Pope Francis has decided to authorise pilgrimages to Medjugorje, which can now be officially organised by dioceses and parishes and will no longer take place only in a private capacity which as has so far been the case.
The announcement was made today during Mass, at the parish shrine which has become a destination for millions of pilgrims, by the Apostolic Nuncio Luigi Pezzuto in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Archbishop Henryk Hoser, the Holy See's Special Apostolic Visitator, as reported by the Vatican News.
Number of Holy Communions: 158 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 2740 (91 per day)
''For two thousand years there is no better news than this one, Risen Jesus, Son of God, is looking for us where we are. He is not afraid to come close to us, to touch us in our depths and to take us up, to the fullness of life. This miracle takes place each day here in Medjugorje. We come back to the grace of our baptism and become able to spread the faith of the Church and to walk on the path of holiness and salvation'', said Mons. Hoser and added that St. John Paul II, in the year 2000, introduced the first Sunday after the Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday, the greatest fruit of His Death and Resurrection''. (photo)
“Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”
To all parishioners, pilgrims, friends, benefactors, and to all men of goodwill a
Blessed and Happy Easter!
Parish priest and the Franciscans
How many Christians were baptised, received the sacraments, fell into the sins and became atheists, liberals and enemies of the Christ and His Church. Crucify him, forbid him and spit on him!
How many times we force crosses on others instead of helping them to carry those crosses? How many times we betray God and our loved ones?
Dear brothers and sisters, the Holy Week is inviting us to weep just like St. Peter did. He swore that he did not know Jesus and then recalled His words to him, that he would deny him three times before the rooster crows. And so Peter came out and wept bitterly. Yes, we all need those tears.
Good Friday is a day of strict fasting. As per instructions of our Diocese, all alms collected on Good Friday are intended for Holy Land. Confession shall take place from 4 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
The prayer programme will be broadcasted by Radio Mir Medjugorje. In Holy Triduum, all priests take part in the evening prayer programme and once the Holy Mass starts, there will no longer be any opportunity for confessions.
The Archbishop Pezzuto thanked Fr. Marinko at the end of Holy Mass, as well as Mons. Henryk Hoser, the Apostolic Visitor for the parish of Medjugorje for having invited him here and he said that is always his great desire to be here in Medjugorje.
“As the Apostolic Nuncio, my wish is to pass on to you greetings and the blessing of Holy Father Francis. Also, on his behalf, I wish to thank all priests and all those who take part in this parish. Thank you all for your presence here in such a great number. Once again, I wish to encourage you that the journey we started together here, that is also the will of the Holy Father, with each one of your efforts it may bring its fruits and have a great success”, said the Apostolic Nuncio at the end of the Holy Mass. (photo)
The following Sunday is Palm Sunday – Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, that introduces us to the Holy Week, preparation for the greatest Christian celebration – Easter. The liturgy of Palm Sunday will begin in Medjugorje parish on the grounds of the old parish church at 10.45 a.m. and the procession will move from there to the parish church of St. James where the Holy Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m.
Procession from the ruins of the old church to the church of St. James, as well as Holy Mass will be celebrated by the Apostolic Nuncio to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mons. Luigi Pezzuto, and Archbishop Hoser will be the main celebrant at 6 pm.
Delegation of the members of the European People’s Party (EPP), in charge for the intercultural and religious dialogue came to visit Mostar and Medjugorje on March 30, 2019.
''I am delighted to be in this holy place and I am very much impressed. I got to know about these events and what Our Lady did here and I am so impressed by the devotion of this place”, said Dutch representative of EPP, Wim van de Camp, who came here for the first time. (photo)
Number of Holy Communions: 85 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1767 (57 per day)
On March 22, 2019, the 26th International Spiritual Retreat for the Organisers of the Pilgirmages ended with the Holy Mass, celebrated by the parish priest, Fr. Marinko Sakota. This retreat began on March 18 and gathered around 360 participants from 28 countries. Fr. Marinko was the lecturer and in his final homily, he emphasised how Our Lady invited us to read the Holy Scripture and to read it with the heart.
The theme of this retreat as well as of all the others that will take place this year is:„Follow me!“ (Mk 10, 21). The next spiritual retreat to be held in the 7th International spiritual retreat for life, to be held in Medjugorje from May 29 to June 1, 2019.
The 26th International Spiritual retreat for the organisers of the pilgrimages began last night with the registration of the participants and the evening prayer programme in St. James church. The theme of the retreat is: Follow me! (Mk 10, 21).
The spiritual retreat continues today on March 19, Solemnity of St. Joseph with the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and welcome words of Fr. Marinko Sakota, the parish priest of Medjugorje parish, who greeted all 360 participant from 28 countries by saying to them “welcome home!” (photo)
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. Several thousand pilgrims gathered in prayer of the Rosary. The apparition lasted from 13:41 to 13:46.
My children, As a mother, as the Queen of Peace, I am calling you to accept my Son so that He can grant you peace of soul—that He can grant you that which is just, which is good for you. My children, my Son knows you. He lived the life of man, and at the same time of God: a wondrous life—human flesh, divine Spirit. Therefore, my children, while my Son is looking at you with His eyes of God, He penetrates into your hearts. His tender, warm eyes are looking for Himself in your heart. My children, can He find Himself [there]? Accept Him, and then the moments of pain and suffering will become moments of tenderness. Accept Him, and you will have peace in [your] soul—you will spread it to all those around you—and this is what you now need the most. Heed me, my children. Pray for the shepherds, for those whose hands my Son has blessed. Thank you.
The spiritual retreat for the parishioners of Medjugorje was held last week and Fr. Zvonko Benkovic was the leader on Wednesday, March 13, while Archbishop Hoser, the Apostolic Visitor for the parish of Medjugorje gave talks and homily on Thursday evening.
John Paul II spoke that dignity is the measure of one’s value. Great dignity is the great value, the small dignity is the small value. I congratulate you for being the carriers of such family tradition present in the Croatian and Herzegovinian identity, said Mons. Hoser, and Medjugorje parish priest Fr. Marinko Šakota thanked him and added that the family is the most beautiful environment for life. (photo)
On March 16 we will celebrate the 85th anniversary of construction of the cross on Cross Mountain and of the first Holy Mass that was celebrated at the foot of that cross.
Today, Cross Mountain is one of the most visited pilgrims’ destinations in Medjugorje, and parishioners and pilgrims gather every Friday for prayer of the Way of the Cross at this mountain. Every stone leading to the top has been polished by millions of feet who climbed this place in personal prayer and devotion. (photo)