The 27th Youth Festival that began on August 1, 2016, was completed on Saturday, August 6, on the Feast of Transfiguration of Our Lord, with Holy Mass of Thanksgiving at 5 am, celebrated by Fr. Marinko Sakota, Medjugorje parish priest. The theme of this year’s prayer meeting was “Be merciful”, and dozens of thousands of young people from 69 countries came to Medjugorje.
The central event of this day, August 3, was the evening Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Ivan Penavic, newly ordained priest, member of Herzegovinian Franciscan Province, while Fr. Ivan Ike Mandurić, member of Jesuit Society in Croatia, gave the homily. (photos)
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn from Vienna, our dear friend, remembered us this year too. This is his message:
On Wednesday, August 3, after the evening Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Ivan Penavic, newly ordained priest, member of the Herzegovinian Franciscan Province, while homily was given by Fr. Ivan Ike Manduric, the procession with the representatives of young people in the shape of a heart was held in Medjugorje. Young people from Switzerland carried the statue of Our Lady and everything took place outside the White Dome of St. James’ church.
During the 27th International Prayer Meeting for the Youth, on Tuesday, August 2, young people climbed Apparition Hill at 6 am, where they prayed Rosary together. The programme of the Festival continued at 9 am at the White Dome with prayer that Fr. Stanko Cosic led and lecture given by Fr. Damir Stojic, member of Salesians of Don Bosco in Croatia and the lecture was on the theme of God’s Mercy and Merciful Father. (foto)
Fr. Boris Baron, Parisian priest of the Franciscan Province, testified to the youth during the morning programme, on Tuesday 2nd of August. Fr. Boris said he was very grace to spend one year in Medjugorje, a place of grace.
Dr. Csókay András from Hungary gave a personal testimony on August 2, during the morning programme of the Youth Festival. „I am greeting you joyfully and it is my joy to stand before you today again, after I was here nine years ago. (photos)
The 27th International Prayer Meeting of the Youth is taking place in Medjugorje with the theme “Be Merciful”. The official beginning of this Festival was on Ausgust 1, with Rosary at 6 pm led by Fr. Karlo Lovric, while Fr. Miljenko Steko, the Provincial of Herzegovinian Franciscan Province, celebrated Holy Mass at 7 pm with 320 priests concelebrating. (photos)
All the time during the 27th International Prayer Meeting of the Youth, all participants are able to write down on the cloth that is 100 meters long. Everyone is encouraged to write down their prayers, thanksgiving to God, intentions or some nice spiritual thoughts. The cloth will be presented on Friday, during the offering prayer in the closing Holy Mass.
Number of Holy Communions: 140 800
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 4323 (139 per day)
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.