Until now, I was under the impression that Our Lady of Medjugorje had indicated that once the apparitions came to a conclusion, she would no longer appear on earth. Wondering what it could possibly imply, this always seemed a little bizarre to me. Apparently, however, this is NOT the case – which seems far more reasonable.
The following text has been copied verbatim from a Medjugorje website (actual source specified below).
Is this the proper understanding we should assume regarding Our Lady’s words on this matter?
Are these comments from 'legitimate' interviews with the visionaries?
These apparitions are the last in the world.
However, as visionaries clarified on various interviews, the situation is more complex:
Mirjana responded at a meeting with pilgrims, September 2005, to a question about reports claiming that the Medjugorje apparitions is the last time Our Lady will appear on earth:
"That was a misinterpretation in certain books and newspapers. That was the desire of some people, to make some sensation. But that is not what Our Lady said. She says that this is the last time I am on this earth in this way, but no books have given the interpretation where Our Lady said ‘in this way’. The way I understand is that she will not appear again for such a long time and to so many people – and not that she would never come again."
Mirjana at the question and answer session at the National Conference on Medjugorje, Notre Dame University, May 30, 2004:
Question: Has Mary said that these are Her last apparitions on earth?
Answer: Like I said, She said these are the last apparitions on earth in this way. And I think that She thinks so many years, so many visionaries, but I think that She never meant that She will never again appear on the earth.
Mirjana speaking through an interpreter in London: “That’s not the truth. I know it was written in some newspapers and some books, and I was able to read that. These are the words of Our Lady, the really correct ones. Our Lady said: ‘This is the last time I come to earth in this way.’ And in the books it did not say ‘in this way’. They cut this part and only wrote: ‘This is my last apparitions on earth,’ I personally believe, with the words ‘in this way’, Our Lady intended to mean that there are so many visionaries at the same time and for such a long time (the Medjugorje apparitions) and not that she would not come on earth again.”
Question after Ivan Dragicevic’s talk in Seattle, on October 29, 1997
Question: Is it true that when Our Lady stops appearing in Medjugorje she will no longer appear again on earth?
Answer: In this way, no. In this kind of apparition, no.
Internet Source: http://www.medjugorje.ws/en/apparitions