The 20th International Seminar for Priests that gathered around 400 priests, deacons and seminarians from 20 different countries began in Medjugorje on July 6, 2015 with the evening prayer programme. Fr. Marinko Sakota, the parish priest from Medjugorje said in his homily: “You came to Medjugorje so you would take a look from the outside to yourself, to your work, to the relations with others, to prayer…
HVIDRA and the student associations SKAC Palma and MAGIS, as well as other associations of former soldiers and communities, began their first pilgrimage called Marian Vow for Homeland. This pilgrimage will last for 70 days and they will walk for 1500 kilometres. Pilgrims will go through most of the Marian shrines in Croatia, and they will also walk a part of their journey in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The 20th International Priests Seminar will be held in Međugorje
from July 6 to 11, 2015
Topic: "Peace be with you!" (John 20, 21)
"In Our Lady's School"
Number of Holy Communions: 213 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 4251 (141 per day)
Numerous pilgrims spoke to us in the last few days and shared their experience of Medjugorje. We had opportunity to meet a group of 27 pilgrims who walked for three days from Rama, Bosnia. Each of them came with their own personal problem, their vows and desires and all wanted to give humble and persevering prayers to Gospa, to thank Her for all of the gifts they received.
Guido and Livia, married couple from Rome and Maurizio and Mario, their friends arrived to Medjugorje after eight days of walking. They began their journey in the shrine of Divine Mercy in Rome, then to Vatican, Pescara, Ancona, Split, Makarska and Humac, where they joined the Peace Walk with many other pilgrims. Guido said that this is their fourth time to come to Medjugorje as pilgrims and he decided for this together with his wife Livia, after they came many times here with organised groups of pilgrims.
On June 25, 2015, Medjugorje celebrated the 34th Anniversary of Gospa’s apparitions. According to the Information Office, numerous pilgrims were in Medjugorje in those days and they registered groups from Italy, Slovakia, Ireland, the United States, Germany, Austria, Hungary, France, England, Korea, Slovenia, Ukraine, China, Poland, Portugal, Brazil, Czech Republic, Mexico, Canada, Lebanon and Vietnam. 22 Holy Masses were celebrated during that day with numerous pilgrims who walked from all over the area. (photos)
The visionary Ivanka Ivankovic-Elez had her regular annual apparition on June 25th 2015.
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.
The apparition, which lasted 4 minutes, took place at Ivanka’s family home. Only Ivanka’s family was present at the apparition. After the apparition, Ivanka said: "Our Lady gave us her motherly blessing and said: Peace, peace, peace."
34th Anniversary of Gospa’s apparitions was solemnly celebrated in Medjugorje on Thursday, June 25, 2015, and many pilgrims from all continents arrived to be here. Many of them arrived walking so they would fulfil their promises and vows given to the Queen of Peace, as well as to thank for all of the graces they had received. We met Anica Cuic, from Tomislavgrad, who walked from Tomislavgrad for 28 hours to Medjugorje.
Stipo Lubar, 59 years old man born in Bugojno in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but lives in Austria at the moment, walked with his wife and son from Bugojno for the Anniversary of Gospa’s apparitions. Their pilgrimage lasted for more than three days and they arrived on the Eve of Anniversary, on June 24, 2015. Stipo said that he has been coming to Medjugorje since 1982, nine times before the war and ten times after the war:
The 24th Peace Walk was held on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 on the Feast of St. John the Baptist and on the eve of the 34th Anniversary of Gospa’s apparitions. Many pilgrims participated in this Walk that started at 6.20 a.m. in front of the monastery of St. Anthony in Humac and finished outside the church of St. James in Medjugorje. (video); (photos)
After 70 days of walking, a group of five pilgrims arrived to Medjugorje on Friday, June 19, 2015. They came to Medjugorje with a special type of trollies where they had 3 meters tall image of Divine Mercy Jesus. Roman, one of the pilgrims said in his interview that their journey is from Medjugorje to Rome:
Pilgrims are coming to Medjugorje in various ways and by various means. In these days, prior to the 34th Anniversary of Gospa’s apparitions, we had chance to talk to Radek Nikolic, 48 years old man from Krizevci, who arrived to Medjugorje on June 22, 2015, after 5 days of travelling and 600 kilometres behind him.
Medjugorje will celebrate the 34th Anniversary of Gospa’s apparitions on Thursday, June 25, 2015. Holy Masses in Croatian language will be in the parish church at 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and the solemn Holy Mass will be at 7 p.m. The programme will continue at 10 p.m. with the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 7 a.m. on the following day. We kindly ask all drivers around Herzegovina to be very careful due to all those who will be walking to Medjugorje.
Father Giuseppe Piva from Vicenza visited Medjugorje recently. He began his priesthood with the Franciscans of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, but because of his health difficulties he had to leave that order and he is now active as the Diocesan priest in Palestrina, close to Rome. He came to Medjugorje in 1986 after he completed high school and told us this: