JULY 23 (Medjugorje Today) - 20,000 people, sometimes more, are present when visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo has her apparitions at The Blue Cross in Medjugorje on the second day of each month. Parish workers just made the access to the spot easier, by breaking the stones on the path leading there into smaller pieces.
JULY 1 (Medjugorje Today) - The webcam pointing to Apparition Hill in Medjugorje 24-7 has been replaced by a new and better one. It can be accessed at medjugorjelive.org/webcam
Unlike the previous camera, the new one also streams when it is dark outside, making for better views of visionary Ivan Dragicevic's evening apparitions on top of the hill. The camera has been installed by filmmaker Sean Bloomfield and the Two Hearts Hotel in Medjugorje.
In the lower left side of the screen, near the chapel, is the Blue Cross area where many apparitions have happened and continue to happen to visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo on the second day of each month.
In the upper right side of the screen, the Virgin Mary’s statue signifies the place where the first apparition occurred on June 25th 1981. This is also the place where the so-called permanent sign will appear, as foretold in the third prophetic secret given to the seers.
MAR 11 (Medjugorje Today) - In February, all the six Medjugorje visionaries were in Rome together, invited there to meet with Cardinals from the Vatican's international Commission on Medjugorje, the French nun Sr. Emmanuel Maillard writes in the newsletter of her organization, Children of Medjugorje.
"Things must be moving along since this is the first time that they have been invited together. In the past few years of investigation, they had been invited separately, some of them even several times, but not together" Sr. Emmanuel informs.
FEB 3 (Medjugorje Today) - Not only one, but "numerous" reports were written by the Vatican's investigative Commisision on Medjugorje. And though the view of the Commission has been reported to be generally positive, some of the 17 members still have some kind of doubt, Vatican Insider reports.
"The commission led by Cardinal Ruini sent numerous reports to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). No proof was found of any tricks or scams but some of the commission’s members are still not fully convinced" the experienced Vatican watcher Andrea Tornielli writes in Vatican Insider, a special edition published by the major Italian daily La Stampa.
So far, no answer has been given as to when CDF will pass on the reports and its own eventual remarks to Pope Francis. Vatican Insider comes no further than "in the coming months":
"The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will hold a plenary meeting in the coming months to examine and discuss the commission’s conclusions. The decision will then be presented to Pope Francis who will give a final judgement."
JAN 29 (Medjugorje Today) - Mostar International Airport close to Medjugorje is close to opening a regular route to Rome, with only the final paper work with the Italian air flight operator missing before the route can be formally announced.
"Unfortunately, we still can not confirm exactly when the route will be established but we hope it will be resolved in the next few days" the airport's head of transport and security Marko Djuzel tells the local news portal Glas Brotnja.
OCT 29 (Medjugorje Today) - The statue that glowed for six evenings and nights from September 23 in the childhood home of visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic has not been a topic for the Vatican Commission on Medjugorje.
"I read about it in the media, and what I can say is that the published information was not verified. The Commission dealing with the Medjugorje phenomenon has not dealt with the statue" Fr. Franjo Topic, a professor of theology from Sarajevo and a consultant to the Commission, tells the Mostar-based daily Dnevni List.
The statue was moved to the parish office on September 29, at the request of Vicka's family who wanted the statue analyzed. Several local sources told that the experts would arrive from the Vatican but no one formally tied the investigation of the statue to the general Vatican examination of Medjugorje, ongoing since the current Commission was formed on March 17th 2010.
OCT 25 (Medjugorje Today) - Fr. Miljenko Steko, the director of Medjugorje's information centre and radio station before he became the Provincial of the Franciscans in Hercegovina, has been elected new President of the European Franciscan OFM Provincials. The election took place in Rome, during a conference on October 21-25.
OCT 8 (Medjugorje Today) - On September 27, Croatian Airlines captain pilot Zvonko Situm successfully crash landed his engine in Zurich, Switzerland, when he and his colleagues had found they could not extend the nose wheel prior to landing.
All 65 passengers were left without injuries, and the Croatian press soon elevated Situm and his crew to national heroes. Early this week, he went to Medjugorje to give thanks.
"There was no time to be afraid. All my life I have lived as a believer, and that is what I had in mind. (The accident) happened around 8 pm in the evening, and I prayed at 9 o'clock in the morning. Normally, as every day. I live all my life by faith, not just in that one moment" Zvonko Situm tells the Croatian daily Vecernji List who met him in Medjugorje.
Situm spent 15 minutes alone with visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic, and tells they talked about faith and family. The pilot says he was especially impressed "by Vicka's simplicity, accessibility, faith, warmth, sincerity, and closeness to God."
SEP 9 (Medjugorje Today) - After several months of absence, Medjugorje visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic resumed her talks to pilgrims on Monday, addressing several thousands at Sister Kornelija's orphanage a bit outside of Medjugorje.
Continuing problems with her back have kept Vicka away but she was fine during her recent week-long pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine, and now plans to regularly talk to the Medjugorje pilgrims, in the early morning hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
“Dear children! You are not aware of the graces that you are living at this time in which the Most High is giving you signs for you to open and convert. Return to God and to prayer, and may prayer begin to reign in your hearts, families and communities, so that the Holy Spirit may lead and inspire you to every day be more open to God’s will and to His plan for each of you. I am with you and with the saints and angels intercede for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
“Dear children! The Most High is giving me the grace that I can still be with you and to lead you in prayer towards the way of peace. Your heart and soul thirst for peace and love, for God and His joy. Therefore, little children, pray, pray, pray and in prayer you will discover the wisdom of living. I bless you all and intercede for each of you before my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
"Dear children, I call you all and accept you as my children. I am praying that you may accept me and love me as a mother. I have united all of you in my heart, I have descended among you and I bless you. I know that you desire consolation and hope from me because I love you and intercede for you. I ask of you to unite with me in my Son and to be my apostles. For you to be able to do so, I am calling you, anew, to love. There is no love without prayer - there is no prayer without forgiveness because love is prayer - forgiveness is love. My children, God created you to love and you love so as to forgive. Every prayer that comes out of love unites you with my Son and the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit illuminates you and makes you my apostles - apostles who will do everything they do in the name of the Lord. They will pray with their works and not just with words, because they love my Son and comprehend the way of truth which leads to eternal life. Pray for your shepherds that they may always lead you with a pure heart on the way of truth and love - the way of my Son. Thank you."
"Dear children! Pray and be aware that without God you are dust. Therefore, turn your thoughts and heart to God and to prayer. Trust in His love. In God’s spirit, little children, you are all called to be witnesses. You are precious and I call you, little children, to holiness, to eternal life. Therefore, be aware that this life is passing. I love you and call you to a new life of conversion. Thank you for having responded to my call."
"Dear children! Open your hearts to the grace which God is giving you through me, as a flower that opens to the warm rays of the sun. Be prayer and love for all those who are far from God and His love. I am with you and I intercede for all of you before my Son Jesus, and I love you with immeasurable love. Thank you for having responded to my call."
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