On Sunday, August 2, after the evening Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Fillip Pavlovic, young priest born in Medjugorje, the procession with the Statue of Our Lady was held. The homily was given by Fr. Ivan Filipovic, a priest who was ordained after his healing from drugs in Cenacolo community. Young people from Switzerland carried the Statue of Our Lady in the area in front of the church, and the procession was conducted by Fr. Perica Ostojic.
Leticia Blanco Gordon from Peru gave a testimony at the Youth Festival on Sunday, August 2 and she spoke about how the community “Apostles of Mary, the Queen of Peace” was created. This community is the fruit of Medjugorje and they will celebrate 15 years of their activity this year. She told us that everything began in 1991, when she was only 19 years old.
On August 2, we had chance to hear a testimony of Gottfried Prenner, lay theologian from Austria. He experienced conversion during one of the apparitions in 1984 and graduated at the Faculty of Theology afterwards. For the last 13 years he has been working as a missionary in Eastern Europe, Germany, Kosovo, in Palestine, Brazil, Rwanda, and in many other countries.
The programme of the 26th Youth Festival in Medjugorje continued on Sunday, August 2, 2015. Morning was reserved for the Holy Masses in different languages, and the programme continued at 4 p.m. with the prayer and testimonies. The visionary Marija Pavlović Lunetti spoke first and then Leticia Blanco Gordon from Peru gave a testimony on how the community „ Apostles of Mary, the Queen of Peace“ in Peru was established. (slike)
The beginning of the Youth Festival on Saturday morning took place on Apparition Hill when young people gathered to pray the Rosary. At 9 a.m., the programme continued at the White Dome with the lecture on fears given by Fr. Stanko Cosic. Calum and Mary Anne MacFarlane-Barrow from Scotland who have been married for 53 years gave their testimony about their first trip to Medjugorje in 1984, and how that trip changed their lives. (fotos)
Međugorje is all about the youth in these days as we have the 26th Youth Festival held with the theme "Peace be with you." The official beginning was on Friday, July 31 at the White Dome, with the Rosary led by Fr. Leon Marjanovic, and Fr. Miljenko Strko, the Provincial of Herzegovina Franciscan Province was the main celebrant of the Holy Mass at 7 p.m., along with 333 priests concelebrating. (fotos)
A friend of the youth, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna, sent a message at the beginning of the Youth Festival 2015. The Cardinal sent this message from California, where he is at the moment participating in one big conference. The message is as follows:
Number of Holy Communions: 195 500
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 6117 (197 per day)
The Youth Festival is going to be held this year from July 31 to August 6, 2015. The theme of this prayer meeting is “Peace be with you!” Jn 20,21. The programme will be made of catechesis, testimonies, liturgy celebrations, prayers and adoration, and as every year, there will be some surprises as well.
The programme of the 26th International Youth Festival
We are approaching the 26th Youth Festival that will be held in Medjugorje from July 31 to August 6, 2015. One of the major parts of this event is the International Choir conducted by prof. Damir Bunoza for the last six years, and the members are having the intensive rehersals in this period. Prof. Bunoza said it was a great pleasure to have 100 members from 30 different countries:
On Friday, July 31, the 26th Youth Festival will begin with the evening Holy Mass with the theme “Peace be with you”. Great numbers of the youth from all over the world are expected and the final preparations are coming to their end. The International Choir and Orchestra is ready, as well as volunteers of the Franciscan Youth, interpreters, technical team, radio station Mir Medjugorje that will broadcast the event.
Two pilgrims from Germany, Lukas Lorenz and Roland Kiechle arrived by bicycles to Medjugorje two days before the beginning of the Youth Festival. They began their journey in the mid July and they travelled for 1820 km all the way from Munich. They told us they were proud of what they did and very grateful to the Queen of Peace for all of the graces they received and for the opportunity to participate in the Youth Festival: (photos)
The final preparations for the 26th Youth Festival are taking place in the last few days. This International Festival was initiated by late Fr. Slavko Barbaric in 1990, when about hundred young people and two guitarists gathered in the green tent at the back of the church. The number of participants was increasing each year, and this event became the biggest of all those taking place in Medjugorje.
The idea about the prayer encounter of youth was born in the heart of one young pilgrim from England who shared this with late Fr. Slavko Barbaric in the end of the Marian Year in 1988. Fr. Slavko supported this idea and began organisation of the Youth Festival that he led and conducted until his death in 2000. After many conversations and lots of good will, the first Festival was successfully held with the Herzegovinian Franciscans as the main lecturers.
On Saturday, July 18, a group of six pilgrims: Nikola Bodružić, Vigor Grego, Patrik Horvat, Karlo Jandrijević, Matija Ricov and Danijel Stanić began their journey towards Medjugorje. Their 15 - days long journey began and they decided to walk 30-35 km each day. They called their pilgrimage„Labora et ambulans ora“ meaning „Work and pray walking“, similar to motto of St. Benedict, as they decided to walk, pray and praise God on their trip.