FEB 3 (Medjugorje Today) - Not only one, but "numerous" reports were written by the Vatican's investigative Commisision on Medjugorje. And though the view of the Commission has been reported to be generally positive, some of the 17 members still have some kind of doubt, Vatican Insider reports.
"The commission led by Cardinal Ruini sent numerous reports to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). No proof was found of any tricks or scams but some of the commission’s members are still not fully convinced" the experienced Vatican watcher Andrea Tornielli writes in Vatican Insider, a special edition published by the major Italian daily La Stampa.
So far, no answer has been given as to when CDF will pass on the reports and its own eventual remarks to Pope Francis. Vatican Insider comes no further than "in the coming months":
"The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will hold a plenary meeting in the coming months to examine and discuss the commission’s conclusions. The decision will then be presented to Pope Francis who will give a final judgement."
JAN 29 (Medjugorje Today) - Mostar International Airport close to Medjugorje is close to opening a regular route to Rome, with only the final paper work with the Italian air flight operator missing before the route can be formally announced.
"Unfortunately, we still can not confirm exactly when the route will be established but we hope it will be resolved in the next few days" the airport's head of transport and security Marko Djuzel tells the local news portal Glas Brotnja.
OCT 29 (Medjugorje Today) - The statue that glowed for six evenings and nights from September 23 in the childhood home of visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic has not been a topic for the Vatican Commission on Medjugorje.
"I read about it in the media, and what I can say is that the published information was not verified. The Commission dealing with the Medjugorje phenomenon has not dealt with the statue" Fr. Franjo Topic, a professor of theology from Sarajevo and a consultant to the Commission, tells the Mostar-based daily Dnevni List.
The statue was moved to the parish office on September 29, at the request of Vicka's family who wanted the statue analyzed. Several local sources told that the experts would arrive from the Vatican but no one formally tied the investigation of the statue to the general Vatican examination of Medjugorje, ongoing since the current Commission was formed on March 17th 2010.
OCT 25 (Medjugorje Today) - Fr. Miljenko Steko, the director of Medjugorje's information centre and radio station before he became the Provincial of the Franciscans in Hercegovina, has been elected new President of the European Franciscan OFM Provincials. The election took place in Rome, during a conference on October 21-25.
OCT 8 (Medjugorje Today) - On September 27, Croatian Airlines captain pilot Zvonko Situm successfully crash landed his engine in Zurich, Switzerland, when he and his colleagues had found they could not extend the nose wheel prior to landing.
All 65 passengers were left without injuries, and the Croatian press soon elevated Situm and his crew to national heroes. Early this week, he went to Medjugorje to give thanks.
"There was no time to be afraid. All my life I have lived as a believer, and that is what I had in mind. (The accident) happened around 8 pm in the evening, and I prayed at 9 o'clock in the morning. Normally, as every day. I live all my life by faith, not just in that one moment" Zvonko Situm tells the Croatian daily Vecernji List who met him in Medjugorje.
Situm spent 15 minutes alone with visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic, and tells they talked about faith and family. The pilot says he was especially impressed "by Vicka's simplicity, accessibility, faith, warmth, sincerity, and closeness to God."
SEP 9 (Medjugorje Today) - After several months of absence, Medjugorje visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic resumed her talks to pilgrims on Monday, addressing several thousands at Sister Kornelija's orphanage a bit outside of Medjugorje.
Continuing problems with her back have kept Vicka away but she was fine during her recent week-long pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine, and now plans to regularly talk to the Medjugorje pilgrims, in the early morning hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
AUG 31 (Medjugorje Today) - In recent days, a message allegedly given by the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje has circulated online. The "message" talks about a pressing need to pray the Rosary to avoid a war in Syria.
While the Virgin Mary has requested prayers for peace throughout her 32 years of apparitions in Medjugorje, the message circulating about Syria is false. It was debunked on August 31 by several well-informed sources in and around Medjugorje.
Also, an alleged "message" to Medjugorje visionary Ivan Dragicevic about the risk of a major Middle East war has started circulating again. This "message" first appeared in the Winter of 2012 when Ivan hurried to debunk it.
SEP 1 (Medjugorje Today) - Family prayer and peace in the world were in focus when Medjugorje visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic had her apparition on September 1 in Corridonia, in the company of 7,000 people from all over Italy.
"Our Lady is here with us, and together we prayed for each one of you, but especially for the sick and for peace in the world. Our Lady asks you to return to the Rosary within the family, and to rediscover prayer" Vicka said, according to the local newspaper Il Resto del Carlino.
Vicka has attended the growing day of prayer in Corridonia since 2012 when it was first held. It was started as a day of commemoration of the organizer's son who died young in a traffic accident. Vicka is a close friend of the family, and was the godmother of the young man.
SEP 2 (Medjugorje Today) - Mostar Airport close to Medjugorje has seen a slight drop in traffic in 2013 and a leading official now calls decline compared to last year "inevitable".
"In spite of everything, we can say that we are satisfied. The number of passengers is less than expected, and the decline is inevitable. This year we have had to renovate part of the airport facilities which has been done in order to follow the strict recommendations for increased security" leading airport official Marko Duzel tells the regional news portal Bljesak.
Growth compared to last year was expected but a weaker tourist season with fewer Medjugorje pilgrims and the financial crisis have had a negative effect.
AUG 12 (Medjugorje Today) – About 5 pm on August 11, a male Indonesian pilgrim fell and was severely injured while climbing Apparition Hill. Local police was called, but the man died from his injuries, the news portal Bljesak reports.
"Dear children, I am coming to you as a mother and I desire that in me, as in a mother, you may find your abode, consolation and rest. Therefore, my children, apostles of my love, pray. Pray with humble devotion, obedience and complete trust in the Heavenly Father. Trust as I have trusted when it was said to me that I will bring the blessing of the promise. May out of your hearts, from your lips, always come forth: 'May Your will be done!'. Therefore, trust and pray so that I can intercede for you before the Lord, for Him to give you the heavenly blessing and fill you with the Holy Spirit. Then you will be able to help all those who do not know the Lord - you, apostles of my love, will help them to call Him 'Father' with complete trust. Pray for your shepherds and place your trust in their blessed hands. Thank you."
“Dear children! You see, hear and feel that in the hearts of many people there is no God. They do not want Him, because they are far from prayer and do not have peace. You, little children, pray - live God's commandments. You be prayer, you who from the very beginning said `yes` to my call. Witness God and my presence and do not forget, little children: I am with you and I love you. From day to day I present you all to my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
“Dear children! For you to be able to be my apostles and to be able to help all those who are in darkness, to come to know the light of the love of my Son, you must have pure and humble hearts. You can not help for my Son to be born in, and to reign in, the hearts of those who do not know Him, if He does not reign – if He is not the King – in your heart. I am with you. I am walking with you as a mother. I am knocking on your hearts. They can not open because they are not humble. I am praying, and you my beloved children also pray, that you may be able to open pure and humble hearts to my Son and to receive the gifts which He has promised you. Then you will be led by the love and strength of my Son. Then, you will be my apostles who everywhere around them spread the fruits of God’s love. My Son will act from within you and through you, because you will be “one”. My motherly heart yearns for this – for unity of all of my children – through my Son. With great love I bless, and pray for those who are chosen by my Son – for your shepherds. Thank you!”
Mirjana told that at first the Virgin Mary was sad and then decisive.
“Dear children, with a motherly love and a motherly patience I am looking at your ceaseless wandering and how lost you are. That is why I am with you. I desire to help you to first find and come to know yourself, so that, then, you would be able to recognize and to admit everything that does not permit you to get to know the love of the Heavenly Father, honestly and wholeheartedly. My children, the Father comes to be known through the cross. Therefore, do not reject the cross. Strive to comprehend and accept it with my help. When you will be able to accept the cross you will also understand the love of the Heavenly Father; you will walk with my Son and with me; you will differ from those who have not come to know the love of the Heavenly Father, those who listen to Him but do not understand Him, those who do not walk with Him - who have not come to know Him. I desire for you to come to know the truth of my Son and to be my apostles; that, as children of God, you may rise above the human way of thinking and always, and in everything, seek God’s way of thinking, anew. My children, pray and fast that you may be able to recognize all of this which I am seeking of you. Pray for your shepherds and long to come to know the love of your Heavenly Father, in union with them. Thank you.”
“Dear children! Today I call all of you to prayer. Open the doors of your heart profoundly to prayer, little children, to prayer with the heart; and then the Most High will be able to act upon your freedom and conversion will begin. Your faith will become firm so that you will be able to say with all your heart: ‘My God, my all.’ You will comprehend, little children, that here on earth everything is passing. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
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