The Vatican apostolic visitor to Medjugorje (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Bishop Hoser, has announced plans to expand the liturgical spaces of this place, which can not be called a sanctuary, as diocesan pilgrimages are not allowed.
Due to the growing number of pilgrims, the places of celebration in Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, could increase, according to Archbishop Henryk Hoser, Archbishop Emeritus of Warsaw-Praga (Poland), and apostolic visitor on the spot.
Bishop Hoser announced the plan to expand the venue in the local press, quoted by the Italian agency Ansa on January 6th. "We are seeing an increase in the number of pilgrims from all over the world, he said without quoting a figure. It seems to me in the world, more people know where Medjugorje is located than the capital of the country » (Sarajevo, Ed)
According to the Polish Archbishop, a group of architects is working on a project to enlarge the liturgical spaces of the place that can not benefit from the name of sanctuary, diocesan pilgrimages are not allowed. It will protect the faithful from "All climatic conditions", so that they benefit from "Cool in summer and warm in winter". "The open place, with the outer space hosting the altar, does not protect those who participate in liturgical celebrations"according to the Polish archbishop, who also announced the construction of a chapel.
Pilgrims from around 80 countries around the world
On July 22, at the Mass inaugurating his ministry as a "special apostolic visitor to the parish of Medjugorje," Bishop Hoser recalled that Medjugorje receives pilgrims from nearly 80 countries of the world, sometimes from other continents. " Why do so many people go to Medjugorje every year?he wondered. The answer is: They come to meet someone, meet God, meet Christ, meet His Mother. And then to discover the road that leads to the happiness of living in the house of the Father and the Mother; and finally to discover the Marian route as the most certain and the safest. "
Bishop Hoser began his accompanying mission in Medjugorje
The beginning of the Polish Archbishop's mission had also been an opportunity for Bishop Ratko Perić, Bishop of Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, to reiterate his position. For him, all the alleged appearances of the Virgin in Medjugorje are " not credible ".
A positive judgment on the first appearances
In June 1981, six Bosnian children and adolescents reported witnessing the apparition of the Virgin. She would reappear daily to some of these grown-up witnesses. Since then, tourists and pilgrims come en masse. What some profit: Bishop Hoser recently denounced the infiltration of the mafia and his demonic action In Medjugorje.
In Medjugorje, the bishop does not recognize the appearances of the Virgin
However, Bishop Hoser's mission does not give him the responsibility to decide on the authenticity of alleged appearances in this small village in Bosnia.
A report submitted to the Pope in May 2017 would have made a positive judgment on the first while raising serious doubts about the continuation of the phenomenon. On the "Medjugorje phenomenon", questioned on the plane that brought him back from Fatima (Portugal) on May 13, 2017, the pope had acknowledged that " there are people who go there, convert, people who meet God and change their lives "While assuring that according to him the Virgin is not a" office manager who sends messages every day ".