MAY 5 (Medjugorje Today) - Authored by a professor and dean at Mostar University, an interview book with visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo has been published in Croatian.
A comprehensive interview with Mirjana constitutes the first part of Marija Vasilj's book. Here Mirjana "speaks in detail about the first days of the apparitions, her experiences with the Virgin Mary, our call in life, and why in fact the apparitions in Medjugorje take place" the regional news portal Hercegovina Info reports.
The second part of the book an interview with Fr. Petar Ljubicic, the Franciscan priest Mirjana has chosen to reveal the 10 prophetic secrets she says the Virgin Mary has entrusted to her. The third part consists of meditations on the Stations of the Cross and each mystery of the Rosary.
May 5 (Medjugorje Today) - The missing finger on the statue of the Virgin Mary on top of Apparition Hill in Medjugorje was put back in place on May 4 when creaftsmen went to work.
The little finger on the statue's left hand was found missing on March 2. Dirt found on the statue indicated it may have been climbed.
MAY 4 (Medjugorje Today) - The Blue Cross at the foot of Apparition Hill where visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo has her public apparitions has been made easier to access. A stairway of stone now leads to the place.
Last summer, parish workers completed the first stage of the Blue Cross project, by breaking the stones on the path into smaller pieces and leveling the path.
MAY 4 (Medjugorje Today) - More than 30,000 pilgrims were in Medjugorje this weekend when the main event was visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo's public apparition on Saturday.
Many were unable to find a bed in Medjugorje, and there were pilgrims who spent the night in Mostar 30 kilometers away, the regional news portal Dnevnik reports. 315 priests concelebrated at the evening Masses.
MAY 1 (Medjugorje Today) - "Praying to God is not forbidden, not even in Medjugorje" Cardinal Vinko Puljic of Sarajevo comments to the German newspaper Würzburger Tagespost.
Cardinal Puljic was a member of the Vatican Commission on Medjugorje that worked for 2010-14. He tells that he will neither prejudge, nor try to influence the subsequent decision of Pope Francis.
MAY 1 (Medjugorje Today) - The players of the Italian rugby team Paese will get to visit Medjugorje for free if they manage to get promoted to the Venetian League A, the regional newspaper Corriere del Veneto reports.
Behind the initiative is team sponsor Paolo Gazzolo. Paese currently leads the regional League B after 14 wins, 2 draws and one defeat.
APR 25 (Medjugorje Today) - Members of the Celtic Orthodox Church, one of the oldest churches in the world, will go to Medjugorje on a pilgrimage on July 7-13.
The pilgrimage will be for the French members of the church, and be led by Bishop Marc. Catholic bishops cannot organize pilgrimages to Medjugorje as this could give the impression that the apparitions are officially recognized.
APR 21 (Medjugorje Today) - Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder and CEO of the Medjugorje-based charity Mary's Meals, has been named as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world for 2015.
Magnus McFarlane-Barrow, a Scot, has been recognised for Mary’s Meals’ work in setting up school feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities. Today Mary’s Meals is feeding 989,791 children every school day across 12 countries.
“It is wonderful to be able to accept this honour on behalf of the thousands of people all around the world, who together are working to realise the Mary’s Meals vision – that every child should be able to receive at least one meal every day in their place of education" Magnus McFarlane-Barrows comments.
APR 20 (Medjugorje Today) - Visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti's apparition drew thousands of people to the sports hall PalaWhirlpool in Varese, Italy, on April 19, the regional news portal La Provincia di Varese reports.
The 11 hours long arrangement was attended by people from all over the province of Varese, from Milan, Piedmont, and beyond. Among the participants were families, children, curious, devout, mothers, sick, and disabled.
APR 17 (Medjugorje Today) - About 8.40 pm on April 14, an American pilgrim lost 2,553 Euro ($ 2,753) which had disappeared from her pansion room, the regional news portal Hercegovina Info reports. The police is investigating the case.
APR 17 (Medjugorje Today) - Italy's waterpolo national team stayed in Medjugorje on April 15, after losing a game against Croatia in Split.
"I think he was Our Lady's call to come" main coach Alessandro Campagna told medjugorje.hr.
The initiative came from the player Alex Giorgetti who first visited Medjugorje in 2011, after Italy had won the World Cup.
"From that day, prayer has been everything for me. Faith helps me to be a better man. Medjugorje is for me the love and connection with Our Lady and God " Giorgetta said.
APR 17 (Medjugorje Today) - The passage from Medjugorje to the Croatian border was opened last year in September but costs on the existing loans consititute a serious obstacle to the completion of the high-profiled motorway called Corridor 5c through all of Bosnia and Hercegovina to the border of Hungary, the Bosnian news agency Nezavisne Novine reports.
"The question is who might appear and be interested in the concession? Even if the roads were there, there must be enough passengers and goods because why else would someone invest in the concession? That is why I believe there is no chance that someone will respond because money can be invested and come back much faster in, say, BH Telecom" says Vjekoslav Domljan, professor of economy at the University of Mostar.
His Sarajevo colleague Muris Cilic agrees, adding that he views Bosnia and Hercegovina obtaining European Union candidate status as the most efficient means, as this would open whole new opportunites. Meanwhile, the federational government maintains that the motorway will be completed.
"No options are ruled out, including new loans, but we prefer non-credit arrangements. Our goal is to continue and intensify work on this issue. We believe that the continuation of work on Corridor 5c contributes greatly to the realization of development plans of the government" a cabinet source tells Nezavisne Novine.
“Dear children, open your hearts and try to feel how much I love you and how much I desire for you to love my Son. I desire for you to come to know Him all the better, because it is impossible to know Him and not to love Him - because He is love. I, my children, know you. I know your pain and suffering because I lived through them. I laugh with you in your joy and I cry with you in your pain. I will never leave you. I will always speak to you with motherly tenderness. And I, as a mother, need your open hearts to spread the love of my Son with wisdom and simplicity. I need you to be open and sensitive to the good and mercy. I need you to be united with my Son, because I desire for you to be happy and to help me to bring happiness to all of my children. My apostles, I need you to show everyone the truth of God, so that my heart, which suffered and today suffers so much pain, can win in love. Pray for the holiness of your shepherds, so that in the name of my Son they could work miracles, because holiness works miracles. Thank you.”
“Dear children! I am with you also today to lead you to salvation. Your soul is restless because your spirit is weak and tired from all worldly things. You, little children, pray to the Holy Spirit that He may transform you and fill you with His strength of faith and hope, so that you may be firm in this battle against evil. I am with you and intercede for you before my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
“Dear children! Also today the Most High permits me to be with you and to lead you on the way of conversion. Many hearts have shut themselves to grace and have become deaf to my call. You, little children, pray and fight against temptation and all the evil plans which the devil offers you through modernism. Be strong in prayer and with the cross in your hands pray that evil may not use you and may not conquer in you. I am with you and pray for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
“Dear children! You are my strength. You, my apostles, who with your love, humility and silence of prayer are making it possible for one to come to know my Son. You live in me. You carry me in your heart. You know that you have a mother who loves you and who has come to bring love. I am looking at you in the Heavenly Father - your thoughts, your pains, your sufferings - and I offer them to my Son. Do not be afraid and do not lose hope, because my Son listens to his mother. Since He was born He loves and I desire for all of my children to come to know that love. I desire that all those who left Him because of their pain and misunderstanding may return to Him and that all those who have never known Him may come to know Him. That is why you are here, my apostles, and I as a mother am with you. Pray for the firmness of faith, because love and mercy come from firm faith. Through love and mercy you will help all those who are not aware that they are choosing darkness instead of light. Pray for your shepherds because they are the strength of the Church which My Son left to you. Through my Son, they are the shepherds of souls. Thank you.”
“Dear children! In this time of grace I call all of you: pray more and speak less. In prayer seek the will of God and live it according to the commandments to which God calls you. I am with you and am praying with you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
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