Monday, November 29, 2010

Video: BBC Newsnight Report on Medjugorje by Allan Little

This BBC Newsnight Report on Medjugorje by Allan Little focuses largely on the political situation in Bosnsia and fails to address the spiritual significance of apparitions at Medjugorje. Perhaps he should return and look at the spiritual dimension in more detail with an open mind.
Perhaps he should consider why Our Lady chose Medjugorje:

Why did Our Lady choose Medjugorje?

Our Lady gave a message on June 26, 1981, stating:
“I have come because there are many true believers here. I wish to be with you to convert and to reconcile the whole world.”

Our Lady also gave a message on March 21, 1985:

“…I love you and in a special way I have chosen this parish, one more dear to me than the others, in which I have gladly remained when the Almighty sent me…”


Fr Ted said...

The programme outlined a political situation vis-a-vis Croatia which is very different to that before and during the civil war of the early 1990s.

Visiting then, my wife and I were surprised by the way in which the local people were keen on their Croatian heritage and identity but at the same time regarded their area as part of Bosnia-Herzegovina, very proud of Sarajevo as their capital and Mostar as their provincial.

Their nationalism seemed less about
union with Zagreb and much more about their dream of "Herzeg-Bosna" complete with their own stamps.

Towards the end however the currency most favoured seemed to be the DM followed by the Croatian currency.

Things change. Although the programme did err a little by over-emphasis on the political side, it did bring our attention to some difficulties of post-war B-i-H. The tensions remain and still need to be stated ... carefully.

As one Franciscan commented to a group of us mainly from aid agencies, "You have to be here for a long time in order to understand."

Historically, of course, Herzegovina and Bosnia proper have been intertwined for many centuries and closer, perhaps, than the propagandists and visitors, including visiting journalist - however scrupulous and balanced their research may be, are likely to understand.

It depends on who you talk to!

John Barry said...

Thank you for such an interesting contribution.