‘Mary sightings’ defended
POPE Francis is dismissive of claims that the Virgin Mary appears daily in Medjugorje, but Danielle Pitau, 72, is convinced that her pilgrimage to the small Bosnian town cured her of cancer.
“Whoever tells me that nothing happens in Medjugorje, I tell them to come here and try it,” the Belgian woman said.
In June 1981, six Bosnian teenagers said they had witnessed the appearance of the Virgin in the southern town near the Croatian border. She continues to “appear” to three of them daily, and to the other three once a year, they say, and they publish her “messages” on the multi-language website medjugorje.hr.
Every year, some 2.5 million pilgrims visit Medjugorje, according to Polish archbishop Henryk Hoser.
The Vatican has not revealed the conclusion of an inquiry conducted between 2010 and 2014 into the sightings. But recent irony-tinged declarations from Pope Francis suggest the probe threw up doubts. Now the small town is defending its Virgin sightings, saying the Pope will eventually accept them. – AFP