The International Prayer Encounter of the Youth - Youth Festival is to be held in Medjugorje from August 1 to 6, 2020. The theme of this year’s prayer encounter is „Come, and you will see“ (Jn 1, 39)
At this time of coronavirus pandemic, all programmes of the international spiritual retreats and this year’s Youth Festival go through various challenges and many events have already been cancelled. Thank God, the situation at the moment allows us to organise this year’s 31st Youth Festival, however, a bit modestly than normally. Most of the programme from Medjugorje is being now sent to the world via electronic media and many faithful are tuned to those on daily basis, from all over the world. In the same way, this year’s Youth Festival would be live streamed and online and we remain connected to all those who, unfortunately, would not be able to come to Medjguorje personally this year. Depending on the development of virus, all gatherings would be according to the instructions of the institutions in charge.
Let us continue to be united in the same spirit in the school of Our Lady and let us rejoice that we would be connected together in Medjugorje, both in our hearts and in our spirit.
We shall announce detailed programme of this year’s Youth Festival soon.
Fr. Marinko Šakota, OFM,
parish priest of St. James parish, Medjugorje