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.)
From April 14 to 20, 2005, a group of pilgrims from Djakarta (Indonesia) came to Medjugorje.
In St. james’ parish church, in the night from April 25 to 26, there will be a whole-night silent adoration and prayer the intentions of our Holy Father Benedict XVI. Adoration begins at 10 pm and ends at 7 am.
The 16th International Youth Festival – Mladifest – will take place in Medjugorje from August 1 to 6, 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.
On Sunday, April 24, 2005, 93 candidates received in Medjugorje the sacrament of Confirmation from the hands of Mons. Ratko Peric, bishop of Mostar. Liturgical celebration began with a procession and the solemn entry into the church of the bishop, the priests and the candidates. (photos)
“Habemus papam – We have a Pope!” This announcement delighted the entire Church, the believers and the world. It seems nevertheless that - for some - the proclamation that we have a Pope is not enough. Some would like to arouse and enkindle conflicts within the Church. A Croatian weekly, on the first page – together with the news about the new Pope Benedikt XVI, published the assertion that the new Pope is an opponent of Medjugorje. Off course, according to the usual screenplay, the text itself contains no arguments for this judgment; just a statement of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, published on November 8, 1995, taken out of the context. It is saying: “For places of apparitions which are still being investigated, official pilgrimages are forbidden.” And that’s it. There is nothing about the attitude of the new Pope towards Medjugorje.
Cardinal Vinko Puljic, archbishop of Vrhbosna (Sarajevo) and President of the Bishops Conference of Bosnia and Herzegovina, about the election of the new Pope: “The moment when Cardinal Ratzinger accepted the choice of the Cardinals and took the name of Benedict XVI was very moving.