I don’t want to read too much into the date on which the announcement was made but when you think of it, we consider Mary, the Blessed Virgin, Our Mother and today, May 12, 2019, is Mother’s Day!
POPE FRANCIS ALLOWS PIGRIMAGES TO MEDJUGORJE
From Holy See Press Office:
“As announced jointly this morning by Msgr. Henryk Hoser, Apostolic Visitor of a special character for the parish of Medjugorje and from the Apostolic Nunciature in Sarajevo, the Holy Father ordered that it be possible to organize pilgrimages to Medjugorje.
This (to be done) always taking care to avoid that these pilgrimages are interpreted as an authentication of the known events, which still require an examination by the Church. It must therefore be avoided that such pilgrimages create confusion or ambiguity under the doctrinal aspect. This also concerns pastors of every order and degree who intend to go to Medjugorje and celebrate or concelebrate there also in a solemn manner.
Given the considerable flow of people who go to Medjugorje and the abundant fruits of grace that flow from it, this provision is part of the particular pastoral attention that the Holy Father intended to give to that reality, aimed at favoring and promoting the fruits of good.
In this way, the Apostolic Visitor will have greater ease in establishing – in agreement with the Ordinaries of the places – relations with the priests charged with organizing pilgrimages to Medjugorje, as safe and well-prepared persons, offering them information and indications to be able to lead fruitfully such pilgrimages.”