Report: Vatican cracks down on Medjugorje visionaries, prohibits spreading messages in local parish

From Rorate Caeli:  The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, with an order signed by Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, has prohibited the Parish Priest, Fra Marinko Sakota and the six supposed visionaries who claim they have been seeing the “Gospa” for 34 years, from delivering testimonies or spreading the “messages” inside the Parish of [Read More…]

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Medjugorje awaits word from the Vatican—and the pilgrimage business takes a hit

From The New York Times:   Soon the Vatican is expected to make public the findings of its own investigation into the reported apparitions, which was concluded 18 months ago. Though the inquiry was started by Francis’ predecessor, Benedict, if the conclusions are doubtful, as some speculate, they could pit a populist pope against a popular shrine. [Read More…]

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Fruits of Fatima? Russia plans to build tallest statue of Jesus in the world

Check this out:  The statue was cast in 2013 by Tsereteli, the famous Georgian-Russian sculptor, known for his gigantic projects such as a statue of Peter the Great in Moscow and ‘The Tear of Grief’ in the United States, dedicated to the struggle against world terrorism. The monument stands 50 metres taller than the world [Read More…]

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“You worship idols”: haters slam Texas governor over Facebook post about the Virgin Mary

Further proof that anti-Catholicism is alive and well: Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) got a lesson in religious tolerance over the weekend after posting an image of the Virgin Mary accompanied by praise on his Facebook page, according to the San Antonio Express-News. On Saturday the governor, who is Catholic, posted an image of the mother of [Read More…]

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Italian media: CDF reaches negative judgment on Medjugorje—UPDATED

Right now, it’s hearsay and there’s nothing official from Rome. But here’s what’s being reported, from Catholic Culture:  The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has reached a negative conclusion regarding the authenticity of the reported Marian apparitions at Medjugorje, according to Italian media reports. The CDF reportedly held a feria quarta meeting on June [Read More…]

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In new book, Pope Francis speaks out on Medjugorje

From Diane Korzeniewski at Te Deum Laudemus!: A pro-Medjugorje website in Brazil is reporting that Pope Francis, while in Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day, made some rather blunt comments concerning Medjugorje, and about activities of the alleged visionaries.  The title of the post says a lot:  “Pope Francis says those who say they [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: decision on Medjugorje coming soon

From Catholic News Agency:  When asked by a Bosnian journalist about the status of his decision on the Marian apparitions in Medjugorje on his flight from Sarajevo to Rome, Pope Francis said that after a lengthy study, a decision could be coming soon.“We’re at this point of making decisions … and then they will be [Read More…]

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Vandals deface statue of Mary

It happened in Oklahoma over the weekend, at the beginning of the month dedicated to Our Lady: Churchgoers were upset Sunday morning when they discovered a statue of the Virgin Mary vandalized with black spray paint. The defacement of the shrine at St. Thomas More University Parish and Student Center, 100 E Stinson, near the [Read More…]

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“Why I, a Protestant, pray the ‘Hail Mary’ and use a rosary”

Compelling testimony from another Patheos blogger, Christian Piatt: I practice the “Hail Mary.” Not only that, but I use a rosary to go through my prayers. I’ve shared this with some folks, and inevitably someone is surprised by this. I’ll get something like, “I didn’t know you’re Catholic,” or “Why pray to Mary? After all, [Read More…]

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Illinois street renamed for miraculous icon

From our Orthodox siblings:  Orthodox Church officials joined Archpriest Nicholas Dahdal and officials from the Town of Cicero in commemorating the miracle of the Tearing Icon known as “The Miraculous Lady of Cicero, Illinois.” The Town of Cicero placed an Honorary Street Marker that reads “Our Lady of Cicero Court” on the corner of 60th Court and [Read More…]

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