The purported apparitions originally began June 24, 1981, when six children in Medjugorje began to experience phenomena which they have claimed to be apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
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Pope Francis’ message was sent on the second day of the 32nd Medjugorje Youth Festival taking place in Bosnia and Herzegovina Aug. 1-8.
The Holy Father takes a dim view of the alleged Marian apparitions, and has extended the pastoral mandate of his envoy archbishop-emeritus Henryk Hoser.
At April 5 press conference, Archbishop Henryk Hoser stressed that the final determination of the apparition’s authenticity remains to be seen.
Archbishop Henryk Hoser’s mission will be to gain deeper knowledge of the pastoral situation there and the needs of pilgrims.
Contradicting Italian media reports, a Vatican press official told the Register today that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has not ruled against the validity of the alleged apparitions.
According to Italian media reports, the Vatican congregation concluded June 24 that the alleged Marian apparitions are inauthentic, but recognized the site as a place of prayer.