Miracle Approved for Blesseds Francisco & Jacinta!

Pope Francis has approved as a miracle an intervention of Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta Marto!! From Catholic News Agency:

.- On Thursday Pope Francis approved the second and final miracle needed to canonize Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto, two of the shepherd children who witnessed the Fatima Marian apparitions.

The Pope approved the miracle in a March 23 audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, during which he advanced six other causes, approving one other miracle, two causes for martyrdom and three of heroic virtue.

Cardinal Muller References Bishop Peric’s Statement on Medjugorje

Over at Lettera43, Cardinal Muller (the Prefect of the CDF) has referenced in an interview the recent comments from Bishop Peric on Medjugorje.

In Italiano:

«Non si tratta di vere apparizioni della Beata Vergine Maria», ha ribadito mons. Peric. Il cardinal Mueller non commenta queste affermazioni, ma sottolinea: «So che la Chiesa locale ha assunto questa decisione. Dobbiamo comunque dire che il futuro della Chiesa non dipende» né da Medjugorje né «da conosciuti santuari come Fatima o Lourdes: aiutano, possono aiutare a fare più presente il messaggio della penitenza per il mondo di oggi» ma la fede è quella che si vive nella vita quotidiana «nella famiglia, nel lavoro, nella parrocchia».

In English:

“These are not true apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” reiterated Msgr. Peric. Cardinal Mueller does not comment on these allegations, but stressed: “I know that the local Church has made this decision. In any case, we have to say that the future of the Church does not depend” either on Medjugorje or “from known shrines such as Fátima or Lourdes: they help, they can help you make more present the message of repentance to the world of today” but the faith is the one that you live in daily life “in the family, at work, in the parish.”

The Cardinal does not comment on the merits of the statement. Meanwhile, Cardinal Muller seems to lament that there is too much hype (troppe esagerazioni) on Medjugorje.

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Bishop Peric Released New Statement on Medjugorje

Bishop Peric of the Diocese of Mostar-Duvno has released a new statement (Croatian) on Medjugorje. An Italian version can be found here.

More as it develops. For now, a basic summary is in order.

Peric begins by recalling the image of the Church as the pillar and bulwark of the truth, followed by the basic fact of all the commissions established to examine the “Medjugorje Phenomenon.” Recalling these, he then states that the position of the Diocese of Mostar-Duvno is that Medjugorje is not a place where Our Lady is appearing (non si tratta di vere apparizioni della Beata Vergine Maria).

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Fátima Book Update-6

Hello Everyone! I hope all is going well for you as we prepare to enter into the holy season of Lent (Wednesday, March 1st)!

The Fátima book is coming along well. My publisher, En Route Books and Media, is developing a page for the book. Endorsements have started coming in and a few more are expected. To date, Msgr. Charles Mangan and Dr. Joseph Shaw have written in favor of the book. In the meantime, we await the results of the canonical review.

In addition, a summary of the book has been provided. It was written by me for another purpose earlier this week but it turned out that En Route also liked it as a description.

fatima-front-cover-v4-200x300Also featured is an earlier draft of the proposed book cover. Changes are being made, but it does give a general idea of where we hope to go. I hope to be able to use the image of the third part of the secret from the movie The 13th Day, but we may change it. By far, their image is the best one that I have seen (in my humble opinion). If you would, in your charity, please pray for the Will of God to be done in this matter.

Our fundraiser for the translations obtained $605 dollars. Thank you very much to those who generously gave to support this project prayerfully, financially or sharing on social media. While we did not reach our goal of $1,600, the monies obtained go to pay the translators for their work. We appreciate your charity.* I am also happy to relay that we have received the permissions to publish these documents.

Finally, I will make a book-related announcement hopefully in the near future. There is some particularly good news on this front, but not quite ready yet for the public. Once it is, I shall make a new post so please do stay tuned!


* In the fundraiser, the nature of the two documents was not specified. This was a deliberate effort on my part because of their sensitive nature. Once the book is published, I shall explain the matter in more detail.

Interview with Special Envoy to Medjugorje

La Fede Quotidiana has the following interview in Italian with the Special Envoy to Medjugorje. The following English translation is my own and is to be considered a “working” translation.

“I do not know why he named me. I’m grateful. The assignment does not scare me. The spiritual fruits of Medjugorje are good.”
The Polish Archbishop Henryk Hoser says in this interview with La Fede Quotidiana.
He is the Archbishop of Warsaw-Prague, recently appointed special envoy of the Pope for the pastoral aspects in Medjugorje.

Excellency, did you expect this assignment?
“No, and I do not know why the Pope named me. Of course, I’m grateful, I will carry it out with the utmost of my commitment, it however, does not scare me.”

You are known to be a conservative bishop…
“I do not call myself that. Rather, I am a man of the Church who seeks to be true to the Word, doctrine, and Tradition, of course to all documents. If that means being conservative, I am conservative.

Poland, of which you are a son, nourishes towards Medjugorje generally positive feelings …
“In fact it is the case. The Catholics of this nation, which is deeply Marian, have a good idea of Medjugorje, along (questo) general lines. And there are many. Moreover, in Medjugorje 2 million pilgrims come each year and this means something. But I will no deal (occuperó) with the theological aspects and of the apparitions that are the subject of the Pontifical Commission. My concern (lit. “range of action”) is pastoral.”

The visionaries?
“For me, they are neither a problem nor the problem. I repeat, they are not part of my task.”

John Paul II, who you knew well, nourished good feelings towards Medjugorje …
“He was devoted to the Madonna in general, including that of Medjugorje. It is not a bad thing.”

Our Lady of Medjugorje is Queen of Peace, but also of the family that you as a bishop argues decisively ..
“True. It is very important to invoke Mary for the protection of the family consisting of a man and a woman united in sacramental marriage. In the center of the Medjugorje apparitions we find the Rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, fasting, penance, good things without danger for the life and the strengthening of the faith that stimulate and encourage” (che vanno incentivate ed incoraggiate).

What are the fruits of Medjugorje?
“As I said, I will limit myself to the pastoral and not to the doctrine and thus not to the subject of [Medjugorje’s] truthfulness. As for the fruits on souls, they seem positive to me. By fruits, I mean the practicing of the sacraments, conversions, change in lifestyle, participation in Mass and this happens in Medjugorje, we cannot deny it and disregard it pastorally.”

You have recently been seriously ill. Is it true that you also prayed to Our Lady of Medjugorje?
“I contracted malaria in Africa. I prayed to the Madonna, I believe in Mary in all her manifestations.”

Sister Lúcia Closer to Beatification

From the Sanctuário de Fátima:

Sister Lucia closer to beatification

Rector of the Shrine of Fatima asked pilgrims to pray

The diocesan phase of the process for the canonization of Sister Lucia de Jesus (1907-2005), one of the three seers of Fatima, ended and it will now pass to the competency of the Holy See and the Pope.

The announcement was made today through a communication of the Diocese of Coimbra, published in the diocesan journal «Correio de Coimbra», the diocese where the religious sister died and where the process started, on the 30th of April 2008, by decision of the then bishop Albino Cleto.

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