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Is Medjugorje Real? Facts and First-hand Accounts

By Mark Miravalle

Saturday, 28 June 2008

The reported apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Bosnia-Herzegovina (former Yugoslavia) have attracted the attention of the world and approximately 30 million pilgrims. Since June 24, 1981, six children began to report daily visits from the "Queen of Peace" and several of the "visionaries" continue to report receiving a daily apparition from the Mother of Jesus over 25 years later.

Is Medjugorje real? Are these authentic apparitions of the Virgin Mary? What is the official position of the Catholic Church about their authenticity? Could these simply be the fraudulent deception of hysteric children (now adults) for reasons of attention and personal gain?

These and other questions concerning the reported Medjugorje phenomena have circulated in international newspapers, chancery offices, rectories and convents, and at family dining rooms the world over.

Five issues stand out from the great number of Medjugorje-related topics, as the "FAQs," the most frequently asked questions. These five questions must be examined from the perspective of the Catholic Church’s approach to Marian apparitions and the facts specific to the reported Medjugorje event.

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Our Lady's message shared through Ivanka on her annual apparition, June 25. 2008.

"Our Lady spoke to me about the ninth secret."

She gave us Her motherly blessing.

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June 24th. 2008.

Hello dear friends,

June 24. 2008. Evening mass.  

Today is the 24th, as you all know it is the day before the anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady here in Medjugroje. I can not believe it is already the 27th. anniversary, I was only 3 when it all started and Medjugorje grew with me. Now that it is the 27th. Anniversary it seams so distant and different with all the big houses, apartment buildings and the number of stores around. Although this all developed so fast and so big Medjugorje to me is still what it was when I was a kid. Playing on Sipovac hill (Cross mountain) running around the fields. I still remember the time when we played soccer, the altar boys against the Franciscans on Saturdays. That was the day when we had the altar boys meeting and then after the meeting and the soccer game we would go in to the sacristy where the daily apparitions took place to be present for the apparition. That all seams so far behind us, as now-days when the apparition takes place and when pilgrims and parishioners are invited, it usually takes place at the Blue Cross area or the Apparition hill site and there thousands attend. I am just reflecting and sharing with you  as it is so hard to believe that is has been 27 years.


On another note, traditionally for a number of years the day before the anniversary a march of peace is organized from the Humac monastery to Medjugorje (16 km), Humac - the town Ljubuski. The march started this morning at 6 and the walk ended at around 9:45 in front of St. James church. The number of people that went to Humac to join the march exceeded the number from the years before by 50 % (in my personal opinion).

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The mariologist Laurentin defends Medjugorje:

“What satanic deceit? Our Lady is really appearing”.

by Bruno Volpe

Father Laurentin VATICAN CITY - Confrontation of opinions: the beauty of dialectics. On the columns of our newspaper, the trustworthy Bishop and exorcist, Monsignor Andrea Gemma, has severely fustigated the phenomenon of Medjugorje defining it as “a great deceit”. We wanted to hear also a favorable opinion on the apparitions in that country. Therefore we have interviewed one of the most authoritative living mariologists, Father Renè Laurentin.

Father Laurentin, what is your answer to Monsignor Gemma?

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Pigeons of love.

Pigeons of love. Just a simple taught and a quote from our dear Mother Theresa accompanied with a photo from Medjugorje. 

"There is more hunger in the world for love and appreciation than for bread."
  --  Mother Teresa


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Prayer to the Most Holy Mother of God

June 9 - Mary, Mother of Grace (France) - St Ephraem the Syrian, Deacon and Doctor of the Church (d. 373) St Ephraem

Prayer to the Most Holy Mother of God
Most Holy Lady, Mother of God, you are the only one completely pure in soul and body, and you surpass all purity, all virginity and all chastity. You are the sole dwelling place of all the grace of the Spirit, and you far surpass the angels in purity and in holiness of soul and body. Turn your eyes toward me. I am sinful and impure and stained in soul as well as in body with the passions and pleasures that constitute the weeds of my life. Set my spirit free from its passions. Sanctify and restrain my thoughts when they race toward adventurism.

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Our Lady's message through Mirjana on June 2nd, 2008.

Dear children,
Gospa I am with you by the grace of God, to make you great - great in faith and love - all of you! You whose heart has been hard as a stone by sin and guilt*, but you devout souls, I desire to illuminate with a new light. Pray that my prayer may meet open hearts that I may be able to illuminate them with the strength of faith and open the ways of love and hope. Be persevering. I will be with you.
Our Lady blessed all those present and all religious articles brought for blessing.

* As Our Lady spoke this, she was looking at those present to whom this refers to, with a painful expression and tears in her eyes.

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Tragedy on the way to Medjugroje

Dear friends,

A group of pilgrims from Nasice (Croatia) got in to a car accident as they were going to Medjugorje. In a little town called Doboj (Bosnia and Herzegovina) a truck got on to their side of the road and the collision was unavoidable. The truck driver and two ladies riding in the bus got killed a six year old boy is in a coma and the others were hurt, some pretty bad and some ar already at home and family is taking care of them.

The reason I am writing this is the fact that the all are in need of our prayers, especially this little boy. Thank you.


Fr. Petar Vlasic (our pastor) and Fr. Svetozar Kraljevic went to Nasice (Croatia) to visit the parish where the people that endured the tragedy came from. They visited some of them in the hospital and some at their homes. Most of them are feeling fine but there are still some that are in need of our prayers.

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Karmel Marathon for Peace

Karmel Marathon runner I missed reporting on the day of the annual marathon for peace. I took place Saturday, the runners were divided in to two groups, first one started in the town of Grude(42 km from Medjugorje) and the second one started from Ljubuski (25 km from Medjugorje). The marathon had about 400 runners, young and old, it was quite a spectacle. Funds raised from sponsors and donators was given to Mothers village orphanage.

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I Am from Heaven

Pray the Rosary! Sister Lucia herself told us of the first apparition of Our Lady on May 13, 1917:

"...In the Cova da Iria....we saw what seemed to be a flash of lightning. (...) There before us on a small oak tree, we beheld a Lady all dressed in white. She was more brilliant than a crystal glass filled with sparkling water, when the rays of the burning sun shine through it.

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Construction progress...

For those that asked what is the status of the construction!? The new extension to the sacristy is almost done. The outside work is almost done. The inside is also almost done, they are awaiting for the carpentry to arrive. Anyhow, a few photos of the outside area and it's new looks.

Sacristy 1. Sacristy 2.

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