Number of Holy Communions: 225 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 5297 (170 per day)
From August 22 to 25, 2023, two Medjugorje prayer meetings for peace in Ukraine took place; two tender hugs full of love from the Heavenly Mother of all Ukraine. Words were heard from all sides: "Now, not only spiritually, but also physically, Medjugorje has come to us."
As of Friday, September 1, the schedule of the prayer program in Medjugorje is changing. The evening prayer program begins with the Rosary at 5 p.m., and the Holy Mass is at 6 p.m. The prayer of the Rosary on Apparition Hill will be on Sundays at 2 p.m., and the Stations of the Cross on Cross Mountain on Fridays at 2 p.m.
Fr. Miljenko, as a religious, wanted to receive and dedicate the award to the Franciscan Province of Herzegovina, whose member he is, and to dedicate it also to all the friars who have been pastorally active and who serve in the parish of Medjugorje
Today (August 13) se commemorate the second anniversary of the death of Archbishop Henryk Hoser, the first Apostolic Visitor with a special role for the parish of Medjugorje. The memorial mass for his predecessor was celebrated by the current Apostolic Visitor with a special role for the parish of Medjugorje, Archbishop Aldo Cavalli, who was concelebrated by the parish priest of Medjugorje, Fr. Zenon Hanas and 64 other priests.
The center is organizing the first bilingual Conference "Mary Queen of Peace" to be held on November 18 and 19, 2023 in Miami, in English and Spanish.
Number of Holy Communions: 250 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 7646 (246 per day)
''Let our decision after this Youth Festival be that we want to live with God. May our heart always yearn for God, may our eyes be always turned towards heaven, to the Kingdom of Heaven. And may our heavenly mother, the Queen of Peace, help us achieve that Kingdom,'' said Fr. Zvonimir Pavičić in his homily, and in the course of the morning the young people came down from Cross Mountain with song and prayer on their lips, announcing their arrival at the next Youth Festival.
"Go, dear young people, into the world, to your countries, to your families and parish communities and give them what you have received here," said Bishop Palić before giving his blessing at the end of the evening.
"I have said many times without fear or apprehension that I am a faithful, a Catholic, and that I thank dear God and my family for everything He has done in my life. So don't be afraid to witness your faith, because God is there. Whenever you come in front of an obstacle, in front of a wall, God is there and will not leave us,'' Zlatko Dalic said to the young people at the beginning of his testimony at the 34th Youth Festival.
"The war does not allow me to be with you in these days of grace in Medjugorje. I want to thank the Mother of God for taking care of the Ukrainian people, who last year were gifted with rosaries from our Mother through you young people, which you collected during last year's youth festival and then we took them all to Ukraine,'' said Jan Sobilo, among other things, inviting all to continue collecting rosaries for Ukrainians this year.
Try, therefore, to receive the seed of God's Word in your heart and make it bear good fruit: that way the dream of Jesus and the dream of the Church will have a happy ending for each of you, said the Apostolic Nuncio in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Archbishop Francis Assisi Chullikatt.
With joy I address all of you who are participating in the Youth Festival in Medjugorje, which is an opportunity to celebrate and renew your faith. It is my desire that you may live these days as a spiritual pilgrimage which will lead you to an encounter with the Lord in the Eucharist, in Adoration, in Confession, in biblical catechesis, in the silent prayer of the Rosary, but also through the testimonies.
On this occasion, we also invite you to the bilingual Queen of Peace Congress, to be held in Miami from November 17th to 19th, 2023, in both Spanish and English. You will be receiving complete information about this event shortly.
"We also pray for future generations, that they too can live in the shade provided by the tree grown from mustard seeds, the tree of the Church where God gathers us, feeds us and prepares us for eternal life", concluded Međugorje parish priest Fr. Zvonimir Pavičić. (PHOTO)