By Associated Press - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - A Bosnian man who claims he saw a vision of the Virgin Mary will not be allowed to speak at Lindenwood University.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( reports that Ivan Dragicevic, who was scheduled to speak at the university Wednesday, claims that he and five others saw the Virgin Mary in a town called Medjugorje in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia in 1981. They claim that the vision has continued to appear to each of them since then.

Dragicevic was invited to St. Charles by the Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich Foundations, which is a Catholic nonprofit in Grover. Earlier this month, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith sent a request to the Archdiocese of St. Louis to remind clergy members that they are not allowed to participate in events that promote the so-called visionaries.

The foundation could not be reached for comment, but its outgoing phone message notes that Dragicevic’s event was canceled because of “unforeseen circumstances.”

Since 1981, millions have flocked to Medjugorje, or what’s known as the “village of miracles.”

In 2010, the Vatican body launched an investigation into the alleged visionaries, due to the continued interest. The release of their findings are said to be imminent.

Michael O’Neill, a Roman Catholic in Chicago who runs a website centered on miracles, says that he isn’t optimistic that the commission will declare the apparition as authentic because of what other things the so-called visionaries may say.

“I would be willing to bet every dollar I have that they won’t say that this is authentic,” O’Neill said. “I just don’t think they’ll want to take that risk.”


Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

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