Vatican delegate: Medjugorje could be recognized by year’s end

Archbishop Henryk Hoser, sent by Pope Francis to study the pastoral situation in Medjugorje: "A strong argument for the authenticity of the apparitions is their faithfulness to the doctrine of the Church"

A Polish archbishop appointed by Pope Francis to study the pastoral situation surrounding Medjugorje says the apparitions in the Bosnian town could be recognized by the Vatican later this year. Archbishop Henryk Hoser was appointed by the pope in February to study the pastoral care given to the town’s residents and visiting pilgrims. The current local bishop, Ratko Peri, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis says he’s suspicious of ongoing Medjugorje apparitions

Holy Father distinguishes between first apparitions and ongoing appearances: "I prefer the Madonna as Mother, our Mother, and not a woman who’s the head of an office, who every day sends a message at a certain hour."

Asked by journalists about the alleged appearance of the Virgin Mary at Medjugorje, Pope Francis said the original apparitions more than three decades ago deserve further study, but voiced doubt in the supposed ongoing visions. He stressed the need to distinguish between the two sets of apparitions, referencing a report submitted to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine … [Read more...]

Pope denounces ‘restorationist’ orders, pokes fun at Medjugorje

Says he worries when he hears that new, 'restorationist' congregations have many vocations

Pope Francis said that clerical sexual abuse is the work of the devil, there’s corruption in the Vatican, warned against new religious orders with a “restorationist” mentality, and even appeared to take a gentle shot at reputed Marian apparitions such as Medjugorje, saying the real Madonna is not “the head of a post office that every day sends a different letter.” These are … [Read more...]

A ‘most powerful woman’ – National Geographic’s major hat tip to the Virgin Mary

The following comes from a November 10 Catholic News Agency article: In a November 8 feature for National Geographic, “How the Virgin Mary Became the World’s Most Powerful Woman,” Maureen Orth explores the worldwide phenomenon of devotion to the Mother of God in anticipation of the December 13 National Geographic Channel special, “The Cult of Mary.” In her piece, Orth … [Read more...]