For those who believe in God no explanation is necessary.
For those who do not believe in God, no explanation will suffice!
A Lady from heaven gives a piece of paper to a girl in Medjugorje, (Mirjana). The paper contains secrets of future events. When the scientific community heard about the paper they asked to study it. Having studied it, linguistic experts from around the world say there is no known language. The paper is also carbon tested to determine age and substance. Scientists are unable to determine the age of the paper. They concluded that the parchment is made of an unknown substance.
Information source: book, Vision of the Children, & interview with Mirjana, Nov. 1997.
Update: March 2, 2005. Working on my book, "Medjugorje Investigated" I had a friend from Medjugorje who knows Mirjana ask her if it was true that the parchment had indeed been tested. My friend told me that the parchment has not been tested. So the reader must decide for themselves which source of information is correct.
In 1986, Vicka, (one of the visionaries from Medjugorje) suffering from increasingly painful headaches, was diagnosed as having an inoperable brain tumor and swelling of the joints which eventually resulted in high fevers and comas.
On Febuary 25th, 1988 the Blessed Virgin, instructed Vicka to write three letters: to Father Janko Bubalo, her confessor; to the Bishop's Commission investigating the Apparitions; and to the priests in residence at the Rectory of St James, Medjugorje. These letters were sealed and delivered to the above-named persons. The instructions were not to open the envelope.
On September 25 1988 (two months and three weeks after her 24th birthday) Vicka asked the recipients of the sealed letters to open them in the presence of two witnesses. Each of the letters written seven months before, contained the same information: Vicka's illness was God's gift to her, not a punishment. It was accepted voluntarily, and its purpose was to help heal the illness of sinners. Her sacrifice would be completed on September 25th; on that date she would be healed of her illness.
At this time Vicka underwent tests and the brain tumor was gone.
Information source: book, Queen of the Cosmos, by Jan Connell.
While a diocesan commission described a crying statue of Mary as supernatural, further investigation will be conducted by the Vatican.
Bishop Girolamo Grillo of Civitavecchia-Tarquinia announced Jan. 19, 1998, that two-thirds of the members of the theological commission he appointed to study the alleged miracle concluded it was a supernatural occurrence.
Only one member voted that it was not supernatural, he said, the remaining members of the minority, "declared themselves to be perplexed."
However, the bishop said that because he was one of the eyewitnesses and because people from outside the diocese and even outside of Italy have been coming to Civitavecchia to pray before the statue, the Vatican would appoint its own study commission to work under the congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Bishop Grillo said Pope John Paul II would appoint the commission members.
Bishop Grillo initially expressed strong doubts about the miraculous nature of the statue’s tears of blood when the crying was first reported in early February 1995.
"Personally, I don’t believe it, he said at first. There are too many crying Madonna’s in Italy right now." He told Catholic News Service.
The 17 inch plaster statue of Mary was purchased in Medjugorje, Bosnia Herzegovina, site of the reported Marian apparitions. A family from Civitavecchia brought the statue home and placed in their backyard. After the first reports of its crying, thousands of people flocked to the family’s home.
Bishop Grillo took possession of the statue; he and local judicial authorities ordered that tests be conducted to determine whether the crying was a hoax.
The bishop appointed a theological commission to study it only after he reported that it cried tears of blood while he was holding it March 15, 1995. He said there were five witnesses.
Test conducted on the tears determined that they were human blood, although from a male.
Announcing the vote of the diocesan commission Jan. 19, Bishop Grillo said the Vatican’s doctrinal congregation has given permission for pilgrimages to the church about 40 miles northwest of Rome, where the statue is on display.
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the congregation, has asked the bishop to give, "To those faithful who travel to Civitavecchia, motivated by faith, the pastoral attention and care necessary for a healthy devotion to the Virgin Mary in accordance with the teaching of the church,"
Information source: newspaper, The Anchor, diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts. Issue vol. 42, no. 5, Friday January 30, 1998.