Graduate students of the Catholic School Centre «St. Joseph», came to Medjugorje on a pilgrimage on March 22, 2017. This trip was on an occasion of their annual trip when they visit various places in Herzegovina, and according to their statements - they were all thrilled by Medjugorje. They visited community Cenacolo and spent some time around the church of St. james. It is important to say that youth of various religions attends this school centre and this trip was led by Sr. Antonija Lucic, a member of the community of Daughters of God’s Love from Sarajevo. „This is the third year of the project called Inner-religion path of the Catholic School Centre St. Joseph that consists of two high schools – Grammar and Medical School.
Mary Fernandez, 56 years old pilgrim from Miami, came to Medjugorje in 1988 for the first time. She is a pilgrim who tirelessly lives messages of Our Lady, and this is her 150th trip to this place of prayer and peace. Mary gave interview to radio Mir Medjugorje and said how her husband knew about Medjugorje before she did, but they never discussed that: „I read a book and learned about Medjugorje in it and I felt I should come here.
The visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo had daily apparitions from June 24th 1981 to December 25th 1982. During the last daily apparition, Our Lady gave her the 10th secret, and told her that she would appear to her once a year, on the 18th of March. It has been this way through the years. (photos)
Maurizio Baldacci, President of Association of Italian leaders to Marian Shrines (AIASM), participated in the 24th International Meeting for Group Leaders held in Medjugorje. He has been coming here since 2006, for these meetings and thinks such encounters are extremely important for formation of leaders of pilgrimages.
According to the information gathered in the Information Office, groups of pilgrims came in these first days of March from the following countries: Ukraine, Columbia, the United States, England, Korea, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Latvia, Slovenia and Romania. (photos)
Hermine Bader from Germany came to participate in the 24th International Meeting held in Medjugorje, as she is active in the Centre for Medjugorje in Germany. She said how this Meeting is extremely important, as well as their cooperation with Medjugorje parish. She came here as a pilgrim in 1997, for the first time:
The 24th International Meeting for Organisers of Pilgrimages, Leaders of Peace Centres and Medjugorje Prayer and Charity Groups held with the theme „That your love may increase ever more (Phil 1, 9)“, (photos)
Number of Holy Communions: 32 800
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 678 (24 per day)
Among the participants of the 24th International Meeting for Organisers of Pilgrimages, Leaders of Peace Centres and Medjugorje Prayer and Charity Groups, that is being held in Medjugorje in these days, we had opportunity to talk to Gianpietro Todesco from Vicenza.
The International Meeting for Organisers of Pilgrimages, Leaders of Peace Centres and Medjugorje Prayer and Charity Groups began on Monday, February 27, 2017, by registration of participants and the evening prayer programme. This Meeting will last until Friday, March 3, and the theme this year is: (photos)
Information Centre “Mir” Medjugorje and Parish Office Medjugorje organised on Friday, February 24, presentation of book “100 most important Croatian men and women”, of the author Fr. Simun Sito Coric, who is a missionary in Switzerland, a writer, the university professor and music author. The purpose of this book is to give insight into the question of the most important Croatian men and women in the course of our history. (photos)
The 24th International Meeting for Organisers of Pilgrimages, Leaders of Peace Centres and Međugorje Prayer and Charity Groups will be held in Medjugorje from 27th February – 3rd March, 2017.
At noon today, on February 11th 2017, the feast day of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes, the press office of the Holy See released a statement that the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has nominated a Special Envoy of the Holy See to Medjugorje, his Excellency Msgr. Henryk Hoser, S.A.C, a Polish archbishop and the current Bishop of Warsaw-Prague (Poland).
On February 11, 2017, the Holy Father entrusted Archbishop Henryk Hoser, S.A.C., bishop of Warsaw-Prague (Poland), to go to Medjugorje as Special Envoy of the Holy See.
The mission has the aim of acquiring a deeper knowledge of the pastoral situation there and above all, of the needs of the faithful who go there in pilgrimage, and on the basis of this, to suggest possible pastoral initiatives for the future.
On the day when we remember Bl. Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac, February 10, Medjugorje parish also celebrates Holy Mass for martyred Franciscans who were born in this parish or served in in during the time of World War II. During and immediately after the World War II, communists killed 66 Franciscans in Herzegovina.