The Holy See has announced that the commission charged with investigating the alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje has completed its task, and will be submitting its findings to the Vatican's doctrine office.
- Catholic News Agency
Vatican spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, has confirmed that the international commission investigating the supposed apparitions has held its final meeting, and will submit its final report to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Presided over by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, Emeritus Vicar General of the Diocese of Rome, the commission was created by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2010, and was composed of an international panel of bishops, cardinals, theologians, and various experts who have undertaken a detailed study of the reports of the reported Marian apparitions.
The commission was established to further investigate 'certain doctrinal and disciplinary aspects of the phenomenon of Medjugorje.'
The alleged apparitions originally began June 24, 1981, when six children in the town of Medjugorje, located in what is now Bosnia, began to experience phenomena they claimed to be apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
According to these six 'seers,' the apparitions contained a message of peace for the world, a call to conversion, prayer and fasting, as well as certain secrets surrounding events to be fulfilled in the future.
These apparitions are said to have continued almost daily since their first occurrence, with three of the original six children – who are now young adults – continuing to receive apparitions every afternoon because not all of the 'secrets' intended for them have been revealed.
Photo: Saint James Church in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina.