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March 2010: March: Pope orders investigation of apparitions at Medjugorje

Benedict XVI “ I am very pleased to be among you today to celebrate with you the Lord’s day.” March also marks the month the Vatican established an international commission to study the alleged Marian apparitions at Medjugorje, a small Bosnian town. The commission consisted of cardinals, bishops and 17 other experts. Their work is being developed under the strictest of secrecy and will deliver its findings to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Holy Father also approved recognition of miracles obtained through the intercession of one of the most revered viceroys working in Mexico. With this approval, Spaniard Juan de Palafox y Mendoza got one step closer to becoming a blessed. Vatican officials agreed that he cured a Spanish priest dying of tuberculosis. Fr. Ildefonso Moriones PostulatorPalafox said he didn’t take chocolate because he didn’t want to be anyone?s slave. Not for penitence, but for pride. Because he had seen that whoever became used to it, would always take it, and he didn’t want to be controlled.” The Pope made a monumental visit to the Lutheran Community of Rome, with the purpose of promoting unity between the two Christian denominations. Benedict XVI said although there are still major differences and they can’t celebrate mass together, the meeting showed the fruits of ecumenical dialogue. SC - GDP-BN-