Pilgrims from South Africa, led by Archbishop Stephen Brislin, arrived to Medjugorje. During the pilgrimage, they participate in the evening prayer program, and will also visit Medjugorje hills – Cross Mountain and Apparition Hill. Today they had a brief lecture in the hall of St. John Paul II by Archbishop Aldo Cavalli, the Apostolic Visitor with a special role for the parish of Medjugorje. All pilgrims from this group, except the Archbishop of Brussels, came to Medjugorje for the first time, so they had a lot of questions that Msgr. Cavalli answered happily. They were interested in the history of Medjugorje, the Church' stand towards Medjugorje…
Mons. Cavalli told them that they had come to a place of great grace. As he himself said, he came to Medjugorje three months ago and realized that this is a place of grace.
"Many here find the peace, the peace that each of us needs. Many graces are happening here, many have changed their lives here, many have found their spiritual vocation here, at least 600 of them. Rosary is prayed here every day, Holy Mass is celebrated, there is adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, veneration of the Cross of the Lord ... Every day the evening prayer program here lasts at least three hours", said Msgr. Cavalli, who explained to them that there were only a few houses in Medjugorje before and that many hotels had been built in the meantime, but that this was normal, because where would pilgrims sleep, get the necessary food and drink, bring souvenirs and all else. He emphasized that the grace that is in Medjugorje can be found by all people, regardless of the culture they come from.
Archbishop Stephen Brislin told us that he came to Medjugorje for the first time in 2000, and that despite the changed appearance of the place, the spirit of Medjugorje remained the same.
"It is a wonderful experience to come to Medjugorje after 22 years and see that Medjugorje has blossomed spiritually into what it is today. This place continues to be a place of prayer, a place that changed many lives, confirming our faith in the power of prayer. This is the time of deep faith and spiritual experience", said the Archbishop of Brussels.
After a short lecture given by Msgr. Aldo Cavalli, he bestowed God's blessing on all present pilgrims.