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August 06, 2022

Fatalities in pilgrimage bus accident to Medjugorje

Twelve people have been killed after a bus carrying Polish pilgrims to Medjugorje veered off a road in Croatia this morning. All 31 surviving passengers are injured, with some fighting for their lives in hospital.

 

The pilgrimage, organised by the Brotherhood of St Joseph Catholic group, included three priests and six nuns. The passengers were all Polish adults.  source BBC News

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August 02, 2022

Local bishop to participate in Mladifest 2022

For the first time in the 33-year history of the Medjugorje International Youth Festival, the local bishop will participate in the event. Msgr Petar Palić, bishop of Mostar-Duvno and apostolic administrator of Trebinje-Mrkan, is to preside over the Eucharistic celebration on Thursday at the outside altar of Medjugorje’s parish church of St James the Apostle.

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August 02, 2022

Pope sends message to youth at Mladifest 2022

Pope Francis has sent a message to the young people read out by Archbishop Aldo Cavalli, the Apostolic Visitor for the Parish of Medjugorje. Recalling the theme for this year’s celebrations, “Learn from me and you will find peace” (Mt 11: 28-30), the Pope said Jesus addresses these words to all people who are weary and oppressed as He understands how tough life can be with its wounds, burdens, injustices, and worries we carry in our hearts.

 

• Full text at this link.

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July 30, 2022

Spanish Cardinal will attend Mladifest 2022

The Archbishop of Barcelona, Cardinal Juan José Omella, will attend this year’s International Youth Festival at Medjugorje. He will be the main celebrant at the opening Mass when the festival begins on August 1st. About 100 young people from the Archbishop’s diocese will also be in attendance.

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July 25, 2022

Medjugorje message, July 2022

Dear children! I am with you to lead you on the way of conversion, because, little children, with your lives you can draw many souls closer to my Son. You be joyful witnesses of God’s word and love, and with hope in the heart which conquers every evil. Forgive those who inflict evil on you, and go on the way of holiness. I am leading you to my Son, for him to be the way, the truth and the life for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.

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July 18, 2022

Vatican ban on German lay association

Last week the Vatican backed the decision made in 2021 by Bishop Felix Genn of Münster to dissolve a lay association in his diocese, whose foundations are tied to the Marian apparitions in Medjugorje, and which was charged with alleged spiritual abuse.

Recognised in 2004 by the German Diocese of Münster as a private association of believers under diocesan law, the “Totus Tuus New Evangelization” group has roots going back to the 1980s. Full report at this link.

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July 16, 2022

Feast Our Lady of Carmel

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Carmel. The  Italian Renaissance artist, Sandro Botticelli, referred to Our Lady of Carmel in several of his paintings. This detail from his painting known as the Madonna and Child with the Infant St John the Baptist is one example. It’s exhibited at the Barber Institute on the campus of the University of Birmingham, England.

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July 16, 2022

Temperature forecast to rise at Medjugorje

In light of the extreme weather conditions present in Europe at this time, here’s the temperature forecast for Medjugorje until the end of the month. Details provided by timeanddate.com

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July 11, 2022

New appointments at Medjugorje

Fr Marinko Šakota is no longer the pastor of the parish of St James the Apostle at Medjugorje. The new pastor, who was already serving at Medjugorje as a parish vicar, is Zvonimir Pavičić. A new arrival at Medjugorje to serve as a parish vicar is Ivan Hrkać. He replaces Mladen Herceg who has moved to the parish of St Anthony of Padua at Humac. Rental Galić has also moved on from Medjugorje.

 

Other priests who served at Medjugorje in past years have also been transferred. Fr Svetozar Kraljević is now parish vicar at SS Peter and Paul in Mostar and replaces Fr Danko Perutina who is made pastor at the same parish.

 

Fr Petar Ljubičić who served as parish vicar in Vitina has been appointed to the same post at Humac.

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July 05, 2022

Romanian orphans visit Medjugorje

In recent days, the project “Give Hope” took place in Medjugorje. It was the sixth occasion people from Medjugorje and Romania had opened their hearts, together with the project manager Luciano Omani who provided money for orphans from Romania to go on a free pilgrimage to Medjugorje. Parishioners from Medjugorje provided free food for the children and took care of accommodation.

 

This year, 41 children came to mark the 41st year of Our Lady’s apparitions. The children spent the past six days in prayer and fellowship, participating in the evening prayer programme, praying on Apparition Hill and Križevac. They also had spiritual renewal in the Franciscan Monastery of the Assumption of Mary on the island of Badija near Korčula.

 

On the last day of their pilgrimage, parish priest Fr Marinko Šakota, spoke words of encouragement to the chldren. He emphasised that despite the cross they have in their lives, they should not forget that they have a Mother who loves and accepts them as her own children. 

 

Source: Mateo Ivanković / Radio station Mir Međugorje

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July 01, 2022

Feast of the Most Precious Blood

O God, who by the Precious Blood of your Only Begotten Son have redeemed the whole world, preserve in us the work of your mercy, so that ever honouring the mystery of our salvation, we may merit to obtain its fruits.

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