On December 1st, 2010, The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI welcomed a crowd of pilgrims gathered in Rome, some of whom were from St. James Parish located in Medjugorje. A huge round of applause erupted after the Holy Father welcomed the group of pilgrims from Medjugorje by name, causing the Pontiff to smile. At he end of his greeting The Holy Father surprisingly closed with the well-known Medjugorje greeting, “Hvaljen Isus i Marija” which means “Praised be Jesus and Mary!” Click Here to Read Ministry Values Article The visionary Ivanka has said that “‘praised be Jesus and Mary’ is the most beautiful greeting that exists in the world.”

Below is list of other quotes from Pope Bendict XVI (then Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith), Blessed Pope John Paul II, Blessed Mother Teresa and Fr. Gabriel Amorth (Official Exorcist, Diocese of Rome) regarding Medjugorje:

August 1, 1989 – Pope John Paul II:
“Today the world has lost the supernatural. Many people sought it and found it in Medjugorje through prayer, fasting and through confession.”

March 25, 1984 – Pope John Paul II:
“Medjugorje is the fulfillment and continuation of Fatima.”

February 25, 1994 – Pope John Paul II wrote in a personal letter addressed to friends:
“I guess Medjugorje is better understood these days. This kind of ‘insisting’ of our Mother is better understood today when we see with our very eyes the enormousness of the danger. At the same time, the response in the way of a special prayer – and that coming from people all around the world – fills us with hope that here, too, the good will prevail. Peace is possible… It can be that there is only one such sanctuary in the world.”

December 8, 1992 – Pope John Paul II wrote in personal letter addressed to friends:
“I thank Sophia for everything concerning Medjugorje. I, too, go there every day as a pilgrim in my prayers: I unite in my prayers with all of those who pray there or receive a calling for prayer from there. Today we have understood this call better. I rejoice that our time does not lack people of prayer and apostles.”

September, 1991 – Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger:
“We are open. The Commission on Medjugorje proceeds with its work. Once must continue to wait and pray.”

August 28th, 1991 – Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger:
“We want to be concerned that this place, which has become a place of prayer and faith, remain and come to be even more in the most interior unity with the entire Church.”

April 8, 1992 – Mother Teresa of Calcutta wrote in a personal letter to Denis Nolan of Mary TV:
“We are all praying one Hail Mary before Holy Mass to Our Lady of Medjugorje…”

July, 2002 – Fr. Gabriel Amorth:
“Medjugorje is a fortress against Satan. Satan hates Medjugorje because it is a place of conversion, of prayer, of transformation of life…I always understood Medjugorje as a continuation of Fatima. According to Our Lady’s words in Fatima, if we had prayed and fasted, there would not have been World War II. We have not listed to her and therefore there was a war. Also here in Medjugorje, Our Lady often calls to prayer for peace. In her apparitions, Our Lady always presents herself under another name to show the goal of her apparitions. At Lourdes, she presented herself as the Immaculate Conception, in Fatima as the Queen of the Holy Rosary. Here in Medjugorje, Our Lady presented herself as the Queen of Peace. We all remember the (her) words “Mir, Mir, Mir” (peace, peace, peace) that were written in the sky at the very beginning of the apparitions. We see clearly that humanity is running the risk of war, and Our Lady insists on prayer and on Christian life to attain peace.”

* Reference - Medjugorje And The Church by Denis Nolan, 4th Ed. June, 2007