Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn speaks before Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Stephens Cathedral, Vienna, September 23, 2010

Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn

Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn

Praised Be Jesus and Mary!
Praised be Jesus Christ!

Dear Marija, dear Ivan, thank you first of all that you came. Thank you that you came again! [applause] Thank you for your service across so many years. For your work, for your service of being messengers of the Gospa [Our Lady]. You bring us children of this world, children of humanity, her love and her presence, and may God pay you back a hundred-fold for what you’re doing tirelessly.

Before we go into Adoration, I wish to tell you three things that are very deep in my heart. [I’ll speak] very shortly.

First, if I think back to the beginning of the prayer community here in Vienna, the beginning of the 80’s, in the very beginning at the Dominican Church, (I am Dominican), I remember how we were surprised that every Thursday the church was full. We were not used to that. And that people were praying for hours. There was Confession, there was Rosary. But you see, this is nearly 30 years ago, and the astonishing thing is, I can see tonight, you have never stopped praying! That is not usual. And that shows what Our Lady always says at the end of her messages, “Thank you for having responded to my call.” I can only repeat, thank you for having heard her until today, and thank you for continuing to listen to her.

The second is of our beloved icon Maria of Posch. Maria Posch is in eastern Hungary, and I was there for the Jubilee of that pilgrimage place. The original is here, the copy in Maria Posch. It’s an icon through which the Mother of God has shown her closeness through the miracle of tears. In 1697 there was the big miracle of tears because the icon cried for many days. Why did she cry? She cried about the suffering of the people. But I believe mainly because she suffers with us, she is compassionate, because she is really the mother of all of us her tears have guided many, many people back to faith, deeper into faith; and if you look everyday there are thousands of candles burning in front of her picture here in the Dom, St. Stephen’s [Cathedral]. I want to indicate something to you which is a speciality of this icon, because this icon is the indicator of the path. It is Mary indicating Jesus with her hand. She shows us the way. She shows us Jesus who said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” She shows us Jesus. “Do what he tells you to do!” That’s what she tells at Cana, “Do what he tells you to do.”

But this icon has something very special. Normally in the icons of the Church of the East, the baby, the child Jesus, blesses with both his hands. And Mary indicates Jesus and Jesus blesses. Here, and this is very rare, here there is something else. He indicates his mother as she indicates him. He indicates her and on this icon Jesus does what he does later on the cross. He says, “Behold your mother!” Here is your mother. See your mother. I believe that this is something very special that we rarely see on icons: the love of Jesus for his mother, he shows her to us.

And the third is something funny, something amusing. I have heard so many witnesses about Medjugorje in these nearly 30 years. One thing I have to tell you because it’s kind of funny and I believe that I’m allowed to do that.

I took a train after my visit to Medjugorje. And I felt that this was a little wink from Our Lady. I sat on the train and wanted to be pious and pray the breviary. A very voluminous lady sat down next to me. She was really, really fat. And I had to really push myself to the side because she left very little space. And I was slightly annoyed, I must admit. I was not virtuous. And then she began to talk to me. I didn’t like it at all. She asked me, “Father, where are you a parish priest?” I sort of reacted in an annoyed way. She was a Roma lady from Burgland and I acted a bit annoyed, and I said, “I want to read.” And she asked again, “Hey, Father, where are you a parish priest?” And again annoyed I answered, “I am the bishop of Vienna.” And she answered, “Oh, yes, I¹m sorry. I didn’t want to disturb you.” And that made me become a bit more friendly. And then out of the sky she began to say,  “My husband was in Medjugorje.” I didn’t say anything about Medjugorje, she said it. “My husband was in Medjugorje. And he climbed up a hill where there is a big cross at the top. And he climbed back down. And since he came back he is so kind and friendly like he was never before in his life with me!” [applause]

And she said she wants to go to Medjugorje also now. Perhaps she will also be so friendly.

The Lord is in our midst truly! Truly, truly like in the times in Galilee, in Jerusalem, so real, the Risen Lord!
We want to greet him now. And in great gratitude, in great trust, we want to adore him.

[His Eminence then presided, leading the congregation in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.]


Watch the Sept 23, 2010 evening of prayer in Vienna, Austria with Ivan and Marija from Medjugojre at Ivan and Marija receive an apparition of the Queen of Peace in Cardinal Schoenborn’s Cathedral. The evening consisted of prayer, Mass, the apparition, and testimonies from Ivan, Marija, and others.

(Source: MaryTV’s Medjugorje Channel)

Vatican confirms names of Medjugorje commission

Tuesday, 13 April 2010


The following statement was released by the Vatican Press Office this afternoon and confirms most of the names speculated in past weeks as being members of the Medjugorje Commission:

“The International Investigative Commission on Medjugorje met for its first session on 26 March 2010.

“The Commission, presided over by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, his Holiness’ vicar general emeritus for the diocese of Rome, is composed of the following members:

“Cardinal Jozef Tomko
prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples;
Cardinal Vinko Puljic
Archbishop of Vrhbosna, 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;
Archbishop Angelo Amato SDB
prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints;
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 OFM
consultant to the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts;
Fr Zdzislaw Jozef Kijas OFM Conv.
relator of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints;
Fr Salvatore M Perrella OSM
teacher of Mariology at the Pontifical Marianum Faculty of Theology;
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 have also participated in the commission’s work:
Fr Franjo Topic
professor of Fundamental Theology in Sarajevo;
Fr Mijo Nikic SJ
professor of Psychology and Psychology of Religion at the Philosophical and Theological Institute of the Society of Jesus in Zagreb,
Fr Mihaly Szentmartoni SJ
professor of Spirituality at the Pontifical Gregorian University
Sr Veronica Nela Gaspar,
professor of Theology at Rijeka.”

“As announced previously, the work of the Commission will be carried out with the utmost reserve. Its conclusions will be submitted to the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith for study.”

Cardinal Schoenborn: “I want to return to Medjugorje.”

Sunday, 10 January 2010

(Source: crownofstars)

CardinalSchoenborn_blessIn an interview given to Cardinal Schönborn, the Archbishop of Vienna, has made more comment about his time spent in Medjugorje recently .

He said that it was rather unusual for a Cardinal to visit Medjugorje as a pilgrim but has since heard that several other cardinals and bishops had been there in a very private way.

He added that Medjugorje is now one of the greatest pilgrimage sites in the world to travel to.

The cardinal also confirmed that Medjugorje had played an important part for many young priests on their personal path to the priesthood.

He referred to the annual Youth Festival at Medjugorje and said that, other than Taize, there is no other place that gathers so many young people and that this reflects the global importance of the phenomenon.

Cardinal Schönborn revealed that he had listened to Confessions for two and a half hours in Medjugorje, and that some of the penitents had not received the Sacrament for 20 or 30 years.

“How does this tree bear such fruit?” the cardinal asked.

He went on to speak about the phenomena of apparitions around the world and said that apparitions have their own language, that they provide simple uncomplicated messages which can get to the heart of the Christian message. He said that in Medjugorje the messages have a distinguishing feature with Our Lady’s call to peace and revealing herself as the Queen of Peace.

The cardinal confirmed again that the official position of the Church is as the Zadar declaration of 1991 made by the Yugoslav bishops’ conference. He said that this declaration has been confirmed at least twice and an ideal guideline to keep to.

On the question of the Church providing a definitive ruling when the phenomena are completed the cardinal said that there are many Marian apparition sites where an ecclesiastical verdict is not pronounced but still pilgrimages take place. He also stressed that ‘official’ pilgrimages to Medjugorje (pilgrimages organised by a diocese) cannot take place but support will be given to the spiritual needs of pilgrims who go there.

The cardinal also pointed out the deep level of prayer witnessed at Medjugorje and that the pilgrims show an incredible desire to return. He said that he could only explain that the closeness of Our Lady is good for the people and he also definitely wants to return to Medjugorje.

When asked if Medjugorje was a place of grace the cardinal said that to doubt that grace flows from Medjugorje it is necessary to close our eyes and the evidence was very obvious that graces spring from Medjugorje.

As to the messages and locutions cardinal Schönborn said that when Rome investigated the claims of Sr Faustina, who received daily messages from Jesus, it was very critical but the phenomena stood the test of time. He emphasised that the Church is always very cautious in this respect and it is a good thing.

He then added it was also very important that the fruits are not hampered and he was particularly impressed by the amount of good works resulting from the Medjugorje. He specifically mentioned the Cenacolo Community and Mother Village founded by the late Fr Slavko Barbaric.

He spoke about Medjugorje in the light of the Second vatican Council and the “sensus fidelium”, the faith of the people. He said that the messages play an important role for pilgrims to stay “connected” to Medjugorje and that without the initial momentum there would be no Medjugorje today, but he did not want to speculate “recognition” and that for him as a bishop it is important that nothing in the messages is contrary to faith. He added that in this time Our Lady manifests herself as Queen of Peace and that is the theme of the messages from Medjugorje, peace with the emphasis on conversion, because when we are peace with each other we are peace with God.

The cardinal was asked that in the light of people’s lives changing at Medjugorje is there anything he does differently since his vist. The cardinal responded by saying that if there was, he would not say, but he knows through a long association with Lourdes that a close union with the Mother can lead to God. He stressed the pastoral care of Our Lady in bringing people to her Son and how her words can touch hearts and get people to say “Yes”.

When asked if he would report his impressions to the Holy See, the cardinal stated he went on pilgrimage for personal reasons but he does not conceal his attitude to Medjugorje from his brothers, which has deepened since his visit. He confirmed that he has spoken with many bishops and will continue to do so and that this was part of the Church view and judgment. He added that as a visiting Cardinal to Medjugorje it brought consolation to the people who were there on New Year’s Eve.