‘Mary sight­ings’ de­fended

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - WORLD -

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

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