Final Update: Fr. Lombardi confirms the news
[This post has been updated several times. Until there is something on the Holy See website, updates will be made to this post, so check back.]
On January 15, 2014, the Croatian language portal, Bitno.net, reported, in what it calls, “an exclusive,” that the Vatican commission on Medjugorje will end it’s work this Friday and send it’s findings on to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). The report says it will then quickly go to the desk of Pope Francis where a decision will be set.
The rest of the report goes through some background and history.
While I hope this is all true, we have been fooled by rumor many times before. But, this is not a little precise when it says it is happening this Friday. In any event, I’ll believe it when I see official communication from the Holy See.
On January 14, Cardinal Vinko Puljić, the metropolitan of Bosnia and Herzegovina, said the commission is still working, but likely soon to share it’s findings with the CDF. The site, “24 Sata” (24 Hours) also reports, in it’s headline, that the archbishop of Vrhbosna has grown tired of working on this commission. A touched up, crude google translation is as follows: