Mgr Issam John Darwish, BSO, DD., eparch of the Melchite Catholic Church in Australia and New Zealand, was on a private pilgrimage in Medjugorje from September 12 to 19, 2005. In Medjugorje, he celebrated the 33rd anniversary of his priestly ordination. He was born in Syria. Before becoming bishop for the Melchites in Australia and New Zealand in 1996, he worked in Lebanon in favour of abandoned children.
Mons. Stanislas Lukumwena Lumbala, O.F.M., Bishop of Kole in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is on his second private pilgrimage in Medjugorje.
Mons. Bruno Tommasi, retired archbishop of the archdiocese of Lucca (Italy), came for his second private pilgrimage to Medjugorje in September 2005, for the Feast of the Nativities of Mary. Mons. Tommasi was ordained a priest in 1958, and a bishop in 1983. He was in charge of the dioceses Pontremoli, Apuania, Massa Carrara-Pontremoli and Lucca. He is retired since January 2005, when he attained 75 years.
Bishop José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta, O.S.A., Auxiliary Bishop of Panamá, was on a private pilgrimage in Medjugorje from September 15 to 22, 2005.
Mons. Domenico Pecile, Bishop Emeritus of Latina, at present vicar of St John in Lateran Basilica in Rome, came on a private pilgrimage to Medjugorje in August 2005. He was ordained a bishop in 1984, and was retired in 1998. This is his testimony:
Mons. Issam John Darwish, BSO, DD., eparch of the Melkite Catholic Church of Australia and New Zealand, was on a private pilgrimage in Medjugorje from September 12 to 19, 2005.
Mons. Hermann Raich, S.V.D., bishop of Wabag (Papua New Guinea) was on his third private pilgrimage in Medjugorje from September 12 to 15, 2005.
Mons. José Luís Azcona Hermoso, O.A.R., a religious of the Augustinian Order, born in Spain in Pamplona, bishop of the diocese Marajó, which is a mission area in Brazil, was on a private pilgrimage in Medjugorje for the Feast of the Nativity of Mary.
In the Parish Medjugorje, the Solemnity of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is traditionally celebrated on first Sunday after the Feast of the Nativity of Mary.
In honor of the Holy Year of Redemption 1933/34, inspired by their pastor Fr. Bernardin Smoljan, the parishioners built on the hill above Medjugorje a monumental cross, 8,5 m high and 3,5 m broad. Relics of the true cross of Jesus, received from Rome for the occasion, are embedded in the cross bar itself. (photos)
Krzysztof Guca, 31, from Torun (Poland) arrived to Medjugorje after 57 days of walking. He believes that Our Lady is appearing here and thinks that Medjugorje is the continuation of Fatima.
Mons. Bruno Tommasi, retired archbishop of Lucca (Italy) is on his second pilgrimage in Medjugorje. Mons Tommasi visited the Shrine and the places of prayer, and spent hours in the confessional, hearing confessions of the Italian pilgrims. He also visited the Parish Office where he remained in a prolonged conversation with the Pastor and other Franciscans.
At the end of the World Youth Day in Cologne, two young students from Paris - Hugues-Marie de Couesnongle and Arnaud Villemain – undertook a pilgrimage to Medjugorje on bicycle.
Mons. José Luís Azcona Hermoso, O.A.R., member of the Order of the Augustinians, bishop of the diocese Marajó (Para) from Brazil, is on a private pilgrimage in Medjugorje.
On Sunday, September 4th, according to Church regulations, Fr. Luka Pavlovic, the Vicar general, delegate of Mons. Ratko Peric, the bishop of Mostar, introduced officially into the service Dr. Fr. Ivan Sesar, the new Pastor of Medjugorje.