Number of Holy Communions: 150 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 3045 (101 per day)
I wish you all the best, for you and for me. However, in this season of Easter, everyone should devote some time, a few hours, to a deep meditation on what Easter is and that means: Christ died for our sins. This is how we will understand the value of the Cross. Yet that is to understand that the Lord Jesus, who died for our sins, was buried and resurrected, by the grace of God, by the will of God, is alive! And that is the transition, Passover - the transition of the Son of God among us. In the communion we have with Him, in prayer and contemplation, we must make the same transition with Him: enter into the death of sin, and rise again, and enter a new life of conversion and grace.
Like Peter and John, let us run to the empty tomb full of faith, to be assured in Christ's love for us, to be assured in God's faithfulness to the eternal covenant made with the blood of Christ! Like faithful women, let's announce the good news of the resurrection to the whole world! As children of the resurrection, let us spread hope, joy and love in this world! May the Risen One endow us all with his peace!
Dear friends, The light is life! In the light we see. Life begins when the sun touches the earth. Yes, light gives life! This touch of strength and beauty creates life.
Number of Holy Communions: 86 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1956 ( 63 per day)
The next spiritual renewal is the one for the priests and it will be held for the 26th time from July 3 to 7, 2023. (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. The apparition lasted from 13:33 to 13:39.
Fr. Alard Krzysztof Maliszewski, provincial from Poland, is the new president of the UFME (Unio Fratrum Minorum Europae - Union of the Minor Brothers of Europe). He will succeed Fr. Miljenko Šteka in this position, and the new vice-president of the UFME is the provincial Fr. Mario Chiarello from Italy.
The XV General Assembly of the Union of Fraternities of Europe - UFME (Unio Fratrum Minorum Europae) is taking place in Medjugorje. This assembly will last until March 3, 2023, and on Tuesday evening, at the end of the second day of this Assembly, The Holy Mass was held in the church of St. James and celebrated by the bishop of the Diocese of Castellaneta, Msgr. Sabino Iannuzzi, a Franciscan who was the president of UFME in 2015.
''Francis of Assisi crossed the frontier between him and the world of the "infidels" of his time. He brought the proclamation of the Gospel and welcomed the presence of God's Spirit in the encounter with the sultan, a man and a world so far from him.''
Number of Holy Communions: 44 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1026 ( 36 per day)
The XV General Assembly of the Union of Fraternities of Europe - UFME (Unio Fratrum Minorum Europae began with the Holy Mass in the Church of St. James in Medjugorje on Monday, February 27, 2023. This assembly will last until March 3, 2023. The Holy Mass was celebrated by the current president of the UFME, Fr. Miljenko Šteko, OFM, PhD.
The XV General Assembly of the Union of Fraternities of Europe - UFME (Unio Fratrum Minorum Europae) will be held in Medjugorje from February 27 to March 3, 2023. In addition to about fifty provincials and curators from Europe, the General of the Order of Friars Minor, Fr. Massimo Fusarelli, and the entire Administration of the Franciscan Order will also participate in this session.
The prayer meeting in Fatima came at the right moment. On one other occasion Our Lady mentioned in her messages the connection between Fatima and Medjugorje: What she started in Fatima continues in Medjugorje. The first time she said that was on August 25, 1991 ("I invite you to renunciation for nine days, so that with your help everything that I wanted to realize through the secrets in Fatima may be fulfilled"), and the second time immediately before the prayer meeting in Fatima, January 25, 2023 ("Pray with me so that what I began in Fatima and here may be realised") Can we, based on this, talk about a special connection between Fatima and Medjugorje?
Dear friends, in Medjugorje we are all in Mary's school. Here, Mary teaches us in a special way how to become Jesus' true relatives, how to become close to Him, but also to everyone else. Here we have the Eucharist, there are Adorations of the Blessed Sacrament, Veneration of the Cross, prayer of the Rosary, confession, fasting, the Holy Bible... There are also many international spiritual retreats and seminars of fasting, prayer and silence. All of these are spiritual efforts that purify our reason, emotions and our perspective and gaze so that we can clearly recognize God's will and live according to His word. Therefore, you should persevere in it just as we persist here each day in this calling – in prayer. Join us and let's walk together on the path of salvation.