At the beginning of April 2006, Michael Kelly, a journalist with “The Irish Catholic”, the longest running Irish Catholic weekly newspaper, came to Medjugorje. This popular periodical is preparing a series of articles about Medjugorje as a place of prayer. First published in 1888, it currently sells 31,000 copies, which represents about 100,000 readers. It publishes information about the life of the Church both in Ireland and in the world at large, and desires to offer a balanced alternative. “The Irish Catholic” considers that Catholic media should contain positive content and bring hope, as many organs of the Irish media mainly emphasize depressing news.
The 17th International Youth Festival - Mladifest 17 – will take place in Medjugorje from August 1st to August 6th, 2006. The theme of the encounter is, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Ps 119 :105) (“Dear children … witness with your life that you believe and live the Word of God. - Message of January 25, 2006) (Program)
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.
Manoj Sunny, international coordinator of the catholic organisation “Jesus Youth” from India (Kerala) and engineer by profession, came on pilgrimage to Medjugorje in the beginning of March 2006. George Ettiyil, a member of the organisation, and Lufthansa airport manager in Chenay, accompanied him.
A team from the French Catholic Television Station KTO, led by Richard Boutry, Director of Information, visited Medjugorje from the 6th. to the 8th. of March 2006.
They came to make a documentary entitled: “Medjugorje, Analysis of a Phenomenon”. It will contain the witness of French speaking people who have been working for several years now with the pilgrims. It will try to answer the following questions: Why such apparitions, to whom, how? What are the messages? Why is Medjugorje experiencing such growth? What are the pilgrims seeking? Why has the Holy See not given a directive as yet?
Footballers and leaders of the “Croatian Volunteer” Club assisted at Mass for Stepjan Spajic, the departed former President of their club, in St. James’ Parish Church in Medjugorje on Friday, March 3rd, 2006. The Eucharistic celebration was concelebrated by 10 priests, presided over by the Parish Priest, Dr. Fr. Ivan Sesar. One hundred and ten of the senior, junior and novice members of the football club were present in the church. After Mass, the Parish Priest offered them a statue of Our Lady, together with some wooden rosaries, as a permanent souvenir of Medjugorje. On the previous day, all the players and leaders of the club climbed the Hill of Our Lady’s apparitions. (photos)
At the end of February and the beginning of March 2006, nine priests from the Philippines, members of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, came to Medjugorje to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their priestly ordination. This pilgrimage was led by Fr. Alejandre Vergara, SOLT, Regional Priest Servant. The Society was founded in 1958 in the USA, and its membership is comprised of priests, religious women, married deacons and families.
On the 25th. and 26th. of February, the junior teams, both younger and older, of the F.C. Primosten (Croatia), came for a training session to Medjugorje. They were accompanied by M. Slobodan Jurin, the President of the Club.
During their stay in Medjugorje, they also played two games, one versus F.C. Medjugorje and the other versus F.C. Zeljeznicar from Sarajevo.
The young football players also gained spiritual refreshment from their stay in Medjugorje: they climbed the Apparition Hill together,and because of the strong impression Medjugorje made on them,they expressed a wish that next time they would like to spend a full week training there, both playing and praying.
On Sunday, February 26th. 2006, during the evening Mass at 6 pm, members of the Franciscan Youth Fraternity from Medjugorje (FRAMA) celebrated the rite of professing their vows. This is an event of the greatest significance for any Fraternity. On that day, 43 young men and women became members of the Fraternity. (photos)
The 13th International meeting for Guides and Leaders of Peace Centers and Medjugorje Prayer, Pilgrim and Charity Groups will take place in Medjugorje from the 5th. to 9th. of March, 2006. The theme of this encounter is: “You shall be my witnesses to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1,8)
In the parish church during Lent, from Ash Wednesday (March 1st) to Passion Sunday (April 9th), after the evening Mass in each case, we will pray the Way of the Cross on Fridays (replacing the Veneration of the Cross) and again on Sundays (replacing the prayer for health of body and soul and the third Rosary).
The Way of the Cross on Cross Mountain will continue as usual, every Friday at 2 pm.
In the beginning of February 2006, a group of a hundred students from the Catholic Franciscan University in Steubenville (USA) came on pilgrimage to Medjugorje. Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, a Third Order Franciscan, and Vice-President of the University, accompanied this pilgrimage.
The 11th International Seminar for Priests will be held in Međugorje from 3 to 8 July 2006. The topic of the seminar is: «Spirituality of priest» («...Let us pray, little children,..., so that the Church may resurrect in love...», from the message of 25 March 1999)
You may make reservations by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by fax: +387-36-651-999 (for Marija Dugandzic).
On the 10th. of February, the Feast of Blessed Cardinal Stepinac, Medjugorje Parish commemorates the martyrdom of the Franciscans who were either born in Medjugorje or who had worked in the parish.
David Ianni, Pianist and Composer from Luxembourg, came to Medjugorje, in order to begin the New Year 2006 in prayer. He came with the Catholic Community “Amici di Dio” from Austria. (See: http://www.amicididio.com)