Medjugorje, August 1st – August 6th, 2016
The preparations for the 27th Youth Festival are coming to its final, as this event gathers youth from all over the world. Late Fr. Slavko initiated this Festival in 1990, when only hundred people and few singers with a guitar gathered in the tent behind the church at that time. The number of participants increased each year and now exceeds all other events in Medjugorje.
Places of pilgrimages gather huge number of people throughout the year from all over the world. During such big gatherings, it is normal for the accidence to occur and there we have important role of different services, very often publicly not noticed, but so present, whose goal is to save human lives. Mountain Rescue Service is one of many who contribute to that.
The August 1, the opening day of the 27th Youth Festival is approaching, the event that late Fr. Slavko Barbaric initiated in 1990. Our radio hosted people who spoke about the history of this event, but also about Fr. Slavko’s relationship with the youth. Fr. Marinko Sakota, parish priest from Medjugorje, who has been conducting this Festival for the last few years said:
Missionary Fr. Boris Dabo was born on September 7, 1952 in Novalja at Croatian island Pag. He was ordained as a priest in Krk Diociese in 1979, and served for three years in Mali Losinj as the spiritual assistant. At his own request, with permission of Bishop Karmel Zazinovic, he went to Dublin to learn English and to be prepared for missionary work in Zambia, where he lives and serves since 1983.
Medjugorje parish celebrated on Monday, July 25, the feast of St. James, the Apostle, patron saint of this parish. Holy Masses in Croatian language were celebrated at 7, 8 am and 7 pm, while the main Holy Mass was celebrated at 11 am in the Garden opposite to the ruins of the old church. (photos)
New book of Fr. Ante Vuckovic”Behold, your Mother”, was presented on Saturday, July 9, 2016 in the beautiful atmosphere of cloister of the Franciscan monastery of St. Anthony in Poljud, Split, Croatia. At the same time promotion and presentation and donation night for the project of volunteers “72 hours without compromises” took place. (photos)
Twelve members of Cycling Club Brotnjo, will begin their cycling pilgrimage on July 15, 2016 from Medjugorje to Padua. The idea of this pilgrimage belongs to Giancarlo Bordignone, Italian pilgrim who comes us leader and pilgrimage organiser to Medjugorje since 1985. Recently, he started organising pilgrimages of cyclists.
On Monday, July 25, we will celebrate the Feast of St. James, patron saint of Medjugorje parish. Medjugorje parish was established in 1892, and consecrated to St. James, patron saint of pilgrims. This parish was equal to all others in Herzegovina up to June 25, 1981, when Medjugorje and church of St. James became the place of gathering of millions of pilgrims from all over the world.
The 21st Seminar for Priests was held in Medjugorje and there were 304 participants from 24 countries. The Seminar was concluded on Saturday, July 9, with the Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Marinko Sakota, the parish priest, who was leader of this seminar along with Fr. Damir Pavic, parish priest from Brestovsko, Bosnia.
The thanksgiving concert to the Queen of Peace “Mother of Peace, pray for us”, with one of the greatest soprano singers today, Inva Mula, with Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, will be held on Tuesday, July 12, at 8.30 pm in the Hall of St. John Paul II in Medjugorje. The guest of this concert is Monija Jarak, mezzosoprano singer.
The 21st International Seminar for Priests began in Medjugorje and gathered around 300 priests, deacons and seminarians. The programme started on Monday, July 4, 2016 with the evening prayer programme at the White Dome of St. James Church and will last until July 9, 2016. Fr. Karlo Lovric led the Rosary, while Fr. Marinko Sakota was the main celebrant along with Fr. Damir Pavic, parish priest in Brestovsko, who will lead this seminar with him.
Zvonko Smukavić was born in Jugovac close to town Karlovac in Croatia and he lives and works in Canada for more than 40 years. He was in Medjugorje for the 35th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions and this is his fifth time here, after he came in 1982, for the first time. It was on the first anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions in 1982 when he experienced his conversion.
Titular Archbishop of Martana, Apostolic Nuncio emeritus to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, mons. Piere Giacomo De Nicolò came as a pilgrim to Medjugorje for the occasion of the 35th anniversary of Our Lady's apparitions. He was born in the Adriatic town Cattolica in1929, and ordained as a priest on April 12, 1952.
Number of Holy Communions: 189 750
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 4080 (136 per day)