by Marco Corvaglia
On 21 March 1988 Msgr. Pavao Žanić, bishop of Mostar, wrote, in a private letter to an American Salesian (father Jacques), that in the Church there was pressure to "preserve Medjugorje without pronouncing a final judgement" [in Fr Michel de la Sainte Trinité, Medjugorje en toute vérité, CRC, Saint-Parres-lès-Vaudes, 1991, p. 446].
The official position of the Church on Medjugorje is the Zadar Declaration, signed by the Yugoslavian Bishops' Conference and unveiled in 1991.
On the basis of the investigations so far, it can not be affirmed that one is dealing with supernatural apparitions and revelations.
The declaration made it impossible (on the state of the facts) to approve the phenomena not because these are in progress (as often claimed) but, as we have seen,"on the basis of the investigations so far."
In March 2010 the Vatican has formed a new commission of inquiry on Medjugorje, presided over by Card. Camillo Ruini.
In January 2014, the commission completed its work and delivered its conclusions to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. These conclusions were not disclosed.
However, on May 13 2017, when prompted to comment on the credibility of Međugorje at a press conference (on his return flight from Fatima), Pope Francis observed that the CDF and (with particular reference to the way the story unfolded after the first "apparitions") the Commission have their doubts, and added: “Personally I am harsher" (select: Settings [toothed or CC icon] > Subtitles > English):
Updated on 14 May 2017