Film director offers Medjugorje visits for free
Tell us why you would like to go to Medjugorje for the first time, and we will choose up to five winners of a 2-3 weeks tour with all expenses paid, film director Sean Bloomfield offers. He plans to gather atheists, skeptics and believers and expects his cameras to capture life-changing events.
Owners rush to have buildings legalized
Threatened by mass closure, owners of illegal buildings in the Medjugorje area have been busy this year to obtain a permit. 679 requests have been filed in 2015, compared to 211 in all of 2014. But most applications are not complete and danger of closure persists for many owners, says mayor.
Fr. Jozo blesses new Croatian President’s office
On her first working day, Croatia’s newly elected President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic called Fr. Jozo Zovko and asked him to come by and bless her office. Medjugorje’s 1981 parish priest agreed and visited today. “I wanted this house to be blessed” says the President who has been to Medjugorje.
Bishop: Monuments do not keep the Pope away
It is baseless when Bosnia and Hercegovina’s former ambassador to the Holy See suggests that tall Catholic monuments in Mostar keep the Pope from visiting the ethnically divided city, says local Bishop Ratko Peric who denies that any Vatican official ever brought up the topic with him.
Vicka’s daughter saw Mary above John Paul II
A visit to Rome two months before the death of Pope John Paul II resulted in an unexpected grace to visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic and her family: In St. Peter’s Square, Vicka’s daughter saw the Virgin Mary above the Pope’s head while Vicka’s husband captured the rare sight on video.
Armed robbery against supermarket
At 7.25 pm on February 13, two armed robbers escaped with about 5,500 convertible Marks from a supermarket near Medjugorje’s bus station. Not believed to be locals, the robbers lost some of the money and also left their weapons and masks as they fled from police across the fields.
Opinions differ over path becoming road
“Change is inevitable”. “Peace will disappear”. “No, the peace will remain”. “Medjugorje loses a reason why Mary chose it”. Reactions to the path across the fields turning into asphalt road are markedly different among long-time observers including Wayne Weible and Michael H. Brown.
Path across the fields becomes asphalt road
Work has begun to turn the walking path across the fields between Apparition Hill and central Medjugorje into an asphalt road with sidewalks. The purpose is lightening the traffic on the road below the hill. While pilgrims lament the loss of the path, most locals favor the decision.
Crying statue’s removal causes protests
The removal of the tear-shedding Medjugorje statue into the local parish church has divided Piane Crati, Italy, into those who want it back on its pedestal, and those who want it analyzed. Local bishop was consulted before the removal of the statue which can still be accessed by the public.
Ex-ambassador: Croats keep the Pope away
Why will Pope Francis become the second Pope to visit Bosnia and Hercegovina without visiting the Medjugorje area? Because the local Catholics themselves made a visit very unlikely by erecting monuments in Mostar, the country’s former ambassador to the Holy See drily replies.
Military unit examines crying statue
Not only the local diocese, but also Italy’s national military police will examine the crying Medjugorje statue from Piane Crati. Due to rainy weather, second round of lacrimations was not initially believed, yet local parish priest took action when tears appeared on a clear February 7.
Ivan resumes public apparitions in USA
For the first time in the United States for more than a year, a public apparition to visionary Ivan Dragicevic has been announced for March 18 in Saint Charles, MO. Arranger challenges Vatican restriction note by stating that an apparition of the Virgin Mary is going to take place.
Bosnian Bishop expects recognition
“We leave for the Pope to decide when Medjugorje is recognized” says the President of the Bosnian Bishops’ Conference. He advises to keep the eyes open to the good fruits, and stop or set apart any bad ones. “Thank God you hear little of the negative fruits” says Bishop Franjo Komarica.
Medjugorje statue cries anew in Italy
On February 7, a statue of the Virgin Mary brought from Medjugorje shed tears again in Piane Crati, Italy. The lacrimation comes a good six months after the statue cried on four consecutive days. Alerted by the parish priest, the local police has removed the statue inside the church.
Mirjana: Tolerance may not cause apostasy
Removing crucifixes and abolishing the celebration of holy days to avoid offending non-Christian immigrants should not take place, says visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo. She advocates for hearts and doors to be opened, but without compromising Catholic faith, identity and truth.
Rome hints that no statement may come
The Pope’s official spokesman says he does not know if a statement about Medjugorje will be issued. The reports from the Vatican Commission still reside with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith who will take care of the case in their own time, Fr. Federico Lombardi informs.
Italian cured from disabling ear disease
69 year old former banker suffered from Meniere’s Syndrome, and doctors had told him that he would become invalid. Hearing Medjugorje locutionist Jelena Vasilj-Valente became the first decisive change, going to Medjugorje the second. Now he has lived four years without symptoms.
Marija: Forgive and love to overcome hatred
In her first message after the Paris attack, the Virgin Mary paraphrased her message given two weeks after September 11. Both messages warn that Satan wants war and hatred, and Medjugorje visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti acknowledges that the situation today is similar to then.
Seer saw Mary as 20 meters tall figure
Along with a group of about 60 pilgrims, visionary Marija Pavlovic has seen the Virgin Mary as a more than 20 meters tall figure close to The Blue Cross in Medjugorje. “If you get signs, keep them for yourself and say: this is a sign for me because I have to grow in faith” Marija recommends.
Medjugorje fuels top model’s conversion
As a former Miss Universe runner-up, Taliana Vargas had much of what life has to offer. But she had no lasting peace before she met a priest devoted the Medjugorje message, in a church named after Medjugorje. Now the Colombian actress and model lives the message and sees her faith grow.
Photo emerges of Mirjana and John Paul II
More than 27 years after their meeting in Rome, a previously unknown photo of Pope John Paul II and Medjugorje visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo has been found. When the Pope found out that Mirjana was in Rome, he had her summoned for a private conversation.
Vicka: Patience is vital to hearing God
Lack of patience and wanting an answer right away prevent people from hearing God’s voice, says visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic who calls this mentality “playing with God”. She recommends to surrender and allow God to act, and assures that He will answer when the time is just right.
Medjugorje tied to another cancer cure
When Branka Bingula was told that her cancer had metastasized, she reacted by returning to her Catholic faith. She went to a Croatian priest with the charism of healing, and she went on Medjugorje pilgrimages. Today she attributes her healing to the Virgin Mary’s intercession.
Property owners are facing mass closure
70 percent of the newer hotels, pansions, shops and restaurants in Medjugorje were built without permission. Local municipality has imposed February 13 deadline for owners to apply for legalization. Threatened by mass closure, the spokesman of Medjugorje appeals for more time.
Boy cured from cancer after apparition
The prognosis was six months when an aggressive cancer was found with a 12 year old boy. Knowing that treatment was pointless, a hospital doctor advised his parents to take the boy to Medjugorje. He attended an apparition and returned home with a cure that has shown to be lasting.
Writer plans big hospital in Medjugorje
Unlike most other major pilgrimage sites, Medjugorje has no hospital. Now the Italian writer and Medjugorje convert Paolo Brosio has set out to change this. He wants to make emergency rooms and health care available not only to the pilgrims, but also to poor local residents.
Marija: Humanity changes, Mary will win
One cannot remain indifferent to the Virgin Mary’s presence, and humanity’s change paves the way for Mary’s victory, says visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti. She sees a tide of people who changed their life as a strong contrast to those who want to change the world as they like.
Breast cancer left after Medjugorje visit
Doctors were certain when Aide Monsell was diagnosed with breast cancer few months before she was to visit Medjugorje. Back home in Dublin, Ireland, she underwent an operation, but also saw the astonished faces of her doctors who found no cancer when they performed the surgery.
2,000 attend Jakov’s charity concert
Visionary Jakov Colo spent the first day of 2015 in charge of a charity concert that gathered more than 2,000 people and produced 3,000 care packages. Internal fun among seers when Jakov introduced fellow visionary Ivan Dragicevic by stating that he can neither sing nor dance.