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Fastest-growing Catholic pilgrimage site in the world

For almost 30 years, the Virgin Mary has been said to appear daily in Medjugorje - a small village in Bosnia-Hercegovina.

Six children first reported the apparition in June 1981, and although the Vatican has not yet recognised the miracle, it has not discouraged the faithful. The village is the fastest-growing Catholic pilgrimage site in the world.

But this religious fervour is taking place in a country where faith equals ethnic identity, and where battles over that identity were at the heart of a long and bloody war.

Allan Little reports on the Medjugorje phenomenon.

Broadcast on Wednesday 18 August 2010.


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