The Feast of the Merciful Jesus (Mercy Sunday) was solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter, in Surmanci, in one of the filial churches of Medjugorje Parish. During the preparatory Novena, the faithful prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet. On the feast itself, the central celebration was Holy Mass presided over by Fr. Miljeko Šteko. Numerous pilgrims joined the parishioners for the Mass.
In the Vecernji list of March 21, 2008, Ivan Tolj published an interview with Cardinal Vinko Puljić, Archbishop of Sarajevo.
Question: the recently published interview with the Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Secretary of the Holy See, that the case Medjugorje should be re-examined, inspired various speculations. Has the Bishop’s Conference of Bosnia and Herzegovina discussed this matter, and is it true that Medjugorje shall be officially examined once again?
Again this year, Easter and the Sacred Triduum of Holy Week attracted numerous pilgrims from all over the world to Medjugorje: from European countries, but also from Argentina, New Caledonia, USA, Korea and Lebanon. (photos)
The 19th International Youth Festival - Mladifest 19 – will take place in Medjugorje from August 1st to August 6th, 2008. The theme of the encounter is, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8) (“In silence may the Holy Spirit speak to you and permit Him to convert and change you.” - Message of July 25, 2006) (programme: preparing)
Holy Week, the highpoint of the Lenten preparation for Easter, begins with Palm (or Passion) Sunday. We contemplate Jesus and the greatness of His almighty Love, in which He says: “I lay down my life - only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again.” (Jn 10, 17-18) (photos)
Registration of pilgrimages prior to arrival to Medjugorje is necessary, so that the Information Booth may organise the programme for the pilgrims and thus serve them better. This is why we ask all organisers of pilgrimages to announce the arrival of their groups by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by Tel/Fax: 00 387 36 651 988.
We recommend to all the organisers to make use of the services of local guides: http://medjugorjeguides.com.
All additional information as well as contact with the guides for your group (for Croatian, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech and Slovak) can be obtained at the Information Booth by e-mail: email@example.com or by Tel/Fax: 00 387 36 651 988.
The visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo had daily apparitions from June 24th 1981 to December 25th 1982. During the last daily apparition, Our Lady gave her the 10th secret, and told her that she would appear to her once a year, on the 18th of March. It has been this way through the years.
This year several thousand pilgrims gathered to pray the Rosary at the Cenacolo Community in Medjugorje. The apparition lasted from 14:01 to 14:08.
The fifteenth International Meeting for Leaders of Peace Centres and Medjugorje Prayer and Charity groups took place in Medjugorje from the 2nd to the 6th of March 2008. This year, 125 leaders came from 15 countries. The whole programme was simultaneously translated into English, French, German, Italian and Polish language. The theme was, “Trust in God’s Providence” (Mt 6,26-34).
The second “Peace Marathon” will take place on the 17th of May, 2008. It is organized by the Kup-Karmel Christian Association. The Marathon begins at 9 am and goes from Grude through Ljubuški to Medjugorje (42,195 meters). Ordinary citizens are free to participate in the Ljubuški to Medjugorje stretch of the course, which begins at the same time.
Holy Communions distributed: 42.500
Concelebrating priests: 891 (28/day)
Holy Communions distributed: 30.000
Concelebrating priests: 686 (23/day)
Mariasela Álvarez Lebrón from the Dominican Republic, Miss World 1982, came on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje. According to tradition, she received all the sacraments as a child, but she began to live her faith only about six years ago.
Cynthia Plath, Deputy Consular Chief of the American Embassy in Sarajevo, visited Medjugorje on February 14, 2008. In front of the Parish Office, she was received by Fr. Svetozar Kraljević who also organised an encounter with the American citizens who are staying in Medjugorje, and the local guides who work with American pilgrims.
Christianity before being a doctrine is a personal relationship with God
Father Livio Fanzaga is a priest and a religious, member of the Congregation of the Scolopian Fathers, a Religious Order founded in the 17th century by S. Giuseppe Calasanzio (1557-1648) and customarily dedicated to the apostolate and education of poor children and young people.
The 150th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions in Lourdes was commemorated in Medjugorje on Monday, February 11, 2008.
On February 11, 1858, in Lourdes in the south of France, Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous and presented herself as “Immaculate Conception”. Our Lady appeared 18 times. She revealed her name on March 25, during the 16th apparition. She pronounced it in local dialect spoken by Bernadette: “I am the Immaculate Conception”. After the apparition, the visionary was repeating this unknown expression in order not to forget it… She did not know that in 1854, four years earlier, after many years of discussions, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary…
Mons. Laurence, bishop of Lourdes, recognized the apparitions on January 18, 1862, four years after the end of the apparitions.
On the 10th. of February, the Feast of Blessed Cardinal Stepinac, Medjugorje Parish commemorates the martyrdom of the Franciscans who were either born in Medjugorje or who had worked in the parish.
Either during or immediately after World War II, 66 Franciscans from Herzegovina perished at the hands of the partisans and the communists. Ten of them are connected with Medjugorje in one way or another... they were either born in the parish, or they had served in it. Their names are Fr. Jozo Bencun, Fr. Marko Dragićević, Fr. Mariofil Sivrić, Fr. Grgo Vasilj, Fr. Jenko Vasilj, Fr. Križan Galić, Fr. Bono Jelavić, Fr. Paško Martinac, Fr. Anđelko Nuić and Fr. Bernardin Smoljan.