Ivan related this at the time:
“When Mary appeared to me, I saw him by her side: the Pope was smiling, he looked young and was really happy. He was dressed in white and with a golden coat. The Virgin Mary turned toward him, and the two, looking at each other, both smiled, an extraordinary, wonderful smile. John Paul II was ecstatic as he watched her and Our Lady said to me: “My dear son is here with me.” “He did not add anything but his face was radiant like that of the Pope who was next to her and kept on looking at her face.”SOLID DOCUMENTATION FOR HIS BELIEF IN MEDJUGORJE Saint Pope John Paul II strongly believed in the Virgin Mary’s still ongoing apparitions in Medjugorje. The first signs of his belief appeared as second-hand quotes passed on by (often high ranking) members of the clergy who had talked to the Pope about Medjugorje. Here are some of the comments other people said the Pope spoke to them about Medjugorje:
1.“Busy yourself with Medjugorje, look after Medjugorje, don’t tire, persevere, be strong, I am with you. Watch over, follow Medjugorje!”
2. Mirjana Dragicevic “”If I were not the Pope, I would be in Medjugorje already, hearing confessions.”
3. (1987, to Medjugorje visionary Mirjana Dragicevic) Vicka Ivankovic “Are you not Vicka from Medjugorje? Pray to the Madonna for me. I pray for you.”
(March 22nd 1995, to Medjugorje visionary Vicka Ivankovic who followed a group of 350 wounded Croatian soldiers to a private audience with the Pope.
She gave him a Rosary blessed by the Virgin Mary during an apparition. The Pope blessed her and prayed over her for a long time) “Medjugorje, Medjugorje…it is the spiritual heart of the world” AND “Pray for me in Medjugorje!” (Words spoken in 1988 to Mons. Maurillo Kreiger, former bishop of Florianopolis, Brazil)