The Apostolic Nuncio to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Archbishop Luigi Pezzuto, was the main celebrant on the second day of the Youth Festival, with 678 priests concelebrating and more than 1.996.700 live-stream viewers from all over the world. (PHOTO)
The jubilee 30th Youth Festival began with the Holy Mass celebrated by Cardinal Angelo de Donatis, General Vicar of Rome, with 620 Archbishops, bishops and priests concelebrating. Dozens of thousands of youth were gathered here and there were 1.747.100 live-stream viewers all over the world, never as many as on this day. (PHOTO)
Number of Holy Communions: 170 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 6397 (206 per day)
Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, Vicar General of Rome, will be the main celebrant of the opening Holy Mass on Thursday, August 1, while the closing Holy Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation.
On the Feast of St. James the Apostle, July 25, patron of Medjugorje parish, solemn Holy Mass was at 11 am in the garden in the vicinity of the church. The procession with the statute of St. James followed from the church to the garden, and the Apostolic Visitor for Medjugorje parish, Henryk Hoser, was the main celebrant of this Holy Mass. He said that the parishioners of Medjugorje parish have the great responsibility for hospitality and help for all those who come to Medjugorje and seek for the source of God’s grace. (PHOTO)
The Apostolic Nuncio to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Archbishop Luigi Pezzuto was the main celebrant of the evening Holy Mass on July 24, when five Franciscans from Herzegovina Franciscan Province, Fr. Ivan Dugandžić, Fr. Tomislav Pervan, Fr. Ante Kutleša, serving in Međugorje, and Fr. Vitomir Musa serving in Široki Brijeg and Fr. Ante Leko in Posušje, celebrated their golden jubilee of priesthood. (PHOTO)
On Thursday, July 25, we will celebrate the Feast of St. James the Great, patron saint of Medjugorje parish. Holy Masses are going to be celebrated at 7, 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. while the central celebration will be at 11 a.m. in the Garden opposite to the ruins of the old church.
The procession with the statue of St. James will begin at 10.45 a.m. and parishioners of Vionica will have the honour to carry the statue this year.
Mons. Fisichella will also give catechesis to the youth, as well as the former General Minister of the Order of Friars Minor, Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo, current Secretary for the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life; Archbishop Luigi Pezzuto, Apostolic Nuncio to Bosnia and Herzegovina; Mons. Dominique Rey, Bishop of Toulun in France; Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, Archbishop of Valencia, Italy; Mons. Vlado Košić, Bishop of Sisak, Croatia; Cardinal Vinko Puljić, Archbishop of Vrhbosna and Mons. Henryk Hoser, the Apostolic Visitor for the parish of Medjugorje.
Three Franciscans serving in the parish of Medjugorje: Fr. Ivan Dugandžić, Fr. Tomislav Pervan and Fr. Ante Kutleša, will celebrate their Golden Jubilee of priesthood ordination on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 in the parish church.
The Apostolic Nuncio to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mons. Luigi Pezzuto, will be the main celebrant
New album of Mario Zovko „Ave Maria Sacred Arias“ is now available in the souvenir shop of the Information Centre Mir Medjugorje, the first album of this author produced since 2007. This project was developed for two years and Zovko is the author of orchestra arrangements and production, vocals were recorded with his old friend Fr. Gordan Bozic, all mentored by another one of his old and good friends, maestro Fr. Dragan Filipovic, while the members of the female vocal group Draca sing as back vocals.
On Monday, July 8, the 24th Spiritual Retreat for the Priests began in Medjugorje with the evening Holy Mass celebrated by dr. fra Miljenko Šteko, the Provincial of Herzegovinian Franciscan Province.
Parishioners of Medjugorje hosted all priests also this year at the retreat held with the theme “Follow me! “ (Mk 10, 21) and will be continued with prayer, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and lectures. (photo)
The spiritual retreat shall be held in Medjugorje from July 8-13, 2019. As in the previous years, several hundreds of priests shall take part in this retreat and in the prayer programme held in the church of St. James. The theme of this retreat, as well as of all the other events held in this year is „Follow me!“ (Mk 10, 21). Detailed programme is available here.
Number of Holy Communions: 219 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 4567 (147 per day)
Fr. Miljenko Šteko said at the beginning that “we wish to praise God for our holy Church, that recognised all fruits of Medjugorje and became specially present here through the Apostolic Visitor Archbishop Henryk Hoser, who entrusted me with the celebration of this Holy Mass and whose greetings I would like to pass on.''
Fr. Miljenko Šteko said in his homily that Mary forwards us to the strength and power of the Holy Spirit, not to our own strength. She directs us to be opened to God’s grace, to completely surrender to it, so this grace can be reflected in us. (photo)
The visionary Ivanka Ivankovic-Elez had her regular annual apparition on June 25th 2019. At her last daily apparition on May 7, 1985, Our Lady confided to Ivanka the 10th secret and told her that she would have an apparition once a year on the anniversary of the apparitions. It was that way also this year.
The apparition, which lasted 4 minutes (18:37h - 18:41h), took place at Ivanka’s family home. Only Ivanka’s family was present at the apparition. After the apparition, Ivanka said:
Our Lady gave the following message: “Little children, pray, pray, pray.”