Medjugorje a prophetic place of prayer, says Vatican envoy

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Speaking to the Polish Press Agency today, Mons. Henryk Hoserwho, on Thursday, was appointed by Pope Francis as a special Apostolic Visitor at the parish of Medjugorjecalled the famous site of Marian apparitions "a prophetic and charismatic place of prayer for world peace."

Henryk Hoser retired as Archbishop of Warsaw-Prague last Decemberas is customary for bishops when they turn 75 years oldshortly after completing his mission as papal envoy to Medjugorje.

During his first mission to Medjugorje, Archbishop Hoser was tasked by Pope Francis to assess the pastoral needs there. Just before he left Medjugorje, Hoser praised the spiritual fruits of the parish when he celebrated Mass in St. James Church, and he continued to proclaim his positive impressions through the media after his departure.

Mons. Hoser's new appointment is the "second stage" of his mission from the pope.

"Pilgrims from all over the world come to Medjugorje every year, about 2.5 million people each year," said Mons. Hoser. "And now my task will be to help the local priests in all improvements and changes that will help pilgrims live spiritually in Medjugorje, and in better conditions."

Medjugorje, Hoser remarked, is becoming one of the most important pilgrimage places in the world.

"Our Lady is venerated there," he said, "dedicated to Our Lady Queen of Peace, and we know how much peace is threatened in the world today."

When asked about the pastoral needs he hoped to address in Medjugorje, he listed several. The most important one, said Hoser, was "an increase in the number of confessors, especially foreign-language ones. Medjugorje is a phenomenon of mass confessionthere are 50 confessionals, and still not enough, and above all, there are too few confessors.

He also noted that Medjugorje's infrastructure needed to be expanded. "It is necessary to ensure that the liturgical space is larger. There is a small parish church, nothing more - there is no bigger place of worship."

Mons. Hoser even identified a need to expand accommodation for pilgrims. "There are small hotels run by people who live there, but all this is inadequate."

Interestingly, there are an estimated 40,000 hotel beds in Medjugorje already, and most hotels in Medjugorje are not full aside from a few weeks out of each year. Could it be that Mons. Hoser is preparing Medjugorje for a massive influx of pilgrims?

Time will tell; Mons. Hoser takes up his new post next month.


Experience Medjugorje:

Apparition Hill DVD - Documentary about Medjugorje

My Heart Will Triumph - The autobiography of visionary Mirjana Soldo

Medjugorje Pilgrimages by Stella Mar




  • Joel

    My suggestion would be that the Church build hotels/motels there to cater for the pilgrims. Why the Church? so that the pilgrims are not ripped off by any profit-makers….just a thought.

  • Gerry McDonnell

    After reading this there were 2 scriptures that came to mind. 1) Mark 6:26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
    It’s not the infrastructure that needs to be changed, hearts need to be changed. He (Jesus) must increase, I must decrease.
    2) Lu 12:18 "Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
    We are living in an age where more and more churches are emptying. I live in Ireland, a nation that is in apostasy, the heart of this nation has grown cold. If Medjugorje is given the ‘thumbs up’, then pilgrims will not be looking for their comfort, true worshippers will seek to worship the Father in spirit and in truth. People want an encounter with God, they are fed up with an outward appearance of religion and having no power within (2 Tim 3:5). So let us keep looking for the internals and the externals will look after themselves.

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