The 21st International Seminar for Priests began in Medjugorje and gathered around 300 priests, deacons and seminarians. The programme started on Monday, July 4, 2016 with the evening prayer programme at the White Dome of St. James Church and will last until July 9, 2016. Fr. Karlo Lovric led the Rosary, while Fr. Marinko Sakota was the main celebrant along with Fr. Damir Pavic, parish priest in Brestovsko, who will lead this seminar with him.
Zvonko Smukavić was born in Jugovac close to town Karlovac in Croatia and he lives and works in Canada for more than 40 years. He was in Medjugorje for the 35th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions and this is his fifth time here, after he came in 1982, for the first time. It was on the first anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions in 1982 when he experienced his conversion.
Titular Archbishop of Martana, Apostolic Nuncio emeritus to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, mons. Piere Giacomo De Nicolò came as a pilgrim to Medjugorje for the occasion of the 35th anniversary of Our Lady's apparitions. He was born in the Adriatic town Cattolica in1929, and ordained as a priest on April 12, 1952.
Number of Holy Communions: 189 750
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 4080 (136 per day)
The 21st International Priests Seminar will be held in Međugorje
from July 4 to 9, 2016
Topic: "Be merciful, just as also your Father is merciful." (Lk 6, 36)
"In Our Lady's School"
The 35th Anniversary of Our Lady’s Apparitions was solemnly celebrated in Medjugorje on Saturday, June 25, 2016, with numerous pilgrims from all over the world and all continents. Apart from the domestic pilgrims and those from Croatia, there were groups from Guatemala, Lebanon, Korea, Portugal, Brazil, Slovakia, China, Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, France, Czech Republic, Sri Lanka, the United States, Ireland and others. (photos)
The visionary Ivanka Ivankovic-Elez had her regular annual apparition on June 25th 2016.
At her last daily apparition on May 7, 1985, Our Lady confided to Ivanka the 10th secret and told her that she would have an apparition once a year on the anniversary of the apparitions. It was that way also this year.
Famous Franciscan and leader of many spiritual seminar, Fr. Ante Vuckovic, spoke about his experience of Medjugorje, fruits of Our Lady’s apparitions, role od Medjugorje in the Church and in today’s world in the programme of radio Medjugorje. This is what Fr. Ante said about his first encounter with Medjugorje:
Also this year, on the Feast of St. John the Baptist and at the Eve of the 35th Anniversary of Our Lady’s Apparitions, many pilgrims took part in the 25th Peace Walk that began at 6.10 am at Humac, shrine of St. Anthony and finished outside the church of St. James in Medjugorje, led by Fr. Marinko Sakota, the parish priest and other priests and religious who participated. (photos); https://vimeo.com/172116394?ref=fb-share&1
Antonia Tartaglione from Italy came to Medjugorje with a group of pilgrims and shared with us her testimony of healing that we bring in fullness here: „I found out about Medjugorje from persons who came here and I realised it was something like a magical, personal experience.
Nicola De Li Borio and Giovanni Soria are pilgrims from Italy who came from Italy by bicycles to Medjugorje. It was a long and very demanding journey of 1400 kilometres and five friends accompanied them. They arrived to Medjugorje on June 19, after having travelled for nine days. (photos)
The 1st International Pro-Life Seminar in Medjugorje was finished on Sunday, June 19, with the Holy Mass at 11 am celebrated by Fr. Ante Vuckovic. The seminar started on June 16 and gathered more than 130 participants from 16 countries with the theme: „The Infant in the Womb” (Lk 1, 41), „Be merciful as your Heavenly Father is” (Lk 6, 36).
On Saturday, June 25, 2016, Medjugorje will celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Our Lady’s Apparitions. Holy Masses in Croatian language will take place at 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 am and the central Holy Mass at 7 pm. At 10 pm, the monthly whole-night Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament would start at 10 pm and continue in silence from 11 pm to 7 am the following day.
On Friday, June 24, 2016, we celebrate the Feast of St. John the Baptist, but it is also the Eve of the 35th Anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions. As it is already tradition, Peace Walk would start on that day at 6 am outside monastery and shrine of St. Anthony in Humac and the Walk is expected outside St. James church around 10 am on that day.
One of the participants of the 1st International Pro-Life seminar in Medjugorje that finished on June 19, 2016 is professor Elizabeta Rezić from Mostar. „I decided to come here as I support and love life, my life, spiritual life and life of all of the people, above all God who gives us to get to know Him through our own lives, God who opens various ways for us.