Vatican to expand Medjugorje shrine

Archbishop to Medjugorje Henryk Hoser reveals Expansion of Shrine

Adapted from a Sarajevo Times article published January 6, 2019

Henryk Hoser, Archbishop whom Pope Francis has named as the Apostolic Visitator to Medjugorje, has announced the expansion and construction of a shrine in this town located in Herzegovina.

“An important argument in favor of Medjugorje is the statistics of Medjugorje itself,” Archbishop Hoser said in an interview for “We see the number of pilgrims increasing, and not only that pilgrims come from all over the world, but, after their return home, they do everything to keep on living in the spirit they have discovered here in Medjugorje. It seems to me that there are more people in the world who know where Medjugorje is located than for the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

Speaking on the expansion of the shrine, he said that a group of architects is already preparing the project.

“The plan is to extend the space for liturgical celebrations, which will meet all the climatic conditions; it will be cold during summer, and warm in the winter. The open square, the outer altar space, does not protect the people who participate in the liturgical celebrations. We are still thinking we should build a chapel,” Hoser said.


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