To many of you, Medjugorje is your Portiuncula. You return tirelessly as pilgrims, constantly confirming that you are participating in something that transcends all of us. And by your pilgrimages you speak to others with this motto of the 31st International Prayer Encounter for the Youth – Youth Festival: "Come and you will see" (Jn 1:39)! Here you were moved by Our Lady's love as St. Francis was moved in the Portiuncula. Medjugorje is a place of grace, because in it heaven touched the earth in a special way.
''Here, we talk about not only controversy regarding the apparitions, but regarding the pastoral activity as well. Some are fervent intercessors, some are against and they even deny our fidelity to the doctrine of the Church, but the most appropriate response would therefore be: ”Come, and you will see!”, for only then you would be able to witness about what you have seen and experienced, said Msgr. Hoser. (PHOTO)
The same can be applied to our relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary. With regard to that, I would not suggest you should be praying to Our Lady a lot to receive her protection; that is surely alright. However, true devotion to Mary is trying to obtain something more – it is to receive a grace to accept her in our lives, in the way that she was a disciple and faithful, joyful, free and strong, and this would, doubtlessly lead us all to Jesus.
Dear youth, »keep running attracted by that face of Christ, whom we love so much, whom we adore in the Holy Eucharist and acknowledge in the flesh of our suffering brothers and sisters.May the Holy Spirit urge you on as you run this race. The Church needs your momentum, your intuitions, your faith« (Ibid, 299). In this race for the Gospel, inspired by this Festival as well, I entrust you to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, invoking the light and the power of the Holy Spirit so that you may be true witnesses of Christ. Therefore, I pray and I bless you, asking you to pray for me, too.
Number of Holy Communions: 25 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 640 (20 per day)
The solemn Holy Mass of the opening will be celebrated on Saturday, August 1 at 7 pm by Apostolic Nuncio to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Msgr. Luigi Pezzuto, the second night it would be Provincial of Herzegovinian Franciscan Province, Fr. Miljenko Steko, the third night Msgr. Tomo Vukšić, Archbishop Coadjutor of Vrhbosna Archdiocese, the fourth night Msgr. Henryk Hoser, the Apostolic Visitor for Medjugorje parish and the fifth night it would be Cardinal Vinko Puljić, Archbishop of Vrhbosna Diocese
At this time of coronavirus pandemic, all programmes of the international spiritual retreats and this year’s Youth Festival go through various challenges and many events have already been cancelled. Thank God, the situation at the moment allows us to organise this year’s 31st Youth Festival, however, a bit modestly than normally. Most of the programme from Medjugorje is being now sent to the world via electronic media and many faithful are tuned to those on daily basis, from all over the world. In the same way, this year’s Youth Festival would be live streamed and online and we remain connected to all those who, unfortunately, would not be able to come to Medjguorje personally this year.
From Thursday to Saturday, we will have three virtual reflections given before the evening prayer programme by our Franciscans, Fr. Marinko Sakota, Fr. Ljubo Kurtovic and Fr. Stanko Cosic
Number of Holy Communions: 42 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 432 (14 per day)
''Let us truly be grateful that she considers us to be her dear children and invites us to be her witnesses and apostles in the plan of salvation of the world. Surrendered to her, let us be joyfully opened to the future God has been preparing to the Church and to the world.'' (PHOTO)
We hope that in this way we would bring the spirit of Medjugorje in your homes and in your everyday life. Along with weekly reflections given by our Herzegovinian Franciscans, we will post photos from Medjugorje, prayers, spiritual reflections and quotes and broadcast news from Medjugorje.
The visionary Ivanka Ivankovic-Elez had her regular annual apparition on June 25th 2020. At her last daily apparition on May 7, 1985, Our Lady confided to Ivanka the 10th secret and told her that she would have an apparition once a year on the anniversary of the apparitions. It was that way also this year.
The apparition, which lasted 5 minutes (18:40h - 18:45h), took place at Ivanka’s family home. Only Ivanka’s family was present at the apparition. After the apparition, Ivanka said:
Our Lady gave the following message: “Pray, pray, pray.”
Our Lady blessed us all.
On Wednesday, June 24, the Peace Walk will take place from Humac, Shrine of St. Anthony at 4 pm and we are to come to Medjugorje around 10 am. Parish office invites all parishioners and pilgrims, especially the youth to join us in this Walk.
The theme of the reflections is “Living Medjugorje” and they will touch main components of Medjugorje spirituality. We invite you to join us in this project, so we would all live Medugorje messages more profoundly.