CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 15 June 2019

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Pilgrimages to Medjugorje allowed but no ruling on apparitions

VATICAN (CNS): Polish Archbishop Henryk Hoser, the pope’s apostolic visitor to Medjugorje, and Archbishop Luigi Pezzuto, the nuncio to Bosnia-Herzegovina, announced on May 12 that Pope Francis has decided to allow official pilgrimages to Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
 
However, Alessandro Gisotti, the interim director of the Vatican press office, confirmed the change, but said care must be taken to ensure the pilgrimages are not “interpreted as an authentication of well-known events, which still require examination by the Church.” 
 
He stressed that Church-sponsored pilgrimages must “avoid creating confusion or ambiguity from the doctrinal point of view.” 
 
In 1981, six young people from Medjugorje claimed that Mary had appeared to them. Some of the six say Mary still appears to them and gives them messages each day, while others say they see her only once a year now. Diocesan commissions studied the alleged apparitions from 1982 to 1984 and again from 1984 to 1986, and the then-Yugoslavian bishops’ conference studied them from 1987 to 1990. All three commissions concluded that they could not affirm that a supernatural event was occurring in the town.

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