"Pope Francis approves of pilgrimages to the bosnian village of Medjugorje – a long-disputed shrine in which a group of school children claimed that the virgin Mary appeared to them."
"It was 1981, six children testified about how the madonna appeared to them. Since then, Medjugorje had received hundreds of thousands of pilgrimsbesök each year. The catholic church has been divided on the issue of vittnesmålens authenticity and reasonableness, but will from now on officially accepting that catholics choose to travel there."
"the Pope's formal announcement does, however, mean that the church does not confirm the alleged apparitions, underlines a spokesperson, who says that these need to be investigated and studied further."
"The former pope Benedict had a committee of bishops and theologians to investigate the matter, but the report which is then handed over to his successor Francis has not been disclosed."
"The testimonies the children claim continued, today, in adult age, that the virgin Mary appears to them periodically, and she warns them in good time before each time. In an interview in 2017, said the pope that the matter is still under investigation, but expressed skepticism towards the apparitions would take place on a recurrent basis. He admitted, however, that pilgrimsresenärerna will have a kind of spiritual experience in Medjugorje."
"the Village is inhabited mainly by the bosnienkroater and the children's claims have resulted in significant tourism revenue has through the years."