From August 22 to 29, in Medjugorje took place the Fourth encounter of painters – Medjugorje 2005. The particularity of this year’s encounter is, that it is thematically determined. The subject matter for the artists is mother, motherhood, Our Lady’s apparitions… This year, about 35 renowned and young artists came together, which is giving to this encounter also a character of a school of painting for young talents.
Within the framework of usual changes of pastoral staff in the Franciscan Herzegovinian Province, and according to the Regulations of the Church, Dr. Fr. Ivan Sesar was appointed new Pastor of Medjugorje. He already led this parish from autumn 2000 to autumn 2001.
On Sunday, August 7, the Croatian Radio broadcasted live the Eucharistic celebration from St. James’ Parish Church in Medjugorje. Holy Mass was presided by Fr. Branko Rados, pastor. The Parish “Choir of the Queen of Peace” under direction of Sr. Slavica Kozul was singing. Croatian Catholic Radio, Radio Herceg-Bosna and Radio “Mir” Medjugorje also broadcasted this Mass.
“We came to adore Him” (Mt 2,2) was the title of the 16th International Youth Prayer Festival – Mladifest – which took place in Medjugorje from August 1 to 6. This encounter, which intentionally had the same title as the World Youth Day that will soon reunite young people around the Holy Father in Cologne, was one of the forms of spiritual preparation for the meeting with the Pope. (photos)
The 16th Youth festival under the title “We came to adore Him”, which gathered together more young people then ever, began on Monday, August 1st. (photos)
On July 25, the parish Medjugorje celebrated the feast of its patron saint, St. James the Apostle.(photos)
At the occasion of the International Prayer Youth Festival – “Mladifest”, the Croatian Post Office Mostar is editing a special postage-stamp “Mladifest Medjugorje 2005”.
Although the International meeting of priests, which gathered together about 300 priests in Medjugorje at the beginning of July, has ended, numerous priests remained in medjugorje, making use of their holidays for a spiritual renewal.
Mons. Geevarghese Mar Divannasios Ottathengil (54), Indian catholic bishop of Syro-Malankara rite, bishop of the diocese Bathery from Kerala (India), was on pilgrimage in Medjugorje at the occasion of the 24th anniversary of the apparitions.
On Monday, July 25, the Parish Medjugorje will celebrate St. James the Apostle, its patron saint. The celebration will begin in front of the parish church at 10.30 am, by a procession with the statue of St. James.
On Saturday, July 16, 2005, members of the Association of the Knights of “Sinjska Alka” came on pilgrimage to Medjugorje. Mate Jukic, president of the association, accompanied by Ivan Cikara and Ivan Zorica, led this delegation. (photos)
From July 4 to 9, 2005, took place in Medjugorje the 10th International seminar for priests and religious (men). For this encounter in form of a retreat, about 300 priests from 26 countries of the world gathered together. (photos)
The 10th International seminar for priests in form of a retreat has begun in Medjugorje on Monday, July 4th, 2005. This retreat is preached by Fr. Zvjezdan Linic, ofm, preacher of the Retreat House “Tabor” in Samobor, near Zagreb (Croatia). (photos)
Fr. Branko Radoš, pastor of Medjugorje, met one of his young parishioners – the tennis player Marin Cilic.
“The Master Olof Choir” from Stockholm, Sweden, under direction of M. Bo Tobiasson, began a tour in B&H and Croatia on Saturday, July 2, in the Parish Church in Medjugorje. The choir accompanied the Evening Mass, and after Mass gave a short concert for the faithful. The concert was broadcasted live on Radio “Mir” Medjugorje.