Fr. Gobbi passed away at 3 pm. of a heart attack. He was born in the province of Como, Italy. He was ordained in 1964 and obtained a doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. He began to received interior locutions from the Blessed Virgin Mary on May 8, 1972. This occurred while he was praying on pilgrimage in Fatima. He formed the "Marian Movement of Priests" on Oct. 13, 1972 with two other priests. The MMP is not officially approved however, it has been investigated by the Vatican. Catholic Cardinals have given their imprimatur for the book, including, Card. Bernardino Echeverria Ruiz, Card. Ignatius Daoud and Card. John Wu. Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass with Fr. Gobbi on an annual basis. The American branch of the MMP was given an official Papal blessing in 1993.
Statistics show that the MMP has over 7 million members. Group members hold prayer Cenacles, where prayers are recited and a passage from Fr. Gobbi's book is read.