In the midst of conflicting reports and opinions, what are we to believe about Medjugorje?
are facts regarding Medjugorje.
May they provide help
in discerning the authenticity of these daily reported apparitions.
(I’ve written much about Medjugorje. To
find out more, click on the links at the end of this article.)
of the world.”
For more information
about St. John Paul II’s belief in Medjugorje, I write about this extensively
village where tens of millions have visited since 1981. It has been reported consistently and undeniably, for nearly 38 years,
that Mary, the Mother of Jesus has been coming to earth every day to call
people to conversion and prayer.
alleged apparitions of Mary at Medjugorje for 4 years, from 2010-2014. This study, confirmed by Archbishop Hoser below, reportedly voted overwhelmingly to recognize as supernatural the first seven appearances of Mary in 1981.
“The ‘real core’ of the commission’s report is ‘the spiritual
fact, the pastoral fact’ that thousands of pilgrims go to Medjugorje and
are converted. ‘For this there is no magic wand; this
spiritual-pastoral fact cannot be denied.'” First Medjugorje Apparitions were Real Vatican commission Reportedly Found
Fact: POPE FRANCIS HAS AUTHORIZED DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGES
[May 12, 2019]“Pilgrimages to Medjugorje…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 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.” This announcement confirms Archbishop Hoser’s previous statements below.
Pilgrimages do not authenticate known events The “ad interim” director of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti: “care to prevent these pilgrimages from being interpreted as an authentication of known events, which still require examination by the Church.”
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”. https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2019-05/pope-authorizes-pilgrimages-to-medjugorje.html
Andrea Tornielli: “The authorization of pilgrimages is a sign of recognition of the good that happens in the parish shrine, where many people come closer to the sacraments.” It is a fact that millions of pilgrims in recent years have had a significant experience of faith on their way to Medjugorje: this is attested to by the long lines at confessionals and the evening Eucharistic adoration in the large parish church without a square metre free filled with kneeling faithful.”
Pope Francis: “I believe” that “in Medjugorje there is grace. There is no denying it. There are people who convert.” … dioceses and parishes will be able to organize and guide those pilgrimages which are an expression of the Marian piety of the people of God.” https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2019-05/medjugorje-the-marian-faith-and-the-decision-of-the-pastor.html
Visitor’s Statements Regarding Medjugorje
Henryk Hoser to study the spirituality of Medjugorje for several months in 2017 as his official Papal Envoy. In 2018, the Archbishop was sent back to live indefinitely in Medjugorje as an
official Papal Visitor of the Holy Father.
Since the arrival of Archbishop Hoser as the official Papal Visitor, the Papal Flag now flies outside St. James Church in Medjugorje as of July 30, 2018
“Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Poland
determined, after months of observing [Medjugorje] first-hand, that the
message there “can be put at the same level as that delivered in the
French city of Lourdes and the Portuguese city of Fatima” (according to a
report in Crux Now.)
He called Medjugorje — which has two-and-a-half million visitors a
year, despite previous vehement opposition to it — “the spiritual lungs
One must take this all in:
Medjugorje has not just a pastor overseeing it, not just a shrine
rector, but now its own archbishop, which may be without precedent in
major apparitions — replacing the authority of an antagonistic bishop in
the nearby city of Mostar.
“With regard to the international phenomenology, they are very similar,” Archbishop Hose said, according to the website Total Croatia,
in comparing it to Lourdes and Fatima.
“These are certainly the three
greatest pilgrimage sites. The power of grace that is felt here, the
power of God’s words here proclaimed, make us witness to many radical
transformations that are happening here. Medjugorje has become the
confessional of the world.” There is a difference between Archbishop Hoser and many skeptics: he actually went there.”
“Devotion of Medjugorje is allowed. It’s not
prohibited, and need not be done in secret.”
Medjugorje is a “phenomenon”, a “movement
[that] will not stop and should not be stopped”, saying it is “one of the most living places of prayer and
conversion in Europe – with a healthy spirituality. ”
indications are that the revelations will be recognized… Specifically, I
think it is possible to recognize the authenticity of the first apparitions as
proposed by the cardinal commission. Ruini. Besides, it is difficult to get
another verdict, because it is difficult to believe that six seers will lie for
36 years. What they say is consistent. There are no people haunted or mentally
disturbed. The powerful argument for the authenticity of the apparitions is
Faithfulness to the doctrine of the Church. If the revelations, and at least
the first seven, will be recognized, this will be a tremendous stimulus for
“Today, dioceses and other institutions can
organize official pilgrimages.”
transformation, conversion and consolidation of faith – because all these
elements are realized there.”
is a massive number of confessions. They have about 50 confessionals, which are
not enough. These are very deep confessions.” https://cruxnow.com/global-church/2017/08/19/vatican-delegate-every-indication-medjugorje-will-recognized-perhaps-later-year/
Gabriel Amorth, who for 20 years was the Vatican’s chief exorcist of Rome
before his death, spoke often of the Queen of Peace of Medjugorje and defined
the apparitions as “a massive work of
catechesis”, which directs us, every day, to the ways to win the battle
against evil. He said:
It has been 30 years … [and] Medjugorje has given us fruits that are
ultimately exquisite! Confession, conversion, vocations, graces of every
kind! For more than 30 years!”
If the apparitions are true, it isn’t without reason that God is sending his Mother to us and so it most be of tremendous importance.
The reason can be found in Mary’s reported messages, which urge people to be converted. The following reported messages express the urgency of Our Mother’s call:
Mother’s Messages ARE AT The Heart of Medjugorje
fullness of life, and to enjoy this fullness and peace, you must return to
thing that I would want to tell you is to be converted. Make that known to
all my children as quickly as possible. No pain, no suffering is too great to
me in order to save you. I will pray to my Son not to punish the world; but I
beseech you, be converted. You cannot imagine what is going to happen nor what
the Eternal Father will send to earth. That is why you must be converted!
Renounce everything. Do penance. Express my acknowledgement to all my children
who have prayed and fasted. I carry all this to my Divine Son in order to
obtain an alleviation of His justice against the sins of mankind. I thank the
people who have prayed and fasted. Persevere and help me to convert the
I want to lead you on the road to conversion. I desire that you convert the
world and that your life be a conversion for others. Do not fall into
infidelity. Let each one of you be completely submitted to my will and to the
will of God. Beginning this day, I give you special graces, and in particular
the gift of conversion. Let each one of you take home my blessing, and motivate
the others to a real conversion.” 1860 (https://www.medjugorje.org)
“I have come to call the world to conversion for the last time.” May 2, 1982
fast, to confess, to have strong faith and to center our lives on worshiping God in the Mass and reading Scripture.
of the Apostolic Visitor in Medjugorje: “Sign of a Great Respect and
Recognition … The Act Through Which the Church Officially Recognized
the Good Fruits of Medjugorje”
© Janet Moore. 2019. Updated September 30, 2019. All Rights Reserved.