By Jacob Marschner
“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, guardacon.me
Medjugorje visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti has fond memories of her meeting with the Vatican Commission investigating the events of Medjugorje.
“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
“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.
By Jakob Marschner
The Vatican Commission on Medjugorje has been present while visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti received the Virgin Mary’s monthly message to the world. The purpose was to verify that the message is indeed being received as Marija has described it, a well-informed photographer tells.
Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti. Photo: Daniel Miot, guardacon.me.
Medjugorje visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti has had prominent spectators in her chapel, to watch an apparition when the Virgin Mary gave her a message.
The Vatican Commission on Medjugorje was present to make sure if Marija receives the messages in the way she says she does, the Italian photographer Daniel Miot tells from a recent pilgrimage that brought him, too, into Marija’s chapel for an apparition.
“I recently learned that the Vatican Commission investigating the events of Medjugorje has been present for an apparition to Marija, in her chapel on the 25th. As is well known, on this day of the month Marija receives the message to be disseminated to the world, and the Commission wanted to make sure she was right in saying she writes down the message in her own hand” Daniel Miot reports on his blog, Guarda Con Me.
Thursday, July 05, 2012
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.
(Source: © Informativni centar “Mir” Međugorje www.medjugorje.hr.)
SEE: Video – Commission investigating Medjugorje apparitions begins work
Rome (IKA) – The Holy See Press Office published on April 13, 2010 report from the first session of International Investigative Commission on Medjugorje, held on March 26th,2010. International Investigative Commission on Medjugorje is being presided over by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, who used to be Vicar of Rome Diocese and includes several cardinals and archbishops, many of whom serve on Vatican congregations or Pontifical Councils. These members include, Cardinal Jozef Tomko, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples; Cardinal Vinko Puljic, Archbishop of Vrhbosna, and president of the Bishops’ Conference of Bosnia-Herzegovina; Cardinal Josip Bozanic, Archbishop of Zagreb and vice-president of the Council of European Bishops’ Conference; Cardinal Julian Herranz, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts and Archbishop Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
The commission also includes specialists such as Msgr. Tony Anatrella, psychoanalyst and specialist in Social Psychiatry; Msgr. Pierangelo Sequeri, professor of Fundamental Theology at the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy; Fr. David Maria Jaeger, O.F.M., consultant to the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts; Fr. Zdzislaw Jozef Kijas, O.F.M. Conv., relator of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints; Fr. Salvatore M. Perrella, O.S.M., teacher of Mariology at the Pontifical Marianum Faculty of Theology and Fr. Achim Schutz, professor of Theological Anthropology at the Pontifical Lateran University as secretary. Msgr. Krzysztof Nykiel, an officer of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, serves as additional secretary.
Other experts participating in the commission’s work include Fr. Franjo Topic, professor of Fundamental Theology in Sarajevo; Fr. Mijo Nikic, S.J., professor of Psychology and Psychology of Religion at the Philosophical and Theological Institute of the Society of Jesus in Zagreb; Fr. Mihaly Szentmartoni, S.J., professor of Spirituality at the Pontifical Gregorian University and Sr. Veronica Nela Gaspar, professor of Theology at Rijeka.
As it was announced earlier on, the work of this Commission is not going to be open for the public and all conclusions and findings will be subject to Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Thursday, 25 March 2010
According to the Office of the Archbishop of Zagreb the first session of the Holy See’s International Commission to study the Medjugorje phenomenon has started today and will end on Friday. Archbishop of Zagreb, cardinal Josip Bozanić, is one of 20 members attending this first session at the CDF in Rome.
Considering that an official announcement of the new Commission was made only seven days ago, the speed at which this first session has got underway suggests that Rome is in a hurry to make an announcement of some kind, though not necessarily to reach a final verdict on the Medjugorje phenomenon.
Heading the Commission is Cardinal Camillo Ruini.