Medjugorje 'seers' hosted by Vienna cathedral
CWN - September 23, 2010
Two of the “seers” who claim to have received more than 40,000 apparitions of the Virgin Mary will speak at a prayer service in Vienna’s cathedral of St. Stephen on Thursday evening, September 22.
Although local bishops in Bosnia have discouraged belief in the alleged apparitions, Ivan Dragicevic and Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti are described in an announcement from the cathedral as belonging to “the group of young people who have received Marian visions at Medjugorje.” In March the Holy See announced that a special commission had been established to study the “Medjugorje phenomenon,” presumably leading up to a formal Vatican statement on the reported apparitions.
Vienna's Cardinal Christoph Schönborn—who is expected to participate in the September 23 prayer service—visited Medjugorje in January 2010 and indicated that he was impressed by what he saw there, although he stopped short of saying that the visions were authentic.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our March expenses ($27,241 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!
Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 -
Sep. 23, 2010 10:13 PM ET USA
I used to be a fan of Cardinal Schonborn's. But this plus a few other blunders has me scratching my head, wondering "What is he thinking?" The Medjugorje cult has to be squelched or held in abeyance until the official Vatican investigation is over and the results are publicly broadcast.