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Medjugorje…a Place of Pilgrimage

Medjugorje…a Place of Pilgrimage

With the Declaration of Zadar in April, the Bishops Commission accepted Medjugorje as a place of pilgrimage and moved to look after the pastoral needs of the thousands visiting the parish of St. James. The four bishops making up the Commission came to Medjugorje on June 17, 1991, with four priests which were to make up a “Pastoral & Liturgical Conference” to assist in safeguarding Catholic Doctrine of St. James Parish. The four bishops concelebrated the evening Mass, which was presided by the local bishop, Bishop Zanic. A meeting of the newly formed liturgical and pastoral commission with the pastoral staff of the parish of Medjugorje was announced for June 27th, but on June 25th, 1991, the war broke out in Yugoslavia. The breaking apart of former Yugoslavia into individual states brought about the end of the Yugoslav Bishops Conference and the end of its Commission. There were no other Commissions assigned to Medjugorje until long after the end of the war.

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