It was announced in Medjugorje today, at the conclusion of the 10.00am Mass for english-speaking pilgrims, that Cardinal Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna, and visiting Medjugorje for the first time, will give a talk in the Yellow Hall at Medjugorje on Wednesday afternoon, December 30.
It was also confirmed that the cardinal will be the main celebrant at Midnight Mass on New Year’s Eve, and at Mass on New Year’s Day.
Last night Fr Tomislav Pervan announced that the cardinal had arrived in Medjugorje that afternoon and had spent time in Adoration and then some time at the back of the church in prayer.
As he left the church, the cardinal is reported to have said: “Who could make these things up? Who could invent this thing? Man? No, this is not a human opera.”
Fr Tomislav then said that we should not forget that the cardinal had held an important position in preparing the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Cardinal Schönborn is one of the most respected experts in the theology of the Christian East and is also a member of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).