Warsaw

Apostolic visitor outlines plans to expand Medjugorje

A Polish archbishop appointed by Pope Francis to oversee the Marian shrine at Medjugorje has outlined plans to expand its facilities and increase the number of Masses there.“Medjugorje represents Europe’s spiritual lungs, a place where millions discover God and the beauties of the Church,” said Archbishop Henryk Hoser, retired archbishop of Warsaw-Praga. “We now have to recreate its infrastructure, firstly by securing its liturgical space. We also need to expand its areas for retreats and provide new places for celebrating the Eucharist.” Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Hoser as apostolic visitor in May. Six young people say Mary has appeared to them in Medjugorge over decades, starting in 1981.

Vilnius

You are the children of martyrs, Pope tells Lithuanians

Pope Francis has said Lithuanians must “never forget” they are the “children of martyrs” after visiting a former KGB headquarters where more than 1,000 people were executed. The Pope was given a tour of the building by a 79-year-old archbishop, Sigitas Tamkevičius, who was jailed there. The Pope also visited a memorial commemorating the murder of 40,000 Jews. At a Mass he urged the country to be

vigilant against anti-Semitism. The remarks came during a four-day visit to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Cochin, India

Bishop arrested

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