A married couple, Marie Cécile and Rafael from France, came to Medjugorje with their pilgrimage organizer, Denis. Marie Cécile lives with her husband in a place which is 17 miles away from Lisieux, the shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus. She was our guest at the radio station Mir and this is what she told us: “We have three children and six grandchildren, five of whom were adopted.
This Wednesday, March 16, there will be 82 years since cross on Cross Mountain was completed and blessed in the first Holy Mass held up on that mountain. The idea for that project came from Vatican. Holy Father of that time, Pius XI proposed that crosses are built at hills and mountains all over the world for the occasion of 1900th anniversary of Jesus' death on the cross.
The Information Office registered in the first days of March, groups of pilgrims from Poland, France, Ukraine, the United States, Germany, Spain, Italy, Romania, China, Korea, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, England, Slovakia, Australia, Latvia and Lebanon.
On Friday, March 4, the 23rd International Meeting for Group Leaders and Organisers of Pilgrimages, was concluded with the Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Marinko Sakota, Medjugorje parish priest. This Meeting was held with the theme: (photos)
Gerard Batard, 55 years old organiser of pilgrimages to Medjugorje, participated at this year's 23rd International Meeting for Organisers of Pilgrimages to Medjugorje. He is the owner of the agency that organisers various pilgrimages, including those to Medjugorje. Gerard told us how Medjugorje changed his life:
Number of Holy Communions: 34 400
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 780 (26 per day)
The 23rd International Meeting of Organisers of Pilgrimages, Leaders of Peace Centres and Leaders of Prayer and Charity Groups connected to Medjugorje began on February 29 and will last until March 4, 2016. There are 270 participants from 25 countries:
Many pilgrims choose this quiet time to come to Medjugorje for more peaceful pilgrimage. So recently we had groups from France, England, Hungary, Korea, Italy, Spain, the United States and Poland. Fr. Krystian Strycharski was our guest at the radio Mir, and he has been a priest for 4 years and belongs to the parish of Divine Providence from Wilanow.
Young people from parish of St. James from Medjugorje, every night during the Lent, except Fridays and Sundays, are climbing Apparition Hill at 8.30 p.m. to pray the Rosary. Radoslav Šego, one of the initiators of this prayer gathering, was our guest at radio station “Mir” Medjugorje and told us that they started this prayer more than 3 years ago:
The leader of this year’s spiritual renewal held in Medjugorje parish from February 19-21, was Fr. Ciril Čuš, parish priest in two Slovenian parishes Žetale i Stoperce. He also spoke about his own experience of Medjugorje where he came for more than 40 times. The first time was in 1996, with one of his friends.
The 23rd International Meeting for Organisers of Pilgrimages, Leaders of Peace Centres and Međugorje Prayer and Charity Groups will be held in Medjugorje from 29th February – 4th March, 2016.
Fr. Fatauli Amasio comes from the small country, it is Union of islands called Walis and Futuna, and are located between New Caledonia and Tahiti in Pacific and they belong to French overseas territory. Fr. Fatauli came to Medjugorje with a group of pilgrims, it is interested that these people have built replica of Medjugorje church of St. James and they have great devotion for Gospa.
The spiritual renewal of the parish was held in Međugorje from February 19- 21, 2016, led by Fr. Ciril Ćuš from Slovenia. The spiritual renewal began on Friday, February 19, with the evening prayer programme in the parish church.
The “Evening of Missions” was held on Saturday, February 13, in the Hall of John Paul II in Medjugorje. There were many interested supporters who came for this event and documentary movie about 40 years of the Franciscan School Sisters in Kongo was presented, titled: “Franciscan School Sisters in the heart of Africa”.
During January and February there are less pilgrims in Medjugorje and it became tradition to have spiritual renewals in this period. This coming weekend the spiritual renewal will be held from February 19-21, and Fr. Ciril Cus from Slovenia will conduct it. The programme will begin on Friday at 5 pm with the Rosary, Holy Mass and lectures in the Hall of John Paul II afterwards.