''Thank you all. Thank you for coming. Thanks to the choir for preparing this celebration. Thank you, Father Provincial, Father Parish Priest… to all those who prepared this, thank you very much, but above all thank you the Lord and the Virgin Mary who wanted to send me here through the Holy Father. When I saw the Holy Father a few weeks ago, he told me: 'You are going to Medjugorje, be there and that's it!' I am sure that the Lord Jesus will follow me in these last years of mine, as he has done all of my life."
I thank the Lord and the Virgin Mary, and the Holy Father who have appointed me here. I have never been here, but many people from my country and from my parish came here. And upon their return, I always noticed something very deep: they returned full of good will, filled with faith, filled with the desire to live good, to receive the Lord, filled with the good for Our Lady, with the desire to pray the rosary. I noticed many positive things. But I have never been here in person. So when the Pope appointed me, at the age of 75, I was pleased. I was glad to come here. I came gladly, very gladly.
Archbishop Cavalli will celebrate the first Holy Mass with parishioners and pilgrims in Medjugorje tomorrow (February 13, 2022) at 11 am in the Church of St. James inMedjugorje.
''Mary teaches us that when we allow the Lord to act, we can live in joy and gratitude. Mary is the voice of all the little ones and the last in history. Whoever, like Her, trusts in God, has already won and has already seen his victory over evil and all injustice.''
Number of Holy Communions: 31 600
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 761 (24 per day)
In this place, for many years now, many people have seen the flame of faith rekindle as they listen to the word of God and celebrate the sacraments, especially those of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. And it is here that freedom opens up to discover the gift of prayer, especially through silence and adoration. And this is why so many have been able to taste the gift of reconciliation and peace in this place.
Number of Holy Communions: 52 600
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1633 (52 per day)
In the previous 2021 there have been 880 000 Holy Communions given in the church, and total of 22 689 priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses.
Dear children, You are, and you are called, 'children of God'. If only your hearts would feel that immeasurable love which God has for you, your hearts would adore and give thanks to Him at every instant of your life. Therefore, little children, today, on this day of grace, open your hearts and implore the Lord for the gift of faith; so that you could truly become worthy of the name 'children of God' who, with a pure heart, give thanks to and honor their Heavenly Father. I am beside you and am blessing you with my motherly blessing.
We decide whether to remain only born "of blood and of the will of the flesh" or to be born again of God, anew every day. Merry Christmas to all parishioners of the parish of Medjugorje, all pilgrims and to all the people of good will!
Today, the atmosphere of Christmas should be given to the new youngest generations. Make them feel beautiful, to be happy because Christmas is coming. Let us not allow Christmas darken us, make us tired, insensitive, have no joy in us. Because, if we will not fight for new generations, when will we? What do we have left then?
Number of Holy Communions: 40 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1254 (41 per day)
The Press Office of the Holy See announced today at noon, November 27, 2021, the news that Pope Francis had appointed Archbishop Msgr. Aldo Cavalli, titular Archbishop Vibo Valentia (Vibo Valentia - lat. Dioecesis Vibonensis), former Apostolic Nuncio to the Netherlands, as the Apostolic Visitor with a special role for the parish of Medjugorje, indefinitely and ad nutum Sanctae Sedis. It is a continuation of the mission carried out in Medjugorje by Archbishop Henryk Hoser, S.A.C., who died on August 13, 2021 in Warsaw.
During the day, two walks were organized to Fr. Slavko's grave, one from his hometown in Dragićina, and the other from the high school in Čitluk, which bears his name. High School Slavko Barbarić celebrated their day with this procession. Fr. Slavko died on this day, 21 years ago, in the afternoon, finishing the devotion of the Way of the Cross on Križevac, so also today we prayed the Way of the Cross on Križevac, and at 6 pm in the church of St. James. The Holy Mass for Fr. Slavko Barbarić was celebrated in Medjugorje, which was presided over by the Provincial of the Franciscan Province of Herzegovina, Fr. Miljenko Šteko, with the concelebration of the Medjugorje parish priest Fr. Marinko Šakota and 22 other priests. (FOTO)
Number of Holy Communions: 106 400
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 2846 (91 per day)
Wanting to improve the quality of transmission of our contents, the video broadcast of the evening prayer program from November 1, 2021, will be available only through our existing YouTube channels, and on our website www.medjugorje.hr you will still find the most important news from Medjugorje in your language. A link to YouTube is available on the website www.medjugorje.hr, where you have now followed the livestream, andalready now you can follow the broadcast of the evening prayer program.