Pope Appoints Special Envoy to Medjugorje

February 17, 2017
CNS photo/Paul Haring
Last Saturday the Pope appointed Henryk Hoser, Archbishop of Warsaw, as the special envoy to Medjugorje.
In the official statement by the Holy See, it reads that:
The mission has the aim of acquiring a deeper knowledge of the pastoral situation there, and above all, of the needs of the faithful who go there on pilgrimage, and on the basis of this, to suggest possible pastoral initiatives for the future. The mission will therefore have an exclusively pastoral character.
Archbishop Hoser, who will continue to exercise his role as bishop of Warsaw-Prague, is expected to finish his mandate as special envoy by summer of this year.
"I have always served the Church, and so, also this time, I accepted the difficult mission in Medjugorje" the Archbishop said, recalling that he had already done a similar tasks in the past in various African countries.
Through this kind of decision, Pope Francis expressed his closeness and interest for the large number of faithful who go to the little Bosnian city every year, and for the great heritage of popular devotion that Medjugorje represents.
An aspect already present in the conclusions of Ruini’s special commission, which was created in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI, has been examining the phenomenon of Medjugorje for the past four years.
The mandate of Archbishop Hoser will be completed by the summer, and only then the Holy Father will say his opinion.
Even the director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, stressed that
"The Special Envoy's mission is a sign of the Holy Father's attention about the pilgrims. The aim is not inquisitorial, but strictly pastoral. The envoy will not enter into the question of Mary’s apparitions, which are related to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He will be in contact with the bishop of the diocese, the Franciscan Friars Minor - who are the keepers of the Medjugorje parish - and with the local faithful" - Burke continued - "That is a mission for pilgrims, and it is not against anyone."

For more on the special enjoy to Medjugorje, catch Vatican Connections Fridays at 8 pm ET!


Matteo Ciofi is a producer for Salt + Light's Italian-language Sale e Luce. Follow him on Twitter!
Related posts
FacebookTwitter
Like most other people, I had no idea who Archbishop Bergoglio was. When he stepped out on the balcony to make himself known to the world as Pope Francis, there was scant little I could’ve told ...read more
FacebookTwitter
This afternoon, Pope Francis received the 27 European Union heads of State and Government at a private audience in the Vatican’s Sala Regia. The encounter takes place on the eve of the 60th annivers ...read more
FacebookTwitter
(S+L Photo: Bishop Ricardo Ramírez, CSB, presents his book “Power from the Margins: the Emergence of the Latino in the Church and in Society” on the set of Subject Matters at Ben McNally ...read more
FacebookTwitter
A statement released from the Holy See Press Office after the meeting said Pope Francis asked God's forgiveness for the failures of the Catholic Church during the 1994 Rwanda genocide and for the hatr ...read more
Pope Francis today released his 2017 Lenten Message for World Youth Day, in anticipation for World Youth Day Panama 2019. Below, find the full text of his address: ...read more