Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world came to Medjugorje for the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. During the night, numerous pilgrims came walking from the near and far parishes all around Medjugorje. This year, the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary was on a Friday, instead of the Way of the Cross on Cross Mountain, the Rosary was prayed on Apparition Hill.
Andrea Bocelli, one of the most famous tenors of our times, gave a concert in Medjugorje at the outside altar of St. James’ parish church on Thursday, August 7, 2008, at 9 pm. With Bocelli also sung Paola Sanguinetti, soprano. They were accompanied by the National Czech Symphonic Orchestra and the Choir of the Croatian National Theatre Split, under direction of maestro Marcello Rotta. The concert was transmitted live by the FTV Bosnia and Herzegovina, and attended by several dozens of thousands of visitors.
Andrea Bocelli arrived in Medjugorje in the afternoon, on Thursday, August 7th. In the parish church, he prayed in front of Our Lady's statue, and then had the general rehearsal at the outside altar.
The concert is in the evening at 9 PM.
Andrea Bocelli, one of the greatest tenors of our times, will give a concert in Medjugorje on August 7th at 9 PM. He will be accompanied by the Czech National Symphonic Orchestra, the soprano Paola Sanguinetti and the Mixed choir of the Croatian National Theater from Split.
This concert is being announces as one of the most important cultural events of the year in Bosnia and Herzegovina.( Interview)
Holy Communions distributed: 98.000
Concelebrating priests: 3.554 (114 /day)
A group of pilgrims from Holland brought flowers for Our Lady of Medjugorje. Fr. Petar Vlašić, the parish priest of Medjugorje, received them in the sacristy and thanked them for this cordial gesture.
From July 14 to 18, 2008, Prof. Dr. Tomislav Ivančić held a seminar in Hagiotherapy for English speaking pilgrims in Medjugorje. Among the participants was also Jim Caviezel, famous because of his role in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ”.
Unusually rainy and windy weather in July, before the feast of St. James provoked the parishioners to ask: is it going to be possible to celebrate Holy Mass in the open, as usually? The weather had providentially changed, and solemn procession with Saint James’ statue left the church at 10.45 AM and went towards the park. This year, the statue of the saint was carried by the inhabitants of Šurmanci, who were especially proud, because this year’s main celebrant also came from their village. His name is Fr. Dani Kordic, he was ordained a year ago and is a Carmelite. Holy Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Petar Vlašić, the parish priest, Fr. Ivan Sesar, the Herzegovinian Franciscan provincial, priests from Medjugorje and from surrounding parishes, as well as other priests who were in Medjugorje on that day.
Among many other pilgrims who are visiting this place of prayer and peace during summer, these days we have noticed a middle-aged and vital lady holding a pilgrims’ staff, a gourd, Our Lady’s picture and a Hungarian flag. In the other hand, she is holding St. James’ statue in stone made in Medjugorje. Around her neck, St. James’ shell brought from Spain , when she went walking to St. James’ tomb six years ago.
After three days of cycling from Agrate near Milano, members of the Cycling Club “Agrate” arrived in Medjugorje on Friday, July 18, 2006.
This journey with the motto, “ 1000 Kilometers of Solidarity” was organized together with the Foundation don Carlo Gnocchi from Italy . Foundation don Carlo Gnocchi is helping children with special needs, as well as old and very sick people. This foundation is supporting many houses in Italy and abroad, and one of them is the house “Mary, our hope” in Široki Brijeg.
The theme of the festival is, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8).
The logotype contains four basic elements:
The 13th International Seminar for Priests took place in Medjugorje from June 30th to July 5th 2008. The topic of the seminar was, “We will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the Word” (Acts 6,4). The preacher at the seminar was Dr. Fr. Zvjezdan Linić, ofm.
Croatian national team football player Robert Kovač with family visited Medjugorje on July 4, 2008. It is a family tradition to come on a pilgrimage to the Queen of Peace once a year, to thank God for all the good and to entrust him the future. In the Parish house, the Kovač family and friends met with the Medjugorje Franciscans.
Holy Communions distributed: 155.000
Concelebrating priests: 3.538 (117/day)