The following is an excerpt from a letter written by Pope John Paul II to his friends Marek and Sophia Skwarnicki. Marek comments on Pope John Paul II’s remarks afterwards.
â€œDear Marek and Sophia, â€¦I do ask you for your prayers. I also remember in my daily prayers Father Andrew. And I am sending a special blessing for Monica on the occasion of her First Holy Communion. And may everything work out fine on the Medjugorje to Rome journey. With a heartfelt blessing. John Paul IIâ€
On the closing remarks of John Paul II in the above letter, Marek gave insights into the Holy Father’s thoughts in regards to Medjugorje. Marek wrote:
â€œThe phrase, â€˜on the Medjugorje to Rome journey’ was not an illusion to any journey. It meant a relationship between the Medjugorje sanctuary and the Vatican, because controversies regarding the Medjugorje apparitions were still persisting as was the conflict between the Medjugorje Franciscans and the Bishop of Mostar. It was the time when Medjugorje matters were referred to Yugoslavian Episcopal authorities for consideration.â€