Marco Bonafaccia, 42, is a leader of prayer group that meets in basilica of St. Anastasia in Rome. He came on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje with his wife. Marco was our guest at the radio station Mir Medjugorje and he spoke about his experience of Medjugorje and prayer group he is leading. He said that he came here for the first time in 2002.
Parish office Međugorje, Local community Medjugorje, Bijakovici, Humanitarian Association “Mary’s Hands”, Campanile – Mostar, Public kitchen of Fr. Didak Buntic – Mostar are initiating the action of prayer and humanitarian aid:
We are all aware of the news when earthquake of 6.2 magnitude affected region east of Rome:
The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was solemnly celebrated in Medjugorje, with many foriegn and domectic pilgrims who arrived for this occasion. Most of the pilgrims were youth, who arrived walking to Medjugorje during the night and solemn morning, when they confessed and took part in Holy Masses. (photos)
The President of Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, came to Medjugorje on a private visit when she also visited other towns in Herzegovina. During her three-days stay in Medjugorje, she visited places of prayer, church of St. James and Hill of apparitions of the Queen of Peace.
Group „Youth of Mary“ from Lebanon organised interfaith encounter in Medjugorje in duration of one week. The representatives of Sunni, Shiite, Maronite, Catholic and Orthodox religion from Lebanon, shared their experiences on interfaith life, as they all gathered around the Virgin Mary, the Queen of Peace. (photos)
The 27th Youth Festival that began on August 1, 2016, was completed on Saturday, August 6, on the Feast of Transfiguration of Our Lord, with Holy Mass of Thanksgiving at 5 am, celebrated by Fr. Marinko Sakota, Medjugorje parish priest. The theme of this year’s prayer meeting was “Be merciful”, and dozens of thousands of young people from 69 countries came to Medjugorje.
The central event of this day, August 3, was the evening Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Ivan Penavic, newly ordained priest, member of Herzegovinian Franciscan Province, while Fr. Ivan Ike Mandurić, member of Jesuit Society in Croatia, gave the homily. (photos)
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn from Vienna, our dear friend, remembered us this year too. This is his message:
On Wednesday, August 3, after the evening Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Ivan Penavic, newly ordained priest, member of the Herzegovinian Franciscan Province, while homily was given by Fr. Ivan Ike Manduric, the procession with the representatives of young people in the shape of a heart was held in Medjugorje. Young people from Switzerland carried the statue of Our Lady and everything took place outside the White Dome of St. James’ church.
During the 27th International Prayer Meeting for the Youth, on Tuesday, August 2, young people climbed Apparition Hill at 6 am, where they prayed Rosary together. The programme of the Festival continued at 9 am at the White Dome with prayer that Fr. Stanko Cosic led and lecture given by Fr. Damir Stojic, member of Salesians of Don Bosco in Croatia and the lecture was on the theme of God’s Mercy and Merciful Father. (foto)
Fr. Boris Baron, Parisian priest of the Franciscan Province, testified to the youth during the morning programme, on Tuesday 2nd of August. Fr. Boris said he was very grace to spend one year in Medjugorje, a place of grace.
Dr. Csókay András from Hungary gave a personal testimony on August 2, during the morning programme of the Youth Festival. „I am greeting you joyfully and it is my joy to stand before you today again, after I was here nine years ago. (photos)
The 27th International Prayer Meeting of the Youth is taking place in Medjugorje with the theme “Be Merciful”. The official beginning of this Festival was on Ausgust 1, with Rosary at 6 pm led by Fr. Karlo Lovric, while Fr. Miljenko Steko, the Provincial of Herzegovinian Franciscan Province, celebrated Holy Mass at 7 pm with 320 priests concelebrating. (photos)
All the time during the 27th International Prayer Meeting of the Youth, all participants are able to write down on the cloth that is 100 meters long. Everyone is encouraged to write down their prayers, thanksgiving to God, intentions or some nice spiritual thoughts. The cloth will be presented on Friday, during the offering prayer in the closing Holy Mass.
Number of Holy Communions: 140 800
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 4323 (139 per day)