DEC 16 (Medjugorje Today) - Construction of a main collector and a pressure pipe for a new sewage system in Medjugorje got started on Tuesday, having been postponed for three years due to contractual and bureaucratic problems.
"Medjugorje has about 23,000 beds, and not having solved the sewage problem represents a potential ecological bomb. When the problem is not solved, all the sewage ends up in the soil and underground. So this is a significant investment for Medjugorje" mayor Ivo Jerkic of Citluk tells the local news portal Brotnjo Online.
DEC 14 (Medjugorje Today) - The 50 inhabitants of Vionica, a hamlet in the parish of Medjugorje, who were killed in World War I and II and the war in Bosnia and Hercegovina 1992-95 are being commemorated with a memorial site that opened on December 14 in Vionica.
In golden letters, the 50 names are carved into a cross made from marble which was revealed by Antonija Primorac, the youngest child of Bosnian war victim Ante Primorac, then blessed by parish priest Marinko Sakota, the local news portal Brotnjo Online reports. 11 citizens of Vionica died in World War I, 35 in World War II while four lost their life in what is locally known as the homeland war.
DEC 12 (Medjugorje Today) - With many still homeless after a major flood hit the region of Posavina in north-eastern Bosnia and Hercegovina in May, Medjugorje is now taking steps to help the victims.
Donations, food, toilet articles, household appliances and second-hand furniture are being collected every day. This takes place in response to a call for help from Fr. Marijan Zivkovic, the parish priest in Tolisa, a town about the size of Medjugorje.
DEC 8 (Medjugorje Today) - After a major renovation of woodwork and ceiling, on December 7 St. Elijah's Church in Tihaljina (35 kilometers from Medjugorje) was re-opened, inaugurated and consecrated by Bishop Ratko Peric of Mostar.
The church is famous for its statue of the Virgin Mary that became an icon of Medjugorje when Fr. Jozo Zovko, parish priest in Medjugorje when the apparitions began, was parish priest in Tihaljina by the mid-1980s. When Italian pilgrims began to seek out Fr. Jozo, the cards with a photo of the statue he distributed to them also started spreading, and still today the church in Tihaljina is being visited by Medjugorje pilgrims.
DEC 4 (Medjugorje Today) - Christmas is being marked with hundreds of lights in the trees around the open back altar of Saint James Church, and in the trees along the path to the Risen Christ sculpture.
Also, a green crane has been hard at work installing a big nativity scene in front of the church. It is going to be used for the nativity play performed by the local Cenacolo community.
NOV 30 (Medjugorje Today) - Disprivileged families in Medjugorje receive a helping hand for Christmas from young people in the parish enabling them to buy food and other goods.
The local branch of Franciscan Youth has been producing advent wreathes and started selling them on the First Sunday of Advent. Income proceeding from the sale will benefit the poor.
NOV 29 (Medjugorje Today) - Spanish author Maria Vallejo-Nagera devotes her new book, "From Maria to Maria", to stories of her friends who experienced a conversion in Medjugorje.
"They were all beautiful and of extraordinary spiritual worth: Seven gems from a huge jewelry box full of the Virgin's gems" Vallejo-Nagera tells the Catholic website Religion e Libertad.
The book is the eleventh from Maria Vallejo-Nagera who first visited Medjugorje in 2000, and experienced a powerful conversion.
NOV 27 (Medjugorje Today) - A recent visit to Medjugorje has made quite an impact on the Italian singer Umberto Tozzi whose records have sold more than 70 million copies worldwide.
"I had lost sight of prayer but a recent trip to Medjugorje made me rekindle contacts with Heaven. And I am happy, very happy" he tells the Swiss news portal Tio.
Umberto Tozzi was in Medjugorje along with Inter Milan football coach Roberto Mancini who first visited in March 2012.
NOV 26 (Medjugorje Today) - The Croatian general Ante Gotovina's highest wish is visiting Medjugorje where he is likely to arrive by the end of the year, his close friend Zeljko Dilber tells the local news portal Medjugorje Info.
Gotovina is a controversial figure: a national hero among Croatians, many Serbs think differently of him. In 2001, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) indicted Ante Gotovina on a number of alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in 1995 when his military career culminated in Croatian key victories against the Bosnian Serbs.
In April 2011, Gotovina was found guilty on eight of the nine counts of the indictment and sentenced to 24 years of imprisonment. Yet on November 16th 2012, he was found not guilty on all charges by the appeals panel at the ICTY, and immediately set free.
NOV 24 (Medjugorje Today) - The 14th anniversary of the death of Medjugorje main priest Fr. Slavko Barbaric will be marked this Monday, by praying the Stations of the Cross at 2 pm on Cross Mountain and with a Mass at 6 pm.
Having led parishioners and pilgrims to the top of Cross Mountain praying the Stations of the Cross, Fr. Slavko died at the summit on November 24th 2000. One day later the Virgin Mary's monthly message to visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti told that "your brother Slavko has been born into Heaven and intercedes for you".
NOV 21 (Medjugorje Today) - Leo Daly, a long-time Medjugorje pilgrim from Australia, is planning a replica of the cross on Cross Mountain near Sydney where he lives.
A number of offers to do the basic tasks have come, and from another replica project Leo Daly has received a diagram of the cross, with measurements. The project plan is growing, Daly tells on the Medjugorje Live message board.
Replicas of the 8,56 meters tall, white Cross Mountain cross already exist in Honduras, Rwanda, and Malawi.
NOV 20 (Medjugorje Today) - The new highway through Bosnia and Hercegovina that will tie Medjugorje to Sarajevo and beyond on the one end and to the Croatian border and further to Split on the other will be complete by 2020, given that the current pace of construction is maintained, the federal road authorities tell Radio Sarajevo.
The sub-section from Medjugorje to the Croatian border crossing at Bijaca was opened in September, the passage from Medjugorje to Pocitelj (south-east of Medjugorje) now being among the next construction projects in line.
Once finished, the highway will go all the way through Bosnia and Hercegovina from the north-east to the south-west corner of the country.
“Dear children, remember - for I am telling you that love will win. I know that many of you are losing hope because around you, you see suffering, pain, jealousy, envy... But, I am your mother. I am in the Kingdom but am also here with you. My Son is sending me anew to help you. Therefore, do not lose hope, instead, follow me - because the victory of my heart is in the name of God. My beloved Son is thinking of you as He has always thought of you. Believe Him and live Him. He is the Life of the world. My children, to live my Son means to live the Gospel. This is not easy. This means love, forgiveness and sacrifice. This purifies and it opens the Kingdom. Sincere prayer, which is not only words but is a prayer which the heart speaks, will help you. Likewise fasting (will help you), because it is still more of love, forgiveness and sacrifice. Therefore, do not lose hope but follow me. I am imploring you anew to pray for your shepherds so that they may always look to my Son who was the first Shepherd of the world and whose family was the entire world. Thank you.”
"Dear children, I am with you with the blessing of my Son, with you who love me and who strive to follow me. I also desire to be with you who do not accept me. To all of you I am opening my heart full of love and I am blessing you with my motherly hands. I am a mother who understands you. I lived your life and lived through your sufferings and joys. You who are living the pain understand my pain and suffering because of those of my children who do not permit the light of my Son to illuminate them; those of my children who are living in darkness. This is why I need you - you who have been illuminated by the light and have comprehended the truth. I am calling you to adore my Son so that your soul may grow and reach true spirituality. My apostles, it is then that you will be able to help me. To help me means to pray for those who have not come to know the love of my Son. In praying for them you are showing to my Son that you love Him and follow Him. My Son promised me that evil will never win, because you, the souls of the just, are here; you who strive to say your prayers with the heart; you who offer your pain and suffering to my Son; you who comprehend that life is only a blink; you who yearn for the Kingdom of Heaven. All of this makes you my apostles and leads you towards the victory of my heart. Therefore, my children, purify your hearts and adore my Son. Thank you."
"Dear children, with motherly love I implore you, love one another. May there be in you hearts, as my Son desired from the very begining, love for the Heavenly Father and for your neighbour in the first place - above everything of this world. My dear children, do you not recognize the signs of the times? Do you not recognize that all of this that is around you, all that is happening, is because there is no love? Comprehend that salvation is in true values. Accept the might of the Heavenly Father, love Him and honour Him. Walk in the footsteps of my Son. You, my children, my dear apostles, you are always gathering around me anew, because you are thirsty. You thirst for peace, love and happiness. Drink out of my hands. My hands are offering to you my Son who is the spring of clear water. He will bring your faith back to life and purify your hearts, because my Son loves pure hearts and pure hearts love my Son. Only pure hearts are humble and have firm faith. I ask for such hearts of you, my children. My Son told me that I am the mother of the entire world. I ask of those of you who accept me as such to help me, with your life, prayer and sacrifice, for all of my children to accept me as a mother - so that I may lead them to the spring of the clear water. Thank you. My dear children, as your shepherds offer you the Body of my Son with their blessed hands, always in your hearts give thanks to my Son for the sacrifice and for the shepherds that He always gives you anew."
“Dear children! Also today I call you to also be like the stars, which by their light give light and beauty to others so they may rejoice. Little children, also you be the radiance, beauty, joy and peace – and especially prayer – for all those who are far from my love and the love of my Son Jesus. Little children, witness your faith and prayer in joy, in the joy of faith that is in your hearts; and pray for peace, which is a precious gift from God. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
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