In 1991 the Bishop of Medjugorge completed an investigation on the alleged apparitions at Medjugorje, concluding that they were not supernatural in origin and therefore priests were not to lead pilgrimages to the site. His rulings fell on deaf ears and the crowds continue to pour in, making the Bosnian town the third most-visited in Europe.
Now Pope Benedict is intervening, probably due to the fact that the phenomenon is affecting the wider Church to such a significant degree that his leadership as universal pastor is now made necessary in the matter. He has appointed Cardinal Camillo Ruini to head up the investigation.
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"Helped by the priests, their co-workers, and by the deacons, the bishops have the duty of authentically teaching the faith, celebrating divine worship, above all the Eucharist, and guiding their Churches as true pastors. Their responsibility also includes concern for all the Churches, with and under the Pope." (CCC 939)
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