Cardinal Christoph Schönborn: ''Since Our Lady appeared to the young visionaries for the first time 40 years ago, many people, old and young, have felt this attraction. In Mary's presence they found consolation and strength, joy and hope, and many received the gift of forgiveness through Confession. In this way also you came to find Mary, and that always means to find her Son, Jesus. It is my desire that you return home from Medjugorje strengthened, with the joy of communion that you experienced here.'' (PHOTO)
“Indeed, if you think you understood who God is, if you have mastered it in the way one approaches or understands the mathematic formula or nuclear physics, this means you do not talk about God then”, said Cardinal Sarah, who at the end prayed for the youth and blessed them all. (PHOTO)
You were gathered by the safety that God loves you immensely. He makes you capable of loving yourself. He, by the power of His love makes you brothers and sisters. He gathers you in one family of God’s people so strongly that this bond remains unbreakable and firm even when you depart after this encounter to the all ends of the world. He who knows that he is loved, he cannot remain passive. He responds in the same way – by love!”, said Fr. Miljenko Šteko in his homily. (PHOTO)
Today Christ the Lord calls us to look in the heights; it is really important to remind modern consumers that we eat to live and not live to eat. Jesus, who knows the human heart, wants to respond to our deepest desires, to our most essential longings, to this hunger for Love and this thirst for the Absolute that torments us. He sees how too often we run to a dried-up spring that is incapable of quenching this hunger and this thirst: to the almighty technology we have raised to the level of divinity. (PHOTO)
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Dear youth, on your journey with the Lord Jesus, inspired also by this Festival, I entrust you all to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our heavenly Mother, by invoking the light and the power of the Holy Spirit. May you daily be guided by the gaze of God who loves you so much, so that in the encounter with others, you may be the witnesses of a new life you were all given as a gift. I pray for that and I bless you, asking you to pray for me too.
Number of Holy Communions: 90 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 2608 (66 per day)
“The fact that Cardinal Sarah, and all other archbishops and bishops would come to the Youth Festival is a great event and major joy for each of us. Youth are happy when they see their shepherds with them, and shepherds are happy to see so many youth at one place gathered in prayer and worship of the Lord”, said Fr. Marinko Sakota, who does not have any expectations regarding the number of those who would come, but said that all who decide to come are more than welcome.
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Number of Holy Communions: 165 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 2943 (98 per day)
The Procession from Apparition Hill to the church of St. James was held for the first time this year, with many pilgrims participating, parishioners and people from surrounding areas.
Fr. MarinkoŠakota, Medjugorje parish priest said that this procession from the Statue of Our Lady to the church is symbolic of how “Our Lady is leading us to Jesus.” (PHOTO)
Ivanka had the apparition in her family home and it lasted 5 minutes (6:41 pm to 6:46 pm).
Only Ivanka's family was present. After the apparition, the visionary Ivanka said: "Our Lady gave the following message: 'Little children I am in need of your prayers. Pray, pray, pray.'
Thanks to Pope Francis, we have decrees that have given certain legal image to Medjugorje, the Apostolic Visitor with the special role for Medjugorje parish has been appointed, later on decision was made that all restrictions on organisation of pilgrimages were removed and coming of bishops and cardinals was allowed, all of them including priests can officially organise the pilgrimages and celebrate the liturgy in this place.
The fervour of the family prayer that used to be so strong, the sound of the prayer outside our homes, as if that had disappeared, today we pray so little, the Bible and fasting are hardly mentioned. Mother, forgive us for the moments when our ears were shut, and our hearts were closed.
Yet, you did not give up on us, but each month you continued to invite us repeatedly: Thank you for having responded to my call. (PHOTO)
The Peace Walk would take place at 6 am on June 24, from Humac and we would pray for peace and for Our Lady’s intentions. This is something so nice and beautiful, said fr. Marinko, and Citluk parish is also organising prayer walk from their church to Medjugorje, said Fr. Marinko, the parish priest.