Increase in Communion numbers

January 02, 2020

Communion numbers for 2019 showed a slight increase on the previous year, up 3.76%. The number of Communions distributed for last year was 1,735,000 and for 2018, 1,672,000. The highest number ever recorded for a year was in 2011 when the total was 2,027,900.

“Let the healing begin...”

December 13, 2019

“Every man is wounded. Most wounds develop because, by our nature, we long for the endless and unconditional love which we do not attain in this world. So the heart remains wounded. In the wounded heart, room opens for all negative things. This disappointed longing for love creates hate; the disappointed longing for peace calls the spirit of discord and violence; the disappointed trust causes insecurity, fear and aimlessness. So man becomes unable to live and to form his life in a dignified manner. Therefore, we all need the healing of the heart...” Fr Slavko Barbaric OFM


• More at this link.

Blessed is the fruit of your womb

December 11, 2019

Could there be any significance in the date of December 12, Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the General Election to form a new goverment in the UK taking place on the same day?


The Labour Party’s manifesto pledges to introduce abortion, on demand, for any reason up to birth.

Our Lady of Guadalupe is Patroness of the Unborn.

Mary Craig RIP

December 06, 2019

Mary Craig, journalist, broadcaster and author of Spark from Heaven: The Mystery of the Madonna at Medjugorje, has died aged 91. Mary also collaborated on the famous 1986 BBC documentary, The Madonna of Medjugorje, which inspired many to make a pilgrimage to Medjugorje. The documentary can be viewed on Youtube at this link.

Pope encourages Nativity displays

December 02, 2019

Mention of Finbar O’Leary in the previous post reminded me of the lifesize Nativity display in the basement of his house in Bijakovići which pilgrims would often visit and pray before the crib.


Yesterday Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter on the meaning and importance of nativity scenes, calling for this “wonderful sign” to be more widely displayed in family homes and public places throughout the world. Report at this link.


The nativity scene shown here is titled The Virgin Adoring the Child. It was painted by the Italian Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli, probably after 1498, and is now housed at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. It could be asked where is Joseph in Botticelli’s nativity – the shepherds and the Magi also? But they’re there, albeit disguised in the surrounding scenery.  More details and analysis on Botticelli’s painting at this link.

Finbar O’Leary remembered

November 28, 2019

Author and Medjugorje stalwart Finbar O’Leary has been remembered as an “amazing” and “fantastic individual” after his death a week ago following an extended illness. Finbar brought three charter flights each year from Cork to Medjugorje in the late 1980s and continued to bring large groups with Marian Pilgrimages in May and September from Cork after the civil war ended in 1994. He also authored a book about the Medjugorje seer Vicka. More details at this link.

For some, a sign; for others, coincidence

November 27, 2019

Yesterday’s 5.4 magnitude earthquake with its epicentre in Blagaj, less than 20 miles from Medjugorje, was timed locally at 10:19. It has been noted that the tremors coincided with the conclusion of the Gospel at the 10:00 English-speaking Mass in Medjugorje (The destruction of the Temple foretold), which ended with the words: “There will be great earthquakes and plagues and famines here and there; there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.” (Luke 21 : 11)

Earthquakes close to Medjugorje

November 26, 2019

An earthquake of 5.4 magnitude was recorded in Bosnia Hercegovina this morning. The quake centred on Blagaj, less than 20 miles from Medjugorje. Tremors are not unusual in the region, but today’s was the largest in BiH this year. A smaller earthquake of 4.2 magnitude was recorded earlier in the month at Metković, also less than 20 miles from Medjugorje.

November message to Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti

November 25, 2019

Dear children! May this time be a time of prayer for you. Without God you do not have peace. Therefore, little children, pray for peace in your hearts and families, so that Jesus can be born in you and give you his love and blessing. The world is at war because hearts are full of hatred and jealousy. In the eyes, little children, peacelessness is seen because you have not permitted Jesus to be born in your lives. Seek him, pray, and he will give himself to you in the Child who is joy and peace. I am with you and I pray for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.

Radio ‘Mir’ Medjugorje celebrates birthday

November 25, 2019

Radio ‘Mir’ Medjugorje celebrates its 22nd birthday today. Thanks to transmitters and satellites the 24-hour radio station broadcasts to loyal listeners all over the world. The station also organises its own web site, socially useful projects, and records and releases top quality albums from its own production studio. The backbone of the station output is the direct transmission of the prayer programme from St James church in Medugorje.

Fr Svet to lead UK retreat

November 24, 2019

Former pastor at Medjugorje Fr Svetozar Kraljevic OFM is booked to lead the 2020 UK Medjugorje Apostolate Retreat to be held at the Kairos Centre, Roehampton, London, February 14 to 16. Further information at this link:

Pilgrims returned from Medjugorje with Salmonella infections

November 20, 2019

More than half of Salmonella infections in Ireland last year were associated with international travel, according to a recent report. Among travel associated cases, the top countries of infection included 31 ill after going to from Spain, 27 from Bosnia and Herzegovina, 13 from Thailand, and 10 from India. The unusual high number linked with travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina was an outbreak. This international outbreak of Salmonella monophasic Typhimurium, sequence type 19 was among members of a pilgrimage group returning from Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina in September 2018. More cases of salmonellosis in travellers returning from Medjugorje were reported from other areas in the country and another EU country, indicating it was a wider event. More details at this link.

Special guest at Medjugorje

November 10, 2019

A special visitor to Medjugorje this weekend was Mons. Jose Rodriguez Carballo, Secretary of the Congregation for the Institutions of Consecrated Life and Society of Apostolic Life. He came as a guest of the Franciscan Province of Herzegovina and to meet with 18 new communities living in Medjugorje. Commenting on his sixth visit to Medjugorje, Mons. Carballo said, “Every time I come here I feel I’m at home and in my mother’s house. All of her children are welcome here.”


The Lord is Lavishness

November 08, 2019

“The dinner, the feast, represents Heaven, eternity with the Lord… You never know whom you might meet at a dinner; you meet new people; you also find people you may not want to see; but the atmosphere of the feast is joy and lavishness. Because a true feast must be freely given… Our God always invites us this way, He doesn’t make us pay an entrance fee. At real celebrations, you don't pay to get in: the host pays, the one who invites you pays. But there are those who put their own interests first before that freely-given invitation…” more at this link

Is your peace being stolen?

November 07, 2019

Just lately, there seems to be be a lot of people worrying themselves about the state of the world. There are Christians, even Catholics, who are not exempt from promoting a Gospel of fear... secrets to be revealed, coming chastisements (as if there wasn’t enough suffering in the world), blaming the Church, blaming priests, blaming pagans, blaming other cultures, blaming modernity, and crystal-ball gazing while attempting to predict when and where the ‘heavy hand’ of God will strike the world and its sinners... more at this link.

Communions at Medjugorje close to two million

November 04, 2019

The number of Holy Communions distributed at Medjugorje for 2019 is in line to reach a total of two million. Not since 2011 and the 30th anniversary of the Medjugorje phenomenon has this annual figure been reached when a record 2,027,900 communions were administered.


The total until the end of October this year is 1,873,000, a thousand more than for the whole of 2018, and with two months left in 2019 a target of two million is within sight. If that figure is achieved it would represent between a six and seven per cent increase on last year’s figures.

Pope Francis won’t acknowledge early apparitions

November 02, 2019

According to the Croatian journalist Silvije Tomašević, correspondent from Rome and the Vatican for the Croatian newspaper Vecernji List and Croatian Radio Television (HRT), Pope Francis has not changed his personal opinion on the Medjugorje apparitions since speaking about the phenomenon in 2013 and also during an in-flight press conference in 2017 returning from Portugal, when he said the alleged ongoing apparitions have no value.


In an interview given to Kristina Perić and the news portal, Tomašević added that Pope Francis will not acknowledge even the first seven apparitions (from June 24 to July 3, 1981) as recommended by the International Commission for the study of the Medjugorje phenomenon as possibly true. Full report via this link.

New role for Fr Miljenko Šteko

October 31, 2019

Former parish priest at Medjugorje, Fr Miljenko Šteko OFM, has been elected as the President of the Union of Friars Minor of Europe. More details at this link.

Disputing the Risen Christ

October 31, 2019

A recent report by the German radio station DLF Kultur has brought to light a dispute regarding merchandising rights to the Risen Christ sculpture at Medjugorje. The stand-off between the Slovenian sculptor Andrej Ajdič and parish authorities at Medjugorje has reached the stage where the sculptor has commissioned lawyers to protect the copyright enshrined in his work against what he perceives as infringement by unlawful merchandising of the Risen Christ statue.


The artist claims the Saviour sculpture was made available to the parish of Medjugorje in the form of a contractually agreed permanent loan in 1997. However the parish authorities seemingly claim the sculpture was a customs declared “gift” at the time and have not added any further comment to questions raised by journalists.


Rainer Prinz, a lawyer representing Andrej Ajdič, claims his client’s exclusive rights and copyright regarding merchandising have not been adhered to by the Parish but hopes a mutually acceptable solution can be found to any considered discrepancies with the contract.

ISIL captive visits Medjugorje

October 23, 2019

A recent first-time pilgrim to Medjugorje was Fr Tom Uzhunnhalil, the Salesian priest from India who was held captive for 557 days by ISIL. He was abducted in March 2016 in the Yemeni city of Aden, where he served as a missionary. He witnessed the terrorists killing 16 people, four of them nuns, but his own life was spared. While in Medjugorje Fr Tom gave his testimony to pilgrims and parishoners, and said he doesn’t feel any hatred towards his captors.

A lesson from a learned saint

October 21, 2019

“The use of temples, and these dedicated to particular saints, and ornamented on occasions with branches of trees, incense, lamps and candles; votive offerings on recovery from illness; holy water, asylums; holy days and seasons, use of calendars, processions, blessings on the fields, sacerdotal vestments, the tonsure, the ring in marriage, turning to the east, images at a later date, perhaps the ecclesiastical chant, and the Kyrie Eleison, are all of pagan origin, and sanctified by their adoption into the church”.
(Saint John Henry cardinal Newman)More at this link

The true kinsmen of Jesus

October 21, 2019

Jesus was still speaking to the crowds when his mother and his brothers appeared; they were standing outside and were anxious to have a word with him. But to the man who told him this Jesus replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand towards his disciples he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven, he is my brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12 : 46-50)

Medieval prayer

October 08, 2019

An interesting article by Alicia Smith on medieval prayer at this link. She gives an introductory overview of the nature of prayer in Western Christianity, the places of prayer in medieval society and in individuals’ lives, and how prayer related to liturgical practice.

Irish pilgrim dies at Medjugorje

October 08, 2019

The Meath Chronicle carries a report today on the sudden death of Eamonn Quinlivan while on pilgrimage at Medjugorje. Mr Quinlivan, from Navan, died yesterday (Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary). He was 71-years old and a member of the Irish Red Cross and the Order of Malta. Details at this link.

Feast of the Holy Rosary

October 06, 2019

Mysteries of Light... Jesus Speaks with Authority


• The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan
Do all that righteousness demands…
Matthew 3 : 1


• The Wedding at Cana
Fill the jars with water…
John 2 : 7


• Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
Repent and believe the Good News…
Mark 1 : 15


• The Transfiguration
Stand up. Do not be afraid...
Matthew 17 : 7


• The Institution of the Eucharist
Take it and eat. This is my body… Drink all of you from this for this is my blood…
Matthew 26 : 26-28

A Holy Thorn, a Bear and a very rich Duke

September 26, 2019

The image alongside is detail from a late medieval prayer book known as the Très Riche Heures  de Duc de Berry. The duke is seen here hosting a New Year banquet where gifts are exchanged between the host and his guests. So what’s the connection to a Holy Thorn from Christ’s Crown of Thorns and a pet bear? Details at this link.

A journey of faith, hope and clarity

September 26, 2019

Deacon Alan Brown reveals how a visit to Medjugorje led him to the Virgin Mary and a life in service to Mother Church, at this link.

Living stones

September 25, 2019

“The Rosary in your hand and prayer in your heart... In the five decades of the Rosary I see the five smooth stones of the prophet David. There is nothing you cannot conquer. This is the weapon gainst your Goliath, against your enemy. Yes, you can defend your Jerusalem and your Israel. Can you believe that you are Our Lady’s David? Do not be afraid. Today Our Lady places the Rosary in your hand and the gift of prayer in your heart.”
Fr Jozo Zovko ofm

Apparitions not a requirement for worship

August 13, 2019

“There are, first of all, many Marian shrines in which there were no apparitions at all. And there are those whose origins were alleged apparitions, especially in ancient times, but they have not been acknowledged. Apparitions are not a requirement for worship. In Medjugorje, the phenomenon is still ongoing, so it is not rounded. We should be patient.”
• Archbishop Henryk Hoser, Radio Postaja Mir Medjugorje

That montage image

August 10, 2019

Sr Emmanuel has circulated a notice headlined: “The truth about the so-called Eucharistic miracle at Medjugorje”. The ‘miracle’ is a montage image of the Blessed Sacrament imprinted with supposedly the face of Christ. Read Sr Emmanuel’s explanation at this link.


Well worth a visit is the website where photographer Daniel Miot has posted a page with detailed technical explanations of some of the so-called ‘miraculous’ or extraordinary photos associated with Medjugorje.

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