Number of Holy Communions: 45 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 804 (26 per day)
''Aren’t all these years of Mary’s presence the revelation of that promise of Jesus. Mary is here, we need her always, that is why she has been coming, appearing, for her heart hurts for her children. She suffers when she sees that children of Her Son, who shed His Blood for them, do not listen to His words and do not care for Him”, said Fr. Damir at the end. (PHOTO)
Number of Holy Communions: 62 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1183 (38 per day)
On Tuesday, September 1, the timetable of the evening prayer programme is changing in Medjugorje. Prayer of Rosary as of September 1 shall begin at 5 pm, while the Holy Mass shall be at 6 pm.
''Our initial plan was to start the project and to make it available for the public this spring, but due to this pandemic we decided to postpone the project and this turned to be a very good decision since we now contributed to the programme of the 31st Youth Festival”, said Marija Jerkić, leader of the project ''Fruits of Medjugorje'' when two videos were shown along with one documentary film made in Italy and Medjugorje and produced for several months.
Media broadcast of this year’s Youth Festival was available in audio and video links through our TV Web cameras, Internet radio, radio station, Internet web sites, social networks Facebook, Instagram, You Tube and live links in different languages.
''May this 31st Youth Festival encourage that faith in you so you would change the world because you decided for Risen Christ. On that way, may Mary, our Mother, guide and protect you all. Amen'', said Cardinal Puljic at the end and received huge applause of joy from all the gathered. (PHOTO)
But most important is our personal prayer: from heart to heart. If that heart is not pure, the dirtiness that Jesus is talking about should be removed from it. So much, even excessively, we care about the cleanliness of the body: baths, showers, soaps and shampoos, creams and lotions. But they do not purify the heart. There is a way: it is the sacrament of healing, it is called the sacrament of reconciliation and peace. It is the sacrament of forgiveness of sins and strengthening for a better way of life.
We also know that to us, who are His disciples in these days, he is saying: „Take courage! It is I! Do not be afraid!“ (Mt 14,27) We thank Him for that and let us pray that God would always have His hand of help extended over each one of us, through Christ our Lord.'' (PHOTO)
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The central event was Holy Mass celebrated by the Provincial of Herzegovinian Franciscan Province, Fr. Miljenko Steko who spoke in his homily about St. Francis, his conversion, Portiuncula plenary indulgence and said how Medjugorje to many was their own Portiuncula. (PHOTO)
To many of you, Medjugorje is your Portiuncula. You return tirelessly as pilgrims, constantly confirming that you are participating in something that transcends all of us. And by your pilgrimages you speak to others with this motto of the 31st International Prayer Encounter for the Youth – Youth Festival: "Come and you will see" (Jn 1:39)! Here you were moved by Our Lady's love as St. Francis was moved in the Portiuncula. Medjugorje is a place of grace, because in it heaven touched the earth in a special way.
''Here, we talk about not only controversy regarding the apparitions, but regarding the pastoral activity as well. Some are fervent intercessors, some are against and they even deny our fidelity to the doctrine of the Church, but the most appropriate response would therefore be: ”Come, and you will see!”, for only then you would be able to witness about what you have seen and experienced, said Msgr. Hoser. (PHOTO)
The same can be applied to our relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary. With regard to that, I would not suggest you should be praying to Our Lady a lot to receive her protection; that is surely alright. However, true devotion to Mary is trying to obtain something more – it is to receive a grace to accept her in our lives, in the way that she was a disciple and faithful, joyful, free and strong, and this would, doubtlessly lead us all to Jesus.
Dear youth, »keep running attracted by that face of Christ, whom we love so much, whom we adore in the Holy Eucharist and acknowledge in the flesh of our suffering brothers and sisters.May the Holy Spirit urge you on as you run this race. The Church needs your momentum, your intuitions, your faith« (Ibid, 299). In this race for the Gospel, inspired by this Festival as well, I entrust you to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, invoking the light and the power of the Holy Spirit so that you may be true witnesses of Christ. Therefore, I pray and I bless you, asking you to pray for me, too.