But! But! But! Pope Francis! The Pope waved at someone from Medjugorje!
I can tell people love this story. (Maybe not the followers of Medj.) What it is in effect is a reiteration by the CDF of a declaration from 1991 that the Bishops of the former republic of Yugoslavia had it right the first time. The followers of Medj have added so many exceptions and loopholes to all that the ordinary authorities have said regarding pilgrimages and promoting the messages, that many Catholics are not only confused, but completely turned off to anything associated with private revelations.
This new directive is a clarification which forbids the travelling apparition sideshow 'experience' and gatherings where the apparitions are promoted as authentic and simply awaiting approval. Fr. Z posted the document here.
Medjugorje aside, I wish statements or directives were forthcoming from the CDF regarding the very strange visionaries who returned from Medjugorje with their own brand of apparitions and loco-locutions. Cristina Gallagher comes to mind, as does the Scottsdale phenomena, and other sites throughout the country. These things take on a life of their own and wind up on Catholic news portals, for your 'discernment' pages.
Every few months I think the CDF should issue directives about a host of matters. It wouldn't hurt to reissue Catholic teaching on homosexuality either. Just to keep up with the pop-psychology, and dubious secular research claiming it normal and natural and the Church is going to changer its teaching on sexuality.
No She isn't.
For your discernment? Many Catholics can't even discern their way to Sunday Mass.
There are many good people devoted to the Madonna whose lives have been changed at Medjugorje; many have dedicated their lives to following Christ. These are good people. Many will be confused by the news and perhaps discouraged. We need to keep praying together and be kind to one another. Our Lady always tells us, "Do whatever He tells you." She will prepare our hearts to accept God's will.
As I always say, I await the decision of the Church.