Medjugorje ‘visionary’ says monthly apparitions have come to an end

Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mar 18, 2020 / 03:40 pm (CNA).- A woman who claims to be a visionary of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Bosnian town of Medjugorje has said that Mary will no longer appear to her on the second of every month, as she has reportedly done monthly since 1987.

Alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje have long been a subject of controversy in the Church, which have been investigated by the Church but not yet authenticated or rejected.

The alleged apparitions began June 24, 1981, when six children in Medjugorje, a town in what is now Bosnia and Herzegovina, began to experience phenomena which they have claimed to be apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

According to these six “seers,” the apparitions contained a message of peace for the world, a call to conversion, prayer and fasting, as well as certain secrets surrounding events to be fulfilled in the future.

Since their beginning, the alleged apparitions have been a source of both controversy and conversion, with many flocking to the city for pilgrimage and prayer, and some claiming to have experienced miracles at the site, while many others claim the visions are non-credible.

Among the alleged visionaries is Mirjana Dragičević Soldo, 55, who still lives in Medjugorje.

In 1987, she apparently began seeing the Blessed Virgin Mary on the second day of every month. During those alleged apparitions, Soldo prays with the Blessed Virgin Mary for non-believers, and conveys a message to the throngs of Catholic pilgrims who throng to Medjugorje for the event. 

On March 18, Soldo announced that the Blessed Mother would no longer appear to her at that time.

In January 2014, a Vatican commission concluded a nearly four-year-long investigation on the doctrinal and disciplinary aspects of the Medjugorje apparitions, and submitted a document to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

When the congregation has analyzed the commission’s findings, it will finalize a document on the site, which will be submitted to the pope, who will make a final decision.

Pope Francis approved Catholic pilgrimages to Medjugorje in May 2019, but he has not made a deliberation on the authenticity of the apparitions.

Those alleged apparitions “still require an examination by the Church," papal spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said in a statement May 12, 2019.

The pope permitted pilgrimages “as an acknowledgment of the "abundant fruits of grace" that have come from Medjugorje and to promote those "good fruits." It is also part of the "particular pastoral attention" of Pope Francis to the place, Gisotti said.

Pope Francis visited Bosnia and Herzegovina in June 2015 but declined to stop in Medjugorje during his trip. During his return flight to Rome, he indicated that the process of investigation in the apparitions was nearly complete.

On the return flight from a visit to the Marian shrine of Fatima in May 2017, the pope spoke about the final document of the Medjugorje commission, sometimes referred to as the “Ruini report,” after the head of the commission, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, calling it “very, very good,” and noting a distinction between the first Marian apparitions at Medjugorje and the later ones.

“The first apparitions, which were to children, the report more or less says that these need to continue being studied,” he said, but as for “presumed current apparitions, the report has its doubts,” the pope said.

Pilgrimages to Medjugorje have declined in numbers in recent weeks. Radio Free Europe reported March 16 that the coronavirus pandemic has diminished significantly the number of visitors to the city, especially visitors from Italy, who would ordinarily be in Medjugorje during March.

 


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  1. We read that Pope Francis praised the investigating commission’s work, calling it: “‘very, very good,’ and noting a distinction between the first Marian apparitions at Medjugorje and the later ones.”

    About fifteen years ago in a used book store I ran across a respectful book by a non-Christian who was genuinely and scientifically curious about apparitions and such (cannot now recall the title or the author). Near the back was an interview with Fr. Benedict Groeschel (a psychologist by training) about Medjugorje.

    Groeschel suggested that the first apparition(s) might well be genuine while the rest might be more natural “echoes” experienced by the seers.

    It is well-accepted that private revelations can be distorted by either just not getting all of it right, or by an alloy of the real event with figments of the recipients imagination or conviction, or can be plain or delusional fabrications.

    Of the second option, surely the truly supernatural and eternal does not fit well within the finite human mind and heart, and can be misunderstood. Even for a long time. Even in the form of “echoes” within human time, that overwhelm the neuron circuitry and mix with whatever else is already there.

    So, did Groeschel probably get it right? No deception, necessarily. And, the spiritual fruits (from the first event) are not at all diminished or discredited by a thorough discrimination and any more formal determination. In the big picture, the seers would be both mortal and vindicated against absolute detractors.

    • I’ve read various books that make me utterly disbelieve the whole thing (some are listed below). It’s been built on lies since the beginning. Even if I hadn’t read the books, the disobedience and duplicity of the people who push it would have done it. Lie after lie – the bishops have approved! The Pope has approved! Official pilgrimages are approved! Putting “Vatican” in the URL of websites even though they are not Vatican websites. “Quotes” allegedly by Pope St. John Paul II which provide no dates, locations, documentation, and pop up only on pro-Medjugorje sites.

      Some books:

      Medjugorje: A Warning, by Michael Davies; available online at http://www.catholictradition.org/Mary/medjugorje.htm
      The Hidden Side of Medjugorje by Father Ivo Sivric, OFM
      The Medjugorje Deception, by E. Michael Jones
      Medjugorje Revisited by Donal Foley

    • Did Fr. Groeschel get Macial right? After that scandal his reputation was tarnished and it is difficult for me to take him as a trustworthy judge of anything spiritual.

  2. I question all the revenue they are making from these apparitions and where is it going? I’ve followed the messages over the years and messages are repetitive. I believe the blessed mother sends messages to people throughout the world and they don’t make it into a money making racket.

  3. Judge them by their fruits.
    Medjugorje has renewed the faith of many and led many away from sin and back to prayer and simple lives.
    The messages are repetitive because humanity repeatedly DOESN’T listen.
    The message is simple.
    Live in Christ not the ways of the world.

    • Having been to Medjugorje and met people and 1 man who went to confession for the first time in 50 years. The number waiting for Confession was amazing, as were the number of people who returned to the faith!

    • Disobedience and lies are the fruits I’ve seen.

      There are doubtless people who have the same devotion to the fraudulent visions of Garabandal, Bayside, and others. And they are wrong, too.

      Suppose the Vatican announced tomorrow that pilgrimages to Medjugorje were forbidden because the judgment was that the apparitions were false. How many of these people who “returned to the faith” would ignore the decision?

      I’m reminded of St. Teresa of Avila. One of her confessors, convinced that her visions were false, ordered her to make a rude gesture to Our Lord when He appeared to her. Out of obedience, she did, apologizing to Our Lord, Who told her that she was right to obey. Obedience is important, and these alleged visionaries and the circus surrounding them promote disobedience.

      • Its easy to just read the messages online and google search other peoples opinions and make assumptions if its true or not but i tell you anyone that goes to medugorje with an open heart knows its true truly from god. From the countless people screaming from demonic possesion during Eucharist to the sense of peace you feel when you go there these things point to something special. In the end of the day the prophesies they preach will be revealed in most of our lifetime if they are real

  4. Ian Turnbull:
    “Judge them by their fruits.
    Medjugorje has renewed the faith of many and led many away from sin and back to prayer and simple lives.”
    *********

    That’s been my thoughts too.

  5. True or not who are we to judge. So many have renewed their faith and come closer to God and Jesus. If it is a money making racket they will one day have to answer before God.

  6. been going to medjugori for many years and do not doubt the appartions for one minute, why would Mirajana put herself thru all the anguish of people trying to touch her and get near to her, and the expressions on her face are definitely genuine when Our Lady appears to her.The peace and love is amazing, I will still carry on going to Medjugori. Also look at the transformation of Vicka’s face when she talks about the Gospa

  7. MedJugorje is VERY TRUE! So many people with so many testimonies. Blessed Mother has been with us all this time so many years to help man kind come back to God back to her Son and for Our sake!. Pope John Paul Believed in Medjugorje! With so much corruption in the church today and this Pope who has caused so much confusion,and division corruption, you can never go by anything he’s says! One day and very soon people who don’t believe in Medjugorje will have a wake up call. Truth lives!

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