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.
ENGLISH NOW AVAILABLE.

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!

-Kevin


* 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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Pope Appoints Special Envoy to Medjugorje

According to Vatican Radio (English/Italian/Polish), Pope Francis has appointed a special envoy to Medjugorje. See also a reproduced article via the Free Republic.

The Vatican Press Office released the following communique:


Special Envoy of the Holy See Named for Medjugorje

On February 11, 2017, the Holy Father entrusted Archbishop Henryk Hoser, S.A.C., bishop of Warsaw-Prague (Poland), to go to Medjugorje as Special Envoy of the Holy See.

The mission has the aim of acquiring a deeper knowledge of the pastoral situation there and above all, of the needs of the faithful who go there in pilgrimage, and on the basis of this, to suggest possible pastoral initiatives for the future. The mission will therefore have an exclusively pastoral character.

Archbishop Hoser, who will continue to exercise his role as bishop of Warsaw-Prague, is expected to finish his mandate as Special Envoy by summer of this year.

[00219-EN.01] [Original text: Italian – working translation]

Vision of Fátima: Book

Happy Feast Day of St. Scholastica!!

Back in 2008 I read a book entitled Vision of Fatima by Fr. Thomas McGlynn, O.P.

Father was the sculptor who made the statue of Our Lady of Fátima that stands on the façade of the original Basilica in Fátima. I remember being quite impressed by his book Vision of Fatima, which records his experience of working with Sr. Lúcia to make the statue as well as his interpretation of Fátima.

I am happy to learn that Fr. McGlynn’s book will be re-published this centennial year of Fátima. I encourage people to read what Father says of his experience of working with Sr. Lúcia and his take on Fátima. It is available for pre-order.*

Fun Fact:
The Carmelites revealed in their biography Um caminho sob o olhar de Maria that it was Fr. McGlynn who brought the letter of Sr. Lúcia to the Holy Father with her request to transfer to the Carmel from the Dorotheans. She asked Fr. McGlynn to keep discreet this matter of the letter. I make use of this story in my own book On the Third Part of the Secret of Fátima.


*Unfortunately, the description is mistaken. It states, “Fr. Tom remained at the Convent of Coimbra in Portugal to sculpt a new statue under Sr. Lucia s direction….” Sister was still with the Dorotheans at the time, not the convent in Coimbra.

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Fátima and Scholarly Studies

When I was in Fátima last year, I had the opportunity to meet and speak with Dr. Marco Daniel Duarte who heads the Archives of the Sanctuary.

During a paper that he presented during the Congress, Dr. Duarte made reference to the criticisms of Fr. Edouard Dhanis, S.J. I do not recall the exact comment, but the impression that it left on me was that Duarte was critical of Dhanis.

A good article has appeared in Portuguese wherein Duarte continues that discussion. I offer it here for the consideration of interested readers. There is a lot about which one can question Dhanis. I am glad to see that the Sanctuary appears to be addressing his writings more directly. Below you shall find the beginning of the article.

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