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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?

 

 

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Introduction to Medjugorje

What is presently the official Church position concerning the Marian apparitions at Medjugorje? Our minds and hearts must always be in obedience to the final and definitive judgment provided by the Holy See and proper ecclesiastical authority in union with the Holy See.
On April 10, 1991, the Bishops’ Conference of the former Yugoslavia issued a declaration entitled, “Declaration of the Ex-Yugoslavia Bishops’ Conference on Medjugorje.” While the declaration is inconclusive, stating that at this point of the investigation “it cannot be affirmed that one is dealing with supernatural apparitions and revelations,” it then goes on to state that “the faithful journeying to Medjugorje, prompted both by motives of belief and other motives, require attention and pastoral care” by the Bishop of Mostar and his brother bishops while the investigation continues.

This declaration makes clear that the Medjugorje apparitions are at present neither formally approved (constat de supernaturalitate) nor formally condemned


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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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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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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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June 25, 2015 Message from the Queen of Peace At Medjugorje

“Dear children! Also today the Most High gives me the grace to be able to love you and to call you to conversion. Little children, may God be your tomorrow and not war and lack of peace; not sorrow but joy and peace must begin to reign in the heart of every person – but without God you will never find peace. Therefore, little children, return to God and to prayer so that your heart may sing with joy. I am with you and I love you with immeasurable love. Thank you for having responded to my call.”


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