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Town of Medjugorje Site of Alleged Apparitions of the Virgin Mary Comments

Medjugorje or "Between the Hills" is a village in the southern part of Herzegovina in the present-day state of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The area is famous due to a series of reported visions of the Virgin Mary that began in 1981 and continues today. Although the apparitions have not been validated by the Catholic Church, the Shrine of the Queen of Peace at Medjugorje attracts thousands of pilgrims and tourists each year. Continue Reading

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  1. Paul Christian
    3 years ago

    Dear Readers.
    I've been hearing about our Blessed Mother's Apparition in Medjugorgie for the past 20 years and being so blessed with the profound graces of Our Blessed Mother. I also visited Medjugorgie twice in the last two years and experienced somthing very profound and supernatural. I dont want to argue about the Authenticity and Veracity of our Blessed Mother's Apparition , but nevetheless I have accept with profound humility that it is "GREAT PLACE OF WORSHIP". Secondly, when you do your "Stations of the Cross" one can really undestand the Great Pain endured by our loving LORD JESUS CHRIST for the atonmemt of our SINS. Thirdly, when we see people reciting the ROSARY unceasingly in the Apparition HILL , one can surely say that "OUR BLESSED LADY" is surely there in their midst in Spirit. In fact, Our Blessed Mother is appearing in various places these days and many apparitions still do not come to the lime light. Whatever people may think about this apparitions, I still beleive that OUR BLESSED MOTHER is warning this world and the entire humanity in various places and in ways various to reconcile ourselves with GOD and escape from GOD's Wrath and punishment to come.

    With Love

    Paul Christian.
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates.

  2. Dana PK
    3 years ago

    I have been to Medjugorje. Those who don't believe, are fine to not believe. But those to call it a hoax are wrong beyond all they have ever been wrong about. First of all, you have no right to call it a hoax, you have no clue. It doesn't matter what the Vatican says at this moment, they haven't called it a hoax and neither should you. I wont debate any details except to say only two things. I have been there, and the miracles are real... i received a great sign... furthermore, use your heads, really you must use your heads... it would be virtually IMPOSSIBLE for 6 children to keep a story straight or lie, and all corroborate and facilitate the same lie,and same story from the time of their childhood throughout their adulthood, for 30 years straight!

    There are only two options, or possibilities on this after hundreds of thousands are cured spiritually, mentally or physically through the blessing of Medjugorje... that it's either Satan, or God... But a tree is known for it's fruit... it has to be God!

    It's a bigger miracle to believe 6 children, now adults, would continue to lie about something that they have not gained monetarily in any way... and still continue to tell the story and receive the visions.

    I have been there... it is real, the miracles are real, and the healings are real... get ready folks, it's going to be a bumpy ride ahead as the world continues on this downward spiral... antichrist is about to set himself up in the Middle East among the civil unrest, strife and wars... this is the time... get your house (soul) in order... and buckle up!

  3. vance
    3 years ago

    Grimes, this is quite amuzing for a Marxist to call the Visionaries "Heretics". It is like me calling Fidel Castro a Capitalist. All these so-called "Experts" that you are referring us to seem to have their own agenda?? I don't know how reconciliation to God and praying the rosary are "Heretical" do you?? The Visionaries refused to take any money and continue to hide from the public spotlight. This runs very contrary to people who are 'Fortune Hunters' and 'Fame Seekers'. Why would you throw stones at the Church for examining the facts and information before they make a final judgement? This seems to me to be the sensible and intelligent thing to do don't you? Perhaps Mr. Grimes you might reconsider what the Visionaries advised us to do and that is to Repent and turn to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit and love and serve them instead of Karl Marx and Vlademir Lennin.

  4. John Grimes
    3 years ago

    Contrary to Trey's assertion that Vatican silence for two years indicates somehow evidence of authenticity in this hoax, it merely underlines Rome's legendary caution and deliberately exhaustive speed. It is not uncommon that those taken in by phony apparitions will invest a great deal of themselves in the business and then go on to question even the disapproving views of the competent Catholic authority, the local ordinary (in Medjugorje, in fact, two ordinaries); something very similar happened with the heretical bunk spewed for decades by Veronica Lueken at Bayside, NY. The fact remains, though, that it is the local bishop, not priests in his diocese, who has the real authority concerning these matters in our religion. The Vatican decision to take under consideration what is happening is discussed intelligently at: http://te-deum.blogspot.com/2006/07/medjugorje-preliminary-translation-of.html, and that orthodox discussion does not in any way strengthen Trey's thesis concerning this affair. Those who wish to read direct heretical quotes from some of the so-called Medjugorje "seers", including the heretical nonsense that Mary does not call all people to be Catholic can find them at http://olrl.org/prophecy/medjugorje.shtml and other sites (there are plenty of them). Catholics desiring to explore the whole truth of this sordid episode in Church history should consult independent and reliable orthodox sources, not the unhealthful but very busy propaganda machine set up by those duped by the Medjugorje phenomenon. (For orthodox analysis, see for example, http://te-deum.blogspot.com/2006/07/homily-of-bishop-ratko-peric-of.html)

  5. Trey from Cincinnati
    3 years ago

    The investigation of Medjugorje has been transferred from the local BIshop to the Vatican. As the visionaries are still alive and experiencing Our Lady's presence, the investigation is still ongoing. There is obviously something worthwhile going on here since the Vatican is now officially responsible (that Commission was formed about 2 years ago), and they fact that they have not denounced it speaks that they have not seen strong enough evidence to reach the conclusion that it is inappropriate. If the Church would ever approve the apparitions, it probably would not happen for another 50 years - well after the visionaries are deceased so that there could be a thorough examination.

    Meanwhile, the messages of Medjugorje revolve around:

    1. Prayer - especially the rosary
    2. Eucharist
    3. Holy Bible
    4. Fasting
    5. Monthly Confession

    I would encourage folks to visit the official website (http://www.medjugorje.hr/en/) to further education themselves and discern. Over 20 million people have visited this small town, and nobody can deny its fruits of bringing folks closer to God thru the vocations, conversions and other changes of hearts that are attributed to this special place.

  6. Diane
    3 years ago

    This was an ok article but I have to ask why no articles on the shrine in north Wisconsin called Our Lady of Good Help? Last month the Bishop there declared the apparitions of the Blessed Mother in the 1860's to be valid and approved by the Church. It is the only Marian apparition to be so declared as approved in the United States. The main part of her message was for the teaching of the Catechism to adults as well as children and converts because they didn't know their Faith. That's exactly whats needed today for the same reason. Please do more on that shrine. Like Fatima and Lourdes there are many healings there and the seer lived a devout life and did what was asked, she traveled about the area teaching the Catechism to all.

  7. David
    3 years ago

    I do not think this article is doing anything other than making the Catholic world aware of the Medjugorje phenomenon. It is a news site and that's what it is supposed to do - report the news. It did not mention anything about either proving or disproving the apparitions. The alleged apparitions belong to the judgment of the Vatican commission. Thank God we have a Church authority that we can rely on to know the truth. We will not have to worry about these bitter arguments for or against once the statement is made. I pray the judgment comes soon. In the mean time let's make it clear to others to fast and pray for the conversion of souls and not worry so much about apparitions.

  8. Peggy Walkuski
    3 years ago

    Since 1988, I have been on pilgrimage to Medjugoria three times and on each Pilgrimage experienced a profound faith experience. I surrendered to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and great miracles occured on my return home. The release of addiction to smoking for 40 years through the Rosary, Strength to endure two hip replacements and seven years later a hip revision. I witness to Our Blessed Lady's help when, I had an unscheduled exam to renew a subscription for blood pressure five years ago and they discoverd cancer. I offered whatever suffering I was to endure during this procedure before the operation for the salvation of souls on her heart, asking only that for her support. Thhere are no accidents. THey found one cell. When Mary appears to the visionaries, the earth stands still the birds in the trees are quiet and are hearts fill up with the love of her for us and the love and mercy of her Son, Jesus. .

  9. John Grimes
    3 years ago

    John Boylan: Read Maria's post and seach the Internet and your local library for the truth about this outrageous Medjugorje hoax. Catholics know -- or should know -- that the judgment of the local bishop in cases like these is not to be lightly dismissed as many of the partisans of this flim-flam have done with the warnings of Bishop Peric. Here in part is what Father Peter Stravinskas has to say about the bishop's role: "In our own time, the 1978 document from the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith lists several objective, verifiable criteria to determine the legitimacy of an alleged supernatural occurrence. Let me summarize the process and the norms:

    1. The case is normally handled by the bishop of the place where the event(s) supposedly take place, as he appoints a commission of experts — theological, medical, psychological — to investigate everything and everyone concerned. "

    As I said, it is extremely dangerous to ignore the words of the local ordinary, the reason, I am sure, that Fr. Stravinskas lists this criterion first among several. I am perhaps more familiar than you with both Lourdes and Fatima, familiar enough to know that the local ordinary of neither location ever announced, "...my conviction and position is not only non constat de supernaturalitate [the supernaturality is not proven] but also the other formula constat de non supernaturalitate [THE NON-SUPERNATURALITY IS PROVEN] of the apparitions or revelations of Medjugorje." In laymen's language, this whole Medjugorje montage is a fraud. Think with the Church and your head, John, not your heart, and spend your money for a trip to France or Portugal where the appearances of the BVM have received ecclesiastical approval.

  10. Eleanor Kranz Edwards
    3 years ago

    I was disappointed in the article...which seems to promote that which the Bishop(s) of Mostar have consistantly forbidden..."pilgrimages" to Medjugorje. I just read an article (expose') by the Bishop of Mostar in 2007. He cites 3 separage investigative commissions, spanning 10 years....and the fact that there was virtually unanimous agreement, that nothing supernatural has been occurring in Medj. The fact that Fr. Vlasik, one of the main Franciscan priests involved, was de-frocked by the Vatican about a year or so ago, should raise a HUGE RED FLAG. When people raise the issue of vocations and devotion, so visible there, I can't help but think about my own experience at World Youth Day and Eucharistic Congresses....Seeing the love and devotion of fellow sojourners...long confession lines etc., gives one a sense of deeper love of God....and wanting to surrender any obsticles between self and Him! When we look at approved apparitions, such as Lourdes and Fatima, we see how the children/ visionaries lived out their lives - in austerity, to atone for sin. One does not observe this with those who claim Our Lady has singled them out to appear to more than 40,000 times! Interesting that Our Lady of Fatima, gave us "God's Peace Plan" which include specific prayers and practices...none of which is promoted by the "Madonna of Medjugorje!" Would not the evil one delight in distracting millions from the critical message of Fatima? Clearly, we need to live that out, now more than ever, as the world is on very thin ice....Abortion, Euthanasia, attack on Marriage and Family and so many other evils, not nearly as prevalent in 1917. The devil's most used stragegy, me thinks, is using "good" for evil!


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