A great friend and benefactor of Medjugorje, Mr. Otto Herz (63 years), was called into the heavenly homeland on May 19, 2005, after a long and very serious illness. Since his first pilgrimage to Medjugorje in the year 1994, the importance of Medjugorje and the large needs of the population became the central task of his life.
Archbishop Hieronymus Herculanus Bumbun, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Pontianak (Indonesia) was in Medjugorje on May 13 and 14, 2005. He came on a pilgrimage with a group from Jakarta organised by Harry Karnadi. Lidija Paris spoke with them.
The Second Prayer Convention of the Chinese in Medjugorje took place from May 13 to 15. This prayer meeting of more than 200 Chinese was consecrated to Our Lady, Queen of Peace.
In the last issue of Glas mira, as well as in the most read Croatian daily Večernji list, the famous Croatian priest Fr. Zlatko Sudac spoke also about Medjugorje.
The new documentary entitled “The lights of Medjugorje” was shown on Saturday, May 14, in the yellow hall. There were about 1000 visitors. The documentary was made by three young men from Dubrovnik: Maro Jovic, director, who also wrote the screenplay; camera: Mato Kristovic; montage: Boris Jovic.
On Saturday, May 14, there will be a presentation of a new documentary entitled “The lights of Medjugorje”. The movie will be shown after the 7 p.m. evening Mass.
Albert and Marie Therese de Theux, who come from Brussels, are currently at the heart of the initiative called “Group Contact Medjugorje Benelux” which gathers many groups of Medjugorje in Belgium, in the Netherlands and in Luxembourg.
On Sunday, May 8th, a group of Franciscan seminarians from Sarajevo (Bosnian Franciscan Province) came to Medjugorje. With their singing and playing, they enriched the evening Mass, which was presided by their educator and professor, dr. Fr. Miron Sikiric.
At the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the tragedy of Bleiburg, to be commemorated on Saturday, May 14, 2005, on the Bleiburg field (Austria), the honorary Bleiburg unit in coordination with the Club of Croatian Home Comers from the exile are organising a 650 km long ultra marathon from Medjugorje to Bleiburg.
On Sunday, May 1st, 76 children from the Parish Medjugorje received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion in St. James’ Parish church. (photos)
The summer prayer programme schedule at the Shrine of the Queen of Peace in Medjugorje begins on May 1st. Prayer of the Rosary in the parish church will begin at 6pm. Holy Mass will be at 7pm, followed by the prayer programme according to the day of the week. Eucharistic adoration on Wednesday and Saturday will begin at 10pm. Rosary on the Apparition Hill and the Way of the Cross on Krizevac will begin at 4pm. (See: Weekly Programme)
An interview with Mons. Girolamo Grillo from Civitavecchia – “The tree can be recognised by its fruits”, quotes Bishop Girolamo Grillo the words of Jesus from the Gospel, when somebody asks him about Gospa weeping tears of blood in the town of Civitavecchia.
Numerous pilgrims are asking us questions about the construction of «Gospa'a Dom» undertaken by the organisation “Fiat Voluntas Tua” and Mrs Lynn Hoffman (Tracy, CA, USA). Concerning this, the Parish Office declares that their declarations are not in accord with the pastoral directives of this parish.
This interview was made by Marie Czernin for the German Catholic monthly magazine PUR. It was published in December 2004. (PUR - Politik und Religion, a very successful and independent magazine led by two journalists, Bernhard and Martin Muller – twin brothers aged 43). This monthly is Catholic and is distributed to all the Bishops in Germany. Bernhard and Martin Muller are deeply devoted to Fatima, where, in fact, the idea for this magazine was born.
Milan Vukovic, a Doctor in Law and Judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia, declares: “As a Cardinal, Joseph Ratzinger had never pronounced an unfriendly or hostile word, forbidding or contradicting the apparitions of Medjugorje”. (Vjesnik, Wednesday, April 27, 2005.)