Vatican ready to announce decision, guidelines on Medjugorje, pope says

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June 7, 2015

Pope Francis arrives at the international airport in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, June 6. The pope was making a one-day visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina to encourage a minority Catholic community in the faith, and to foster dialogue and peace in a nation still largely divided along ethnic lines. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-BOSNIA June 6, 2015.

Pope Francis arrives at the international airport in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, June 6. The pope was making a one-day visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina to encourage a minority Catholic community in the faith, and to foster dialogue and peace in a nation still largely divided along ethnic lines. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (CNS) — Pope Francis said the Vatican was ready to make an announcement concerning the alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith met recently to discuss the issue and “we’ve reached the point of making a decision and then they will say,” he told journalists on the flight back to Rome June 6.

The expected announcement will include “just some guidelines (the congregation) will give to the bishops,” he said in response to a reporter’s question.

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