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In This Issue

Are the Medjugorje Apparitions Authentic?

Introduction

The reported apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Bosnia-Herzegovina (former Yugoslavia) have attracted the attention of the world and approximately 30 million pilgrims. Since June 24, 1981, six children began to report daily visits from the “Queen of Peace” and several of the “visionaries” continue to report receiving a daily apparition from the Mother of Jesus over 25 years later.

Is Medjugorje real? Are these authentic apparitions of the Virgin Mary? What is the official position of the Catholic Church about their authenticity? Could these simply be the fraudulent deception of hysteric children (now adults) for reasons of attention and personal gain?

 

 

These and other questions concerning…


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John Paul II Believed in Medjugorje

Pope John Paul II many times expressed his faith in Medjugorje. The late Cardinal Tomasek had made public the Holy Father’s remark in his presence, “If he were not Pope he would like to go to Medjugorje to help at the work with the pilgrims.” The Holy Father had invited numerous priests and bishops to go there. He had received several of the Medjugorje visionaries, (1) among them Mirjana Dragicevic. Upon visiting Rome in 1987 he spoke for 20 minutes with her in private. The visionary states that she will reveal nothing about this conversation for the time being, apart from these words of the Holy Father: “If I were not the Pope, I would be in Medjugorje already.” (In March, 2004, she received an invitation from Pope John Paul II to come to the Vatican to meet with him again. His…


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Heart of the Message of Medjugorje

Peace through faith, prayer, fasting, penance, and conversions summarize the heart of the Madonna’s messages according to the visionaries. These six foundational themes are the basis of the message of Medjugorje upon which other important elements, such as the rosary and daily Mass are developed.

We will take up each theme by examining individual messages given by the visionaries and then look at how that same theme appears in the Gospels. The similarity between the message of Medjugorje as it appears in these themes and the identical themes found in the Gospels affirms the sound Christian doctrine contained in the reported Marian message.

“Believe Firmly”

The message of Medjugorje indicates both a general summons to a more committed faith in God and to a specific belief in the apparitions themselves.

The call to faith has been central and crucial to the message of Medjugorje since the beginning of the apparitions….


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The Spirituality of Medjugorje

On June 24, 1981, in Medjugorje, a small village in the former Yugoslavia, the Mother of God began appearing daily to six local children from St. James Parish. Our Lady introduced herself to the six visionaries as The Queen of Peace and it has been under this title that Our Lady has been appearing for over twenty-three years. Our Lady appears daily to three of the six visionaries, while the other three visionaries have a yearly apparition. Throughout these nearly twenty-four years, Our Lady, the Queen of Peace, has called the world to peace through faith, conversion, prayer, penance and fasting. (1) Messages from Our Lady were given on a weekly basis to the six visionaries, and in 1987 monthly messages were given through the visionary Marija Pavlovic; these continue to be given on the twenty-fifth of every month. It has been through these words from heaven that those…


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Medjugorje and the Family

















Dr. Mark Miravalle, Queenship, 2005
$9.95
180 pp.

The purpose of Medjugorje and the Family, Helping Families to Live the Message is to provide some help in incorporating the message of Medjugorje into day-to-day family life. It seeks, first to add an understanding of the heart of the message of Medjugorje and then to get the messages into your family life. The principles can be applied to families of all different sizes and ages and even with families of very…


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Cardinal and Bishop Comment on Medjugorje

The following interviews conducted by Bruno Volpe concern the apparitions of Medjugorje. In the first interview, he speaks about the apparitions with Cardinal Ersilio Tonini, Archbishop Emeritus of Ravenna-Cervia, Italy. In the second, he speaks with the Bishop of Trani, in Puglia, Mons. Giovanni Battista Pichierri.
—Asst. Ed.

Interview with Cardinal Tonini

What do you think about the Medjugorje phenomenon?

“I think that it is a blessed place and a grace of God; who goes to Medjugorje returns transformed, changed, he reflects himself in that source of grace that is Christ. Christ is at the same time the tap and the source. If in Medjugorje, as it is obvious by now, many conversions…


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Conversion and Priestly Ordination Through Our Lady of Medjugorje

The following transcription is Part I of an oral testimony given by Fr. Donald Calloway of his extraordinary conversion which he experienced through the Marian apparitions at Medjugorje.

The May 26, 1998 statement by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as authored by the former secretary to Cardinal Ratzinger, Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, clearly presents the Holy See’s position which allows for private pilgrimages to Medjugorje while the process of examination continues. – Ed.

Many people don’t really believe what I say happened to me so I show them my picture and then they believe. Can you see that? That’s not a girl; that’s me! That creature has been transformed. Through whom? Through her (pointing to Our Lady’s statue). Actually, I’m amazed I’m a Roman Catholic priest. I still am in awe. I haven’t even been a priest for a year yet. My first anniversary will be on May 31st,…


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“The Virgin Mary Asks For Mediatrix Title”

The following article from MedjugorjeToday.com refers to Our Lady’s own explanation of her role as “Mediatrix” and makes clear heaven’s desire for this truth to be known and proclaimed worldwide – Ed.

“I desire to be the bond between you and the Heavenly Father – your mediatrix” the Virgin Mary tells visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo. Playing into the petitions for the Pope to declare Mary “Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix, Advocate” in a fifth and final Marian dogma, it is only the second time for 30 years of apparitions the word appears in a Medjugorje message. Proposers of a fifth Marian dogma to be declared by the Pope caught new wind on Sunday when the Virgin Mary made a rare mention of one of the three titles contained within the dogma, during her apparition to Medjugorje visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo.

Led by professor Mark Miravalle of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, USA, grassroot work for…


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Dr. Mark Miravalle Answers Tough Questions

The following interview was conducted and published by ministryvalues.com. – Asst. Ed.

Last week, Ministryvalues.com was lucky enough to catch Dr. Mark Miravalle between radio broadcasts, and he was kind enough to give us some of his very valuable time to ask him some questions – tough questions, it turns out for many – questions that seem to consistently cause a stir in many circles of a very large family called the Catholic Church.

Today it seems the subject of a Fifth Marian Dogma and the events taking place at Medjugorje, certainly when it comes to debating the issues, can split even the most well meaning Catholics into a veritable Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s family feud. The Fifth Dogma seeks to establish the Blessed Mother as Co-redemptrix and the Mother of all graces. The concept of Co-redemptrix refers to an indirect or unequal but important participation by the Blessed Virgin…


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