May 12, 2019

We want to share an important announcement from the Vatican regarding Medjugorje. This is another step forward in the Vatican’s formal approval of Medjugorje. For anyone not closely following the Church’s position on Medjugorje, let me provide a brief summary.

A formal commission was launched on March 26, 2010, led by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, to further investigate all aspects of Medjugorje. The commssion finalized its investigation late summer 2016. Recommendations were then given to Pope Francis by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in May 2017, in what is called the Ruini report. Pope Francis commented on the Ruini commission/report and said: “A commission of good theologians, bishops, cardinals. Good, good, good. The Ruini report is very, very good.”

There were four important recommendations contained in the Ruini report.
    1. That Medjugorje be placed under Vatican control.
    2. That Church oganized pilgrimages to Medjugorje be allowed.
    3. That Medjugorje be declared a pontifical shrine of the Church.
    4. That the first apparitions be declared authentic and supernatural in nature.

We must realize that the Church moves slowly and cautiously. There have only been about 12 apparitions throughout history that have been approved by the Church. For Medjugorje, which is an ongoing apparition, to receive this level of support and approval by the Church, is truly rare.

So although the statement below cautions us that there has not been a full “authentication of known events”, two of the recommendations of the Ruini report have now been realized.

May 2018. Pope Francis permanently assigned retired archbishop HenryK Hoser to Medjugorje to help oversee all aspects of pastoral ministries there. This esentially places Medjugorje under Vatican control.

May 2019. The following announcement was made by archbishop Henryk Hoser, and the Apostolic Nuncio, authorizing official parish and diocesan organized pilgrimages to Medjugorje:


Image taken from Medjugorje parish web site: http://medjugorje.hr

The following announcement was made by the Apostolic Visitator, Henryk Hoser and the Apostolic Nuncio. Ad Interim Director Gisotti: “Attention given to favouring and promoting the fruits of good”, but this does not mean “an authentication of known events”.

Massimiliano Menichetti – Vatican City

Pope Francis has decided to authorize pilgrimages to Medjugorje, which can now be officially organized by dioceses and parishes and will no longer take place only in a private capacity which as has so far been the case. The announcement was made today during Mass, at the parish shrine which has become a destination for millions of pilgrims, by the Apostolic Nuncio Luigi Pezzuto in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Archbishop Henryk Hoser, the Holy See’s Special Apostolic Visitator.

Pilgrimages do not authenticate known events

The “ad interim” director of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, responding to journalists’ questions about the announcement, specified that the papal authorization must be accompanied by “care to prevent these pilgrimages from being interpreted as an authentication of known events, which still require examination by the Church. Therefore, care must be taken to avoid creating confusion or ambiguity from the doctrinal point of view regarding such pilgrimages. This also concerns pastors of every order and level who intend to go to Medjugorje and celebrate or concelebrate there even in a solemn way”.

Pastoral attention

“Considering the considerable flow of people who go to Medjugorje and the abundant fruits of grace that have sprung from it – continued Gisotti – this authorization is part of the particular pastoral attention that the Holy Father intended to give to that reality, aimed at encouraging and promoting the fruits of good”.

The apostolic visitator, concluded the ad interim director, “will have, in this way, greater ease in establishing – relations with the priests in charge of organizing pilgrimages to Medjugorje, as well as, safe and well-prepared persons, offering them information and indications to be able to fruitfully conduct such pilgrimages, – in agreement with the ordinary people of the place.”

The Pope’s decision comes a year after the appointment of Hoser, Archbishop Emeritus of Warszawa-Prague in Poland, as “Apostolic Visitator for the Parish of Medjugorje, on May 31, 2018.

Both that nomination and today’s announcement do not, therefore, enter into doctrinal questions relating to the authenticity of the account of the six visionaries of what has happened in Medjugorje since June 1981, a phenomenon that has not yet been concluded. Of the six visionaries, at that time children or young people, three assure us that they still have a daily apparition of the “Queen of Peace”, always at the same time in the afternoon and wherever they are: they are Vicka (who lives in Medjugorje), Marija (who lives in Monza) and Ivan (who lives in the United States but often returns home). A fourth visionary, Mirjana, says that she receives an apparition every month, on the 2nd, while for the remaining two visionaries, they receive an annual apparition each year.

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Vatican mission begins in Medjugorje

by admin on July 24, 2018

July 22, 2018, is marked as one of the most important days in the history of the parish of Medjugorje.

After recently being appointed as Apostolic Visitor to Medjugorje for an indefinite period of time by Pope Francis (see official letter at the end of this post), retired Archbishop Henryk Hoser celebrated Sunday Mass at St. James Church among thousands of locals and pilgrims.

“It was unbelievable,” said Medjugorje guide and translator Miki Musa, who translated Msgr. Hoser’s homily into English, which was broadcast along with other languages. “It almost felt like a dream to see a person who came in the name of the Holy Father standing at the altar in Medjugorje.”

Fr. Miljenko introduced Msgr. Hoser at the service. “Dear Archbishop Hoser,” said Fr. Miljenko. “In this grace-filled moment, I am greeting you most sincerely on behalf of all of us gathered here! In the name of the Franciscan Province of Herzegovina, I wish you a blessed stay with us in the mission that was entrusted to you by the Holy Father, Pope Francis.”

Hoser began his homily with a greeting to all the clergy, residents, and pilgrims present, and then he continued with a beautiful sermon which touched on the reasons for coming to Medjugorje as a pilgrim.

“Pilgrims come to Medjugorje from faraway regions, from approximately 80 countries of the world,” he said. “The distance, the remoteness, signifies the vastness measured by the kilometers we have passed. In order to travel these kilometers, we need to have a firm and decisive motivation, as well as a means of transportation, which are necessary to accomplish these journeys.

“But the word ‘distance’ means something else as well: it represents the existential situation of the many who have distanced themselves from God, from Christ, from their Church and from the light which gives meaning to life, directs it, and gives it a dignified goal—and that is the life worth living.

“Let us now ask the fundamental question: Why do so many people come to Medjugorje every year? The clear answer is this: they come to meet someone, to meet God, to meet Christ, to meet His Mother. And then to discover the path that leads to the joy of living in the house of the Father and of the Mother; and ultimately to discover the Marian way as the more certain and sure one. This is the path of the Marian devotion that has been taking place here for years.”

Later in his homily, Msgr. Hoser said, “This is what the people’s devotion in Medjugorje looks like: in the center is the Holy Mass, Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, the sacrament of Reconciliation. And all of this followed by other forms of devotion: the Rosary and the Way of the Cross, which have turned what in the beginning used to be sharp stones into smooth paths.”

“In my opinion, said Musa, “this is the greatest event to take place in Medjugorje in the past 37 years, after June 24, 1981 when the apparitions first began. We are all so grateful. I had to stop my translation for a moment and take a deep breath. He said such powerful words.”

The Papal Nuncio of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Msgr. Luigi Pezzuto, accompanied Hoser and read a letter from Pope Francis announcing Hoser’s appointment in Medjugorje.

Musa added that during the entrance song for the Mass, he believes he saw the Papal Nuncio singing the local hymn “Our Lady of Medjugorje” in Croatian.


Letter from Pope Francis appointing Apostolic Visitor to Medjugorje
To the Venerable Brother
Msgr. Henryk Hoser
The Archbishop – Bishop Emeritus of Warsawa – Praga

As the continuation of the task of the Special Envoy of the Holy See for the parish of Medjugorje, which You recently accomplished, and in the desire to express the particular pastoral care that this reality requires, I appoint Your Excellency as Apostolic Visitor with a special role for the parish of Međugorje for an indefinite period, ad nutum Sanctae Sedis, with the authority, obligations and in accordance with the modalities specified in the Mandate attached to this Document.

Convinced that You will know how efficiently to carry out the entrusted task in the spirit of positive cooperation with all the interested parties, I assure you of my prayers and with heart I impart you the Apostolic Blessing.

In Vatican, May 31st 2018, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

– Pope Francis

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Press Release: Appointment of Apostolic visitation team with a special role for the parish of Medjugorje

May 31, 2018

On May 31, 2018, the Holy Father appointed Archbishop Henryk Hoser, S.A.C., retired bishop of Warsaw-Prague (Poland), Apostolic Visitor with a special role for the parish of Medjugorje, for an indefinite time, and ad nutum Sanctae Sedis. It is exclusively for the pastoral ministry, continuing on the mission of the Special Envoy of the Holy […]

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The devotion of Medjugorje is allowed. It’s not prohibited, and need not be done in secret.

December 7, 2017

Dec 7, 2017 – From Aleteia, Saint Ambrose of Milan “The devotion of Medjugorje is allowed. It’s not prohibited, and need not be done in secret,” confirmed Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Warsaw-Praga, Poland, now some months after being sent to Medjugorje by Pope Francis to evaluate not the veracity of the apparitions, but the state of […]

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Vatican Delegate Expects Holy See To Approve Medjugorje Apparitions

September 1, 2017

August 21, 2017 Archbishop Henryk Hoser, who was sent to Medjugorje by Pope Francis in March to investigate the spiritual welfare of the community, has said that he expects the Holy See to approve the reported apparitions there. Archbishop Hoser said that there is “every indication” that the Vatican will recognize at least the first […]

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Amazing News From the Vatican On Medjugorje – The Ruini Report

May 25, 2017

Many of you have been following the recent statements given by Cardinal Schonborn, Cardinal Hoser, and others on Medjugorje. We have all been waiting patiently to hear news about the 2010-2014 special commission, established by Pope Benedict, which continued the investigation into the ongoing apparitions in Medjugorje. The wait is now over! The Ruini report, […]

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Historic Words from Vatican on Medjugorje. “The specific role of Medjugorje is utterly important …You can say to the whole world that there is a light with Medjugorje”

April 5, 2017

PRESS CONFERENCE OF PAPAL ENVOY, ARCHBISHOP HENRYK HOSER This is a report of the highlights of today’s press conference with the Papal Envoy to Medjugorje. First, it should be noted that during the Archbishop’s talk there was an electricity in the room. Participants at the press conference sensed something historic and special was taking place. Archbishop […]

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What Pope’s Envoy concluded in Medjugorje?

April 3, 2017

Special Envoy of Pope Francis for Medjugorje, Polish Archbishop Henryk Hoser, at the Mass that was held in Medjugorje where alleged apparitions of Virgin Mary were recorded, said that “confessions are the greatest miracle of Medjugorje”. “The greatest miracle of Medjugorje are confessions. The sacrament of forgiveness and mercy. It is the sacrament of the […]

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Cardinal Schonborn Says Pope Francis “Is very interested in all things related to Medjugorje”… “Medjugorje Will Captivate the World”

March 19, 2017

Juan García Inza From Religion Libertad I asked Cardinal Schonborn to give us his opinion on Medjugorje. He thought for a few seconds and said: I have been part of the Committee of experts who has studied this religious phenomena. Our conclusions are already given by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, of […]

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More Good News for Medjugorje….Vatican Special Envoy: “No doubt faithful are spiritually enriched there” …”By no means worry!” about Local Bishop’s Critical Comments

March 19, 2017

Archbishop Hoser’s Appointment For this reason, he welcomed Pope Francis’ decision last month to appoint Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Warsaw-Prague, Poland, to be the Holy See’s special envoy to Medjugorje. The Vatican said the archbishop’s task will be of an “exclusively pastoral character,” to acquire a “deeper knowledge” of the pastoral situation there, especially the […]

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