- Jan 22, 2020
The Virgin Mary draws devotees to the desert in the heat of August.
As he resigned, Italian Prime Minister told populist firebrand Matteo Salvini, “Someone with responsibility for government should avoid juxtaposing political slogans with religious symbols during their rallies.”
Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, is a place of prayer, conversion and pilgrimage for millions of people, but the Church must be prudent and not rush to any judgment on the alleged Marian apparitions there, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.
Argentina’s most pious region also happens to be at the epicenter of the country’s clerical sexual abuse earthquake, because Salta is the metropolitan see of the Diocese of Oran.
Senior Vatican representatives joined the first officially approved church festival at Medjugorje, three months after Catholic pilgrimages to the site in Bosnia-Herzegovina were authorized by the pope.
While doubts remain concerning veracity of Marian apparitions in Medjugorje, the Vatican acknowledges that faithful devotion is very real.