Holy Father John Paul II has died on April 2, at 21.37. The parish Medjugorje and the pilgrims were in Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. At that very moment, the priest was meditation on Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane who is calling his disciples to be with him and pray. The faithful were singing. “Stay with me, remain here with me, watch and pray”, and after this: “I need you, Jesus, I give my life to you, you are the source of my life, consolation of my heart, I implore you, Jesus, Lord, hear my prayer.”
John Paul II was a Pope devoted to Mary. His pontifical slogan was “Totus tuus ego sum et omnia mea tua sunt”. For him, Mary was the Mother of the Church and the way that is leading to Christ. In this sense he renewed the devotion to Mary, especially the prayer of the Rosary, introducing into the Rosary the Mysteries of light. He was always saying that the devotion to Mary has to be lived in a Christ-centric way and he was writing about thism especially in his Encyclical “Redemptoris Mater» (1987) and in the Apostolic letter “Rosarium Virginis Mariae” (2002), but also in the Apostolic letter “Novo Millennio Ineunte” (2001), in which he entrusted to Mary the lives of all human beings and of the world of the new millennium.
Holy Father has never officially recognised the apparitions of Medjugorje, but he believed in them, and he told this to many. During his pontificate, ha was putting into practice what Our Lady was inviting us to.
Holy Father has died at 9.37 PM
Franz Gollowitsch (Fragollo Reisen, Austria) organised his first pilgrimage to Medjugorje on July 8, 1985. During the past 20 years, he accompanied personally 365 pilgrimages, which means that he spent two years in the bus, and more than three years of his life in Medjugorje… He was not giving up during the war either, when – together with the pilgrims – he was tirelessly bringing humanitarian help and helping the orphans.
Because of serious health conditions of the Holy Father, in Medjugorje we are praying today for his intentions in all the Masses.
While Holy Father, according to the words of his nearest collaborators “is already contemplating God”, perpetual prayers are held also in Medjugorje. On Saturday, April 2, the usual hour of Adoration at 9 pm is prolonged until midnight, for the intentions of the Pope and for the Church.
Josip Coha began his pilgrimage to Medjugorje on Sunday, March 6, in Bistra Gornja near Zagreb covered with snow. He reached his goal on Friday, March 18, in short sleeves, on a temperature of 22°C. Mons. Vlado Kosic, auxiliary bishop of Zagreb, and from Tomica Novosel, his parish priest gave him a blessing for this pilgrimage.
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The Mexican television movie star Eduardo Verastegui came to the Shrine of the Queen of Peace in Medjugorje for the first time in March 2005. He heard about Medjugorje for the first time from his English teacher three years ago, when he moved from Mexico to Los Angeles. He had to learn English, because he has signed a contract for a movie to be made in the USA. His teacher is very devoted to Our Lady and to Medjugorje, and she spoke to him about apparitions, visionaries, messages, confessions and prayers in Medjugorje. “This is how my conversion began. I started to go to the church daily, and among the Catholics, wherever I came, I heard only “Medjugorje, Medjugorje”…, says Eduardo.
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.
During the 12th International Meeting for Leaders of Medjugorje Peace Centers and Prayer, Pilgrim and Charity groups (March 6 to 10, 2005) we have presented to the participants the first rough copy of the Address Book, which is giving witness of the universality of the spiritual movement inspired by Our Lady’s apparitions in Medjugorje.
The 12th International Meeting for Leaders of Medjugorje Peace Centers and Prayer, Pilgrim and Charity groups took place in Medjugorje from March 6 to 10, 2005. About 120 participants came from about 15 countries. The theme of this encounter was: “The guide and the pilgrim”.
The Counsel of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina has decided on February 22, 2005, that citizens of Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary do not need the visa for Bosnia and Herzegovina during the period of April 1st to October 31st, 2005.
These days, Gregory Nam, president of the Association «Queen of Peace Missionary» (see: www.qpmm.org), is on pilgrimage in Medjugorje with a group of American Koreans. The association was founded with the goal of spreading Our Lady’s message to the Koreans all over the world. The group is accompanied by Fr. Timothy Yun, member of the administration board, at present studying Liturgy in Rome.
Rafo Drupulic, the first winner of the “Music Talents Story Super Nova TV Show”, took part in the Prayer and Fasting seminar in silence in the house of prayer “Domus Pacis” in Medjugorje, from February 20 to 26.
Radio “Mir” Medjugorje has started a humanitarian action called “Za život” (In Favour of Life). Cardinal Vinko Puljic, archbishop of Vrhbosna (Sarajevo), President of the Counsel for the Family of the Bishops’ Conference of Bosnia and Herzegovina, has encouraged this project saying that, however, people should not live from donations, but from their own work. “The responsibility of the society is to make it possible that people live from their work.”