A Vatican-sponsored commission investigating the alleged visions at Medjugorje has reportedly found no evidence that the phenomenon is a hoax or as a result of tricks.
The Pope’s spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi has confirmed that a
commission appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to investigate the phenomenon
has now completed four years of work and will shortly present a report
to the Vatican.
Respected Vatican-watchers Giacomo Galeazzi and Andrea Tornielli have
claimed that a judgement by the Church of Medjugorje may come soon.
However, while claiming that the commission found no evidence that the
alleged visions were a fraud, they point out that it is “proving
difficult for the Church to form a definitive verdict”.
More than 30,000 Irish people visit the shrine in Bosnia and
Herzegovina each year where a number of children claimed to have
received visions from the Virgin Mary starting in 1981. A number of the
alleged seers claims that they are still receiving visions.
It is understood that the large volume of alleged messages poses a
problem for the Commission. As does the forecasting of supernatural
signs and secrets which the alleged seers have reportedly refused to
share, even with Church authorities.
There has been mounting speculation about a Vatican move on the issue
given that the Pope’s chief doctrinal adviser Archbishop Gerhard Muller
warned in November that the Church has not recognised the alleged
Pope Francis also warned the same month that purported visions of
Mary, if taken in the wrong spirit, can sow confusion and distance
people from the Gospel.
“Curiosity pushes us to want to hear that
the Lord is here or over there, or it makes us say, ‘Well, I know a
visionary who receives letters from Our Lady, messages from Our Lady,’”
the Pope said. But Mary is “not a postmaster of the post office sending
out messages every day.”