Fr. Silvano Ruaro from Italy came to Medjugorje for the first time recently. Ever since 1970, he’s been working like a missionary in Congo and he expressed his joy for having arrived here: „This year I will celebrate the 50th anniversary of my priesthood, as I was ordained on June 25, 1965. My friend suggested me to join him on this trip, and I arrived here to be in prayer and silence just for that reason. I spend most of my time in the Adoration Chapel, in silent prayer at the places where Gospa appeared and I need this silence as our life as missionaries is very active and filled. People call us all the time”. This is what Fr. Silvano told us about his work in Congo: „In the last 45 years I was engaged mostly with education and upbringing of the youth. I established many schools and I am now in Pygmies for the last two years. When it comes to Pygmies, the most important thing is to be among them, to love them and to be aware that they have their own pride and dignity. I work with them a lot in the fields and I get them tools for agricultural works. There is a saying in their native language that says: work is a joy. I see they understood that and they are now selling their products. Before, they used to work in the fields of other tribes, but now they are becoming more independent which is very important for them.
Good evening,your Holiness. Many Croats came on this pilgrims and they are all asking whether Your Holliness is planning to come to Croatia...Since, we are in Bosnia and Herzegovina, there is also great interest for the opinion regarding Medjugorje phenomenon su...
“IN MARY’S SCHOOL”, 2015
Coordinator: Fr. Marinko Sakota, OFM
The 4th International Pilgrimage for Persons with Disability will be held in Medjugorje from June 11-14, 2015. The main organiser is the association “Susret” from Citluk, in cooperation with the parish office and Mother’s Village. The gathering is scheduled to begin on Thursday afternoon, June 11, 2015, in the hall of the radio building at the back of the church, where the meetings will take place.
On Saturday, June 6,2015 at 11 a.m., Holy Father Francis celebrated solemn Holy Mass at Kosevo stadium. This is his homily:
Sarajevo, (IKA) – The Eucharistic celebration, celebrated by Pope Francis at the Olympic stadium Kosevo, with around 65000 faithful from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and other countries ended yesterday a little before 1 p.m.
When the prayer after communion was said, the host of Holy Father, Archbishop and Cardinal of Vrhbosna Archdiocese, Vinko Puljic, said the words of thanks. (photos)
Saturday, June 6th 2015.
Departure by plane from Rome/Fiumicino to Sarajevo
Official welcoming at the International airport Sarajevo
Everything is ready for the coming of Holy Father to Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday, June 6, 2015. The journalists of radio station „Mir” Međugorje had opportunity to talk to Cardinal Vinko Puljc, the Archbishop of Vrhbosna Archdiocese. „I am rejoiced that the positive atmosphere is all over this town and our country, and we are especially joyfully expecting blessings that will come from this visit.
On Thursday, June 4, 2015, the Feast of Corpus Christi was solemnly celebrated in Medjugorje, world famous shrine, that was packed with pilgrims who arrived from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Lebanon, China, France, Austria, Germany, Peru, Spain, Argentina, Ireland, England, Canada, the United Stats, Korea and Ukraine. (photos)
Around thousand and a half young people, including couple of hundreds from Croatia, in the communion with the Archbishop of Vrhbosna, Cardinal Vinko Puljic, gathered on Friday, June 5, in the evening hours in the church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Sarajevo settlement Stup.
On the Feast of Corpus Christi, on Thursday, June 4, during the evening Holy Mass at 7 p.m. at the White Dome of St. James' church, there was live performance of „Gloria” by A. Vivaldi as well as „Coronation Mass” by W.A. Mozarta. The performers were: Academic Choir of the University of Mostar, Choir of the University of Mostar, Academic choir Pro musica, leader of the choir: Katja-Krolo Šarac and Dragan Filipović, corepetitor: Marijana Pavlović, Symphonic Orchestra Mostar, soloists: Ilijana Korać, Monija Jarak, Stefano Surian, Mario Krnić. Igor Tatarević was the conductor of the whole performance.
During the solemn Holy Mass that will be celebrated by Holy Father Francis,on June 6, 2015 at the Olympic stadium in Sarajevo, the largest church choir will be singing. It will be made of 53 different choirs that registered for this event and practiced the programme, including the choir of the Queen of Peace from Medjugorje, conducted by Sr. Irena Azinovic.
There are many pilgrims in Medjugorje at the moment and majority of them come from Italy. There are also groups from Germany, Austria, Ireland, the United States, Canada, France, Spain, China, Korea, Slovakia, Ukraine, Poland, Switzerland, Panama and Malaysia. Apart from participating in the evening prayer programme and visiting holy places in Medjugorje, many of them are patiently waiting for the sacrament of confession. (photos)
The vocal group „Laetitia“ (made of YouFra Medjugorje members) held their first solo concert on Sunday, May 31 in the Hall of St. John Paul II in Medjugorje. This vocal group was established more than a year ago, at the initiative of their leader Monija Jarak and the parish priest Fr. Marinko Šakota.
Number of Holy Communions: 200 300
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 3774 (121 per day)
The summer timetable of the evening prayer programme begins on June 1 in Medjugorje. Rosary will be at 6 p.m., Holy Mass at 7 p.m. and after Holy Mass there will be regular prayer schedule, depending on the each day. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Saturdays and Tuesdays will be at 10 p.m., and on Thursdays at 8 p.m. after the evening Holy Mass.