RAPHAEL... GUARDIAN OF PILGRIMS... TOBIT 12 : 1-22

“Do not be afraid: peace be with you. Bless God for ever. As far as I was concerned, when I was with you, my presence was not by any decision of mine, but by the will of God; it is he whom you must bless throughout your days, he that you must praise [...] Now bless the Lord on earth and give thanks to God. I am about to return to him above who sent me. Write down all that has happened.” And he rose in the air. When they stood up again, he was no longer visible. They praised God with hymns; they thanked him for having performed such wonders; had not an angel of God appeared before them? Tobit 12 : 17-22

God, out of love for man, has sent me among you to show you the path of salvation, the path of love.
Medjugorje message, April 25, 1995

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Pope Francis welcomed Medjugorje messengers

Sr Emmanuel of Medjugorje has noted in her latest newsletter that our new Pope is very much aware of the events at Medjugorje and cleared the way for Ivan Dragicevic to visit Argentina earlier this month. With cardinal Begoglio's approval the Medjugorje seer was allowed to give testimony to the phenomenon and receive an apparition in public at the Luna Park arena in Buenos Aires.

As Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio also welcomed the Franciscan priest Fr Danko Perutina during his mission to Argentina last year. Fr Danko is a pastor in the Medjugorje parish and mc’s the annual Youth Festival.

Our new Pope has also previously welcomed the former parish priest of Medjugorje Fr Jozo Zovko during a mission to Argentina during the late 90’s. Speaking to Ivan Ugrin of the Croatian newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija, the former parish priest of Medjugorje recalls his visit to Argentina and time spent with “Fr Jorge”: 

“We hung out together and talked about everything in Buenos Aires. He was interested in everything. We prayed together and at the end he asked me for a blessing. I touched one fine and good man. He’s a good choice for the Church that is getting better, and there is no better person than Francis to rebuild the Church. The gift of Pope Francis to the Church is the fruit of grace during this time. He dares to talk about our failures.”

“The new Pope has called for prayer and his first move was presenting Our Lady with a bouquet of flowers [at Basilica of St Mary Major]. There is a man who, like Mary at Cana, sees and feels and knows where to go. We need such people who are deeply rooted in prayer. He holds a rosary in his hand and draws on the Gospel. It is the key that opens all closed doors, and the Pope is showing us the way.”

Sr Emmanuel also confirms that for three years another Franciscan from Hercegovina, Fr Berislav Ostojic was the Pope’s confessor.

And, of course, it will be Pope Francis who will review the results of the Vatican Commission on Medjugorje.

 source: CHILDREN OF MEDJUGORJE

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