JULY 5 (Medjugorje Today) - The alarm call was about a broken leg, yet when eight men from the local Mountain Rescue Service arrived on Cross Mountain early in the morning on July 4, the fracture in question turned out to be a broken leg. The unlucky woman was handed over to the Maltese for further treatment.
JULY 1 (Medjugorje Today) - Visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic is out of sight in Medjugorje at the moment, recovering from a leg injury that keeps her from maintaining her regular routine of talking to the pilgrims.
"Vicka is not meeting with pilgrims. She has had some kind of injury to her leg, so at the moment she is unable to meet pilgrims and give her testimony. But we hope she will have a short time of recovery" Mary TV reports in the recent edition of the programme Tea With Rosie.
JUNE 28 (Medjugorje Today) - Recent days' speculation and rumors about Pope Francis' coming decision on Medjugorje leave the local Franciscans unaffected. So do statements from the Pope that have been interpreted to be about Medjugorje.
"From what I understand, the Pope has never directly named Medjugorje. So, for our part, we live in the greatest serenity. Before the Pope speaks, everything is on the level of speculation. It is all in God's hands and we are absolutely serene" local Franciscan Fr. Dragan Ruzic tells the Italian daily Il Giornale.
JUNE 27 (Medjugorje Today) - A 10 year old girl from Vionica, the distant-most of the five hamlets that make up the parish of Medjugorje, had been missing since Friday night when she was found alive and well on Apparition Hill about noon on June 27, local news portal Brotnjo Online reports.
Since her disappearance, the search for the girl soon intensified: Police and locals in Citluk were quickly joined by Mountain Rescue Service from Citluk first, then Mostar who sent two teams with dogs. Early on Saturday, they were joined by rescuers from Jablanica, Posusje, and Siroki Brijeg.
Described by rescuers as "in good condition, a little lost and upset", the girl was handed over to the infirmary in Citluk for a medical examination.
JUNE 25 (Medjugorje Today) - Both the apparition and the message were short when Medjugorje seer Ivanka Ivankovic-Elez received her annual apparition on June 25.
"Our Lady gave us her motherly blessing and said: Peace, peace, peace" Ivanka said after her 4 minutes long apparition.
JUNE 24 (Medjugorje Today) - If Pope Francis denies the authenticity of the apparitions in Medjugorje in his coming verdict, it will be at the risk of a schism in the Church, author/journalist Vittorio Messori tells the Italian radio station RAI.
Yet, Messori, whose books about and with Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI have made him the most translated writer in the world, does not think Medjugorje will be condemned, but that the case will be left open.
"There will probably be a recognition of Medjugorje as a shrine, but without reference being made to the origin of the shrine" Vittorio Messori says.
JUNE 22 (Medjugorje Today) - Rules have been applied to prevent shop owners in, particularly, Medjugorje's main street from expanding their area by including the sidewalk in front of the shop But many shop owners ignore the public decision, the President of Medjugorje's local community, Dragan Vasilj, sums up after a recent open hearing.
"A large number of shop owners do not respect the rules despite constant warnings from the communal inspectors. Also, the president of their association repeatedly warned shop owners of the behavior of workers who are sitting on the sidewalk, obstructing pedestrian traffic" Dragan Vasilj writes.
"In the public hearing, the arguments of the shopkeepers were that they pay high rents, that it would destroy their business, etc. We point out that they have paid the rent for office space and not for the public area in front of the store."
The Community of Medjugorje reacts with specific demands:
"First of all we do not want them to expose goods on hangers, scarves and hats, and thus not at all, hanging on awnings, creating an image of Medjugorje as the flea market in Zagreb, or some kind of bazaar. Whenever you watch the tv reports, the pictures from Medjugorje with ugly comments about commercialization are just strings of goods displayed on the sidewalk" Dragan Vasilj writes.
JUNE 15 (Medjugorje Today) - Fr. Jozo Zovko, the world famous Franciscan who was parish priest in Medjugorje when the apparitions began, says he still has something to say about Medjugorje, but will let Pope Francis speak first.
"Yes, I still have something to say about Medjugorje. But first speaks the Pope" now 74 year old Fr. Jozo tells the Croatian daily Jutarnji List.
JUNE 12 (Medjugorje Today) - Led by parish priest Fr. Marinko Sakota, 650 people from Medjugorje welcomed Pope Francis during his one-day visit to Sarajevo on June 6, the local news poral Medjugorje Info reports.
During the Pope's Mass at Kosovo Stadium, the Medjugorje choir Queen of Peace was part of the largest choir ever in the history of Bosnia and Hercegovina.
JUNE 10 (Medjugorje Today) - The community of Sestola near Modena, Italy, feels sorrow after a June 20 prayer meeting with the scheduled participation by Medjugorje visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic has been cancelled at the request of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
"Along with the whole community I am sorry that the meeting cannot be because even from the human point of view it was a great opportunity to get together. But this was the decision, and although we do not agree, it must be respected. Then the next year we will see" Sestola mayor Marco Bonnuchi tells the local newspaper Gazzetta di Modena.
Last year, the Sestola meeting was attended by about 5,000 people.
JUNE 8 (Medjugorje Today) - An earthquake at 6.15 am on June 8 had its epicenter 11 kilometers (6,14 miles) north of Medjugorje, the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Centre reports.
The quake measured 2,5 on the Richter scale (2 on Mercalli) and was preceded by a 2,8 Richter quake at 5.14 am. Such small earthquakes are only felt by few people, especially on upper floors.
JUNE 6 (Medjugorje Today) - Medjugorje was not mentioned by Pope Francis when he visited the Bosnian capital Sarajevo on June 6. Months of lively speculation thereby came to an end.
Like all other parishes in the country, Medjugorje was represented among the more than 65,000 people who attended the papal Mass at Kosovo Stadium, yet no banners or other signs to identify them have been seen. In Medjugorje, the Mass was live transmitted and watched by pilgrims in John Paul II's Hall.
“Dear children! Also today the Most High gives me the grace to be able to love you and to call you to conversion. Little children, may God be your tomorrow and not war and lack of peace; not sorrow but joy and peace must begin to reign in the heart of every person - but without God you will never find peace. Therefore, little children, return to God and to prayer so that your heart may sing with joy. I am with you and I love you with immeasurable love. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
“Dear children, I desire to work through you - my children, my apostles - so that in the end, I may gather all of my children there where everything is prepared for your happiness. I am praying for you, that through works you can convert others, because the time has come for acts of truth, for my Son. My love will work in you - I will make use of you. Have trust in me, because everything that I desire, I desire for your good, the eternal good created by the Heavenly Father. You, my children, my apostles, are living an earthly life in union with my children who have not come to know the love of my Son, who do not call me 'mother' - but do not be afraid to witness the truth. If you are not afraid and witness courageously, the truth will miraculously win, but remember, strength is in love. My children, love is repentance, forgiveness, prayer, sacrifice and mercy. If you will know how to love, by your works you will convert others, you will enable the light of my Son to penetrate into souls. Thank you. Pray for your shepherds. They belong to my Son. He called them. Pray that they may always have the strength and the courage to shine with the light of my Son."
“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.”
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