of dis-empowerment, dependence, weakness).
That's just my opinion, of course.
It would be interesting to dive more deeply into these incidents and find out "who" was behind them, and their specific agenda, reaction, etc. I would imagine these incidents were carefully designed, produced and even ordered by "higher ups" -- I also wonder if some of these beings that did this found it humorous (at our expense).