Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Henryk Hoser as his emissary to Medjugorje on February 11, 2017, and on April 1, “the archbishop came just about as close as he could in terms of encouraging the people regarding the authenticity of the events of Medjugorje,” according to Dr. Mark Miravalle, President of the International Marian Movement, Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici, and professor of Theology and Mariology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. This new papal appointment and Archbishop Hoser’s recent homily in St. James Church of Medjugorje are encouraging news for those who have been unsure of veracity of the Medjugorje apparitions and wanted more clarity. In the following impassioned, informed, and encouraging video, posted on April 7, 2017, Dr. Mark Miravalle shares the significance Archbishop Hoser’s new role and homily. Dr. Miravalle’s words, well worth reading, are transcribed below.
“My friends, I have more good news regarding the Medjugorje apparitions, as a result of some recent events regarding the papal emissary, Archbishop Hoser, who has been appointed by Pope Francis to assess the pastoral needs of the pilgrims coming to Medjugorje. You may recall that on the day before Ash Wednesday, Fat Tuesday of this year, the local bishop sent out a negative statement regarding Medjugorje, which was confusing to many people. Unfortunately, the local bishop was doing something that was inappropriate in light of the fact that the jurisdiction for the Medjugorje apparitions had, many years earlier, been taken out of his hands and put into, first of all, the ex-Yugoslav bishops back in 1991, but then more recently into the Vatican commission. And so, in virtue of the fact that it is in the Vatican commission, makes it clear that is not in the jurisdiction of the local bishop.
Soon after, the Holy Father appointed Archbishop Henryk Hoser from Poland to be his emissary to Medjugorje to assess the pastoral needs of the many pilgrims going. Well, that is good news for Medjugorje because, quite frankly, the Church does not do that for place it is about to condemn—quite the contrary. The fact that the Holy Father assigned an archbishop to assess the pastoral needs gives good indication that Medjugorje will at least be deemed as a shrine, a place of prayer that has the approval of the Church. And that, indeed, would be something very positive.
Well, even more recently on April 3, the archbishop, Archbishop Hoser of Poland, gave his first homily at Medjugorje, and it was really extraordinary. And while maintaining his limits of not saying something specific about authenticity, he came just about as close as he could in terms of encouraging the people regarding the events of Medjugorje. It is also fascinating that Archbishop Hoser had spent twenty-one years in Rwanda—as a priest in Rwanda. And he, in his first homily, makes reference to the warnings of Our Lady that came from Rwanda—how ten years previous, they didn’t understand what they meant, and then the genocide hit, where one million people were killed—and therefore underscoring the importance of listening to the messages of Our Lady as true interventions from God. Then the archbishop said the following. He said, and I quote: . . . Therefore, that honoring, which is so intensive here, is of the greatest importance and is necessary to the whole world. He is referring to the honoring of Our Lady . . .
We pray for peace because the destructive forces are tremendous today: weapon trade grows constantly, people are in conflict, families are in conflict, societies are in conflict. We need a heavenly intervention. The presence of Our Blessed Virgin Mary, that is this intervention. It is God’s initiative. Therefore, I would like to encourage and fortify all of you on behalf of the Pope, as his emissary. Let us spread peace throughout the world through the conversion of hearts.
So this is an extraordinary, strong statement by Archbishop Hoser, in the name of the Holy Father, not only encouraging the pilgrims who are present; but he will also go on in the homily to thank the fifty priests that are there to hear confessions. He will mention [that] the greatest miracle of Medjugorje is the availability of confessions, and ultimately that the message of mercy—the message the world so desperately needs to hear—could come forth from Medjugorje to all parts of the world since eighty countries are represented. So once again, more good news for Medjugorje, and God willing, for the call of the Queen of Peace, which is a call of faith, prayer, penance, conversion, seeking the peace of Christ in hearts and ultimately peace throughout the world. Thank you. God bless you.”