The Catholic Defender: recommendations that the Vatican Commmission on Medjugorje handed over
1. Granting Medjugorje the status of an approved Catholic shrine is among the recommendations that the Vatican Commmission on Medjugorje handed over to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) on January 17, Cardinal Vinko Puljic of Sarajevo told the Croatian news portal Dnevnik.
2. Cardinal Puljic, a member of the international investigative Commission since it was formed in 2010, says that a “verdict” from Pope Francis on the case of Medjugorje can be expected later this year.
3. The Medjuogroje Commission was initiated by Pope Benedict XVI almost four years ago, on March 17, 2010. He entrusted the work to Cardinal Camilio Ruini.
4. “The Commission has submitted the results of our work to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,” Cardinal Puljic said.
5. “The Commission is not opposed to Medjugorje as a place of faith where faithful pilgrims gather,” Cardinal Puljic said.
6. The cardinal said pilgrims are still free to visit Medjugorje, upholding what has been the status quo since the bishops of then-Yugoslavia decided to allow visits in April 1991.
7. The Medjugorje inquiry commission was set up in March 2010 under the direction of an Italian cardinal, Camillo Ruini, who for many years was the vicar of Pope John Paul II for the city of Rome.
8. Fr. Federico Lombardi in mid-January confirmed that the commission had held its last meeting and the results of the inquiry would now be examined by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Prefect Archbishop Gerhard Müller.
9. The material includes interviews with the six seers and other witnesses, expert reports, and theological reflections on the messages. The report will now be studied alongside other documentation the Congregation has gathered over the course of the years.
10. However, it is proving difficult for the Church to form a definitive verdict on the supernatural nature of a phenomenon that is still ongoing.
Cardinal Vinko Puljic of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
11. Of the six seers who reported apparitions in June 1981, when they were still children or in their teens, three claim that they still see daily apparitions of the “Queen of Peace” at the same time every afternoon, wherever they happen to be. These seers are: Vicka (who lives in Medjugorje), Marija (who lives in Monza, Italy) and Ivan (who lives in the US but returns to his homeland often). A fourth seer, Mirjana, sees an apparition on the second day of each month.
12. Reportedly, the Commission’s members have highlighted the need to provide more pastoral care for the millions of faithful who come to Medjugorje from all over the world. The Commission members, and Cardinal Ruini himself, are said to have concluded that people who visit Medjugorje really are converting to the faith or returning to the sacraments in a significant way.
13. Reportedly, the findings of the Vatican Commission on Medjugorje allow for favorable judgment, but only in a partial form, since the apparitions are ongoing.
14. The Commission found real and significant fruits in the form of conversions, and no evidence of fraud, deception or abuse.
So, in this sense, Medjugorje received a favorable review in the final report handed over to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
15. As archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis opened his diocese to Medjugorje priests, and asked Fr. Jozo Zovko to bless him.
And shortly before he left for the papal conclave in Rome, he approved of visionary Ivan Dragicevic’s public apparition arrangements that drew 10,000 people.
16. Fr. Jozo Zovko, parish priest in Medjugorje when the apparitions began, tells the Croatian newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija that he spent a long time with then-Archbishop Bergoglio during his visit to Argentina in the late 1990s.
17. “We need such people deeply rooted in prayer. He holds a Rosary in his hand, and draws on the Gospel. It is the key that opens all closed doors, and the Pope is showing us the way.”
Medjugorje is a town in Herzegovina where, in 1981, a group of young people began reporting daily visions of the Virgin Mary.
On November 14, Pope Francis seemed to refer to Medjugorje in his morning homily.
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