The 10th anniversary of broadcasting of Radio MIR Medjugorje was celebrated on Saturday, December 8th, with Holy Mass in Saint James’ parish church in Medjugorje. The Eucharistic celebration was presided by Dr. Fr. Ivan Sesar, Provincial of the Herzegovinian Franciscan Province of the Assumption of Mary and former Director of the Information Centre and Radio MIR Medjugorje, in concelebration with Dr. Fr. Miljenko Steko, current Director of the Information Centre and Radio MIR Medjugorje, Fr. Mario Knezovic, former Manager of the Information Centre and Chief Editor of Radio MIR Medjugorje, the Franciscans serving in Medjugorje and priests on pilgrimage in this place.
Holy Mass was attended by the employees, collaborators and supporters of Radio MIR Medjugorje. Musical group “Mystery” from Zagreb embellished this celebration with lovely music.
From the history of Radio MIR Medjugorje
The existence of Radio MIR Medjugorje is connected with one of the largest places of pilgrimage of our times. According to the testimony of six visionaries, the Blessed Virgin Mary is appearing in Medjugorje since 1981. (We do not have the intention to precede the judgment of the Church about the supernatural character of these events. This judgment belongs to competent authorities of the Church, to whom we submit fully.)
The idea of creating an Information Centre is a fruit of the desire to give necessary information to the pilgrims coming to Medjugorje, and to those who want to know more about this place. This idea could not be put into practice in the time of the communist regime or during the war in this region, but only in 1993, when the warfare began to decrease.
The Information Centre MIR Medjugorje started officially with activities on November 25, 1993. Gradually, different services within the Centre began to develop… Two years of preparation were needed for Radio MIR Medjugorje. It began to broadcast in 1997.
The initial idea was to create a Radio station with limited broadcasting area, serving mostly the inhabitants of the parish Medjugorje and the pilgrims. The core of the programme was the broadcasting of the Evening prayer programme from Saint James’ parish church. The studio was blessed on November 7, 1997, by Mons. Lazaro Perez, a bishop from Mexico. The first day of broadcasting was November 25, 1997. After broadcasting the prayer programme from the parish church, some information and news were given. The programme from the studio ended at 8 PM.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament was broadcasted for the first time on May 25, 2000.
The programme scheme was growing gradually. Beginning with three hours in the beginning (and 21 hours of transmitting the programme of the Croatian Radio and Croatian Catholic Radio), Radio MIR Medjugorje arrived to 24 hours of broadcasting from the Medjugorje studio. This happened on the Solemnity of Annunciation, on March 25, 2004.
The most important events in the history of Radio MIR Medjugorje
On September 24, 2002, at the occasion of the 37th Day of the means of social communication, the direction of the Radio was received by the Cardinal Vinko Puljic, archbishop of Sarajevo, president of the Counsel for the means of social communication of the Bishop’s Conference of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The direction of the Radio thanked the Cardinal for his tireless spreading of truth, of the culture of peace and of the Word of God. The cardinal said about the Radio: “I hope that you shall continue as you have begun, uniting spirit and knowledge, heart and culture, conscience and faith, and be a real means of evangelisation”.
Radio MIR Medjugorje was also broadcasting the events linked with the beatification of Ivan Merz in Banja Luka: transmission of Holy Mass and the act of beatification presided by the Holy Father John Paul II, and opinions of personalities from the Church and the political life, as well as simple faithful. For this work, Radio MIR Medjugorje was congratulated by Mons. Dr. Franjo Komarica, bishop of Banja Luka.
On June 25, 2002, the 21st anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady, the Evening prayer programme was transmitted by 13 Radio stations from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and by Radio Maria from Italy.
At the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions in Medjugorje, Radio MIR Medjugorje broadcasted for the first time a whole-day programme, beginning at 8 AM and ending at midnight. The theme was Our Lady’s apparitions and the parish Medjugorje, and it included different guests: the visionaries, different personalities from the Church and social life, as well as pilgrims. Journalists were reporting from the roads, where the pilgrims were coming on foot. The evening Mass was transmitted by 17 Radio stations from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia.
The most rated Radio in the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina
In March 2003, the Internet service “Bljesak info” from Mostar made an opinion poll about the rating of different Radios in the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina. It included local radio stations as well as four radios, which broadcast in the whole country. According to this opinion poll, the most rated Radio in the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina is Radio MIR Medjugorje.
Through different antennas, which were multiplying gradually, Radio MIR Medjugorje can today be heard in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in Croatia, as well as in some parts of Slovenia, of Montenegro and of Italy.
Since the feast of St. Francis, October 4, 1999, a server is enabling the programme to be transmitted live through Internet. Radio MIR Medjugorje is the first radio in Bosnia-Herzegovina which broadcast through the Internet.
Since Christmas 2003, Radio MIR Medjugorje can also be heard in Europe, in the Middle East and in North Africa through the Satellite HOT BIRD 6.