“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.
For the 24th anniversary of the apparitions, the Information Center «Mir» Medjugorje published a new CD. This CD contains meditations and songs known to all those who are coming for Adoration to Medjugorje.
Angel Maria Garcia Alvarez (from Madrid, Spain), architect designer of the new crown offered to St. James’ in Medjugorje at the occasion of the 24th anniversary of the apparitions (also designer of the magnificent Magna Monstrance offered to the Shrine in 2001) gave a testimony about how this project came about and how it was realised.
The 24th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions was celebrated in Medjugorje and all over the world. (photos: 23. - 25. 06. 2005.)
The visionary Ivanka Ivankovic-Elez had her regular annual apparition on June 25th 2005.
Moira Lister, stage, film and TV actress (born in 1923) who made her brilliant career in London (see: http://www.tonyhancock.org.uk/moira.html), came on her second pilgrimage to Medjugorje in June 2005. With tears of joy, she gave her testimony.
Numerous pilgrims are asking us questions about the construction and the media project “Mary TV” undertaken in Medjugorje by the organisations “Children of Medjugorje” and “Sveti Maximilien Kolbe”, means Denis Nolan and Sr. Emmanuel Maillard.
On Saturday, June 25, 2005, the Shrine of the Queen of Peace in Medjugorje celebrates the 24th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions.
In June 2005, Chris Rogers (journalist and newsreader) and Matt Writtle (photographer, winner of several photographic awards) came from the UK to make a photo-reportage about Medjugorje for “The Times Magazine”. For Chris, it was like coming back home after 15 years. Matt came to Medjugorje for the first time. Višnja Spajić spoke with them for Radio “Mir” Medjugorje.
On June 12, a day before the Feast of St. Anthony, a group of secondary school directors and professors from Zagreb (Croatia) came to Medjugorje. They participated in the Sunday Mass celebration, and in the evening, they visited Cross Mountain and Apparition Hill.
The Novena in thanksgiving for 24 years of the apparitions of the Queen of Peace is beginning in Medjugorje. We pray the rosary at the Apparition Hill every day at 4 pm, and we invite all Our Lady’s pilgrims, wherever they may be, to unite in a joyful prayer!
The Web site www.kath.net published on May 25 a text in which it is said: “Our Lady’s apparitions in Medjugorje were credible for the Pope, which can be seen from his private correspondence with a renowned Polish journalist Marek Skwarnicki and his wife Zofia”.
On Thursday, June 9, the leaders of the Croatian Academy of Science and Art came to Medjugorje.
The President of the Academy Milan Moguš, the Secretary General of the Academy Slavko Cvetnić, and the secretary prof. dr. Slobodan Kaštela led the delegation. President Moguš expressed his joy for coming for the first time in a place where so many are converted and where s many pour out their prayers to God through Mary.
Mons. Salvatore Boccaccio, bishop of the diocese Frosinone near Rome, was on a private pilgrimage in Medjugorje from June 4 to 7, 2005. During his stay, he visited the places of prayer and participated in the liturgical and prayer programme in the parish church. He also met the Medjugorje Franciscans.
The 16th International Youth Festival - Mladifest 16 – will take place in Medjugorje from August 1st to August 6th, 2005. The theme “We come to adore him” (Mt 2,2) is in harmony with the Year of the Eucharist and the World Youth Day, which, later in August, will gather together in Cologne hundreds of thousands of young people around the Holy Father. (Programme)