Sunday, December 10, 2017

More on the papal envoy’s recent statemeent

The papal envoy to Medjugorje has shed more light on his recent statement and added that ‘official’ pilgrimages are not to be organised for attending apparitions as “problem of visionaries not yet solved”.

More details at The Medjugorje Witness website

Friday, December 08, 2017

Approval for official pilgrimages

An interview with the Msgr Henryk Hoser, published yesterday by the Italian news outlet Aleteia, quotes the papal envoy as saying that dioceses and other Church institutions can now officially organise pilgrimages to Medjugorje.

“The devotion of Medjugorje is allowed. It’s not prohibited, and need not be done in secret,” confirmed Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Warsaw-Praga, Poland, now some months after being sent to Medjugorje by Pope Francis to evaluate not the veracity of the apparitions, but the state of the pastoral care being provided to the thousands of pilgrims who flock to the site every year.

Formerly, pilgrimages to the site were not to be organised by official Church groups, though the faithful could make them privately or through other organisations. Now, the stance on officially-organised pilgrimages will open.

“My mission is precisely to analyse the pastoral situation and propose improvements,” the archbishop told Aleteia, about his assignment at the shrine in Bosnia & Herzegovina, which has attracted millions of people since Marian apparitions reportedly began there in 1981.

“Today, dioceses and other institutions can organise official pilgrimages. It’s no longer a problem,” explained the archbishop, speaking from his residence in Warsaw. “Pope Francis recently asked an Albanian cardinal to give his blessing to the faithful present in Medjugorje,” he added. ​

“The decree of the former episcopal conference of what used to be Yugoslavia, which, before the Balkan war, advised against pilgrimages in Medjugorje organised by bishops, is no longer relevant,” he said.