Archbishop Hoser named Apostolic Visitator for Medjugorje

From the Vatican daily bulletin (not yet in official English translation):

On May 31, 2018, the Holy Father has nominated His Excellency, Archbishop Henryk Hoser, S.A.C., Archbishop-Bishop emeritus of Warszawa-Praga (Poland), Apostolic Visitator of special character for the parish of Medjugorje for an indeterminate time and ad nutum Sanctae Sedis.

This is an exclusively pastoral task, in continuity with the mission of Special Envoy of the Holy See for the parish of Medjugorje, entrusted to Archbishop Hoser on February 11, 2017 and concluded by him in recent months.

The mission of the Apostolic Visitator is to ensure a stable and continuous accompaniment of the parish community of Medjugorje and of the faithful who go there on pilgrimage, whose needs require particular attention.

In Italian:

In data 31 maggio 2018 il Santo Padre ha nominato S.E. Mons. Henryk Hoser, S.A.C., Arcivescovo-Vescovo emerito di Warszawa-Praga (Polonia), Visitatore Apostolico a carattere speciale per la parrocchia di Medjugorje, a tempo indeterminato e ad nutum Sanctae Sedis.

Si tratta di un incarico esclusivamente pastorale, in continuità con la missione di Inviato Speciale della Santa Sede per la parrocchia di Medjugorje, affidata a Mons. Hoser l’11 febbraio 2017 e da lui conclusa nei mesi scorsi.

La missione del Visitatore Apostolico ha la finalità di assicurare un accompagnamento stabile e continuo della comunità parrocchiale di Medjugorje e dei fedeli che vi si recano in pellegrinaggio, le cui esigenze richiedono una peculiare attenzione.

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Wayne Weible RIP

I have learned that Wayne Weible has gone to God.

Three years ago, he and I began a correspondence over Medjugorje after some articles that I wrote for Catholic Stand. We spoke via E-mail as well as the telephone. Wayne expressed interest in meeting with me and even invited me to a video program with him if I was ever able to make it to Georgia. When Rick Salbato died in February, 2016, I called Wayne to let him know. Wayne took to praying for him immediately.

May Wayne Weible rest in peace.

More on Archbishop Hoser and Medjugorje

There have been some news reports about more statements from Archbishop Hoser on Medjugorje.

Hoser was Pope Francis’ special envoy to Medjugorje earlier this year. His sole purpose was to assess the pastoral situation there and report back to the Holy See. He was not there to assess the doctrinal aspect of Medjugorje. I have written about Hoser elsewhere here on my web site.

Hoser recently gave another interview in which he claimed that pilgrimages to Medjugorje are allowed. Later, he gave another interview in which he clarified what he meant. His point being that pilgrimages are allowed to Medjugorje, but not for reasons of the (alleged) apparitions.

I have a question that I pose with all due respect:
If there is no ‘special draw’ (i.e. apparitions) to Medjugorje, why would anyone go to this place in order to pray to the Madonna? Why not save money, stay at home or go to a local parish and do so?