The 19th International Youth Festival - Mladifest 19 – will take place in Medjugorje from August 1st to August 6th, 2008. The theme of the encounter is, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8) (“In silence may the Holy Spirit speak to you and permit Him to convert and change you.” - Message of July 25, 2006) (programme: preparing)
As a result of the redeployment of the members of the Herzegovinian Franciscan Province of the Assumption of Mary, two new priests were appointed chaplains to Medjugorje: Fr. Miljenko Šteko and Fr. Danko Perutina.
Alois Epner (76) is a retired teacher from Upper Austria. He was born in Croatia, but in 1944, the Epner family had to flee the country to escape from the communists. Although he never forgot his childhood in his native Croatia, he found a new home in Upper Austria. He visited Medjugorje for the first time in 1984, and since then he returns on a regular basis. When he speaks about his experiences, his eyes fill with tears. (Interview: Krešimir Šego)
Members of the “Faith and Light” Community made a pilgrimage to Medjugorje on Saturday the 20th of October, 2007. Their objective was to give a presentation of the activities of the Community to the families living in this area, who experience a similar difficulty: an interactive life with a physically or mentally handicapped person.
Fr. Jose Rodriguez Carballo, Superior General of the Franciscan Order, visited Medjugorje on October 8th, 2007. He was in Herzegovina from the 7th to the 10th of October visiting the friars of the Herzegovinian Franciscan Province of the Assumption of Mary. Dragan Soldo interviewed him for Radio Mir Medjugorje.
Days of Bread – days of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth – are celebrated in October of each year in kindergartens, in schools and in various other educational institutions.
With the onset of a new Basketball season, ten basketball players of the Posušje Team which competes in the First League of Bosnia and Herzegovina, made a pilgrimage to Medjugorje on Friday the 12th of October 2007. They were accompanied by Hrvoje Vlašić, their coach, and also by Miroslav Ramljak, the president of the club.
Fr. Jose Rodriguez Carballo, Superior General of the Franciscan Order, visited the Herzegovinian Franciscan Province of the Assumption of Mary from the 7th to the 10th of October, 2007. On the 8th of October he visited his brother Franciscans in Medjugorje. Fr. Petar Vlašić, parish priest of Medjugorje, greeted him on behalf of the friars. Fr. General remained in friendly conversation with the brothers, and he thanked them for all their endeavours on behalf of the Croatian speaking faithful, as well as for all those who come to Medjugorje from all parts of the world seeking spiritual refreshment, peace and conversion.
Beginning with the feast of St. Francis, we began broadcasting live audio-video programs and photos from the church in Medjugorje. You can follow them at the link http://220.127.116.11/Main.aspx?mv=4&qp=MToxOjE==
Mons. Brendan Oliver Comiskey, SS.CC., Bishop Emeritus of Ferns (Ireland) visited Medjugorje from the 21st to the 28th of September, 2007, together with a group of pilgrims from Ireland. From 1980 to 1984, he was Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin, and thereafter, from 1984 to 2002, he was Bishop of Ferns.
In a special liturgy, which is celebrated on the 3rd of October, the vigil of St. Francis’ feast, the worldwide Franciscan family celebrates the “Transitus” – the moment of Saint Francis’ passing into eternity.
The new statue of St. Francis acquired for Medjugorje was exposed for the first time on Monday, October 1st, during the evening prayer program at the outside altar of the parish church.
The Franciscan Minister General, Fr. Jose Rodrigues Carballo, will visit the Herzegovinian Franciscan province of the Assumption of Mary from the 7th to the 10th of October, 2007. He will meet the friars in Tomislavgrad, Mostar, Humac, Konjic and Medjugorje. The central event will be the Canonical welcome of the General in Široki Brijeg on October 9, where he will celebrate Holy Mass in Latin at 11 o’clock.
For Milan Čehovin from Slovenia, his 22nd visit to Medjugorje was a genuine pilgrimage: he came on foot. He started from Ilirska Bistrica on the 17th of August, and arrived in Medjugorje on the 31st of August.
On Sunday, September 23rd, 2007, during the 11 o’clock Mass, the new parish priest of Medjugorje Fr. Petar Vlašić was solemnly inducted into his new pastoral duty.
According to the liturgical rite, Mons. Ratko Perić, the local bishop, gave the keys of the church and of the tabernacle to the new parish priest, who in turn publicly professed his faith in front of the faithful present. With his hand on the Bible, he promised to announce the Good News and to serve his parishioners faithfully, promising fidelity to the Catholic Church and to his bishop.