Vatican Delegate Expects Holy See To Approve Medjugorje Apparitions

by admin on 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 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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Cathy Palmer September 2, 2017 at 3:55 pm

I visited Medjugorje in 1984 and I saw many miracles with my own eyes. I went there carrying a long time heavy cross and prayed on Cross mountain to the Lord to help me. I prayed for Our Lady’s intercession. The day after I get home, I saw my prayers were being answered. I belive in the miracles that happen through Our Lady Queen of Peace in Medjugorje. I believe She appears even to this day. If you believe She appeared the first 7 visits, how can you question the other appearances. How can you presume to know God’s plan as to how long The Blessed Mother should appear to try and save souls. Just listen to Her messages.

JOHN MAHER September 25, 2017 at 11:18 pm

The power gap between hierarchy and laity divides and enfeebles the Church . The teenagers who first saw the Virgin have developed into young adult Catholics of good standing. There is no reason to doubt their credibility, Additionally, there are a myriad events that testify to the reality of the apparitions, Just one of them is the scent of roses just before an apparition audition begins.There is a High Anglican Church in Yankalilla ,South Australia which is noted for a variety of spiritual events and that same smell suddenly pervades the church.
Yesterday I did a house clean. Later I noticed a small card
on a small table . It was card from Medjugorje sent to me by Sister Breige McKenna .I was thinking of writing this submission . I don’t think it turned up by accident.
As an Australian ,I think Pope Francis ‘ is having a bob each way’ –
putting his money on one horse in a race and then putting his money on another one . I consider his ‘candid comment ‘ cannot be justified by a personal reaction to the Virgin’s messages. I also noticed repetition
and little by way of new insight . Father Laurentin, speaking in Rwanda before the genocides, said Mary has been using a form of teaching in which constant repetition is used to deeply implant a teaching.
We cannot tell the Virgin what to say.
Public comments by Popes are always of public importance. They may help build the Faith, or help diminish it .

John Maher

Glenhaven ,Sydney
,Australia.

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