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.
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”.
“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”.
Full story at Vatican News.
I am not sure, about the Marian apparitions of Medjugorje. About 25 years ago, I went to a talk given by the grown visionaries, along with their priest, Fr. Jozo– who impressed me. He was a Catholic martyr– tortured for his Faith, by the Communists– and showed us his wounds! However– I was not very impressed with the visionaries– they did not seem very holy, nor inspirational, for me! And why so many apparitions?? Anyway– it’s wonderful, the miracles and conversions, in Medjugorje! But overall–I prefer the apparitions at Fatima (Feast Day is today, May 13!) and Lourdes, etc.– with real saints, aspiring to Heaven! They inspires me!
I have read about the lives of many saints, blesseds, and those with Causes of Canonization in the Vatican, of the 20th/21st centuries. Some of them were young people– and some died young, like two of the Fatima children. Most were not visionaries. In each case, the saintly person consecrated their life totally to God, regardless of their life circumstances (child or adult, a priest or nun– or single, or married). And each one greatly inspired others around them! One apparition– or a million of them!– was beautiful, but not necessary, for their deep holiness! So– although these great people inspire me– the Medjugorje case makes no sense at all to me! I have never understood them!
Quite shocking to me– that none of the Medjugorje visionaries became a priest, brother, nun– or even a member of a lay religious order! Or even– a Consecrated Virgin, or a holy hermit, praying and contemplating God, and doing penances, in their own homes (regardless of apparitions)! The Blessed Virgin said they should choose their own vocations. I had thought– as they chose the married state– wouldn’t their lives be similar spiritually, to the holy life of a married saint– like St. Gianna Beretta Molla?? No?? Guess I missed something!!
You missed nothing. You’re saying where there’s smoke there’s fire. You see, Protestants have their charlatan preachers and Catholics have their charlatan visionaries. Making money off the gullible.
Can Vatican officials speak in simple declarative sentences of less than twenty five words? No wonder people have a very difficult time following their comment.
I always thought Medjugorje was shady. And I don’t mean it has lots of trees.
Go on a pilgrimage to Fatima instead. Everything about it has been fully vetted and declared worthy of belief so there’s no uncertainty concerning it. Repent, make sacrifices and pray the rosary are clear instructions from heaven. Medjugorie is a mixed bag of confusion and scandal.
The true beauty about the BVM’s approved apparitions (Guadalupe, Lourdes, Fatima, etc.) is that they are “private” revelations. There are no dogmatic or doctrinal requirements to believe that they actually occurred. The Church has only three classifications:
—worthy of belief;
—unworthy of belief.
The BVM is a real person and the things that we MUST believe as Catholics are”
—her Immaculate Conception;
—having the fullest (Kecharitomene, κεχαριτωμένη) of Grace and, therefore an inability to sin;
—her obedience at the Annunciation (“Be it done to me according to thy Word”);
—her perpetual virginity.
— her Assumption…