As you surrender your lives in the vows of obedience, poverty and chastity before the Cross of the Lord, may you continue to live under His shadow. Gaze often at the Cross and share your stories of life at the foot of the Cross, say to the Cross all those burdens and pains, but also be able to place your joy there too and may you continue to walk in the newness until the rest of your lives.” (PHOTO)
As we know, one branch of the New Evangelisation has pastoral responsibility for the shrines in the world. Even though Medjugorje has still not been officially recognised as the shrine, this place is the destination for millions of pilgrims each year. Since we too have the responsibility for pilgrimages, I received this invitation with great gratitude, as it has brought me here.
Let us promise to the Lord that we will not ask of Him to take us down from the cross, do not take us down, but keep us there just as you did up to now. Enrich us there as you did in the past. Protect our souls! Protect our hope and our faith! Do not take us down from the cross, Lord, but let us recognise you there so we would be people who love, who are noble and who burn for our values, but also those who pray and come to Our Lady, said Fr. Ike Mandurić, adding that those who gaze at the cross, gaze at the future. (PHOTO)
The Feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross in the parish of Medjugorje is traditionally celebrated on the first Sunday after the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Holy Mass on Cross Mountain will be at 11 am.
Number of Holy Communions: 375 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 9109 (293 per day)
Mother of Jesus received the new motherhood and we are all Her children, so it is not surprising that our Mom comes to care for us, since She, here in Medjugorje, really wishes to show how Mother needs to be with Her children. (PHOTO)
MSGR. Hoser: The first reaction and the first thing I have to say is that bishops, archbishops and cardinals from Rome and other places, were at first surprised. They discovered an unknown reality that was often hidden. They were very moved, sensitised by the atmosphere that was at the Youth Festival, by the enthusiasm and joy shown by the young people. (PHOTO)
Archbishop Rino Fisichella celebrated Holy Mass with 714 priests concelebrating and there were 2.856.000 live stream followers, with hundreds of thousands of those who watched live broadcasting on TV networks. (PHOTO)
At the beginning of Holy Mass, Fr. Marinko Sakota, OFM, thanked Cardinal of Vrhbosna Vinko Puljic, for his coming here and expressed his great joy as our shepherd from Bosnia and Herzegovina joined us here.
“Your Most Reverend Eminence, I know how long you have waited for this moments and how you longed to be with us in Medjugorje. I know how much you were with us and sympathised with us in these years”, said Fr. Marinko. (PHOTO)
I am already looking forward to being able to come to Medjugorje for the next Mladifest, if God wills it. Pray for Pope Francis, to whom we owe so much.
Archbishop Henryk Hoser, the Apostolic Visitor for the parish of Medjugorje celebrated on the third day of the Youth Festival the evening Holy Mass with 689 priests concelebrating. There were 2.258.400 live-stream followers through the providers of Information Centre Mir Medjugorje from all over the world. (PHOTO)
The Apostolic Nuncio to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Archbishop Luigi Pezzuto, was the main celebrant on the second day of the Youth Festival, with 678 priests concelebrating and more than 1.996.700 live-stream viewers from all over the world. (PHOTO)
The jubilee 30th Youth Festival began with the Holy Mass celebrated by Cardinal Angelo de Donatis, General Vicar of Rome, with 620 Archbishops, bishops and priests concelebrating. Dozens of thousands of youth were gathered here and there were 1.747.100 live-stream viewers all over the world, never as many as on this day. (PHOTO)
Number of Holy Communions: 170 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 6397 (206 per day)
Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, Vicar General of Rome, will be the main celebrant of the opening Holy Mass on Thursday, August 1, while the closing Holy Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation.