10/6/08

Polish Bishop visits Medjugorje with 28 Priests.


From Medjugorje.hr: On September 23 and 24, 2008,

Mons. Wieslaw Alojzy Mering, Bishop of the diocese Włocławek, and 28 priests from the dioceses Włocławek, Gniezno, Chełmińskiej and Toruń (Poland) visited Medjugorje.

The diocese Włocławek is known by the fact that sister Faustina, Fr. Maximilian Kolbe and Kardinal Wyszynski were born there. From September 15 to 26, they were together on a journey of prayer and study in Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina. They visited different shrines and places of prayer, and one of the important points of their journey was Medjugorje where they were received by Fr. Miljenko Šteko, the Vicar of the Herzegovinian Franciscan province and Director of the Information Center MIR Medjugorje.

He spoke to them about the life in the parish, about the pastoral activities, about Our Lady’s apparitions and messages, and about their significance. The Bishop and the priests participated in the evening prayer program. They also climbed Apparition Hill. On Wednesday, September 24, Mons Mering presided Holy Mass for Polish pilgrims and gave a homily. Some witnesses say that he celebrated this Mass in Polish with a great joy, and that he appreciated very much the encounter with God’s people from all over the world. Mons. Mering and the group also visited the Franciscan church in Mostar, where he also presided Holy Mass. This is what Mons. Mering said about his impressions in Medjugorje:

"This whole group of priests had the desire to come and see this place, which is for 27 years now playing an important role on the religious map of Europe. Yesterday, we had the occasion to pray the rosary in the church together with the faithful. We notice that everything is natural and beautiful here, although there are some difficulties about the recognition of Medjugorje. There is a deep faith of people who pray, and we hope that all that is happening here shall be confirmed in the future.

It is quite normal that the Church is prudent, but the fruits are visible to everyone and they touch the heart of each pilgrim who is coming here. Some of our priests, who already came here in the past, notice that Medjugorje is growing, and I wish to all those who take care of the pilgrims here to be patient, perseverant, and to pray a lot. They are doing a good work; surely they shall harvest good fruits."_________________"Pray! Pray! Pray!" -Our Lady of Medjugorje

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

this is a good thing that the Polish bishop and clergy went to Medjugorje and prayed there . . . the more people pray, the more fruits there are to prayer . . . and where there is plentiful good fruits to harvest, there the Church will open its eyes and recognize the presence of heaven's "Church Triumphant" in the midst of the Church yet here on earth . . . (michael g. batcho)

Padre Steve said...

Thanks so much for keeping us up to date on the latest! God bless!

Kevin Symonds said...

What a terrible and scandalous thing for this Polish Bishop to have disrupted episcopal communion and unity with his brother Bishop, Ratko Peric.

Ed said...

Dear Kevin,
The Vatican's position on Medjugorje has been stated many times through the years. So there would be no use in discussing that here. It is the same now as it was before. The Vatican has never once said that we cannot go to Medjugorje.In fact Pope John Paul encouraged some of his Bishops to go to Medjugorje.
So The Bishop from Poland and the priest that went with him did nothing wrong or scandalous as you are saying. I have been to Medjugorje many times and there is nothing going on there that is agains't church teaching. Also, many other Bishops and priests have gone there and they still continue to go there. Medjugorje is a pure gift from Our Lord and we can either accept the gift or not. The choice is ours to make. There is no sin if we chose not to beleive in Medjugorje.
God Bless You, Ed

Anonymous said...

Dear Kevin Symonds ,

Pope Paul VI has said that the smoke of Satan has entered the Church.

Jesus said that a tree is judged by its fruit. All can see that the fruit of Medujorge is good fruit with many coming back to the faith or increasing in their faith. Not to mentioned that many were blessed after visiting.

Bishop Ratko Peric may be a Bishop but is he for God ?.

You should read this testimony http://www.frtommylane.com/homilies/year_c/lent3.htm
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Anonymous said...

Medugorje is the bridge between Heaven and Earth. My first visit in 2000 dramatically changed my life and God has used me in ways that I could never have imagined which includes brining pilgrims to Medugorje. Medugorje is Our Lady's school of love and conversion...the fruits produced are proof that Our Lady is there.

Kevin Symonds said...

The Vatican's position on Medjugorje is indeed clear.

It continuously refers to the 1991 Zadar declaration. That declaration stated that no one is allowed to go to Medjugorje with the intent of proving it supernatural or believing it to be supernatural in origin.

In fact, the Vatican even reiterated the words of the document.

99.99% of the pilgrimages to Medjugorje are in disobedience.

Demonizing the Bishop of Mostar-Duvno is also wrong. There is no evidence whatsoever that he is a bad man. The fact that he does not support Medjugorje is not enough to prove anything, either.

You could say the same for St. Athanasius. He was against Arianism and for the most part fought against nearly the entire Christian East and suffered for it. Does this mean Athanasius was bad? No!

Hence the expression "Athanasius contra mundum" (Athanasius against the world).

Anonymous said...

For those who beleive no explaination is needed.
For those who do not beleive no explaination will be ever good enough.

Pope John Paul II stated that Medjugorje is a continuation of Fatima. Thats good enough for me.

Kevin Symonds said...

Forgive my blunt reply but that is such a cop-out answer and completely devoid of any reason whatsoever.

St. Anselm said "Fides quaerens intellectum" (Faith seeking understanding).

If Medjugorje can not stand up to simple criticism, it is not from God.

Anonymous said...

I think it would be a good idea if we just do what Our Lady would like us to do, and that is to Pray.

Anonymous said...

Kevin Symond,


My suggestion to you is to go there yourself and find out first hand.

I have friends in Evangelical Churches that says Mary in the Catholic Church is a familiar spirit.

My suggestion to them is that they should go to Medjugorje where Mary is appearing to cast it out if they thing it is so.