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Who is Our Lady of Medjugorje?

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Our Lady of Medjugorje is the title given to the Virgin Mary by people who believe she appeared to six children in Medjugorje in 1981. Our Lady of Medjugorje is also referred to as the Queen of Peace.

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The children reportedly saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary on June 24, 1981 on the hill of Crnica. She was holding a child in her arms, but the children were afraid to go near her. The next day, they reportedly saw the apparition of the Virgin Mary, but this time she was not carrying a child. They approached her, and she prayed with them. According to them, the Virgin Mary has been appearing to them regularly since then.

The visionaries report that they see the Virgin Mary as they see other people. They touch her, speak to her and pray with her. The Virgin Mary stresses that the world needs peace and that human beings should be reconciled with each other and with God. She confides several secrets to them and reminds them to pray and fast, as this can divert the course of wars.

The five themes that summarize the messages of the Lady of Medjugorje are peace, faith, prayer, fasting and conversion. The visionaries are to receive 10 secrets each. Three of them have already received the 10 secrets and no longer see daily visions of the virgin Mary. The other three have only received nine visions. The area where the Lady of Medjugorje first appeared is a shrine that millions of people have visited.

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