Also relevant to determining the supernatural character of an apparition site would be any miraculous cures that take place. In July 1987, Newsweek magazine declared that "already 290 miracle healings [in Međugorje] are under study by Catholic physicians."
Several healings have been reported to have taken place in Medjugorje. Many of the physical healings are being investigated as to whether they are authentic healings or not. This procedure is a very long and time-consuming task, examining all medical records, history of the individuals etc. We will have to wait for sometime in the future as to whether or not the Church will recognize them as miraculous healings or not. But because of the several healings that have been reported and continue to be throughout the years of the apparitions, they are an important part of the whole picture of Medjugorje.
One sign that is always spoken about when discussing Medjugorje is about pilgrims’ rosaries turning gold. A multitude of people have claimed this miracle has happened to them. Many people believe it is a gift from God and Our Lady and that there are many different reasons for receiving this gift. It could be to strengthen their faith, to thank them for coming to Medjugorje, or a sign that their prayers have been answered, as well as many other reasons.
Our Lady appears to six visionaries, which can see her and talk with her during regular apparitions. During some of these apparitions, Our Lady gives messages. One of most frequented topics of these messages are appeals for prayers and love.
On June 24, 1981 at around 6pm six little children went outside of Medjugorje on a little hill named Podbrdo, or locally known as Crnica.
Those children were Ivanka Ivanković, Mirjana Dragičević, Vicka Ivanković, Ivan
Dragičević, Ivan Ivanković and Milka Pavlović. While there, they saw a beautiful, young woman holding a baby in her arms. She never said anything that day, but tried to show them with her hands to come closer to her. The children got very scared and ran away, although they all thought they saw Virgin Mary.
Supernatural signs are a method God has used throughout history to know Him and to bring His children to conversion. It is a way God speaks to us or to incite our hearts to believe and come to Him. Yet, Jesus once said:
“An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet.”
Yet still, Our Lady says:
March 25, 1990
“…God wants to save you and sends you messages through men, nature, and so many things which can only help you to understand that you must change the direction of your life…”