Archbishop Hieronymus Herculanus Bumbun, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Pontianak (Indonesia) was in Medjugorje on May 13 and 14, 2005. He came on a pilgrimage with a group from Jakarta organised by Harry Karnadi. Lidija Paris spoke with them.
Archbishop Hieronymus Herculanus Bumbun said that he came to Medjugorje because of his devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He is very impressed by the message of Medjugorje given to the 6 visionaries. He thinks that it is good for people to follow these messages, because they lead to peace, hope and faith. He sees them as a basic catholic education for the families. He says that it would be good for the families to pay more attention to these messages. In his diocese of Pontianak in Indonesia, they increase the community spirit. The messages of Medjugorje can be very well applied to the living philosophy in Indonesia. They are closely related to the life of the people and the Church. In the present globalisation of the world, which is affecting the relationships in the family, these messages can help the family to feel as the basic cell of the Church.
About his impressions here, Archbishop Hieronymus Herculanus Bumbun said that he is very touched by the openhearted way in which people offer hospitality to the pilgrims in Medjugorje. What they say is not exaggerated, there is no promotion; it is simple and real.
About the prayer in the church, he said that is easy to see the strong spiritual life. He is impressed, he praises the Lord for the possibility to be here and to see with his eyes and to hear with his ears.
Harry Karnadi, President director of the Travel Agency “Myrons Travel Associates” is coming to Medjugorje three times a year for 10 years now. He is organising long trips in Europe, leading the Indonesians to other shrines and holy places in Europe, and Medjugorje is included in each trip to Europe. Each trip in ending in Rome - the Eternal City - the heart of Christendom. Harry Karnadi has a great devotion to Our Lady, and this is his way of spreading Our Lady’s messages.