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Interview with Archbishop Henryk Hoser

Interview with Archbishop Henryk Hoser

A Catholic news website in Poland interviewed the Pope Francis’ Special Envoy to Medjugorje, Archbishop Henryk Hoser, soon after his trip to Medjugorje. In this interview, Archbishop Hoser said:

“…In Medjugorje, everything is going in the right direction…I think that in-depth knowledge of the events in Medjugorje is not possible, because we penetrate the mystery of God and the mystery of man. And these are the secrets that can not be seen. To do this, you can approach phenomena and assess the situation as widely and deeply as possible, but it will never be exhaustive…“

When asked to describe the atmosphere of Medjugorje’s spirituality, he responded:

“With a few simple words: prayer, silence, focus, Eucharist, adoration, fasting, Sacrament of Reconciliation. These are the strengths of this place.“

When asked about the Medjugorje visionaries as compared to other visionaries such as Bernadette of Lourdes or the children of Fatima, he said that:

“And when I talked to the seers, it struck me that they were very balanced people. I saw four of them. These are the ladies, who during the first apparitions in 1981 were teenagers and today have children. They all started a family. In any case, the story of the family in these apparitions is very strong. Some people complain that they have not become priests or nuns, such as Lucia dos Santos. But the world has changed since then and the law is not the only way to achieve a Christian vocation. These people live in the world and have gone the way of the sacrament of marriage. Very good, because they can show the beauty of family life, which in today’s world is very threatened.“

In regards to the negative position of Bishop Ratko Peric to the Medjugorje apparitions:

“…In the apparitions of Medjugorje, Our Lady does not propose anything other than what the Church appeals to in the Great Lent. And this is fasting, prayer and alms. Medjugorje practices fasting on Wednesday and Friday, constant prayer is being held, and as far as alms-numerous social works have arisen here…I am convinced that any bans on worship or arrivals to Medjugorje will not be justified…this cult must be developed. There are no doctrinal or canonical obstacles to worship the Mother of God anywhere in the world.“

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