NOTICES AND SNIPPETS

Tomislav Vlasic is excommunicated!

October 22, 2020

Italian media is reporting that the former priest Tomislav Vlasic, who pastored at Medjugorje during the early years of the phenomenon, has been excommunicated. The bishop of Brescia has made it known that the excommunication has been made official by the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith. In the province of Brescia, Vlasic founded the Fortezza dell’Immacolata sanctuary, linked to the Church of Jesus Christ of the Universe, which promotes visions of UFOs and the presence of life on other planets. According to the Diocese the former Franciscan “continued to declare himself a religious and priest of the Catholic Church, simulating the celebration of invalid sacraments and causing serious scandal amongst the faithful...”.

Medjugorje travel company ceases trading

October 18, 2020

UK travel company Number One Travel, in Harrogate, Yorkshire, has ceased trading with effect from today. Number One Travel was the trading name of travel agent BTY Ltd which also operated under additional names including Medjugorje Pilgrimages.  More details at this link.

Thank you for responding to my call...

October 13, 2020

Last Sunday, Pope Francis had this to say ahead of the Angelus prayer: “Gratitude is both a sign of good manners and a key characteristic of a Christian. It is a simple but genuine sign of the kingdom of God, which is the kingdom of gratuitous and grateful love.”
The following day I went to Confession. The first words the priest said to me were: “Thank you for coming to Confession.” It was not the kind of greeting I had ever heard at any other time I attended Confession and afterwards, coupled with the Pope’s words, gave me much to ponder on.

To mask or not to mask in Medjugorje

October 06, 2020

Hercegovina.info is reporting on a woman living in Medjuorje who has tested positive for the coronavirus and whose child has been ridiculed at school by other parents for wearing a mask. The woman has now put a video online warning of the dangers of the coronavirus. She says: “I made the video to make people aware that there is a danger. The  coronavirus is not fake. It is not my intention to name or accuse anyone, but we must take care of each other and most importantly take care of our children and our elderly.” More details at this link.

Medjugorje Man

October 05, 2020

Medjugorje Man is an observational documentary that follows John McGrath to Medjugorje to observe the pilgrim in this place of prayer. This film does not seek to question or answer the apparitions but to explore the journey he has taken each year for twenty years to find peace, solitude and a shared belief. This was John’s last visit to Medjugorje, he now lives with dementia and is cared for by his family. Since completion, Mejugorje Man has screened at film festivals across Ireland, Europe and the United States, taking home the Bronze Tree Award from Viva Film Festival in Sarajevo in September 2019 where the film screened across 22 cinemas and was selected to screen to a national audience on Bosnian network television. Further details at this link.

French pilgrims express gratitude

September 30, 2020

Visitors are still arriving in Medjugorje despite the difficulties created by the coronavirus restrictions. In recent days small groups of pilgrims from Ireland, Poland, Italy and Croatia were present. The portal medjugorje-info.com reports on the arrival this week of 41 French and African pilgrims.

Travel advice for Irish pilgrims

September 28, 2020

If you are travelling to Medjugorje from Ireland, you may wish to consult the Irish government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website It publishes updated travel advice and useful information, including latest details on COVID-19 restrictions appertaining to other countries.

Married Couples retreat is cancelled

September 25, 2020

The 21st International Spiritual Retreat for Married Couples, scheduled to take place at Medjugorje on October 7-10, has been cancelled until further notice because of the Coronavirus pandemic. The parish office will announce a new date via its website: medjugorje.hr

A question to a visionary

September 24, 2020

I once asked one of the Medjugorje visionaries a question: “For the people who, for whatever reason, are unable to travel to Medjugorje, how does Medjugorje come to them?” I expected the visionary to give an answer that would mention prayer and fasting. But she didn’t, and surprised me when she smiled and replied: “Through you. Be an example, a good example.”

 

After Jesus had washed the feet of his disciples he said: “I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you.” (John 13 : 15)

Medjugorje: a turning point in Ciaran’s life

September 23, 2020

It was in May of 2015 that Ciaran embarked on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje. At that time life was good. He was happy and felt fulfilled in his work. Ciaran had two jobs that he really enjoyed. He was a personal trainer and also worked as a firefighter in the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service. But little did Ciaran know that his trip to Medjugorje was to mark a major turning point in his life. Read Ciaran’s testimony at this link.

Messages to Vienna

September 22, 2020

Two of the Medjugorje seers sent video messages to the annual prayer event held last Thursday at St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. Restrictions were placed on the numbers attending the 13th “Message for You” event, limited to 750 mask-wearing worshipers. Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti and Ivan Dragicevic, regular attenders at past prayer gatherings in Vienna, were unable to attend due to the Covid-19 pandemic but addressed the congregation via video-link. Cardinal Cristoph Schönborn was the main celebrant. More information at this link.

Medjugorje photography project

September 17, 2020

“When I began working on the [Noema] project I knew that there had to be a human presence, but taking straight portraits of the visionaries, witnesses or believers seemed a bit fruitless. Instead, I wanted to include images of the seers while seeing, at the point when they were in the presence of the Virgin.” – Michael Swann - photographer

 

Details about Michael’s Noema project at this link:
British Journal of Photography

B&H opens doors for ALL foreign visitors

September 09, 2020

The Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina decided today to allow foreign citizens who have a negative PCR test for coronavirus to enter BiH. The decision was adopted unanimously and will be applied from six in the morning on September 12th. However, the final decision had to be made by the BiH Council of Ministers, at the suggestion of the BiH Ministry of Security. Until now, only citizens of EU member states, Schengen countries, could enter BiH with a negative PCR test.

Another hurdle for UK pilgrims

August 19, 2020

Another hurdle for Brits wanting to travel to Medjugorje from the United Kingdom was announced today by the UK Government when Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said travellers returning from Croatia will have to quarantine for 14 days. The changes apply from 04:00 BST on Saturday. There are also restrictions on entry into Bosnia Hercegovina. British Nationals have to produce a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result that is not older than 48 hours.

How high can you jump?

August 12, 2020

Sometimes in life we want to set the bar for other people to jump. Our expectations can be high, sometimes higher than we could ever achieve ourselves. And when they don’t meet the standards or conditions we set or want from them we can end up disappointed or nurture a feeling of being let down. And that opens the door for other negative thoughts and feelings to enter the heart. More at this link.

Pope sends letter to Medjugorje Youth Festival

July 30, 2020

Pope Francis has surprisingly addressed a letter and greeting to the youth gathered in Medjugorje for the 31st annual international prayer event for young people. This is the first time any Pope has directed a personal letter to the participants. The full text of the letter can be read at this link.

Mass celebrants for Youth Festival

July 30, 2020

The solemn Holy Mass of the opening will be celebrated on Saturday, August 1 at 7 pm by Apostolic Nuncio to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Msgr Luigi Pezzuto (pictured), the second night it will be Provincial of Herzegovinian Franciscan Province, Fr Miljenko Steko, the third night Msgr Tomo Vukšić, Archbishop Coadjutor of Vrhbosna Archdiocese, the fourth night Msgr Henryk Hoser, the Apostolic Visitor for Medjugorje parish and the fifth night Cardinal Vinko Puljić, Archbishop of Vrhbosna Diocese. More at this link.

Temperatures soar

July 29, 2020

Not unusual for this time of the year in Medjugorje is the high temperature. It peaked at around 96ºF today. In nearby Mostar, it soared to 104ºF. The high temperatures are expected to last over the weekend (when the Medjugorje Youth Festival gets underway), and start reducing on Monday. Thunderstorms and lightning are forecast for most of Wednesday.

Persevering prayer

July 29, 2020

For the third time in as many years, Our Lady has called for perseverance in prayer: April 25, 2018, June 25, 2019 and July 25, 2020. Prayer has always been an integral part of the Medjugorje message, even in the simple words “Pray, pray, pray!” More here.

Medjugorje Youth Festival programme.

July 25, 2020

The Medjugorje parish has published the timetable and details of events for Mladifest 31, along with information on how to watch or listen in via various media channels. A pdf is available at this link and can be printed.

Pandemic hits livelihoods in Medjugorje, too

July 23, 2020

Head of the Medjugorje Tourist Board, Zeljko Vasilj, has estimated that between 2,000 and 2,500 Medjugorje residents face losing their livelihoods, and that some shop owners have already quit their premises unable to afford the rent or cover other expenses. More at this link.

The call will come

July 20, 2020

“It’s Our Lady who calls us, invites us to Medjugorje...” How many times have you heard that said by pilgrims who have visited the Shrine of the Queen of Peace? Yes, it probably is Our Lady extending the invitation – and unlikely to be the first or the last time, either. Remember when Mary called the servants at the Canan wedding feast to co-operate with her Son? More at this link.

A time to collect, a time to dispose

July 18, 2020

I’m at that stage in life where I’m having to downsize and clear out stuff I’ve held onto for many years, and that includes my collection of Medjugorje bits and pieces. So I’m looking for a good home or anyone who can make positive use of this material. First part of the clearance phase includes various magazines, newspapers, pamphlets etc appertaining to Medjugorje. Second phase will include videos and cd’s (audio and film), which I can split depending on what kind of response I get. If anyone out there is interested, then please contact me by email in the first instance. This free offer is restricted to the UK and Republic of Ireland only.

When Noah went into lockdown

July 17, 2020

The coronavirus which has devastated the world these past months, has left everyone anxious for a return to some kind of normality in their lives. But clearly the pandemic isn’t over yet and authorities are warning and predicting a second wave to surface later in the year.

 

When the great flood devasted the earth in Noah’s time the patriarch was placed in a novel kind of containment and a lockdown process which lasted a long time – forty days in biblical language.

 

More at this link.

Epidemic declared again

July 16, 2020

Today, the Federation of Bosnia and Hercegovina has again declared an epidemic due to the coronavirus, confirmed by the Federal Ministry of Health. Among the new measures to take immediate effect is the implementation of sanitary controls at border crossings. Those who enter the Federation at border crossings will receive a protocol for measuring temperatures, and providing data and instructions on how to monitor their contacts and minimize their movements over the next 14 days. source

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