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Vatican investigates Medjugorje apparitions

June 14, 2015 | Comment icon 12 comments



Huge numbers of people flock to Medjugorje every year. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 CJ
The Vatican is set to rule on the validity of a long history of Virgin Mary sightings in Bosnia.
More than one million pilgrims visit the small Bosnian town of Medjugorje each year thanks to its extensive history of apparition sightings which have been reported for more than three decades.

The phenomenon gained worldwide attention in the early 1980s when six children started to encounter visions of the Virgin Mary dressed in white with a baby cradled in her arms.

Despite the town's popularity over the years however its spiritual significance has been widely contested. Even the local bishop has expressed skepticism over the authenticity of the sightings while many people have condemned the whole thing as a long-running hoax.
In 2010 Pope Benedict XVI launched an internal commission to investigate the Medjugorje apparitions which despite having continued for such a long time have proven difficult to verify.

On Saturday Pope Francis, who has himself expressed a degree of skepticism about the case, announced that a report had been submitted to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

A formal ruling from the Vatican on the matter is expected to be announced soon.

Source: Huffington Post | Comments (12)


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Comment icon #3 Posted by Vincennes 7 years ago
I have a family member, moderately low income. She has traveled to Medjugorje THREE times ! Each time coming back more and more thrilled with what is going on and as she recounted the wonders to me, all I could hear was a group of charlatans piloting people right on into mass hysteria. These charlatons even had their small children running through their cafeterias shouting, "She's here, she's here." and pointing up in the air. Yep, yep, now the "visionaries" kids are gifted with the appearances too... BS I do so hope that the Pope comes out against it.
Comment icon #4 Posted by legadema 7 years ago
lets trust GOD and only in God alone........pray for guidance amen
Comment icon #5 Posted by Podo 7 years ago
lets trust GOD and only in God alone........pray for guidance amen When your god decides to reveal himself to the people being tricked by these "apparitions", then maybe I'll start believing in him.
Comment icon #6 Posted by promKing 7 years ago
Yeah Vatican is really famous for it's credibility to recognize miracles and especially apparitions, just look at the Lourdes: young Bernadette Soubirous, the originator of the story of the vision in the grotto, never made any claim that the entity she said she had seen there had promised cures at the shrine. In fact, she called the vision the local French equivalent of “the lady” and the identification of the figure with the Virgin Mary was made by others. On one occasion, Bernadette was asked by an English visitor about certain miracles that had been reported during her last visit to the shr... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by Leonardo 7 years ago
The Vatican's decision regarding the nature of the alleged apparitions will follow the guidelines set out in the Normae Congregationus. As you can read at the link provided, while the Vatican originally allowed for 3 possible judgements the NC only allows for the first 2 to be issued as 'official proclamations', meaning the judgement "It is confirmed to be of non-supernatural origins." effectively no longer exists as a possible ruling. This calls into question not only the integrity of the judgement made, but also the methods used to arrive at that judgement. There can be no excuse for an orga... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by libstaK 7 years ago
When your god decides to reveal himself to the people being tricked by these "apparitions", then maybe I'll start believing in him. I'm wondering how you will know that it was God that revealed himself to these people who have been tricked exactly?
Comment icon #9 Posted by Podo 7 years ago
I'm wondering how you will know that it was God that revealed himself to these people who have been tricked exactly? An event would need to happen that was not explainable in any other way.
Comment icon #10 Posted by promKing 7 years ago
You know it's also interesting that Jesus's mother thought he was insane and with his brothers wanted to put him in a loony bin, like from these passages from Mark 3: 20 Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. 21 When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” 22 And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.” 31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by libstaK 7 years ago
An event would need to happen that was not explainable in any other way. There literally isn't such an event possible, even if God came and claimed he/she was God, the possibility that it was some unknown entity or "the devil" disguised would exist.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Podo 7 years ago
There literally isn't such an event possible, even if God came and claimed he/she was God, the possibility that it was some unknown entity or "the devil" disguised would exist. Not possible by our current understanding, sure. But if a deity exists and is truly all-powerful, it should be able to produce an experience that would only be possible for it to do. Or, it could just burn the truth into my brain, or something similarly biblical. I'm not a deity, I don't know how they work. Now, I don't think this will ever happen because I don't think that deities are real, but if one was, I would imag... [More]


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