Timeline of the Medjugorje Apparitions

June 24, 1981 First apparition to the children

June 25, 1981:  Second appartion.  Only 5 of the six children are present this time.  Our Lady spaeks for the first time announces herself as “Queen of Peace”

1984: Local bishop, diocese of Mostar forms a commission to investigate the events in Medjugorje.

1986: Bishop submits a negative decision about Medjugorje to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (CDF), which at the time was led by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (later, Pope Benedict).

1986: CDF, under Cardinal Ratzinger rejects the findings of the bishops commission, disbands the commission the local bishop created, and creates a new commission to investigate Medjugorje. From that point on, the local bishop (and all his successors) were stripped of all jurisdiction over the appartions of Medjugorje.

1991: The new commission issues an official statement about Medjugorje.

In Summary, the 1991 Commission makes the following statements:

That it cannot YET be determined whether Medjugorje is of supernatural origin;
That pilgrims ARE allowed to visit Medjugorje;
That priests ARE allowed to go there to tend to the spiritual needs of the pilgrims.

September 12, 1998:  Jakov receives the 10th secret while visiting the U.S.

2010: The Vatican forms a new commission to investigate the apparitions of Medjugorje. The commission is headed by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, retired Vicar General of Rome and is made up of 16 members. Noticably absent from this commission is the bishop of Mostar.

2014: The Cardinal Ruini Commission completes its investigation of Medjugorje and submits finding to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith.

February 11, 2017: Pope Francis appoints Archbishop of Warsaw Poland, Henryk Hoser, as Papal Envoy to Medjugorje.

March 30, 2017:  Papal Envoy, Archbishop Hoser, arrives in Medjugorje to evaluate the pastoral needs of Medjugorje and report back to the Holy Father.  clear that there is something new here, something remarkable.”

May 31, 2018: Pope Francis nominated Archbishop Hoser a second time “as special apostolic visitor for the parish of Medjugorje”.

July 22, 2018: Archbishop Henryk Hoser moves to Medjugorje and begins his assignment as apostolic visitor for the parish of St. James. With this action, the Vatican has effectively placed Medjugorje under its direct control and guidance.


August 1, 2018: Papal Nuncio for Bosnia-Hercegovina, Msgr. Luigi Pezzuto, opens the annual Youth Festival in Medjugorje by presiding at Holy Mass.

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