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.
“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit exults in God my Saviour”. With these words every evening after Holy Mass throughout the whole novena, the Medjugorje visionaries, the faithful and the pilgrims gave thanks for all the graces that God has given to Medjugorje and to the whole world during the 26 years of Our Lady’s apparitions. (photos)
Two Bishops visited Medjugorje for the Anniversary of the apparitions: Mons. Emilio Ogñénovich, Archbishop Emeritus of Mercedes-Luján (Argentina) and Mons. Geevarghese Divannasios Ottathengil, Malankarese Bishop of Battery (Kerala, India).
Mons. Ogñénovich accompanied a group of pilgrims from Argentina, while Mons. Ottathengil accompanied the pilgrims from Switzerland.
This was the second visit to Medjugorje for both bishops.
The visionary Ivanka Ivankovic-Elez had her regular annual apparition on June 25th 2007. According to the visionaries, Vicka, Marija and Ivan continue to have daily apparitions, and Mirjana, Ivanka and Jakov have an annual apparition.
The Peace March from Humac to Medjugorje traditionally takes place on June 24th, the Feast of Saint John the Baptist. Again this year, thousands of pilgrims who were not discouraged by the strong sun followed the cross, praying all the while. This 14 kilometer-long march began at the front of the Franciscan monastery in Humac at about 6 am, and prayed and sang ceaselessly until it arrived in front of the parish church in Medjugorje at about 10 am. The march concluded with the Eucharistic Blessing. (photos)