On Thursdays, August 16, 33 pilgrims of the “Marian Vow for Homeland” arrived from Mostar to Medjugorje. This is their tenth week and on August 17 they will walk to Metkovic, then Neum and Dubrovnik, where their pilgrimage finsihes on August 22, after walking for 75 days. This pilgrimage passed through the most of the Marian shrines from the east to the south of Croatia, and the project as initiated by the youth and former Croatian soldiers in 2015, after some of them walked Camino de Santiago in Spain. (photos)
Several dozens of thousands of domestic and foreign pilgrims came to Medjugorje for a pilgrimage on this Feast. ... (photos)
Your Excellency from Gabon in Africa, Your Excellency from Italy, dear brothers priests, all of you who live consecrated life, dear pilgrims from this country and from abroad, dear parishioners of Medjugorje parish, dear brothers and sisters, ....(photos)
The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 15. Holy Masses in Croatian language will be celebrated in the church of St. James at 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 am and the solemn Holy Mass at 7 pm.
The 29th Youth Festival finished this morning with the Holy Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated at the top of Cross Mountain at 5 am, on August 6, 2018, by Fr. Marinko Sakota, the parish priest. The Youth Festival began on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 and was held with the theme “ Living on the Word of God”, when dozens of thousands of youth from 72 countries gathered. .(photos)
Today, on August 5, the youth had chance to attend morning Holy Masses in their own languages, and the programme began again at 4 pm at the White Dome with the final catechesis and testimonies followed by the evening prayer programme. .. (photos)
"What can we do to accomplish the works of God?"
Dear young friends,
This is the question we ask ourselves at the end of our Festival, bursting with the experiences, the intensive moments you had in your encounters, in friendships that were strengthened and we ask ourselves for the future:
On Saturday, August 4, the programme of the 29th International Prayer Encounter of the Youth, continued in Medjugorje. The prayer at 9 am was led by Fr. Marinko Sakota, the parish priest and the catechesis this morning was given by the Apostolic Visitor for Medjugorje parish, Mons. Henryk Hoser...(photos)
Dear young brothers and sisters in Christ!
As I look at you all here with joy – full of youth and future – I am greeting you all in this Medjugorje communion of so many different people and cultures.
The central event of the International Prayer Encounter also this day was Holy Mass, celebrated by Fr. Marinko Sakota, Medjugorje parish priest, with 570 priests concelebrating.(photos)
“Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue. They were astonished and said, Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds? Is he not the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother named Mary and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Are not his sisters all with us? Where did this man get all this?
The world championship in high jumps, Croatian athlete Blanka Vlasic, spoke on August 2, and shared her testimony with the Youth Festival participants in Medjugorje. She spoke about her life, her career and the moment of her conversion, faith in God and how much He means to her.
„ Look to God that you may be radiant with joy and your faces may not blush for shame“. David’s Psalm 34
How unusual it is that in one small sentence from the ancient David’s psalm it is so tightly put who God is what He is doing.
On Thursday, August 2, the young people were already up at 6 am to pray joyful mysteries on Apparition Hill. The programme of the Festival continued at 9 am at the White Dome with the morning prayer of Fr. Marinko Sakota, the coordinator of the Festival, and continued with the catechesis given by Fr. Ante Vuckovic. . ...(photos)
In order for the Youth Festival to be running in the best way possible, the young volunteers, the members of YouFra Medjugorje are trying to do their best. 150 volunteers, led by their spiritual assistant Fr. Perica Ostojić are there at disposal to the pilgrims.