The Vatican to officially comment on apparitions of Medjugorje

Millions of pilgrims visit Medjugorje every year. For this reason, the Vatican is considering building a diocese for the sanctuary, independent from the Mostar, which it depended on until now.

( Cardinal Vinko Puljic of Sarajevo recently said that the Vatican will officially comment on the supposed apparitions of the Virgin in Medjugorje.

Its a small town of some 5,000 people a few miles from the capital of Bosnia where a supposed apparition of the Virgin was seen by six people in 1981.

Every time a diocese or a considerable amount of Catholics ask, the Vatican opens an investigation on what the Church calls a Mariophany, or a supposed visit by the Virgin to mankind.

Rev. Salvatore Perrella
Vice president, Pontifical Theological Faculty
Marianum (Rome)
When there is news of an apparition, the Holy See asks the bishop of the place where it happens to put together a commission of experts, priests, psychologists and canonists to see if its a real apparition or a lie.

Afterwards, the Episcopal conference of that country gathers the testimony of those who claim to have seen the apparition. This process can last years.

Rev. Salvatore Perrella
Vice president, Pontifical Theological Faculty
Marianum (Rome)
Its a very rigorous investigation that studies the seriousness of the persons claim, their credibility, mental health and adhesion to the faith of the Church.

According to Salvatore Perrella, the apparitions by the Virgin come during difficult times for the Church, Christianity and society. For example, the apparitions in Fatima, Portugal took place during World War I. However, all of the Virgins messages have a common theme.

Rev. Salvatore Perrella
Vice president, Pontifical Theological Faculty
Marianum (Rome)
God tells us that we are protagonists of history with Him. Man collaborates with Providence. This is the sense that the apparitions communicate.

But the validity of an apparition is not limited to the message, but it should bring the faithful and the curious that go to the place of apparition closer to the sacraments.

Rev. Salvatore Perrella
Vice president, Pontifical Theological Faculty
Marianum (Rome)
The faithful that go to the place of apparition should be helped in deepening their faith, in finding God in the sacrament of the Eucharist and in going to confession.

The current process of investigation is similar to the one that took place for the apparitions in Lourdes and Fatima. Now the Vatican is applying it to cases like the one in Medjugorje in Bosnia and Zejtun in Malta.

Seer had a good time at Vatican Commission


By Jacob Marschner

Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti“I had a wonderful meeting” visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti says of the day when she gave her testimony to the Vatican Commission on Medjugorje. “The Church will tell if we are healthy or sick” Marija says – by a time when the seers’ perfect health has long been established.

Some members of the Vatican Commission provoked me a bit, but it is their job to do, visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti says about her meeting with the Vatican Commission. Photo: Daniel Miot,

Medjugorje visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti has fond memories of her meeting with the Vatican Commission investigating the events of Medjugorje.

medjugorje-youth-festival-mladifest“My experience was very positive. I had a wonderful meeting. There were people who provoked me a bit. It is their job to do that. What I witnessed in my life, I stand behind that. I say when I see her. This is the truth, and to this I have testified for 31 years” Marija tells the Croatian daily Vecernji List about the meeting in late October 2011.

“And my life changed. Those who do not believe – it is their problem. God will give us strength, and tomorrow the Church will say ‘they are sick’ or ‘they are healthy, and they have opted for sanctity in their life and answered Our Lady’s call” the visionary adds.

Marija places a high hope in the participants in the Youth Festival in Medjugorje.

Marija further describes this time as special for the youth of the world, a topic coming up in the light of the Youth Festival that gathered about 40,000 young people in Medjugorje on August 1-6:

Cardinal Camillo Ruini heads the Medjugorje Commission

Cardinal Camillo Ruini heads the Medjugorje Commission

“The Holy Spirit works on the young in a special way. These are the days of the youth, to give them strength. It is a life experience. I urge young people to come to Medjugorje in the first days of August” she says.

“It is a great thing when you have personal experience.. This is an incentive for young people to live better and deeper with God.”

Asked by Vecernji List, the visionary declines to talk about the prophetic secrets all the six Medjugorje visionaries say the Virgin Mary has entrusted to them.

“We visionaries like to say the secrets are secret. When the time comes, we will talk about them” Marija says.

Cardinal Schoenborn on Medjugorje

(Source: Crownofstar)
Thursday, July 05, 2012

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn

Cardinal Schönborn restates position on Medjugorje… Church teaching very clear…
In an interview with Our Sunday Visitor July 15, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has again confirmed the Church’s teaching on the Medjugorje phenomenon which is still being studied by a Vatican Commission.

Questioned as to how the faithful should respond to the phenomenon in view that the authenticity of the apparitions is still under question, the Cardinal responded:

“I think that the Church’s teaching on Medjugorje is very clear. The bishops of the countries of the former Yugoslavia took a clear position in 1991. This is still valid and has been confirmed by the Vatican twice.

“There are three important points in this statement. First, that it is not confirmed that the events are of supernatural origin. That means it is neither confirmed nor denied. The Church left it open.

“The second point is that as the so-called apparition question and message question has not been decided it is not permissible to make official pilgrimages to Medjugorje. So, for example, I cannot organize a formal diocesan pilgrimage to Medjugorje as we can to Rome or Fatima or Lourdes.

“The third point, however, is that the people who choose to go to Medjugorje on their own are entitled to spiritual care. So, we priests or bishops are invited to provide spiritual company to pilgrims. That’s what my predecessors in Vienna did from the very beginning regarding Medjugorje, and that’s what I continue to do.

“I think these three points are sufficient for a good understanding of how to approach Medjugorje.

“The most important for me are the overwhelming good spiritual fruits of Medjugorje.”

Cardinal Schönborn is one of several cardinals who have made private pilgrimages to Medjugorje. He was there for Christmas 2009.

Pope Benedict XVI greets pilgrims from Medjugorje

Pope Benedict XVIVatican City (VIS) – At the end of today’s general audience, as part of the greeting groups of pilgrims in different languages, the Pope addressed the Croatian crowd of pilgrims: “I greet all Croatian pilgrims, and especially those from the parish of St James, Medjugorje! Your pilgrimage to Rome is part of the way of preparation for the coming of the Lord. Therefore, in hope, be evangelisers of God’s love in your nation. May God bless you.”