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 reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary, dating back to 1981, as authentic. He said “it is difficult to reach any other verdict.”

The Polish archbishop told the KAI news agency that he was not asked to make his own judgment on the validity of the apparitions. His mission, he explained, was “to evaluate whether the pastoral ministry was proper and consistent with the doctrine and teaching of the Church.” He answered that question affirmatively, saying that “from a pastoral point of view, there is a very positive result.”

A separate Vatican commission, chaired by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, looked into questions about the authenticity of the Marian apparitions, and delivered its findings in 2014. Although the commission’s report has never been made public, Vatican journalist Andrea Tornielli reported in May of this year that the commission had concluded that the first seven reported apparitions were authentic. According to Tornielli, the commission was more skeptical about claims that the apparitions continue to this day.

Pope Francis essentially confirmed that report in an exchange with reporters who accompanied him on his visit to Fatima in May. He was that the commission had made a distinction between the earliest apparitions and more recent claims, and that the commission “has its doubts” about the latter.

In those comments to reporters, Pope Francis called attention to the spiritual benefits many pilgrims have enjoyed upon visiting Medjugorje. “People go there and convert,” he said. “And this spiritual and pastoral fact can’t be ignored.”

Archbishop Hoser made a similar point. “It is one of the most alive places of prayer and conversion in Europe,” he said of Medjugorje; “and has a healthy spirituality.” He indicated that a final verdict could come from the Vatican before the end of this year.


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: 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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