Cardinal Christoph Schönborn The final result of the Vatican Commission on Medjugorje will certainly be advantageous, says Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna who openly expresses his conviction that the Virgin Mary does appear in Medjugorje. Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna not only believes that the appartions in Medjugorje are real. He also believes that the final conclusions of the Vatican Commission assigned to investigate the events at Medjugorje will end up serving Medjugorje very well. This he says in an interview that forms part of the new book “Misterij Medugorja”. Published by the Croatian newspaper Vecernji List, the paper has marked the publication by printing excerpts from the interview with the Austrian Cardinal who also served as the director of the current Catechism of the Catholic Church. By New Year 2009-10 Cardinal Schönborn’s visit to Medjugorje aroused some controversy and letters back and forth between the Cardinal and Bishop Ratko Peric of Mostar. This controversy makes up the necessary background for understand the Cardinal’s answer to a question presented to him by reporter Zarko Ivkovic of Vecernji List: - You are known to have a close friend in Pope Benedict XVI. Have you ever talked to him about Medjugorje? Friends since Cardinal Schönborn's time as a student: The Cardinal with Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 “It is unusual to talk about the (papal) audience , but I can say this. Medjugorje is really a topic in Rome because of the public attention that my pilgrimage aroused. In Rome I was informed about his impressions. I am confident that the Commission, founded by The Holy Father to examine the events of Medjugorje, will do very well and responsibly, and that the result will certainly be advantageous. I am convinced that the phenomenon that has attracted 30 million pilgrims and has brought lots of good fruits, will be processed very carefully, including any open issues”, Cardinal Schönbon replies. - You were personally in Medjugorje. What inspired you to go there? “I wanted to personally see the place from which so many good fruits have emerged. It is essential that the phenomenon of Medjugorje ceases to dramatize.” Having previously hosted the Medjugorje visionaries Ivan Dragicevic and Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti for public apparitions in St. Stephan’s Cathedral in Vienna, the exact date has now been scheduled for the next such visit, opened for by Cardinal Schönborn during an interview in May. The event will take place on November 17th.