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.
The parish choir „Queen of Peace“ has been active in Medjugorje parish for the last 26 years. Singers work hard throughout the whole year when they practice new compositions and those adopted before. Many feasts throughout the year bring always more intensive preparations.
On Thursday, June 16, the 1st International Pro-Life Seminar began in Medjugorje with the registration of participants and the evening prayer programme. This seminar will be finished on June 19, and the theme is “Infant in the womb” (Lk 1, 41), „Be merciful as your Father is merciful” (Lk 6, 36). (photos)
The 5th International Pilgrimage for Persons with Disabilities was completed with Holy Mass held at 11 am, at the White Dome of St. James’ Church on Sunday, June 12, 2016. This Pilgrimage was held with the theme “In Mary’s School” and around 1800 participants gathered. Prior to this Holy Mass, all participants spoke about their impressions and shared their testimonies. (photos)
Đurđica Mađar from Vinkovci came to the 5th Pilgrimage for Persons with Disabilities and she is representative of Association Bubamara. „I am a mother of 15 years old boy Marko, who has cerebral paralysis. This is the fourth time for us to be here. Each time I need to organise trip here, I feel as if I cannot do it anymore.
Klaudija and Zoran Šumić, a young married couple from Žepče, came to Medjugorje on a pilgrimage only four days after they got married. They met during the Neocatechumenal encounters in Žepče, and told us how they want to build Christian family opened for the life. Zoran said they came here to thank the Queen of Peace: