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The Great Church of Saint James (Our Lady of Medjugorje) is located in the city of Talisay under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Diocese of Bacolod, which is headed by Bishop Mons. Patricio Buzon. And this church, like the original one in Medjugorje, was entrusted to the administration of the Order of Friars Minor through the Custody of St. Anthony of Padua - Philippines, and the church was opened today on the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Our Lady.
Number of Holy Communions: 325 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 7431 ( 239 per day)
As of Thursday, September 1, 2022, the schedule of the evening prayer programme is changing. The evening prayer programme begins with the Rosary at 5 p.m., and the Holy Mass at 6 p.m. The prayer of the Rosary on Apparition Hill will be on Sundays at 2 p.m., and the Stations of the Cross on Cross Mountain on Fridays at 2 p.m. the Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7 to 8 p.m. Veneration of the Cross will be on Fridays from 7 to 8 p.m.
The previous parish priest Fr. Marinko Šakota told everyone to thank the Lord and Mother Mary for the new parish priest and at the end he thanked the Lord, Our Lady and the parishioners for everything that happened during all these years, and asked for forgiveness if he had hurt anyone. (PHOTO)
"Our parish priest Fr. Marinko will soon leave the parish of Međugorje, in order to continue his mission in another parish. Fr. Marinko, on behalf of the Holy Father, whose ambassador I am and in the name of all of you, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you have done here with your love, knowledge and wisdom. May the Lord Jesus always accompany you, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, the Queen of Peace, always intercede for you. Thank you, Fr. Marinko, thank you. Thank you very much", Archbishop Cavalli said. (PHOTO)
Young people from around 70 countries of the world from all the continents participated at this year's Youth Festival in Medjugorje. During the past six days, young people from all over the world celebrated Holy Masses in Medjugorje, listened to catechesis and lectures, as well as numerous powerful testimonies, prayed on Apparition Hill and Cross Mountain, confessed in this confessional of the world... (PHOTO)
"The Lord showed Peter, John and Jacob his reality, but also their future, through his transfiguration. When you return to your homes, families, schools and colleges, workplaces, let it be seen that your encounter with Jesus Christ has transformed you too. Let us be transformed by every Eucharist, every encounter with Him.'' (PHOTO)
"You are called to be different, to be different from the world in which you are called to live. Like this woman, be critics of those who have power, authority and positions, those who decide the destinies of nations and the world, so that we can all go together towards the strength of faith and witness to the truth. It is no less courageous to be a Christian today than it was in the first century. In this age of 'alternative facts', the challenge is to find the truth." (PHOTO)
''I would also like to thank you for your personal witnessing. You came here from all over the world, thank you for your witness of faith and prayer. The Lord is pleased, the Virgin Mary is rejoicing and I believe St. Francis is here today, smiling at us and helping us to open the doors of Lord’s forgiveness'', were the words with which Friar Massimo Fusarelli concluded his sermon. (PHOTO)
Before the Holy Mass, which was concelebrated by nine bishops and archbishops and 473 priests, the parade took place with the flags of more than seventy countries from which pilgrims came to the Youth Festival this year, and then the message of the Holy Father Pope Francis to the participants of the Youth Festival was read by the Apostolic Visitor with a special in the role for the parish of Medjugorje, Archbishop Aldo Cavalli. (FOTO)
Dear young people, while you are resting in Jesus Christ these days, I entrust you all to the Blessed Virgin Mary, our heavenly Mother, so that by her intercession and example, you may take upon yourself the sweet and easy burden of following Christ. Let the gaze of God the Father who loves you accompany you, so that when you meet others, you can witness the peace that you will receive as a gift in return. I pray for that purpose and I bless you, and at the same time, I entrust myself to your prayers.
Number of Holy Communions: 120 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 5123 (165 per day)
The media will be addressed by the apostolic visitor with a special role for the parish of Medjugorje, Archbishop Aldo Cavalli, and the parish priest of Medjugorje, Fr. Marinko Šakota who would present the programme in more details.