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 the pastoral care being provided to the thousands of pilgrims who flock to the site every year.

Formerly, pilgrimages to the site were not to be organized by official Church groups, though the faithful could make them privately or through other organizations. Now, the stance on officially-organized pilgrimages will open.
“My mission is precisely to analyze the pastoral situation and propose improvements,” the archbishop told Aleteia, about his assignment at the shrine in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which has attracted millions of people since Marian apparitions reportedly began there in 1981.

“Today, dioceses and other institutions can organize official pilgrimages. It’s no longer a problem,” explained the archbishop, speaking to us from his residence in a Warsaw neighborhood. “Pope Francis recently asked an Albanian cardinal to give his blessing to the faithful present in Medjugorje,” he added.

“I am full of admiration for the work the Franciscans are doing there,” the Polish prelate reported. “With a relatively small team—there is only a dozen of them—they do a huge job of welcoming pilgrims. Every summer they organize a youth festival. This year, there were 50,000 young people from around the world, with more than 700 priests.”

“There is a massive number of confessions. They have about 50 confessionals, which are not enough. These are very deep confessions,” he said.

“This is a phenomenon. And what confirms the authenticity of the place is the large amount of charitable institutions that exist around the sanctuary. And another aspect as well: the great effort that is being made at the level of Christian formation. Each year, they organize conferences at different levels, for various audiences (priests, doctors, parents, young people, couples …)”

“The decree of the former episcopal conference of what used to be Yugoslavia, which, before the Balkan war, advised against pilgrimages in Medjugorje organized by bishops, is no longer relevant,” he said.

There are other cases of locations of apparitions, like Kibeho, in Rwanda, where the diocesan bishop agreed to allow the devotion, and then continued the analysis for the recognition of the apparitions.

The archbishop revealed that the conclusion of the Commission for the analysis of the apparitions of Medjugorje, which Benedict XVI had entrusted to Cardinal Camillo Ruini, appears to be favorable.

“What I find touching is that all the seers have turned to family life,” Archbishop Hoser reflected. “In our day and age, the family is of enormous importance. All of them have a family. Those who were teenagers at the time, are already grandmothers; 37 years have passed!”

“But this decision will have to be made by the pope. The file is now at the Secretariat of State. I believe the final decision will be made,” concluded Archbishop Hoser.

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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.

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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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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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