The following was originally published on January 14, 2011. It is commonly believed that Pope John Paul II intervened to save Our Lady of Medjugorje's apparitions in the mid-80's. Many bishops have testified to receiving strong encouragement to go to Medjugorje from Pope Saint John Paul himself.
The Vatican announced today* that the beloved Pope John Paul II (+2005), will be beatified May 1, after Pope Benedict XVI‘s approval of the needed miracle attributed to his intercession involving a Polish nun miraculously recovering from Parkinson’s disease.1
A Friend of Medjugorje wrote in 1997:
The visionary Marija asked Our Lady about the newly elected Pope (John Paul). She revealed to Marija that he was Her Pope, and that it was very difficult for him to have been elected. This is very amazing when one considers that after Pope Paul VI died, Pope John Paul I was elected and within 30 days he died!… and then Pope John Paul II was elected!
For this time, we had a man in the flesh elected to spiritually rule all Christians and people of the world, anointed and, by divine intervention, saved to assist the Queen of Heaven during the ushering in of a new time. Our Lady’s words to the world confirms this clearly, when Pope John Paul II was to visit Zagreb, speaking of the Pope:
August 25, 1994
To the Medjugorje believers, there was no doubt about Pope John Paul’s holiness and sainthood. While it is widely known that Pope John Paul II voiced his approval and support for Medjugorje in many public forums, Our Lady of Medjugorje Herself has said the following:
November 8, 1981
Our Lady appears kissing and lovingly embracing a picture of John Paul II.
And on May 13, 1982 Our Lady of Medjugorje said:
Concerning the assassination attempt on the life of John Paul II:
All of the visionaries of Medjugorje have had the opportunity to meet Pope John Paul II with the exception of Ivan. Ivan expressed in a talk in 2005 of his disappointment in not being able to see the Pope before his death. However, Medjugorje visionary Ivan had the following apparition on April 2, 2005:
At Ivan’s apparition tonight, Ivan was recommending intentions to Our Lady when Pope John Paul II appeared on Her right. He was smiling, young, and very happy. All in white with a long gold cape. Our Lady turned, smiling, to look at the Pope and he was looking at Our Lady, smiling. Our Lady then said to Ivan:
A Friend of Medjugorje has always said that with Our Lady and Her Medjugorje messages, one can know more about the events of the world than through the world’s news outlets. The above message to Ivan is a beautiful example, confirming that Our Lady in Medjugorje revealed Pope John Paul’s place in Heaven, five years before it is publicly declared.
* Pope John Paul II has since been canonized as a saint in the Catholic Church.
1. Vatican Information Service January 14, 2011
2. Entering a New Time, Copyright 1997, A Friend of Medjugorje