The media published in recent days a sensational news: that the Vatican began to square the accounts with the phenomenon called Medjugorje, and that the Pope himself called Medjugorje a fraud. In the background of this false information was the case of Fr. Tomislav Vlašić, punished by the Vatican for “spreading of doubtful doctrines, manipulation of consciences, doubtful mysticism, disobedience and fault against the sixth commandment (fornication)”. As this is a priest who used to serve in Medjugorje, the authenticity of Our Lady’s apparitions in Medjugorje was once again under suspicion. What says about this Dr. Fr. Ivan Sesar, Provincial of the Herzegovinian Franciscan Province and former Pastor of Medjugorje?
The winter schedule of the prayer programme re-starts on Monday, September 15th, 2008.
Praying of the Rosary in the Parish church will begin at 5.00pm, Holy Mass at 6.00pm, followed by the usual prayer programme according to the day of the week.
Eucharistic adoration on Wednesdays and Saturdays will begin at 9.00pm. Rosary on the Apparition Hill and the Way of the Cross on Cross Mountain will each begin at 2.00pm.
Holy Communions distributed: 275.000
Concelebrating priests: 5.957 (192/day)
On Sunday, August 17, 2008, Mons . Gabriel Malzaire, bishop of the diocese Roseau ( Dominica ), presided Holy Mass for the English speaking pilgrims in St. James' parish church in Medjugorje.
From August 1 to 6 took place in Medjugorje the 19th International Youth Prayer Meeting under the title, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8). (Mladifest 2008 - photos)
Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world came to Medjugorje for the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. During the night, numerous pilgrims came walking from the near and far parishes all around Medjugorje. This year, the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary was on a Friday, instead of the Way of the Cross on Cross Mountain, the Rosary was prayed on Apparition Hill.
Andrea Bocelli, one of the most famous tenors of our times, gave a concert in Medjugorje at the outside altar of St. James’ parish church on Thursday, August 7, 2008, at 9 pm. With Bocelli also sung Paola Sanguinetti, soprano. They were accompanied by the National Czech Symphonic Orchestra and the Choir of the Croatian National Theatre Split, under direction of maestro Marcello Rotta. The concert was transmitted live by the FTV Bosnia and Herzegovina, and attended by several dozens of thousands of visitors.
Andrea Bocelli arrived in Medjugorje in the afternoon, on Thursday, August 7th. In the parish church, he prayed in front of Our Lady's statue, and then had the general rehearsal at the outside altar.
The concert is in the evening at 9 PM.
Andrea Bocelli, one of the greatest tenors of our times, will give a concert in Medjugorje on August 7th at 9 PM. He will be accompanied by the Czech National Symphonic Orchestra, the soprano Paola Sanguinetti and the Mixed choir of the Croatian National Theater from Split.
This concert is being announces as one of the most important cultural events of the year in Bosnia and Herzegovina.( Interview)
Holy Communions distributed: 98.000
Concelebrating priests: 3.554 (114 /day)
A group of pilgrims from Holland brought flowers for Our Lady of Medjugorje. Fr. Petar Vlašić, the parish priest of Medjugorje, received them in the sacristy and thanked them for this cordial gesture.
From July 14 to 18, 2008, Prof. Dr. Tomislav Ivančić held a seminar in Hagiotherapy for English speaking pilgrims in Medjugorje. Among the participants was also Jim Caviezel, famous because of his role in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ”.
Unusually rainy and windy weather in July, before the feast of St. James provoked the parishioners to ask: is it going to be possible to celebrate Holy Mass in the open, as usually? The weather had providentially changed, and solemn procession with Saint James’ statue left the church at 10.45 AM and went towards the park. This year, the statue of the saint was carried by the inhabitants of Šurmanci, who were especially proud, because this year’s main celebrant also came from their village. His name is Fr. Dani Kordic, he was ordained a year ago and is a Carmelite. Holy Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Petar Vlašić, the parish priest, Fr. Ivan Sesar, the Herzegovinian Franciscan provincial, priests from Medjugorje and from surrounding parishes, as well as other priests who were in Medjugorje on that day.
Among many other pilgrims who are visiting this place of prayer and peace during summer, these days we have noticed a middle-aged and vital lady holding a pilgrims’ staff, a gourd, Our Lady’s picture and a Hungarian flag. In the other hand, she is holding St. James’ statue in stone made in Medjugorje. Around her neck, St. James’ shell brought from Spain , when she went walking to St. James’ tomb six years ago.