Queen of Peace
The Apparitions of Our Lady of Medjugorje
Statue of Our Lady of Medjugorje
The Hill of Apparitions
Our Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary, says Her mission to us is one of peace and love. She brings us messages from Heaven with the aim of re-
We would do well to heed Her words.
Our Lady continues to give messages to the six visionaries involved. As well as issuing public messages, She is to give the visionaries a total of ten “secrets” each. Three of the visionaries have already received ten secrets, the others have received nine. Nobody knows when the others will receive their final secret.
Prayer is central to Our Lady’s plan for us. At the start of the apparitions, in keeping with an old Croatian tradition, She asked us to pray daily the Creed, the Seven Our Fathers, Hail Mary’s, Glory Be’s. Later, She recommended, individually or as a group, the entire fifteen mysteries of the Rosary.
Our Lady has expressed Her love for us, saying that it is through love that She is here for us. She advises that Satan is so powerful that we are asked to dedicate our prayers so that those under his influence may be saved. If we pray, She says, Satan cannot harm us because as God’s children the Almighty is watching over us. With the Rosary, She says, Satan will know that you belong to Me.
It is Our Lady’s wish that we fast twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays. Through fasting (the best fast being on bread and water) and prayer, She says, we can prevent even wars. Charitable works cannot replace fasting, She says. Everyone except the sick should fast.
The Blessed Virgin encourages daily reading of the Bible, and says the Bible should be in a visible place so that we will always be encouraged to read it and pray.
Regarding Confession and the Holy Eucharist: She asks for monthly Confession and recommends Sunday Mass, and daily Mass when possible.
Once the apparitions of Our Lady in Medjugorje cease, there will be three warnings given to the world. Ten days before each of the warnings, one of the visionaries will advise a chosen priest and they will pray and fast together for seven days. Three days before a warning occurs the world will be notified as to what, where and when the warning will take place. At the end of the three warnings, a permanent visible sign will be left on the mountain where Our Lady first appeared in Medjugorje. This indestructible sign is for those that don’t believe in the apparitions and it will help them believe in God’s existence.
The Blessed Virgin Mary advises us that those left alive after the three warnings will have little time available for conversion. She encourages us, then, to listen to Her call for urgent conversion.
For those seeking God or wanting evidence of His existence, visit Medjugorje where the Marian apparitions are occurring daily or access the Monthly Medjugorje Message online on a regular basis.
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2010: A new commission, headed by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, retired Vicar General of Rome, is formed to investigate the Medjugorje apparitions. The bishop of Mostar is not part of the commission.
2014: The Ruini Commission’s Medjugorje investigation is completed and the findings submitted to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith.
May, 2017: The Ruini Commission findings are publicised. The Commission recommends approval of the first 7 days of the apparitions and that Medjugorje become a pontifical sanctuary. The Commission made no recommendations regarding apparitions that occurred after the first 7 days.
August, 2017: Archbishop Hoser, Papal envoy to Medjugorje, said during an interview in Poland that the indication is that the apparitions will be approved, even as early as this year.
“Specifically, I think it’s possible to recognize the authenticity of the first 7 apparitions as proposed by the Ruini commission,” Hoser said. “Besides, it is difficult to get another verdict, because it’s difficult to believe that six seers will lie for 36 years. What they say has been consistent. They are not mentally incompetent. A strong argument for the authenticity of the apparitions is their faithfulness to the doctrine of the Church … In any event, this movement will not stop and should not be stopped, because of the good fruit that grows out of it,” Hoser said. “It is one of the most alive places of prayer and conversion in Europe -
May 31, 2018: Pope Francis nominates Archbishop Hoser a second time “as special apostolic visitor for the parish of Medjugorje.” The Holy See’s Press Office says: “the mission of the Apostolic Visitor has the aim of ensuring stable and continuous accompaniment to the parish community of Medjugorje and to the faithful who go there as pilgrims, and whose needs require particular attention.”
July 22, 2018: Archbishop Henryk Hoser moves to Medjugorje to begin his assignment as Apostolic Visitor for the Saint James parish. This action effectively places Medjugorje under direct Vatican control and guidance.
Another significant event happened this day too: the Papal Nuncio for Bosnia-
August 2021: Archbishop Henryk Hoser, the apostolic visitor of Medjugorje, has died at the age of 78. He died in a Warsaw hospital after a long illness, according to an announcement by the Polish bishops’ conference.
Hoser served as bishop of Warszawa-
November 2021: Following the death of Archbishop Henryk Hoser, the Pope has appointed a Vatican diplomat, Archbishop Aldo Cavalli, as special apostolic visitor to the parish community of Medjugorje for an indefinite period.
Cavalli has been apostolic nuncio to the Netherlands since 2015. He is from the northern Italian diocese of Bergamo.
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In the history of Marian apparitions, many countries have recorded miraculous events that have involved both individuals and crowds of witnesses. It’s on record, then, for believers and non-
Until recent times these Marian apparitions belonged to the distant past. The apparitions at the famous shrine of Lourdes, for example, took place over 100 years ago. Events that happened in the past are questionable to many people and it’s understandable for them to lack belief in all that supposedly happened. Apparitions in the present day, then, would give them the opportunity to evaluate and may help them believe.
In June 1981, in a small village in Bosnia called Medjugorje, the Blessed Virgin Mary was reported to have been appearing to six visionaries. Amazingly, these appearances have continued since then to the present day on a daily basis. The millions of people who have visited the village and witnessed these events over the best part of three decades can attest to the many wonderful things that are occurring there.
Anything to do with the Blessed Virgin Mary is usually associated with the Catholic community. In the more than fifty million people who have visited Medjugorje since 1981, however, there has been a mixture of Catholic, Protestant, Muslim and other denominations. The Blessed Virgin Mary’s visits there have been an inspiration to believers in all religions.
It’s interesting to note that when the Marian apparitions began in 1981 the visionaries were mere children. These children knew little of the Blessed Virgin’s reported manifestations in other places in the world. In the early years of the apparitions, then, there was ample opportunity to trap the children into owning up that everything was just make-
We can further report that the visionaries have undergone various scientific tests during apparitions and have up till now satisfied the scientific community that all appears genuine. Scientists cannot, of course, establish that the visionaries are receiving Heavenly visits, but tests indicate that something unusual is happening, to say the least.