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Archbishop Frane Franić has died

 Mons. Frane Franić, retired Archbishop and Primate of Split-Makarska died on the 17th of March, 2007, in the Clinical Hospital in Split.

 As a professor of dogmatic theology he became an active participant in the Second Vatican Council, in addition to his membership of various other official commissions of that Council. He had served as a bishop in difficult historical times. With unwavering determination, he strengthened both fidelity to the Gospel and loyalty to the Holy Father, while at the same time he promoted ecumenism and dialogue in society as a whole.  Mons. Franic’s burial was planned for March 21st in St. Peter’s Pro-cathedral in Split.

Objavljeno: 18.03.2007.

The 14th International Meeting for Guides

The 14th International Meeting for Guides and Leaders of Peace Centres and Medjugorje Prayer, Pilgrim and Charity Groups took place in Medjugorje from the 4th to the 8th of March, 2007. The theme of this gathering was: “By your perseverance you will save your lives“. (Luke 21, 19)

Objavljeno: 15.03.2007.

Interview: Alfons Sarrach, a Catholic writer and journalist from Germany

Alfons Sarrach was born in what was then the Free State of Danzig in 1927. He grew up in a German-Polish culture. On the 1st of September 1939, he personally witnessed the outbreak of World War II. Ten members of his family were immediately sent to a concentration camp due to the fact that they opposed the National Socialist Regime. Sarrach’s own family followed only a few months later. These events naturally had a formative influence on his way of thinking.

Objavljeno: 10.03.2007.

Statistics for January and February 2007

January 2007:

Holy Communions distributed: 51.000

Concelebrating priests: 803

February 2007:

Holy Communions distributed: 35.000

Concelebrating priests: 694

Objavljeno: 01.03.2007.

The 8th International Meeting for Married Couples - “Dialog in the Family”

The 8th International Meeting for Married Couples will take place in Medjugorje from October 31 to November 3, 2007. The theme of the seminar is: “Dialog in the Family” (“Dear children! I beseech you to start changing your life in the family. Let the family be a harmonious flower that I wish to give to Jesus” - From the message of May 1st, 1986) (Program)

Objavljeno: 21.02.2007.

Members of the Franciscan Youth Fraternity in Medjugorje made their promises

On Sunday, February 18, 2007, during the evening Mass at 6 pm, members of the Franciscan Youth Fraternity from Medjugorje (FRAMA) celebrated the rite of making their promises. 51 new members were received into the Fraternity, and 34 of them made their first promises “to consecrate themselves during one year to Christ, living his Gospel within the Franciscan Youth Fraternity”. 13 of them renewed their promises for one more year.

Objavljeno: 20.02.2007.

The 18th International Youth Festival - Mladifest 18 – Medjugorje 2007

The 18th International Youth Festival - Mladifest 18 – will take place in Medjugorje from August 1st to August 6th, 2007. The theme of the encounter is, “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another” (Jn 13:34) (“Dear children! Today I call you to love. Little children, love each other with God’s love…The risen Jesus will be with you and you will be His witnesses. - Message of March 25, 2005)   (Program: preparing. See also: International meetings)

Objavljeno: 19.02.2007.

Prayer programme in Lent

In the parish church during Lent, from Ash Wednesday (February 21st) to Passion Sunday (April 1st), 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 Rosary).

Objavljeno: 17.02.2007.

Mons. Karlic, former president of the Episcopal Conference of Argentina, visited Medjugorje

Archbishop Estanislao Esteban Karlic, Archbishop Emeritus of Paraná, Argentina, and former president of the Episcopal Conference of Argentina, visited Medjugorje on February 13 and 14, 2007.

Objavljeno: 14.02.2007.

Holy Mass in memory of the victims of the passed wars

Every year on the feast of Blessed Cardinal Stepinac, Medjugorje Parish celebrates Holy Mass in memory of all the victims from this parish who fell during World Wars I and II, or during the recent war in defence of the country, and also in memory of all those who gave their lives for the faith and for the homeland. The parish remembers especially the Franciscans who were either born in Medjugorje or who had worked in the parish, and who - either during or immediately after World War II - perished at the hands of the partisans and the communists.

Objavljeno: 12.02.2007.

Daily life in winter in Medjugorje

When Christmas is over and when the New Year has come, when the Three Kings are gone and all the Christmas decorations are put away, Medjugorje enters into the winter quotidian of January and February, which differ from the other 10 months of the year. Except for the presence of some foreign pilgrims or little groups who have purposely chosen this quiet time for personal prayer, in this period, St. James’ parish does not differ much from other parishes in Herzegovina.

Objavljeno: 06.02.2007.


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Objavljeno: 30.01.2007.

FC Dinamo on a training in Medjugorje

The leading team of the Croatian football, the FC Dinamo from Zagreb, spent seven days in Medjugorje on training. Under the guidance of Branko Ivanković, the chief of the team of experts, 25 players came to Herzegovina: Turina, Lončarić, Kelava, Vranić, Šarlija, Čale, Ćorluka, Drpić, Jertec, Tadić, Pokrivač, Mamić, Da Silva, Chago, Sammir, Modrić, Etto, Vugrinec, Ćutura, Vukojević, Carlos, Schildenfeld, Janjetović, Pandev and Antunović. They were exercising twice a day in the sport and recreation center “Circle International”. Every day, about 300 supporters were coming to Medjugorje to observe them. (photos)

Objavljeno: 23.01.2007.

Holy Mass in memory of Fr. Leonard Oreč

On Sunday, January 21, 2007, was commemorated the fifth anniversary of the death of Dr. Fr. Leonard Oreč, former parish priest of Medjugorje and founder of the religious-humanitarian organization “Medjugorje-Mir”. Holy Mass was celebrated for him in the parish church. It was presided by Fr. Ivan Landeka, another former parish priest of Medjugorje and actual president of the organization “Medjugorje-Mir”, and concelebrated by the present parish priest of Medjugorje, dr. Fr. Ivan Sesar.

Objavljeno: 21.01.2007.

Statistics for November and December 2006

November 2006:

Holy Communions distributed: 50.500

Concelebrating priests: 1.301

December 2006:

Holy Communions distributed: 70.500

Concelebrating priests: 948

Objavljeno: 04.01.2007.