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, named after the chair of the commission, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, has yet to be posted on the Vatican web site. But, I will highlight just a few of the important statements that have been reported.

First, it is important to realize that only about 12 apparitions throughout history have been approved by the Church. For an apparition to be judged as “supernatural” in origin, is truly rare.

Medjugorje is now among those rare apparitions. When investigating and voting on the authenticity and supernatural basis of the Medjugorje apparitions, the Ruini Commission decided to split the apparitions into two time periods, the first 7 apparitions, and the apparitions from then, leading up to today. With a margin of 13 to 1 the commission confirmed the supernatural basis of the first 7 apparitions. Regarding the fruits of the apparitions from that point to today, all members said there were positive aspects. 3 members and 3 experts stated there are positive outcomes, 4 members and 3 experts stated they are mixed, with a majority of positive effects, and the remaining 3 experts stated there are mixed positive and negative effects.

Further, the commission recommended that restrictions prohibiting official Church/parish organized pilgrimages be removed. It was also recommended that Medjugorje be granted the status of a “pontifical sanctuary”, which in itself is a key form of Church approval. The commission also voted in favor of a constitution of “an authority dependent on the Holy See” in Medjugorje, which would place Medjugorje under Vatican control.

Pope Francis commented on the Ruini commission and said: “A commission of good theologians, bishops, cardinals. Good, good, good. The Ruini report is very, very good.”

There was a personal comment made by Pope Francis indicating he was uncomfortable with the fact that Our Lady announces a specific day and time She will appear in Medjugorje. However, the day and time of Our Lady’s appearances have been announced ahead of time in numerous other Church approved apparitions including Fatima, Lourdes, Kibeho, Itapiranga, Laux, San Nicolas, and others. It is important to note that Pope Francis clarified that this comment was his personal opinion. It does not in any way represent an official Church statement or declaration.

Pope Francis has entrusted a “special mission of the Holy See”, which is the final task of gathering pastoral information about Medjugorje, to Cardinal Hoser from Poland. The Cardinal has been in Medjugorje for several months now and has made a number of positive statements about Medjugorje: http://www.medjugorje.org/wordpress/archives/169 He is expected to finish his work during the summer of 2017 and give his recommendations directly to Pope Francis. Pope Francis will then use this information to make his final decision.

God Bless!
Steve Shawl

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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 Hoser began the conference with a prepared message.

Not long ago, Medjugorje was not very well known. It was just a little place between two hills which is the meaning of the name “Medjugorje”. Today, Medjugorje is know throughout the whole world. Pilgrims are now coming from about 80 countries from all over the world. The significance of this place we can compare to Lourdes. 2.5 million pilgrims are coming here, in Lourdes there is 6 million people who come but that has been here for 150 and Medjugorje only 36 years. It is a time to make a first estimate and for the future growing of this place. Why so many people coming here? On one hand they have surely heard about the apparitions in Medjugorje taking place since 1981 on the other hand, those others who are coming are experiencing something extraordinary.

First, the atmosphere is an atmosphere of peace and reconciliation, and of inner peace and peace of the heart. Also what they discover is a huge space for profound religion and spirituality. They rediscover or discover what something sacred and Holy means.

In Medjugorje they encounter sacral time and sacred space. That sacral means specially reserved for something that is divine. Usually it says that Medjugorje is the place where we honor our lady and that is the truth. But if we look deeper we will see that actually it is all completely turned to worshiping Christ. For instance at the center is the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, transmitting of the word of God, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, where one discovers the real presence of Jesus Christ and his Divinity and Character.

Some discover the prayer of the Rosary that is meditative prayer on the mysteries of our faith. And when they pray the way of the Cross they enter into the pascal mystery which is the mystery of passion death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

I would like to conclude this with a question of the Holy Sacrament of Confession with the personal and personalized Sacrament. From the religious perspective, Medjugorje is a very fertile ground. During the previous years we noticed and counted 610 priests with vocations that came from Medjugorje with the greatest number from Italy, the US and Germany. When we are aware of crises of Vocations in those countries then we can see that there is something new, something that can touch us in a profound way. If we look at the distribution of Holy communion, which is the only way we can keep track of the number of pilgrims arriving here, then we can see there were were 37,000,000 Holy Communions that were administered pilgrims here since 1986 to today. And we can say that the number of pilgrims is greater because not that all those who come can receive Holy Communion.

When it comes to evaluating events in Medjugorje we should differentiate different areas. The first area is the parish. The parish takes care of people who live here people who work here and parish is already and then the number of those living in the parish has increased from 1000 to 5,000.

The parish in the previous century that built the way of the Cross on Cross Mountain was the parish that accepted Medjugorje. The story of the parish of Medjugorje that was written is also the phenomenon of the visionaries.

The second belongs to the pilgrims. Up to 2.5 each year that come and that number is also growing. Of course it is a huge challenge for priests who serve here and this phenomenon has grown to include the current infrastructure that needs to respond to the increase in pilgrims.

The Chapel of Adoration, and the huge space in the back of the church was all added in time according to the amount of pilgrims that were coming here. On the other hand we see the development of this place. There are more and more hotels, and shops that reminds me a lot of Lourdes already. It might not be widely known but Lourdes is the largest hotel town after Paris. The population is growing and what else is growing is the possibility of accommodating pilgrims.

The third area, In Medjugorje there are various humanitarian organizations and there are about 30 of them. Some are from Medjugorje with their roots here and some who have been founded other places who live here so that they could live the Phenomenon of Medjugorje.

There have been things that were created here that were initiated from Franciscans like Mother’s village.. It is worth visiting because it is about watching someone’s life in those difficult faces with orphans who have difficulties, addicts, men who are there because of drugs, because of alcohol and those who are disabled.

That is an expression of an act of love that is related to the faith. There is another thing that is very important and that is Domus Paces which is the house for silent retreat and spiritual exercises. We have more than 1000 to 2000 groups that have passed and more that 42,000 participants over these years. Those type of spiritual exercises transform people from the inside. And the seminars are yet another fruit of the Parish of Medjugorje. The seminars that are held each year and take place once a year already for 23 years are seminars that are open to everyone. And for 22 years it is exclusively for the formation of priests. For 17 years there is the seminar for married couples and for 4 years seminars for Doctors and medical professionals.

Last year first year we had pro-life seminar that was organized for the protection of human life. And there is one for those with disabilities.

All of this shows the intensive life here in Medjugorje that could be applied to other places. The reality of the shrine in today’s world is so important. You can say to the whole world that there is a light with Medjugorje  and you can find the light again. We need these spots of light in the world that is going down to darkness. So friends, be carriers of this joyful news.

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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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Cardinal Archbishop Vinko Puljic from Bosnia: “Medjugorje is one of the largest prayer sites in Europe…

March 19, 2017

MARCH 11, 2017 Medjugorje is one of the largest prayer sites in Europe, said Archbishop Cardinal Vinko Puljic in an interview for the Polish Catholic Agency (KAI). In an interview, he emphasized that private revelations are not an essential element of faith, but that Jesus Christ is and that his mother always leads to Him. […]

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Cardinal Vinko Puljic Comments on Medjugorje Rumors.

July 6, 2015

CARDINAL VINKO PULJIC, ONE OF THE MEMBERS OF THE VATICAN MEDJUGORJE COMMISSION has told Croatian reporters the recent media rumors of the commission condemning the Medjugorje apparitions are ‘distorted’, ‘manipulated’, ‘unacceptable’ ‘wrong’ and ‘obviously having desire to undermine the good relations existing between the faithful who accept Medjugorje and go there for years on pilgrimage, […]

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What does the Nuncio’s Letter to US Bishop’s Mean?

November 8, 2013

Explanation by Dr. Mark Miravelle, professor of Theology and Mariology at Franciscan University, Steubenville, OH. Obedience to the Church is the quintessential ingredient of authentic Catholic Marian devotion. On October 21, 2013, Archbishop Carlo Viganò, Papal Nuncio to the United States, sent a letter to the Msgr. Ronny Jenkins, Secretary of the United States Conference of […]

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Statue Glowing in Medjugorje

September 25, 2013

I got a call last night, Sept. 23, 2013 from a good friend a little bit before midnight. He said that there are thousands of people at Vicka’s old house in Bijakovici, right at the foot of Apparition Hill. I immediately called my son Stephen and asked him if he was asleep or where he […]

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Syria: Pope calls for day of prayer and fasting.

September 2, 2013

 Today, dear brothers and sisters, I wish to add my voice to the cry which rises up with increasing anguish from every part of the world, from every people, from the heart of  each person, from the one great family which is humanity: it is the cry for peace! It is a cry which declares […]

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