The Medjugorje Centre of Canada is a Catholic charitable organization dedicated to spreading the messages of Our Lady of Medjugorje through updated news from Medjugorje, publications, pilgrimages, conferences, guest speakers, other means of promotion, and, very importantly, prayer. It is a non-profit organization operated by lay volunteers based in Toronto. We are fully obedient to the Pope and the Magisterium of the Church. Our Spiritual Advisor is His Excellency Bishop M. Pearse Lacey. We will work in conjunction with the Franciscan priests who look after the parish of Medjugorje. Like them we make the following pledge which corresponds to theirs in the web-site www.medugorje.hr
Pope Urban VIII’s Decree
In conformity with Pope Urban VIII’s Decree and the directives of the Second Vatican Council, the authors declare not to have the intention of preceding the judgment of the Church about the supernatural character of events and messages related on these pages. This judgment belongs to competent authorities of the Church, to whom the authors submit themselves fully. “Apparitions, miracles, messages” and other similar words have here the value of human witness.
That is how the following excerpt should be read and interpreted.
Marija Stelzer-Dugandzic, a lady who grew up with the visionaries, writes in the Preface to the book OUR LADY SPEAKS FROM MEDJUGORJE:
“Since 1981, six Croatian youths in the village of Medjugorje, Bosnia-Hercegovina, have been asserting that they see the Blessed Virgin Mary and that they receive messages from her. For millions of people all over the world these extraordinary events, together with the heavenly instructions, have become a source of renewal within their Christian lives. The messages are in complete harmony with the Gospel and with Catholic Tradition.”
“Although the Church’s position on the occurrences is, at this stage, one of investigation and watchful attention, unofficial pilgrimages to Medjugorje are neither prohibited nor discouraged. On the contrary, the Church acknowledges this village to be a sanctuary of prayer, and oversees the liturgical-pastoral services offered at the site by the Franciscan priests and sisters.”
“Through Medjugorje, numerous Christians and non-Christians have found their way to God, to one another, and to the Church; this is what most characterizes Medjugorje, described by someone as ‘a place where it is very easy to turn to God and to start a new spiritual life.’ A large number of visitors have experienced conversion and various forms of healing.”