Mons. Sebastian Thekethecheril, bishop of the diocese Vijayapuram (Kerala, India) was in Medjugorje from July 2 to 7, 2007, during the international retreat for priests. He also celebrated Holy Mass for the English-speaking pilgrims and gave a homily.
At the end of the seminar, he said:
“Today, I celebrated the Holy Mass at 10 o’clock. I said that this is the most beautiful place in the world, because the Most Beautiful Woman appeared here. And why is she the Most Beautiful Woman? Because she has conceived the Most Beautiful Person – Jesus Christ. And since she appeared here, this place is the most beautiful place. I am coming from India, from Kerala, which is such a beautiful place, and I come here, and I am saying this is the most beautiful place, because Our Blessed Mother appeared here. Why is She so beautiful? Because She was full of Grace. And here, we can see the graces, especially during this retreat. So many priests, over 600 priests are here, and I see all of them happy. And why? Only when people are filled with the Holy Spirit, they can be happy on the outside also. I have also this experience. I was longing to come here for so many years now. I had a problem with the visa, and now in the last minute I got the visa, and I came here, and I believe that this is a miracle in itself.”