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Commission reportedly thought first seven Medjugorje visions were real

The commission that now-retired Pope Benedict XVI established to study the alleged apparitions of Mary at Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, reportedly voted overwhelmingly to recognise as supernatural the first seven appearances of Mary in 1981.

However, according to a report published by the website Vatican Insider, the commission was much more doubtful about the thousands of alleged visions that have occurred since 4th July 1981, and supposedly continue to this day.

Two of the 17 commission members and consultants thought the alleged visions after the period of 24th June to 3rd July 1981, were not supernatural, while the other members said it was not possible to make a judgment.

The commission said it was clear that the six alleged visionaries and a seventh who claims to have begun receiving messages from Mary in December 1982 were not given adequate spiritual support.

Vatican Insider published its piece on the report on 16th May, three days after Pope Francis spoke about some details of the report to journalists travelling with him from Fatima, Portugal.

The Vatican press office declined to comment on the Vatican Insider piece on 17th May.

Picture: The sun sets behind a statue of Mary on Apparition Hill in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in this 2011 file photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).