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The mariologist Laurentin defends Medjugorje: “What satanic deceit? Our Lady is really appearing”.

by Bruno Volpe

VATICAN CITY - Confrontation of opinions: the beauty of dialectics. On the columns of our newspaper, the trustworthy Bishop and exorcist, Monsignor Andrea Gemma, has severely fustigated the phenomenon of Medjugorje defining it as “a great deceit”. We wanted to hear also a favorable opinion on the apparitions in that country. Therefore we have interviewed one of the most authoritative living mariologists, Father Renè Laurentin.

Objavljeno: 10.06.2008.

Minister Čobanković visited Medjugorje

Mr. Petar Čobanković, Minister of the regional development in the Croatian Government, visited Medjugorje on Friday, May 30th. He was hosted by Mr. Ivo Jerkić, the Mayor of Čitluk, Fr. Svetozar Kraljević, Director of Mother’s Village, and Fr. Petar Vlašić, pastor of Medjugorje.

Objavljeno: 02.06.2008.

Statistics for May 2008

May 2008:

Holy Communions distributed: 150.000

Concelebrating priests: 3.614 (116/day)

Objavljeno: 01.06.2008.

A bishop from Rwanda

Mons. Jean Damascène Bimenyimana, bishop of the diocese Cyangugu in Rwanda was in Medjugorje from 19th to 22nd of May, 2008.

Mons. Bimenyimana presided Holy Mass for the French speaking pilgrims where he also gave the homily, concelebrated Holy Mass for the German speaking pilgrims, and participated in the Evening Prayer program. He climbed the Apparition Hill, he visited the visionary Ivan with whom he prayed the Rosary and was present during the apparition, and he also spoke with the visionary Vicka. He also visited the parish priest and he had lunch in the parish house.

Objavljeno: 23.05.2008.

Confirmation in St. James' Parish Medjugorje

On Thursday the 22nd of May, 2008, the solemnity of Corpus Christi, 83 candidates received the sacrament of Confirmation from the hands of Mons. Želimir Puljić, the bishop of Dubrovnik. (photos)

Objavljeno: 22.05.2008.

Solemnity of Corpus Christi - Procession

On the Feast of Corpus Christi, Thursday the 22nd of May, 2008, evening Mass at the outside altar was presided over by Fr. Danko Perutina. As in previous years, the procession with the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Medjugorje took place immediately after Holy Mass. This year’s First Communion children, dozens of priests and thousands of pilgrims joined in the procession. (photos)

Objavljeno: 22.05.2008.

The ninth international seminar for married couples

The ninth international seminar for married couples will be held in Medjugorje from the 5th to the 8th of November 2008. The theme of the seminar is: “Marital and family problems and their resolution”. The lecturer at the seminar is Prof. Dr. Vlado Jukić, psychiatrist, the director of the Psychiatric Hospital Vrapče in Zagreb, an associate professor of psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine in Zagreb. (Program and reservations)

Objavljeno: 21.05.2008.

„Pope's torch“ in Medjugorje

In this year's Peace Marathon from Grude to Medjugorje also participated runners of the International organization „Fiaccola di Lolek“ carrying a burning torch called “Light of John Paul II” which was first lit on Pope’s tomb by the postulator of the cause of John Paul II, and blessed by the Cardinal Stanislas Dziwisz, secretary of the late Pope. This group was also blessed by the Pope Benedict XVI on March 19, this year.

Objavljeno: 19.05.2008.

„Pope's torch“ in Medjugorje

In this year's Peace Marathon from Grude to Medjugorje also participated runners of the International organization „Fiaccola di Lolek“ carrying a burning torch called “Light of John Paul II” which was first lit on Pope’s tomb by the postulator of the cause of John Paul II, and blessed by the Cardinal Stanislas Dziwisz, secretary of the late Pope. This group was also blessed by the Pope Benedict XVI on March 19, this year.

Objavljeno: 19.05.2008.

First Holy Communion in Medjugorje

On Sunday, May 4th, 2008, eighty-eight children from Medjugorje Parish received the sacrament of First Holy Communion. Their catechists, Sister Slavica Kozul, Fr. Stjepan Martinović and Sister Iva Bešlić prepared them for this sacrament. This is the largest group of children who ever received the First Holy Communion in Saint James’ parish.

Objavljeno: 06.05.2008.

Golden Harp

The Golden Harp is a traditional meeting of children choirs, which take place every year in the parishes.

The first Golden Harp took place on July 1st, 1984 in Kočerin, in Herzegovina, and gathered together about 200 little singers. The initiative came from Fr. Mićo Pinjuh, OFM, parish priest in Kočerin. Every choir sung two thematic songs and one liturgical according to a free choice. The basic mission of the Harp is the renewal of the liturgical singing, the encouragement of collaboration between choir leaders, as well as promotion of the creative spirit of composers.

Objavljeno: 03.05.2008.

May 1st – Solemnity of the Ascension

The Solemnity of the Ascension, the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker and the beginning of the month of May brought this year to Medjugorje an exceptional number of pilgrims. In many countries, the 1st of May is national feast and holyday, so many made use of this long week end for a pilgrimage. The prayer program was held at the outside altar.

Objavljeno: 02.05.2008.

Statistics for March and April 2008

March 2008:

Holy Communions distributed: 99.000

Concelebrating priests: 1.605 (51/day)

April 2008:

Holy Communions distributed: 88.000

Concelebrating priests: 2093 (70/day)

Objavljeno: 01.05.2008.

The Secretary of State of the Holy See for the Relations with the States met the Franciscans in Mostar

Mons. Dominique Mamberti, the Secretary of the Holy See for the relations with the states (minister of the foreign affairs) was on an official visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina from April 26 to 29, 2008, On April 27, he met the provincial government of the Herzegovinian Franciscans in the monastery in Mostar. Present were also Mons. Alessandro D'Errico, the apostolic nuncio in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as their closes collaborators, mons. Miguel Buendi Maury and mons. Waldemar Stanislav Sommertag.

Objavljeno: 29.04.2008.

The summer Prayer Programme schedule

The summer Prayer Programme schedule in Medjugorje begins on May 1st.

Praying of the Rosary in the Parish Church begins at 6.00 pm. Holy Mass is at 7.00 pm, followed by the Prayer Programme according to the day of the week. Eucharistic adoration on Wednesday and Saturday is at 10.00 pm. Both the Rosary on Apparition Hill and the Way of the Cross on Krizevac begin at 4.00 pm.

Objavljeno: 28.04.2008.