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Bishop Ratko Peri These Last Days News - May 17, 2017

Local Bishop Says ‘No Truth’ to Alleged Apparitions in Medjugorje...

IGNORE OTHER APPARITIONS
"My child and My children, I want to tell you also at this time: You are not to concern yourself with other words and writings of apparitions in various places. I can tell you, My children, unfortunately there are those who are caught up in the excitement of the times and My appearance at your site. However, you cannot become involved, My child or My children, with any of these apparitions. It is best to ignore them."
 -  Our Lady, March 18, 1989

TO CONFUSE YOU
"My child, you must not concern yourself with other places of apparitions. I assure you, you will have all you can handle with your own mission, My child. You must recognize satan's devious ways he will set to confuse you by having you involved in chasing other situations, My child, that will cause you to become involved in unnecessary pursuits.”
– Our Lady, May 14, 1977

CruxNow.com reported on February 28, 2017:

by Inés San Martín

On the heels of the arrival of a papal delegate in the alleged Marian apparition site of Medjugorje, the local bishop has reiterated what he’s always affirmed: there is no truth to the claims from a group of purported visionaries that Our Lady of Peace appears today, or that she’s ever done so, in this otherwise unknown town of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

“Considering everything that this chancery has so far researched and studied, including the first seven days of the alleged apparitions, it can peacefully be affirmed: The Madonna has not appeared in Medjugorje!” Bishop Ratko Peri of Mostar-Duvno wrote on his diocesan website.

“This is the truth that we support, and we believe in the words of Jesus: The truth will set us free,” he said in a message published Feb. 26 in Croatian and Italian.

According to the bishop, the alleged apparitions, which began in the early 1980s, are nothing more than a manipulation by the visionaries and priests who work in the Saint James church that doubles as a pilgrimage welcoming center.

The post from Peric comes two weeks after the Vatican revealed that Pope Francis has sent Polish Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Warsaw-Prague on a mission for “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 city is a pilgrimage hub because of the reported apparitions, with millions arriving each year to climb the Mount Podbrdro, a steep and rock-strewn path that ascends to the actual location where the Virgin allegedly first appeared, and at times is believed to continue to do so.

In 1981, Medjugorje was an unexceptional farming community of some 400 Croatian families in the former Yugoslavia, and most believe it would still be one had it not been for the regular Marian messages.

As the bishop notes in his statement, the “apparitions” have been studied by several commissions: in 1982-1984 and 1984-1986 at a diocesan level, and in 1987-1990 by the Croatian bishops’ conference. The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith studied the phenomena from 2010-2014 and again from 2014-2016.

The local and national commissions arrived to the conclusion that there’s nothing supernatural to the apparitions.

Many devotees believe that the original apparitions were authentic, but that the purported visionaries made up the thousands that followed “for other reasons, most of which are not religious.”

Yet according to Peric, the transcript of the cassettes of the first week of the apparitions, including conversations held between the visionaries and church personnel, allows him to “with full conviction and responsibility, expose the reasons why the non-authenticity of the alleged phenomena is evident.”

He also notes that to this point 47,000 “apparitions” have been registered, with three of the visionaries still receiving messages daily.

As proof of the non-veracity of the messages, many of which have an apocalyptic undertone, Peric noted that the woman who “appears” in Medjugore is very different from that of the Gospel and the apparitions from the Virgin Mary that the Church believes to be true.

Peric writes: “[She] laughs in a strange way, when asked certain questions she disappears and then returns, and she obeyed the ‘seers’ and the pastor who made her come down from the hill into the church even against her will. She does not know with certainty how long she will appear, she allows some of those present to step on her veil which is on the ground, to touch her clothes and her body. This is not the Madonna of the Gospels.”

The fact that she allows herself to be touched, Peric writes, gives him “the feeling and conviction that this is something unworthy, inauthentic and outrageous.”

Then there’s the fact that the woman who appears takes different forms, changing the color of her tunic, sometimes holding a child and sometimes not. Another example he gives which he says proves there’s no supernatural event in Medjugorje is the fact that during the first days of the apparitions they asked the woman for a sign to prove she was who she claimed, to which she allegedly turned the hands of the clock of one of the visionaries, Mirjana Dragićević.

This, Peric writes, “is ridiculous.”

Of the six visionaries who still see her, three claim to see her daily, even after 37 years. Two of them receive messages “addressed to the world” once a month. The other three claim to see her once a year.

Never mind the fact that according to the recordings of the first seven days, in June 30, 1981, Mary had allegedly told them that she was going to appear only three more times.

“Then she changed her mind and still ‘appears’,” the bishop wrote.

Peric concludes his post saying that taking into account what the diocesan curia has examined, they can’t but calmly affirm that “the Virgin Mary has not appeared in Medjugorje.”

Many believe that Francis tapped the Polish bishop to evaluate the pastoral situation of Medjugorje to perhaps help the Vatican take a formal position regarding the alleged apparitions, something which hasn’t yet happened, despite the two commissions sent to investigate.

Generally speaking, for the Vatican even to consider issuing a finding on a reported apparition, the revelations have to be over, and in Medjugorje they’re not. However, until the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith says something, the Vatican’s preferred course is to defer to the local bishop.

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DO NOT SEEK SUPERNATURAL ELSEWHERE
"I must also warn you so that you do not have any hindrance to your mission, that there will be many false prophets in the world. They can mislead many. Therefore, it would be best if you do not go about seeking the supernatural elsewhere."
- Our Lady, December 31, 1977

NOT TO BE INVOLVED WITH OTHER APPARITIONS
"There are false prophets throughout the world, many who are also coming as angels of light to deceive you in the end. Remember, My child, I ask you not to become involved with any other apparitions in the world, because sorrowfully, My children, I must tell you, many of them are not true. So you see, My child, were it not so, I would tell you; but many of them have come forward for gratification in their human natures."
– Jesus, September 7, 1985

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BY THEIR FRUITS
"My children, I cannot give you more urgent a message than to ask you, as your Mother, to go back and read all counseling, all messages given throughout the world by just seers.
     "My children, I must warn you that you must test the spirits. When I gave you a message that there would be many seers throughout the world, I did not say that they would gather within one country. Understand this well, My children: it is the way of satan to delude and take from authentic visitations. You will recognize them because they cannot remain hidden. By their fruits will they be known.
     "My child, you are draining your energies. As I have warned you in the past, you must not be concerned with the opinion of man. Understand, My child, were you speaking and giving to them, Our sons the clergy, a message that would feed their pride and build their arrogance, you would be accepted. But I do not come to earth to go about in praise. I come to warn of an urgency upon earth, and an action of the Eternal Father to restore the earth to its former glory.
     "My Son's Church has been under, and is under heavy attack by the agents of hell. But hell shall not prevail against My Son's Church.” - Our Lady, August 14, 1981

ALWAYS TEST THE SPIRITS
"My child, since others wish to know how I personally feel for the episode that went on here on the sacred grounds only a short time ago, it made Me much unhappy for two major reasons, My child. As I told you in countless earth-years of visitations with you, that you must always test the spirits, and also to remain away from other so-called apparition sites or other seers. I say this to you, My children, because in your anxiety or your anxiousness to find the supernatural, you run to and fro seeking something that you would never find; for there is much evil upon earth now, and even the good will be deceived by satan and his legion of demons.” – Our Lady, July 25, 1985

COUNTLESS APPEARANCES
"My Mother has directed you well through countless appearances upon earth, and how many have listened to Her counsel? And how many have acted upon it? I say unto you now: You have become a degenerate generation that asks for a just chastisement from the Eternal Father.
     "Do not be affrighted, My children of the light. Know that My words are for those who have fallen into the web of Lucifer and his agents.” – Jesus, October 2, 1980

VISITS BY SAINTS OF HEAVEN
"There are many in Heaven known to you who shed tears of sorrow with Me. They, also, were upon earth and had to make their way here to the Kingdom. Their success has given them great zeal to return and gather you all back onto the road to the Kingdom. Many will be visited by the saints of Heaven. This has been deemed necessary by the Father because of the great battle that is now raging upon earth for the souls.
     "The armies of God will be set up to fight the armies of satan. You all, My children, have been given the choice for your salvation or eventual damnation.” – Our Lady, October 6, 1973

MANY APPEARANCES
"My child and My children, as I look about you, My heart is lifted a bit from the great sadness that has torn apart My heart and the hearts of many who are in Heaven. As a child, I remember My Son Jesus, how He grew up with love and great care in spirituality.
     "O My children, I have counseled you through many appearances upon your earth, in countless earth-years, to guard your homes, protect your children, and bring a firm foundation of their Faith to them, because when they leave your homes they enter now a world that is in now full control by Lucifer and his agents from hell. They form the group known as 666, the forces of evil.
     "O My children and parents, I counsel you as your Mother, I come to you with dire forebodings for your children in My heart because many are now straying into the web created by Lucifer of false religions and the occult.” – Our Lady, July 14, 1979

“HELP MY MOTHER IN HER MISSION
"The Eternal Father knows all and sees all, and knows every heart that has been placed upon earth. However, the Eternal Father has said there will be a great destruction upon mankind very soon, because of their lack of listening to the cautions of My Mother and Our appearances throughout the world. War is a punishment for man's sins. There will be wars and more wars, and yet their hearts are hardened, and their ears have deafened to the fact that this can happen in the United StatesCanada, and any part of the world that the enemy has infiltrated into.
     "My child, this is not a lesson in politics. This is but a lesson of reality, what will happen if you do not accept the messages from Heaven and pray, do penance; do much to help My Mother in Her mission, for so many are needed, so many prayers are needed for those poor souls who have no one to pray for them.” – Jesus, June 18, 1984

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