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What does the Holy See’s statement that “Pilgrimages to Medjugorje are authorized” really mean?  
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What does the Holy See’s statement that “Pilgrimages to Medjugorje are authorized” really mean?  

By Snježana Majdandžić-Gladić, on 12 May 2019, translated from Croatian, Vjera i djela (Faith and Works, portal of Catholic theologians) On 12 May 2019, at the morning Mass in Medjugorje (and then during the other Masses throughout the day), as reported in the audio recording and interpreted by the media, the Holy See’s statement on the authorization of pilgrimages to Medjugorje was read out. Archbishop-emeritus Henryk Hoser, Apostolic Visitor to Medjugorje, together with the Apostolic Nuncio to Bosnia-Herzegovina Archbishop Luigi Pezzuto, read the statement and the declaration states the following: “Pope Francis has decided to authorize pilgrimages to Medjugorje, which can now be organized, always taking care to prevent these pilgrimages from being interpreted as an authentication of...
A commentary on the text: “Medjugorje must not divide Croats”
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A commentary on the text: “Medjugorje must not divide Croats”

By Snježana Majdandžić-Gladić, on 19 August 2018, translated from Croatian, Vjera i djela (Faith and Works, portal of Catholic theologians) The web portal of the Croatian daily Slobodna Dalmacija (Independent Dalmatia) released on 13 August 2018 an article by Dr. Ivica Šola, theologian and professor of communications at the Department of Culture of the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek, under the title: Međugorje ne smije dijeliti Hrvate (Medjugorje must not divide Croats). The basic idea of ​​the comment, if we have understood it well – even though it is mentioned only in the title and the last sentences – consists in encouraging the thought that it is not good that the phenomenon of Medjugorje should negatively affect to such levels, the unity of Croats. We presume that...
From the Athanasius of Mostar to Henryk of Medjugorje
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From the Athanasius of Mostar to Henryk of Medjugorje

By Snježana Majdandžić-Gladić, on July 29, 2018, translated from Croatian, Vjera i djela (Faith and Works, portal of Catholic theologians) Introduction A news item was published recently in several media reports that the retired bishop of Warsawa-Praga and archbishop ad personam Henryk Hoser, embarked upon his assignment as the Apostolic Visitor for Medjugorje. The very information itself has caused a lot of reactions in the virtual world. Once again, the battlefield has been opened between those who hold the Medjugorje apparitions as absolute and those who consider them unbelievable. When along with this news, another item was published that the Bishop of Mostar-Duvno, Ratko Perić, as the bishop on whose territory the parish of Medjugorje is located, received archbishop Hoser an...
By what authority is Archbishop Hoser proclaiming Medjugorje a shrine?
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By what authority is Archbishop Hoser proclaiming Medjugorje a shrine?

By Snježana Majdandžić-Gladić, on 28 December 2017, translated from Croatian. In the light of the Advent and Christmas season of joy, peace and love, when it might seem inappropriate to make any unnecessary criticisms, one important topic that truly merits critical analysis, has passed by quite unnoticeably and smoothly. More specifically, it passed by in such a way that those in approval rejoiced, while others mostly abstained from public comment. This regards a series of contradictory and strange statements by the Bishop of Warszawa-Praga and Archbishop ad personam, Henryk Hoser, who Pope Francis appointed on 11 February 2017 as his special envoy for Medjugorje. Through his on-site visitation, he was to assess the pastoral situation in this parish of Herzegovina and suggest what k...
Medjugorje Fanaticism and the Papal Envoy Archbishop Hoser
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Medjugorje Fanaticism and the Papal Envoy Archbishop Hoser

By Snježana Majdandžić-Gladić, on 28 August 2017, translated from Croatian. The Bishop of Warsaw-Prague Archbishop Henryk Hoser, the Pope’s special envoy for Medjugorje, recently gave an interesting and somewhat strange interview to the Polish Catholic Information Agency (KAI), which we wish to critically reflect upon and point out what we find problematic, since one is left with the impression that the archbishop’s visit was somewhat staged and in this sense that it was neither impartial nor objective. Introduction or the relation between horizontal and vertical Christianity If it were possible to count and systematically present all the good that emerged from the various initiatives that the Catholic Church has undertaken in the social, charitable and cultural fields over th...
A Response to Fr. Karlo Lovrić on Medjugorje
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A Response to Fr. Karlo Lovrić on Medjugorje

Review of the text The Fictitious Gospa is an Excellent Pastorizer (Izmišljena Gospa odličan pastorizator) The Diocese of Mostar-Duvno has its own Diocesan magazine entitled Crkva na Kamenu (The Church on the Rock). Its website recently published an article in English by Snježana Majdandžić-Gladić entitled On the Medjugorje Zealots or how the ‘Gospa’ Contradicts the Madonna, originally published by Vjera i djela (Faith and Deeds, website of Catholic theologians) in Croatian and English. It is a very strong article against the alleged apparitions in Medjugorje. Pope Francis recently spoke about Medjugorje and the present article seems to be continuing the discussion. Fr. Karlo Lovrić, parish vicar in Medjugorje (župni vikar u Međugorju), issued a response and I want to respond to his...
On The Medjugorje Zealots or how the ‘Gospa’ Contradicts the Madonna
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On The Medjugorje Zealots or how the ‘Gospa’ Contradicts the Madonna

By Snježana Majdandžić-Gladić, on 23 June 2017, translated from Croatian Introduction Some truths are so sacred that one cannot remain silent before them or allow them to ever be distorted. Never and by no means. Consequently, there are also some individuals, unfortunately fewer and fewer in our times, who clearly recognize this Truth and who are ready, if necessary, to even die for it. On the other hand – there are lies that are so dangerous that they cannot be tolerated and one should never ever remain silent before them. In times when obvious lies and scams are presented as the truth, and the truth as falsehood, for the uninformed it is not easy to perceive or understand, let alone distinguish what is what. One such seriously confusing situation can be seen in the analysis of ...
Witness to the First Beauty
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Witness to the First Beauty

Father Rajmund Kupareo was a Croatian Dominican religious priest, theologian, philosopher, emigrant, poet, story-teller, novelist, playwright, composer and a Chilean Emeritus professor.  Rajmund Kupareo in his religious cell in Zagreb in May 1978 Life He was born a hundred years ago, on November 16, 1914 in Vrboska, the island of Hvar, as a descendant of an old noble family of central Dalmatia. He entered the Order of the Preachers in Dubrovnik in 1930 and was ordained priest in Split in 1937. He studied philosophy, theology and languages in Dubrovnik, Zagreb (Croatia), Olomouc (Moravia), Santiago de Chile (Chile) and Washington, D.C. (USA). During World War II, Kupareo was the editor-in-chief of Gospina krunica (Our Lady’s Rosary), a monthly magazine in Zagreb. He ...