June 1996: Declaration on Pilgrimages to Medjugorje
VATICAN CITY, JUN 19, 1996 (VIS) - The director of the Holy See Press Office, with regard to news of recent days concerning pilgrimages to Medjugorje, answered journalists' questions this morning with the following declaration:
No new fact has occurred in this regard. As has been stated on previous occasions, it is a duty in such cases to respect the immediate competency of the local episcopacy. In this regard, on April 10, 1991, the bishops of ex-Yugoslavia had declared:
... On the basis of investigations conducted up to now, it is not possible to state that this is a matter of apparitions or of supernatural revelations.
We repeat the absolute need to continue deepening the reflection, as well as prayer, in the face of whatever alleged supernatural phenomenon, until there is a definitive pronouncement.
OP/MEDJUGORJE/NAVARRO-VALLS VIS 960619 (220)