The visionary Mirjana’s private meeting with Pope St John Paul II in July, 1987, was confirmed by the Vatican Postulator for the cause for canonization of Pope John Paul II, Mgr Slawomir Oder, in his book ‘Why he is a Saint’ published in 2013.
Author and reporter Michael H Brown says the confirmation from Oder ‘should put to rest arguments’ about the former Pontiff’s belief in Medjugorje. Yet recently Cardinal Stanislao Dziwisz desputed the meeting between Mirjana and Pope John Paul II in an interview with Aleteia.org. Cardinal Dziwisz admits confusion as to which visionary he is referring to telling Aleteia ‘It isn’t clear if it was Mirjana or Vicka’ as he denies ‘in strongest terms’ that a meeting took place.”
If Cardinal Dziwisz is referring to the encounter with Vicka, he would be correct as no meeting took place.
In a more detailed account of the meeting, Mirjana further testifies that later on, after the Pope had passed her, a priest arrived with a note to meet His Holiness the following day, privately, at Castelgondolfo.
Vatican reporters ZENIT.org questioned Mgr Oder about his reference in his book about John Paul II favouring Medjugorje, asking him to confirm its validity, which he did.
Former Archbishop Mgr Frane Franic of Split-Makarska, Croatia, also confirmed the meeting with Mirjana testifying he was the one who introduced Mirjana to the Holy Father:
“In July there was a pilgrimage of young people (there were nearly a thousand) we said Mass at Castelgandolfo. And among the youths I saw Mirjana of Sarajevo, the student. And I said so spontaneously: “Holy Father, here is a visionary of Medjugorje.”
Mgr Oder’s confirms the meeting in his book, ‘Why He Is A Saint’ stating: “In 1987, during a short conversation, Karol Wojtyla confided to the seer Mirjana Dragicevic: “If I weren’t Pope, I would already have been in Medjugorje confessing” Mgr Oder even named the title of the passage in Chapter Three after this famous quote.
Although Cardinal Dziwisz has previously made several controversial moves since the death of Pope St John Paul II that contradict or challenge reports of the former saintly Pontiff – including publishing his private notes that Pope John Paul II requested would be burned in his will and criticising the Pope for his connections with the Legionaries of Christ founder – the fact that Cardinal Dziwisz mentioned Vicka out of all the other 5 visionaries when asked about Mirjana indicates that it’s likely he was referring to the encounter with Vicka and was unaware there was another.
We provide you with a translation of Mirjana’s interview with Antonio Socci on Italian National TV, Rai Due (See Above).