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.

Mostar bishop’s successor?

August 10, 2019

The Mostar Duvno diocese, which includes the parish of Medjugorje, is still waiting on a replacement for bishop Ratko Perić who reached the retirement age of 75 in February. According to local sources a new appointment is unlikely to be made before October and the possible successor could be Željko Majić, the Vicar General of the diocese. He was ordained a priest on June 29, 1988.

714 priests concelebrated at closing Mass

August 06, 2019

A record number of 714 priests concelebrated Holy Mass with Archbishop Rino Fisichella on the final evening of the Medjugorje Youth Festival. The archbishop (pictured) is President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation.


The daily totals for concelebrating priests during the five-day 30th Mladifest were: (day 1) 620; (day 2) 678; (day 3) 689; (day 4) 537; (day 5) 714.

I give you what gives me joy

August 04, 2019

How a sleepless night, an early morning walk and a key fob introduced me to Blessed Marie Therese Haze and an encounter with the merciful Heart of Jesus. More at this link.

Greetings from Cardinal Christoph Schönborn

August 03, 2019

Once again, the Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has sent a very encouraging greeting to participants at the 2019 Medjugorje Youth Festival. You can read the letter at this link.


Please pray for the Cardinal that he makes a full recovery from his surgery earlier this year for prostate cancer .

Vatican News reports Cardinal’s Mladifest homily

August 01, 2019

The Vatican News website has reported on the homily by Cardinal De Donatis, Vicar General of Rome, at the opening Mass of the 2019 Medjugorje Youth Festival yesterday evening. Here’s the link.

New Medjugorje postage stamp issued

August 01, 2019

Hrvatška post Mostar has issued a new stamp to commemorate the 30th Medjugorje Youth Festival. It was launched yesterday and is one of several Medjugorje stamps HPT has issued over the years. A selection of these can be viewed at this link.

Vandalised statue mentioned in British Parliament

July 25, 2019

The matter of a vandalised statue of Our Lady of Medjugorje was mentioned recently in the British Parliament by Dr Lisa Cameron, the Shadow Scottish National Party spokesperson on Mental Health.


Shipped from Medjugorje and erected by Fr Ivan Boyle in the grotto of his St Vincent de Paul parish in East Kilbride, Scotland, the life-size statue had been tumbled and smashed in the process earlier this month.


In her response to a speech in Parliament by Chris Philip, Conservative MP, on the persecution of Christians overseas, Dr Cameron said: “The hon. Gentleman is making an excellent speech on a very important issue. Does he agree that we must also be very careful that individuals in this country have freedom of religious belief, particularly given the level of abuse and intolerance following the votes last week on abortion? Does he also agree that we should decry the fact that at St Vincent de Paul parish in East Kilbride in my constituency parishioners arrived this morning to find that their Our Lady of the Grotto had been destroyed by mindless vandals? Does the hon. Gentleman agree that these issues are also troubling people across the United Kingdom?”

Cardinals and bishops to attend Mladifest 2019

July 21, 2019

Two Cardinals are among several prelates named today who will attend the 30th Medjugorje Youth Festival which starts on August 1st. The announcement was made on Monday at a press conference jointly hosted by Archbishop Henryk Hoser and Medjugorje’s parish priest Fr Marinko Šakota. Details at this link.

Martha and Mary

July 20, 2019

Today’s Gospel (Luke 10 : 38-42) is about the time when Jesus visited the house of the two sisters, Martha and Mary. One of my favourite paintings is titled Christ in the House of Martha and Mary, by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. It’s housed at the Scottish National Gallery. I always consider the painting as representing the two parts of the Mass: the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. You can view the painting in high resolution at this link.

What can you see?

July 18, 2019

I recently had my eyes tested. There was a slight deterioration but no significant change. The occasion reminded me of the blind man at Bethsaida whose sight was restored by Jesus, and how this miracle relates to Medjugorje. More at this link.

Communion numbers surge at Medjugorje

July 16, 2019

The number of Holy Communions distributed at Medjugorje for the first six months of 2019 increased by almost 17% on the corresponding period for last year. 705,000 consecrated hosts were given out for the months of January to June 2019, compared with 603,000 for the first six months of 2018. June’s total of 219,000 was the best for the same month since 2011 (the 30th anniversary year) when 225,000 hosts were distributed.


• Statistics provided by the Medjugorje parish website

Priests gather and pray on Apparition Hill

July 11, 2019

Around 350 priests gathered and prayed together on Apparition Hill last Sunday evening to complete the International Retreat for Priests at Medjugorje. This spiritual renewal for priests initiative was started by the late Fr Slavko Barbaric OFM in 1996, and so far there have been 26 seminars which attract priests from all over the world – this year from 29 countries.

Photos: Radio Mir Medjugorje

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