Archbishop HenryK Hoser

Dear American pilgrims, I am addressing you from Medjugorje, from this place that you like, that you visit often during normal times. However, because of the pandemic we are going through difficult times not only in the United States, not only in the world, but also here in Medjugorje. We suffer because of the situation of few pilgrims. We are all assigned to this health regime and we miss our mobility in the world. And here, as you know, we venerate the Holy Virgin, Queen of Peace, this peace we want to proclaim to all of you who are close and those who are far away.

The time that we live in, one can compare to a very grave moment, which is noted in the Gospel. After the death of Our Lord, the world was immersed in darkness as the evangelists tell us. When Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of Man, was sent by God to save us, died in human hearts, hearts were filled with darkness, also this world that caused the death of Jesus Christ, fell into darkness.

We have to be able to read what is being presented as a “sign of the time”. God, who is Master of history, who is the master of our present life, wants us to know what the sign tells us, it is, “Without Me, you can’t do anything” so we have to attach ourselves to His presence in us, and around us, so that we can dispel darkness, so that we can go towards the Light. He brings us light, as the Canticle of Zechariah says; today He is the sunshine that comes from on high. Today, we are so much in need of this sunshine.

In my message, I will address from living here, intelligently, with intelligence from the heart, the situation in the United States. I would like to formulate a perspective: if the United States promises and projects a life towards the development of human life and protection of Human life in all stages of existence, the United States will be saved. If your politics pushes you towards the negation of the values of human life, all of that will contribute to the enlargement of a darkness that scares us all.

Therefore we are all witness to the proclamation of hope in the world, the hope that comes from God because God comes to us from the future. He is waiting for us in the time to come. He is not waiting for us any more in history. We are going towards Him. So we can live what he offers us – peace with God and peace with all men, starting with those who are close to us to those who are far away from us.

So, may this time when we await better times strengthen your fidelity and give you courage to overcome difficult moments of your life. May the Holy Virgin, Queen of Peace, bless you, protect you, and love you without limit.

Archbishop Hoser.


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. Before I continue there will be a local food drive recollecting food or money donations. If you want to donate then you can send money online with this church giving website.

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:

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.


Vatican mission begins in Medjugorje

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 […]

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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 reported […]

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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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