An unusual visitor shows up at the country’s foreign ministry

Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto photo
Life-size statue is said to resemble what is seen by
visionaries in Medugorje.

A statue of the Virgin Mary got a reception equal to a diplomat at the Costa Rican foreign ministry Wednesday.

The life-size statue represents the mother of Christ in her role at the Reina de la Paz , “Our Lady Queen of Peace,” which is how she is described by visionaries in Medugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Virgin is said to have been appearing to six persons there since 1981 in a situation similar to that of Fatima in Portugal where the Virgin is said to have appeared to three youngsters starting in 1917.

The statue is making a tour of Latin America in the care of a Mexican priest.

The Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto said that staffers there conducted a prayer session before the statue.

The Vatican is expected to make known soon a report of a commission that was empaneled to study the case.

So far Rome has not taken a position on the visitations.

The statue will make visits to local churches in Costa Rica.

The town of Medugorje was in the middle of the Bosnian war for years, but now with peace in the area, some 1 million pilgrims visit the hillside site of the apparition each year.

Carlos Roverssi Rojas, who was the acting minister Tuesday, participated in the ceremony. He also received Wednesday new ambassadors from the People’s Republic and Italy. From China came Song Yanbin. The Italian diplomat is Francesco Calogero. The pair are expected to be presented to President Laura Chinchilla Friday.

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