The Church’s Response to Medjugorje Apparitions – Updated Timeline

Ann VucicChurch News, Medjugorje, Pope Francis

1981: Apparitions of Medjugorje begin 1984: Local bishop, diocese of Mostar forms a commission to investigate the events in Medjugorje. 1986: Bishop submits a negative decision about Medjugorje to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (CDF), which at the time was led by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (later, Pope Benedict). 1986: CDF, under Cardinal Ratzinger … Read More

Medjugorje Pilgrim Experiences Remarkable Graces & Answered Prayers

Stephanie EngelmanMedjugorje

“We think of  Lent as a time of stripping away. This year, my Lent was incredibly challenging in multiple ways,” Thirty-two-year-old Maria of Indianapolis, Indiana shares. “I was going through a period of desolation. I just kept thinking, hold on to Easter, hold on to Easter, things will get better.” Easter Sunday came and, despite … Read More

Fr. Leon Pereira – What Role Does Private Revelation Play in Our Faith?

Stephanie EngelmanMedjugorje

Last week we began a two-part series with Fr. Leon Pereira, Chaplain to English-Speaking Pilgrims in Medjugorje. We looked at the Church’s current ruling on the Medjugorje apparitions, and Fr. commented on a quote from Archbishop Henrik Hoser – “The light far outweighs the shadows.” This week, we’ll turn our attention to the question, “Do … Read More

Medjugorje Chaplain Fr. Leon Pereira Provides Food for Thought Regarding Vatican Approval

Stephanie EngelmanMedjugorje

Recently, Fr. Leon Pereira, Chaplain to English Speaking Pilgrims in Medjugorje, spoke with Medjugorje pilgrimage leader Ann Vucic about the status of the Holy See’s approval of the Medjugorje apparitions, and whether the faithful are allowed to come to Medjugorje. Fr. Leon’s words offered substantial food for thought regarding pilgrimage to Medjugorje. Over the next … Read More

A Little Bit of Heaven on Earth – The Saints Who’ve Stood the Test of Time

Brianna CampbellFrance, Italy, Marian Shrines of Europe, Medjugorje

What does “incorrupt” mean?The word “incorrupt” means “not having undergone decomposition, especially of a human body.” When a body is exhumed for examination and judged incorruptible, they are generally seen as a saint, although the state of incorruptibility no longer is counted as a miracle towards an individual’s cause for sainthood, as it was in … Read More

Is Vatican Paving the Way Toward Approval of Medjugorje?

Stephanie EngelmanMedjugorje

Recent events have lead many to speculate that the Vatican may be paving the way toward approval of Medjugorje as a site of Marian apparitions. On Thursday, May 31, 2018, the Feast of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary, the Vatican announced that it was appointing recently-retired Archbishop Henryk Hoser as Special Apostolic Visitor to … Read More

Official Pilgrimages to Medjugorje Authorized, States Vatican Envoy

Stephanie EngelmanMedjugorje

“The devotion to Medjugorje is allowed,” confirmed Archbishop Hoser in a statement to Aleteia on Dec. 7, 2017. “It’s not prohibited, and need not be done in secret.” In February, Archbishop Henryk Hoser was chosen by Pope Francis to be a Papal Envoy to Medjugorje.  When he was assigned to this position, the Vatican clarified … Read More

Why Has the Blessed Mother Appeared in Medjugorje?

Ann VucicMedjugorje

On June 25, 2007, Our Lady gave the following message: “Dear children! Also today, with great joy in my heart, I call you to conversion.  Little children, do not forget that you are all important in this great plan, which God leads through Medjugorje.  God desires to convert the entire world and to call it … Read More

Timeline of Church’s Response to Medjugorje

Richard SontagMedjugorje, Pope Francis

Please note: A more recent post regarding this subject is available. To read the updated timeline, please visit: Updated Timeline on Church’s Response to Medjugorje.  Timeline of the Church’s response to Medjugorje 1981: Apparitions of Medjugorje begin, taking place in the Diocese of Mostar, in the former Yugoslavia, now called Bosnia-Herzegovina. 1984: Bishop of Mostar, … Read More