On Friday, August 3rd, Bernd Posselt from Bavaria (Germany), member of the Christian-social Union (CSU), and a deputy in the European Parliament, spoke to the youth in Medjugorje. He was explaining what Europe was and how to participate in the construction of a Europe we want it to be. He invited young people to be active in the political life, because Europe will be Christian as much as its citizens are Christians. (photos)
Domenico Sigallini, Bishop of Palestrina (a diocese that belongs to the Roman Diocese) takes part in the Youth Festival in Medjugorje for the second time. On Thursday, August 2, he introduced this year’s theme: “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another” (Jn 13:34). (photos)
On August 1st began in Medjugorje the 18th International Youth Festival. This prayer meeting began with the prayer of the Rosary followed by the welcoming words to young people from all the continents. (photos)
Mons. Joseph Leo Charron, Bishop Emeritus of Des Moines (USA), visited Medjugorje I July 2007.
On Sunday, July 15, he presided Holy Mass for English speaking pilgrims and gave a homily.
Ivan Čolina (age 44, father of four children), a Croatian who lives and works in Bern (Switzerland), born in the Herzegovinian parish Kongora, fulfilled his vow: to come on bicycle from Bern to Medjugorje.
The Humanitarian Organization “Scottish International Relief” organized in Medjugorje the first international Mary’s Meals conference from June 11 to 15, 2007.
On June 25, the parish of Medjugorje celebrated the feast of St. James, its patron saint.
Following tradition, the morning Eucharistic celebration which took place in the park near the parish church was preceded by a procession with the statue of St. James, and the singing of the litanies of All Saints. This year, the honour to carry the statue was given to those living in the areas of Medjugorje called Ostojići. (photos)
Mons. Luigi Bommarito, Archbishop Emeritus of Catania (Italy), was in Medjugorje in July 2007. This is his third coming to Medjugorje.
He prayed here, heard confessions and celebrated Holy Mass for the Italian pilgrims.
The Web portal of Radio Vatican reports in a text of July 21, 2007, that the Pope Benedict XVI, in Lorenzago di Cadore where he is staying until July 27, spent one hour in prayer in front of an image of Our Lady of Medjugorje.
Radio Vatican is saying that it was a very poignant moment.
The Center for Peace-West in Portland, Oregon, a Medjugorje Information Center, opened in 1983 to spread the messages of Our Lady of Medjugorje. We do Medjugorje presentations, two pilgrimages a year and publish a monthly newsletter. For many years on June 25th, we have been celebrating the anniversary of Our Lady's apparitions in Medjugorje with a Mass for Peace.
The Twelfth International Seminar for Priests took place in Medjugorje from 2 to 7 July 2007. he theme of the seminar was, “With Mary, waiting for the coming of the Holy Spirit”. (photos)
Mons. Sebastian Thekethecheril, bishop of the diocese Vijayapuram (Kerala, India) was in Medjugorje from July 2 to 7, 2007, during the international retreat for priests. He also celebrated Holy Mass for the English-speaking pilgrims and gave a homily.
Holy Communions distributed: 159.600
Concelebrating priests: 3.202
Holy Communions distributed: 187.000
Concelebrating priests: 3.468
Fr. Rainer Herteis, born in 1975, received his priestly ordination on May 6, 2006, in the Diocese Eichstätt (Germany). The story of his life and of his vocation are closely connected with Medjugorje. In June 2007, he was in Medjugorje. Lidija Paris spoke with him.
Throughout the world, friends of Medjugorje gathered in various Associations, Peace Centres and prayer groups, to celebrate the 26th anniversary of the apparitions of the Queen of Peace.