The latest commission, ordered by the Vatican, investigated Medjugorje rendered its findings to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on January 19, 2014. It is up to Pope Francis to decide when he will make the findings public. Interestingly, before becoming Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio welcomed the Medjugorje visionary Ivan, as well as the former pastor of Medjugorje, Father Jozo Zovko to speak in his diocese. (Father Jozo had been imprisoned and tortured by the local Communist government soon after the apparitions began for protecting the six children who claimed to see Our Blessed Mother).
Their daily prayers consist of:
Contrary to many reports circulating recently, there is no ban on believing in Medjugorje. Nor is it a concern that the last report of the 1991 Bishop's Conference in Zadar (mentioned in the Apostolic Nuncio's directive) stated:
"On the basis of investigations so far it can not be affirmed that one is dealing with supernatural apparitions and revelations."
This is not a condemnation.
Interestingly, the Church rarely states that apparitions are of supernatural origin. Very rarely has the Church ever done so. Instead, most typically, the Church simply states, as in the case of Lourdes and Fatima, that they are worthy of belief.
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