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Report on Medjugorje is not imminent, Vatican says

December 05, 2012

The Vatican has denied a report that a special commission investigating the alleged apparitions at Medjugorje will release its findings this month.

Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, told the National Catholic Register that the report, published by the French journal La Vie, is inaccurate. La Vie had said that the commission, appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in March 2010 and chaired by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, would complete its work by the end of 2012.

"I have spoken with Cardinal Ruini and I can assure you that it will take longer,” Father Lombardi told the Register. He pointed out that when the commission finishes its work, its findings would be submitted to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for review before being made public, so release of the report is not imminent.


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