We have some news today about the alleged apparitions at Medjugorje
. The commission that Emeritus Pope Benedict
originally established to study the alleged apparitions has reportedly voted to recognize the first seven appearances of Mary that started in 1981
However, according to a report published by the website: Vatican Insider
, the commission was far more doubtful about the other thousands of visions that have allegedly occurred after that. Speaking to journalists on the flight back from Portugal last weekend, the Pope said, “Regarding the Medjugorje commission's work, three things need to be distinguished.
First, about the apparitions, when the seers were young, the report more or less says that the investigation needs to continue. Now concerning the alleged current apparitions, the report expresses doubt."
The "real core" of the commission's report the Pope explained, is the spiritual and pastoral fact, that thousands of pilgrims go to Medjugorje and are converted. "For this, there’s no magic wand; and this fact cannot be denied."
“Personally”, the Pope told journalists, “I am more 'mischievous. I prefer Our Lady to be a mother, our mother, and not a telegraph operator who sends out a message every day at a certain time . This is not the mother of Jesus."
Now, it should be noted that the commission's role is to make recommendations to the Pope. Its report is not an official church judgment on the apparitions.In the end the Pope tells media, Something will be said but, he gave no timeline. You can read the entire report on the Vatican Insider website listed here.
In Rome now, Pope Francis became the first world leader to recognize, the growing global burden that is Huntington's disease at a special audience earlier today, where he welcomed what is believed to be the largest gathering of the Huntington's disease
community at the Vatican.
During this meeting, the Pope comforted those suffering and their families by saying, “I have listened to your accounts and the difficulties you face each day; I understand how much tenacity and dedication your families, doctors, and health care workers have as they support you in your journey."
"Disease can be an opportunity for encounter, for sharing, for solidarity. The sick people who encountered Jesus were restored above all, by this awareness. They felt they were listened to, respected, loved. May none of you ever feel you are alone; may none of you feel you are a burden; may no one feel the need to run away. You are precious in the eyes of God; you are precious in the eyes of the Church!"
Now at this time, Huntington's disease is an incurable genetic brain disorder affecting nearly one million people globally. The disease deteriorates a person's physical and mental abilities, often during their prime working years.
Pope Francis is considering dedicating a meeting of the Synod of Bishops
to the concerns of the indigenous people of the Amazon region. This statement is from the president of the Peruvian bishops' conference.
In an interview with Vatican newspaper, Archbishop Salvador Pineiro,
president of the Peruvian bishops' conference said that during their "ad limina" visit to the Vatican, the Pope told us he’d like a synod for the Amazonian people
in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil". Among the problems facing bishops is the challenge of evangelizing in remote communities and the difficulty in physically reaching the native populations.
Although the church has continued to assist the native populations in the Amazon, which occupies 63 percent of Peru, efforts must continue "to revitalize" the church and its work in the region, the archbishop said.
Now for many Canadians, the assisted suicide debate, which was enacted into law last year is an old story. But for Cardinal Gerhard Muller
, the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
the fight is far from over.
"We shall prevail," the Cardinal told an audience of medical professionals and theologians at Toronto's St. Michael's Cathedral on Monday. The cardinal was in Toronto to deliver the keynote address at a Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute conference
, where he called Canada's legalized euthanasia: "tragic."
"Euthanasia not only constitutes a grave wrong in itself, but it's legalization creates a toxic and deadly social pathologies that disproportionately afflicts the weakest members of society". The Cardinal urged members of the institute to persuade Canadians to take the necessary steps to reverse the dangerous legal error of the Canadian Supreme Court and Parliament.
Now I should mention, that Cardinal Muller did stopped by the Salt and Light Studios earlier in the day, for a visit and some friendly cheer with staff. Emillie Callan
had a chance to sit and talk with the Cardinal about Catholics' right to express their conscience in the public sphere for her show Vatican Connections
. Now, you can watch Emillie’s entire interview with the Cardinal on a new episode of Vatican Connections tomorrow night at 8pm Eastern.
And, as for how the day went with the Cardinal and the salt and light staff that day, you’ll have to wait till Monday when I’ll have some behind-the-scenes footage for you then.
And that's it for Perspectives this week. Join us again on Monday when I bring you more news and stories through the Perspectives of a catholic lens. Thanks for joining us and we'll see you next week.