REAGAN HAD SHOWN INTEREST IN MEDJUGORJE
In Janice Connell's book, The Visions of the Children, there is an interesting historical note regarding a message from Medjugorje visionary, Marija Pavlovic, which was delivered to President Reagan during a meeting at the White House with Russian President Gorbachev on Dec. 8, 1987.
Here is the account as it appeared in Janice Connell's book:
Message to President Reagan from Marija Pavlovic. The following was translated from the Croatian newspaper, Sveta Bastina, February 1988 issue; transcribed from Medjugorje Herald, vol.2, no. 6 -- Mary's Room MR-18, 12/88.
"Dear President Reagan:
"God's Holy Mother is appearing each day in this small village of Medjugorje, Yugoslavia. She is giving us a message of peace. We know your concern for world peace and are remembering you in our prayers each day. You are very close to our hearts and we want you to know that you can count on our prayers and sacrifices to help you in your great task.
"Our Holy Mother has said that with prayer and fasting wars can be avoided. May her message help you and her daily visits be a sign to you of God's loving concern for His people.
"United in prayer, and in the Heart of Jesus and Mary we send our love and greet you with the peace of the Queen of Peace.
[End of Letter]
In 1987 the American ambassador for Middle Europe, Alfred H. Kingon,
stayed in Medjugorje for two weeks. The reason for his coming to
Medjugorje was to pray for his sick son and give thanks for receiving
God's graces. He accepted the messages of Medjugorje, so he regularly
fasts and prays a lot. During his stay he had a meeting with the
visionary, Marija Pavlovic. Just before he returned to America in a
special spiritual atmosphere there was created an opinion that it would
be very convenient to send over with him a spiritual peace message for
President Reagan. Sincerely delighted, Kingon, Reagan's ambassador, said
that he would deliver the message to the president as soon as he
returned to the White House.
The message was written by Marija Pavlovic and translated into English
by Kathleen Parisod. This message was given to President Reagan just
before his meeting with the Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev when the
contract about destroying intermediate missiles had been signed.
On December 8, 1987, the White House made a phone call to Marija at 7:00
p.m. Parisod translated the conversation. Ambassador Kingon was the one
who called, and in the very beginning of the conversation he said that
President Reagan himself wanted to talk with Marija; but it was
impossible because the meeting with Gorbachev was still going on. During
the conversation Kingon confirmed that he, himself, gave Marija's
message to the president and that Reagan was delighted with the message.
Kingon emphasized that after the president read the message he cried
out: "Now, with a new spirit I am going to the meeting with Gorbachev."
The same night the White House tried to call Marija but could not get
through. On December 14, 1987, Kingon sent Marija a letter in which he
encouraged her to send a peace message to Gorbachev. He assured her that
the American ambassador, Jack Matlock, would give it to the secretary of
the Russian leader. He also added that it would be beautiful if two
great leaders and the two greatest countries would find out about her
prayer and Our Lady's messages.
Finally on Christmas Day Marija received a picture of Ronald Reagan
under which was written: "To Marija Pavlovic -- With my heartfelt thanks
and every good wish. God bless you. Sincerely, Ronald Reagan."
Note: Information supplied by priests of Saint James Parish, January
It is interesting to note that the meeting between Presidents Reagan and
Gorbachev occurred on December 8, 1987, the Feast of the Immaculate