What do you think about the Medjugorje phenomenon?
“I think that it is a blessed place and a grace of God; who goes to Medjugorje returns transformed, changed, he reflects himself in that source of grace that is Christ. Christ is at the same time the tap and the source. If in Medjugorje, as it is obvious by now, many conversions happen, it surely means that there is the hand of God. I believe that we should look at Medjugorje with serenity and trust, appreciating all the good and holy things that happen in that place.”
Bruno Volpe spoke with Mons. Giovanni Battista Pichierri, Bishop of Trani, in Puglia, who declared, “I think that the prudent position of the Church on the topic is just and legitimate. The visionaries continue to speak, therefore, it is necessary to wait. But if the faithful are coming in such a great numbers, there must be a positive reason for it”.
The sixteenth International Meeting for Leaders of Peace Centres and Medjugorje Prayer and Charity groups is taking place in Medjugorje from the 1st to the 5th of March 2009. The theme of the gathering is: “Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening” (1 Sm 3, 9). Lecturers at the seminar are Fr. Petar Ljubičić, Fr. Miro Šego and Fr. Ljubo Kurtović. There are 166 participants from 14 countries.
Holy Communions distributed: 26.000
Concelebrating priests: 632 (22/day)
On Wednesday, February 18, 2009, after several years, Medjugorje woke up once again covered with snow. The parishioners and rare pilgrims prefer to remain in their warm houses, and cars are also rare on the streets, because - in this climate - most of them do not have the winter equipment. Children enjoy the snow… The quiet period in Medjugorje seems to be even more peaceful under snow… (photo)
During the year 2008, Fr. Juan-Carlos LISA spent ten months in Medjugorje. Shortly before going back to Argentina, he gave his testimony for Radio MIR Medjugorje and for Glasnik mira.
Blessed Aloysius Cardinal Stepinac (1898 - 1960) was the Archbishop of Zagreb from 1937 to 1960. In 1946, he was sentenced to 16 years in prison by a communist court. After five years of detention in Lepoglava prison, he was confined to his home parish of Krašić where he died on February 10, 1960. He was appointed a Cardinal in 1952 by Pope Pius XII. In 1998, Pope John Paul II declared him a martyr and beatified him. Cardinal Stepinac’ grave in the Cathedral of Zagreb has always been a place of pilgrimage and of prayer.
Holy Communions distributed: 41.600
Concelebrating priests: 847 (27/day)
The seventh anniversary of the death of Dr. Fr. Leonard Oreč, former parish priest of Medjugorje and founder of the “Medjugorje-Mir” religious-humanitarian organization, was commemorated on Wednesday the 21st of January, 2009. Holy Mass was celebrated for him in the parish church. The main celebrant was Fr. Ivan Landeka, another former parish priest of Medjugorje, in concelebration with the current parish priest Fr. Petar Vlašić, and other Franciscans currently serving in Medjugorje.
On April 25, 2009, will take place in Medjugorje a pilgrimage of bikers organised by the Christian Association KUP – KARMEL. Robert Rukavina imagines this pilgrimage as an event during which many bikers would discover new paths and visit a place where Our Lady is calling us to peace, a place that many wanted already to visit, but never did so. In Medjugorje will be celebrated Holy Mass for all departed bikers.
You can find more about it on the web site www.kup-karmel.com latest at the beginning of April.
For New Year 2009, was finished the illumination of the paths and of the bronzes representing the Glorious mysteries of the Rosary.
The community Hosanna is a branch of the community Merciful Father from Medjugorje. The house that is situated in Stari Žednik, a little town 15 kilometers from Subotica, in Serbia, is one of the three houses, which give shelter to men who suffer under addiction. Although the capacity of the house is limited to 12 persons, the community is accommodating 16 men, and needs are much greater. Prayer and work are an integral part of life in the community, just as in Medjugorje. Leaders of the community are those who are close to healing.
About 10.000 mostly younger people from all over the world gathered together this year in Medjugorje for the New Year's Eve in prayer.
Before the vigil, the Cenacolo Community performed the Living Manger in front of the church. In spite of a very cold weather, several thousands of pilgrims were watching it. (photos)
Holy Communions distributed: 71.600
Concelebrating priests: 1.486 (47/day)
Holy Communions distributed 1.357.100
Concelebrating priests - total: 31.724 (evening Holy Mass: 12.375)
Largest number of languages in which the Gospel was read during the Evening Mass: 16