Il Messagero of Wednesday, June 1, 2005 reports – “‘The opening’ of Ratzinger: Papa Wojtyla venerated the Madonna of Civitavecchia”, by Orazio Petrosillo
Vatican City - “The Madonna of Civitavecchia will do great things” said Benedict XVI on Monday, as he was greeting bishop Girolamo Grillo at the end of the meeting with the Italian Episcopal Conference.
On May 26, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Milan Bandic, who was recently elected mayor of Zagreb (Croatia), came to Medjugorje.
Encarnacion del Pozo, Minister General of the Franciscan Secular Order, was in Medjugorje on May 22 and 23. Together with Fr. Ivan Matic, the Assistant General of the Franciscan Secular Order, and Fr. Milan Kristo, National Assistant, she was on her regular working visit to the fraternity in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She also wanted to visit the Shrine of Medjugorje.
The Middle European Catholic Day took place on Saturday, May 21, in Kupres (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Very numerous faithful from all the parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina came together for this occasion, as well as representatives from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia. The Eucharistic celebration was presided by the cardinal Mons. Vinko Puljic, archbishop of Vrhbosna (Sarajevo), and the homily was given by the cardinal Mons Jospi Bozanic, archbishop of Zagreb.
Renowned Slovenians Alojz Rebula and Zora Tavčar came to Medjugorje in the mid of May. Alojz Rebula, member of the Pontifical Academy of science and art is the most productive Slovenian writer and translator. He translated the Holy Scripture into Slovenian language, and several documentary films were made about him in Slovenia and in Italy. This is what he said about his experience of Medjugorje. “I have to be grateful to one of my teachers for Medjugorje.
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)