On Saturday, June 25, 2005, the Shrine of the Queen of Peace in Medjugorje celebrates the 24th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions.
In June 2005, Chris Rogers (journalist and newsreader) and Matt Writtle (photographer, winner of several photographic awards) came from the UK to make a photo-reportage about Medjugorje for “The Times Magazine”. For Chris, it was like coming back home after 15 years. Matt came to Medjugorje for the first time. Višnja Spajić spoke with them for Radio “Mir” Medjugorje.
On June 12, a day before the Feast of St. Anthony, a group of secondary school directors and professors from Zagreb (Croatia) came to Medjugorje. They participated in the Sunday Mass celebration, and in the evening, they visited Cross Mountain and Apparition Hill.
The Novena in thanksgiving for 24 years of the apparitions of the Queen of Peace is beginning in Medjugorje. We pray the rosary at the Apparition Hill every day at 4 pm, and we invite all Our Lady’s pilgrims, wherever they may be, to unite in a joyful prayer!
The Web site www.kath.net published on May 25 a text in which it is said: “Our Lady’s apparitions in Medjugorje were credible for the Pope, which can be seen from his private correspondence with a renowned Polish journalist Marek Skwarnicki and his wife Zofia”.
On Thursday, June 9, the leaders of the Croatian Academy of Science and Art came to Medjugorje.
The President of the Academy Milan Moguš, the Secretary General of the Academy Slavko Cvetnić, and the secretary prof. dr. Slobodan Kaštela led the delegation. President Moguš expressed his joy for coming for the first time in a place where so many are converted and where s many pour out their prayers to God through Mary.
Mons. Salvatore Boccaccio, bishop of the diocese Frosinone near Rome, was on a private pilgrimage in Medjugorje from June 4 to 7, 2005. During his stay, he visited the places of prayer and participated in the liturgical and prayer programme in the parish church. He also met the Medjugorje Franciscans.
The 16th International Youth Festival - Mladifest 16 – will take place in Medjugorje from August 1st to August 6th, 2005. The theme “We come to adore him” (Mt 2,2) is in harmony with the Year of the Eucharist and the World Youth Day, which, later in August, will gather together in Cologne hundreds of thousands of young people around the Holy Father. (Programme)
One interesting information came to us from the city of Slunj in Croatia: The Table Tennis club “Grad Slunj” has taken the initiative to promote Medjugorje while wearing the logo “Radio Mir Medjugorje” on their dresses.
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.