JULY 26 (Medjugorje Today) - Medjugorje and Bijakovici will get a new urban development plan after many buildings were constructed without permission in recent years.
On July 23, work began with a round table meeting attended by Citluk mayor Ivo Jerkic, the canton Minister of Transport and Communications, Medjugorje parish priest Marinko Sakota, representatives of public institutions, and several others.
"It is important to point out that the urban development plan and the spatial plan define some development guidelines. This is not a plan that defines plots and provides conditions for construction, this is a plan that directs the development in terms of infrastructure development, quality of housing and business. The spatial plan defines rural areas, and the urban plan defines the conditions for urban development, Nada Komadina, a representative of the company Ecoplan from Mostar, tells the local news portal Brotnjo Online.
The inhabitants will also be involved, through public hearings.
JULY 15 (Medjugorje Today) - First scheduled for July 13, visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic's spine operation will only take place within the next 10 days, the National Medjugorje Movement UK informs. The surgery will take place in Milan, Italy.
JULY 15 (Medjugorje Today) - Visionary Ivan Dragicevic had his apparition on July 13 in his private chapel in Medjugorje, exclusively attended by local tour guides. Afterwards, Ivan reported this message from the Virgin Mary:
“Dear children, also today I am happy with you and I bless you all with the blessing of peace. Be persevering, dear children, in the prayer, and be my signs – the signs of my presence. Be, dear children, my flowers. I pray for all of you before my Son. Thank you dear children for also today having responded to my call.”
JULY 15 (Medjugorje Today) - "At the Bottom of the the Hill" it is the title of a new Italian film inspired by Medjugorje. The story depicts a man's radical change of a young man (played by actor Emmanuel Marzani) who after a life of sex, drugs and satanic music finds salvation through a pilgrimage to Medjugorje.
The testimony of visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic will be included in the movie which is being helped along by the work of many volunteers, journalist Rita Sberna reports.
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.
“Dear children! With joy I am with you also today and I call all of you, little children, pray, pray, pray so as to comprehend the love which I have for you. My love is stronger than evil, little children, therefore draw closer to God so as to feel my joy in God. Without God, little children, you do not have a future, you do not have hope or salvation; therefore leave evil and choose good. I am with you and, with you, I intercede before God for all of your needs. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
“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.”
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