Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Medjugorje 2.0: What are We to Believe About Medjugorje? Here are MORE Facts!

“Vatican Confirms Medjugorje approval
by joining the youth festival”

MORE Facts regarding Medjugorje:

This is a continuation to:
“What are We to Believe About Medjugorje? Here are the Facts”.:

It is meant to be a quick access guide to the latest facts regarding Medjugorje.
May it be a gift to you and to all those you share it with:

Fact:  Medjugorje is a village where tens of millions have visited since 1981. It has been reported consistently and undeniably, for over 38 years, that Mary, the Mother of Jesus has been coming to earth every day to call people to conversion and prayer. The reported apparitions are ongoing.

In the reported messages, Mary calls herself the “Queen of Peace” and asks for:
Peace, for her children to convert and have strong faith and to pray with the heart through centering our lives on the Eucharist (adoring and going to Mass daily if possible), reading Scripture and praying the rosary daily (with our families), fasting twice a week and confessing once a month. Up to 50 million people have made pilgrimages there.

Fact: St. John Paul II had a great love for Medjugorje.

“A priest testified the pope had been interested in Medjugorje from the very beginning, because right before our apparitions started, he had been praying for Our Lady to appear again on Earth.
"I cannot do it all alone, Mother," he prayed. "In Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Poland and so many other communist countries, people cannot freely practice their faith. I need your help, dear Mother."
According to this priest, when the pope heard that Our Lady had appeared in a tiny village in a communist country, he immediately thought Medjugorje had to be an answer to his prayers.” 

The above story, the following quotes (and many more) are referenced here: “Medjugorje: In St. John Paul II’s Own Words”:

·      Regarding the liberation of Poland from Communism:
"No, this is not my merit. This is the work of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as She had predicted in Fatima and in Medjugorje."

·      "Our Lady of Medjugorje will save America!"

·      “Today’s world has lost its sense of the supernatural, but many are searching for it – and find it in Medjugorje, through prayer, penance, and fasting.”

·      “Medjugorje is a continuation, an extension of Fatima. Our Lady is appearing in communist countries primarily because of problems that originate in Russia.”

·      “Medjugorje is the hope for the entire world.”

·      “Medjugorje, Medjugorje, it's the spiritual heart of the world.”

·      “Medjugorje? Medjugorje? Medjugorje? Only good things are happening at Medjugorje. People are praying there. People are going to Confession. People are adoring the Eucharist, and people are turning to God. And, only good things seem to be happening at Medjugorje.”

·      “If I were not pope I would already be in Medjugorje confessing.”

·      “Approve all that is related to Medjugorje.”

·      “…I thank Mrs. Zofia for everything concerning Medjugorje. I , too, go there every day as a pilgrim in my prayers: I unite in my prayers with all those who pray there or receive a calling for prayer from there. Today we have understood this call better. I rejoice that our time is not lacking people of prayer and apostles…”

·      “Medjugorje is better understood these days. This kind of “urging” of our Mother is better understood today when we see with our very eyes the enormousness of the danger. At the same time, the response in the way of a special prayer – and that coming from people all around the world – fills us with hope that here, too, the good will prevail. Peace is possible…”

Fact: Cardinals and Bishops throughout the world testify to the fruits of Medjugorje. Here are just a few:

In 1983, only two years after the apparitions began, Cardinal Kuharic, then-Primate of Croatia, reflected:
“How can I doubt that Medjugorje is God’s doing?
…Do you know that half a million young people have surrendered to Christ? The Lord is stirring this country! They need fifty to sixty priests every weekend just to hear confessions and to counsel these young people! And it’s all because this apparition!”

Cardinal Siri of Genoa, 1989 [Gebet, #4, 1990]:
"I have noticed that the people who come from Medjugorje become apostles. They renew the parishes. They form groups in which they get together, prayer groups. They pray before the Blessed Sacrament. They hold lectures, lead discussions and bring others to Medjugorje. And these circles - these prayer groups - spread out more and more. They renew the Church!"

Bishop Domenico Pecile, Vicar of St John Lateran Basilica, the Pope’s Cathedral in Rome:
"In Medjugorje Our Lady is coming in a very powerful way... It is impossible not to see here the Lord our God. Impossible!...
In all our churches throughout the world, it should be as it is here in Medjugorje!”

Fact:  The New evangelization is taking place in Medjugorje

The Papal Appointed Apostolic Visitor to Medjugorje, Archbishop Henryk Hoser:
·       “There is no doubt …We live here the new evangelization, as Marian devotion developing here is very dynamic. This is the time and the place of conversion. Here, one discovers God’s existence in his own life and God’s desire to be present in the human heart in the society that lives as if God does not exist.”
·      “…fruits of profound conversion… the most mature and the most important fruit is the phenomenon of conversion through confessions, peace and reconciliation.”
·      Regarding Rwanda, as he was also appointed the Apostolic Visitor for Rwanda: “There are many similar elements … Our Lady in Kibeho wanted to warn the people of the future events that proved to be the genocide. This was the mission of the Queen of Peace, and it is a certain continuation of the apparitions in Fatima. … The apparitions in Medjugorje began also in 1981, a few months before Kibeho and it also proved to have the importance for the future war in the former Yugoslavia. Devotion to the Queen of Peace is developing here in Medjugorje and we find many similarities with the apparitions in Fatima. The invocation “The Queen of Peace”, was introduced to the Loreto Litanies by Pope Benedict XV, in 1917, in the year of the apparitions in Fatima, during the World War I and the Soviet Revolution. We can see God as ever-present in the human history and He sends us Our Lady to be close to us in every time.”,10198.html

Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization celebrated the last Mass of the Youth Festival:
·      one branch of the New Evangelization has pastoral responsibility for the shrines in the world. Even though Medjugorje has still not been officially recognized as the shrine, this place is the destination for millions of pilgrims each year
·      One cannot notice that pilgrims walk all over this place with rosary beads in their hands and they pray, as they walk in the roads, as they climb the hills, everywhere…I believe this is one really positive sign...
·      I was also impressed by the great number of youth here. Yes, this was the 30th Youth Festival, however it felt for me as I was again on the World Youth Day. I think this is one really important event that defines Medjugorje and involves so many people. Not only in accommodating all these young pilgrims, but also in formation they receive. The prayer programme is enriched with catechesis and dialogue, something of great importance in New Evangelization in these times.
·      Prayer is at the first place, in its peak in the Holy Eucharist and the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. I need to emphasize that the event that took place on the last evening is really significant. After two hours of the intensive Eucharistic celebration, we could witness the profound silence of so many youth and 800 priests who remained in the Eucharistic Adoration.
·      Those are the elements of the New Evangelization”.

Fact: For 30 years, millions of young people from nearly every country on earth have come to the Annual Youth Festival that is hosted in Medjugorje.

REgarding the 3oth Annual Youth Fest August 1-5, 2019

The Catholic New Service reported, in an article entitled: “Vatican confirms Medjugorje approval by joining youth festival”:

“Radio Medjugorje reported Aug. 5 that parts of the festival had been watched via the internet by more than 2.8 million people worldwide.
Speaking at an Aug. 2 press conference, Hoser said the pope had “opened a great door to enter Medjugorje” with his May decree, adding that he was “personally and intimately convinced” the Marian center offered “a model for new evangelization.”
He said Medjugorje should be seen as “a living, dynamic reality,” with over 700 vocations so far recorded there, adding that the center’s importance was summed up “by the people coming here, praying here, being transformed here and returning to their countries with the Gospel spirit they breathed here.”
“The Holy See’s position has crystallized clearly and has two aspects: the pastoral aspect, which is fully accepted, and the doctrinal aspect, meaning study of the apparitions,” he told KAI, Poland’s Catholic information agency.
“The fact apparitions are still continuing is the main obstacle to a final ruling, since it’s hard to decide on something which hasn’t finished. For now, the question of recognizing the authenticity of the apparitions remains in the hands of the Secretariat of State.”

Apostolic Nuncio to Bosnia and Herzegovina Archbishop Luigi Pezzuto:
·      “We are already considering how to involve the bishops within the universal Church, not just by coming here, but also to be engaged as much as their lay people and priests, in organizing the youth in their dioceses for coming to the Youth Festival in Medjugorje, and for all the other pilgrimages, too. We must get to the point that the bishops are the ones who will organize the pilgrimages of their faithful to Medjugorje and that there is a true Marian devotion, which should be Christocentric."

The Papal Appointed Apostolic Visitor to Medjugorje, Archbishop Henryk Hoser:
·      "During the Youth Festival, there were 14 shepherds, the Church Officials, cardinals, archbishops and bishops present here and among them three representatives of the Holy See. 
·      The first reaction and the first thing I have to say is that bishops, archbishops and cardinals from Rome and other placesdiscovered an unknown reality that was often hidden. They were very moved, sensitized by the atmosphere that was at the Youth Festival, by the enthusiasm and joy shown by the young people. They were fascinated by the ability youth here presented in remaining in the complete silence, and these were young people who constantly lived in a noise, with earphones in their ears. And what touched these cardinals and bishops was how they reacted to catechesis. You had the impression that they were sitting in silence, getting bored because there was absolute silence, and then when they finished they explode in applause, which meant they followed and listened what was said.
·      Everyone noted …specific realities of Medjugorje.
·      The first one we already talked about is confessions. There were 700 priests engaged in confessions. During the day they confessed for hours. 
·      Another very powerful aspect is Adoration - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Veneration of the Cross - the liturgical practices that have almost disappeared along with confession in the rest of the world. 
·      And the third aspect they have noticed is the prayer of the Rosary. This is the place where the Rosary is said on daily basis. The Rosary, in many countries, is considered to be a prayer of elderly women and here we see young people with rosaries in their hands...",10472.html


For more information about Medjugorje, see also:

“The Deep Connections between Saint John Paul II, Medjugorje and Fatima - An Interview with Bishop Hnilica”

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