Monsignor opens shrine to Marija
Though Medjugorje has not been approved by the Church, the Monsignor in charge of the Virgin Mary’s main official shrine in Verona, Italy, saw no problem in hosting visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti on June 2. “The Church is in favor of so many people’s devotion and conversions” he said.
“I was asked to accept a visit from the visionary in the shrine, and I accepted. There is no danger, and there is no competition: the Madonna is one” Monsignor Pietro Maroldi said on Saturday, explaining how the officially recognized Marian shrine he administers could host Medjugorje visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti for a talk and public apparition.
“The Church has not officially ruled on the apparitions (in Medjugorje, ed.). However, she is in favor of this devotion of so many faithful and many conversions” the rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Crown in Verona, Italy, told the news magazine L’Arena.
Marija was delighted to come to the shrine on the mountainside plateau, she told the just about 1,000 people who had followed her there.
“In this beautiful sanctuary where the presence of the Madonna is being perceived and breathed, she told me she loves us and wanted all of us here today. In fact, when I see her, she sees all of you. She prayed over and blessed all of you. And for you this is a great grace, received for free” the Medjugorje visionary said.
Local believers saw Marija’s visit and its resulting turnout as a manifestation of faith.
”Some people will probably come out of curiosity, but even this remains an expression of faith” shuttle bus driver Giorgio Togni told L’Arena.
“The fact that the seer has come here is a clear manifestation of faith towards the Madonna who is being venerated here” said weekly shrine visitor Gianfranco Tommasi.
Previously, Marija and her fellow Medjugorje visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic have had discreet apparitions in Fatima and Lourdes, both major shrines of recognized apparitions of the Virgin Mary.
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Marija’s apparition on June 2nd 2012
at The Shrine of Our Lady of the Crown, Verona, Italy.
Photography: Tempo Nuovo
The apparition begins at 3.20