MAR 30 (Medjugorje Today) - St. John Paul II's Hall in Medjugorje was full when a new Croatian film about 66 Franciscan martyrs killed by communists in 1945 was screened on March 28.
"Tonight we watch a film about serious crimes and as Christians we want to remember, but we also want to forgive. We remember something that encourages us to firm faith, not hatred" parish priest Marinko Sakota said.
Six of the 66 martyrs hailed from Medjugorje.
MAR 28 (Medjugorje Today) - The Canadian shoe designer John Fluevog has launched a shoe called Medugorje, the spelling resembling the Croatian one.
Fluevog advertises that the shoe will “carry your feet safely down your fateful path” and has inscribed the inner sole with the words “Make A Dream Come True”.
Coming with high heels, the $159 shoe is unfit for mountaineering.
MAR 27 (Medjugorje Today) - On Palm Sunday there will be horses in the streets of Medjugorje. Horsemen from several towns in Hercegovina will start their journey on Saturday. Upon arrival in Medjugorje the will go in procession from the old parish church before the Mass at 11 am.
Cultural and artistic organizations will also participate, the regional news portal Hercegovina Info reports.
MAR 25 (Medjugorje Today) - The area housing the remains of Medjugorje's old parish church is on the way to becoming a new information hotspot. Panels depicting the history of the parish from the Illyrian period over the founding of the parish to the construction of the cross on Cross Mountain and onwards have been suggested to parish priest Fr. Marinko Sakota who backs the idea.
"I fully support this initiative. Now comes the further development of ideas. It would be good to include many young professionals in order to work out the conceptual design of the entire area" he tells the local news portal Brotnjo Online.
Thought of as a starting point where new pilgrims can familiarize themselves with the parish, the idea has been conceived by the new organization Geocultur who invites everyone to contribute with ideas. They can be sent to email@example.com
MAR 24 (Medjugorje Today) - Wayne Weible, the author of 10 books on Medjugorje, has opened a new YouTube channel called Medjugorje Minute. Each day a live YouTube minute will focus on a particular segment of Medjugorje, such as the messages, and how to apply them in daily life.
"Our Lady has been appearing daily for more than 33 years and has given us many messages. Therefore, there is much we can discover from her words that will help us in our spiritual life" Wayne Weible announces at Facebook.
MAR 23 (Medjugorje Today) - A Croatian pilgrim was evacuated from Apparition Hill by the Mountain Rescue Service on Sunday afternoon. The middle-aged woman had fallen and damaged her knee, thigh, and lower leg, local news portal Brotnjo Online reports.
The rescue personel arrived in about half an hour, and the woman was first taken for examinations in nearby Citluk, then transferred to the hospital in Mostar.
MAR 22 (Medjugorje Today) - The entire building housing Medjugorje's primary school has come under video surveillance. The school has spent its own resources to acquire multiple to monitor the building and the schoolyard day and night.
The cameras were found necessary after years of repeated vandalism. Destroyed ornamental plants, smashed windows and other kinds of damage have taken place regularly. Finding the perpetrators was always difficult but headmaster Veselko Pehar tells the local news portal Brotnjo Online that he expects the vandalism to end with the new cameras.
MAR 19 (Medjugorje Today) - Melinda Dumitrescu, the Romanian elite violinist who lives in Medjugorje, has gathered a group of musicians with the aim of evangelizing through concerts. Called "Stars of Jesus and Mary", the project has been launched in several countries.
"This project is a fruit of Our Lady's messages" she tells Radio Mir Medjugorje.
MAR 17 (Medjugorje Today) - The Italian author/journalist Paolo Brosio spent part of March 16 in the prison of Sassari where he told about his conversion through Medjugorje.
"The meeting with the inmates has been very exciting and I promised to get them 100 copies of my first book and 100 images of the Madonna that were blessed by Our Lady during an apparition in Medjugorje" Brosio tells on his page at Facebook.
"I was repeatedly moved and at the end I hugged a lot of them promising prayers and the fact that I am available for an exchange of letters of comfort, to talk about how important a living faith is in the most difficult moments of life" Paolo Brosio also tells.
MAR 17 (Medjugorje Today) - While facing injuries and an almost fatal pneumonia, the Croatian shot putter Stipe Zunic experienced a turning point in Medjugorje, he tells the Croatian daily Vecernji List.
"I managed to survive thanks to God. Yes, I am a big believer and regularly go to church. Before a competition I go to Medjugorje where I found spiritual peace" Zunic says.
24 year old Stipe Zunic, also a discus and javelin thrower, recently won the American indoor university championships with a throw of 21,11 meters, new Croatian record and the fourth-best result in the world this season.
MAR 12 (Medjugorje Today) - Bad weather has delayed the laying down of pipes for Medjugorje's new modern sewage system, and now the local communites of Medjugorje and Bijakovici have written an open letter to local mayor Ivo Jerkic. The demand is for the work to be resumed, with priority given to central Medjugorje before pilgrims begin to arrive in large numbers.
"At the meeting in your office, it was agreed to that as soon as weather conditions improve, work on laying down pipes should move to central Medjugorje. It has already been ten days with perfect weather conditions, yet this has not happened. Given that, traditionally, pilgrims begin to arrive early during Lent, and that it is getting close to to Palm Sunday and Easter, very little time is left, and change in weather condition can occur. That is why we consider it necessary to immediately resume the work on laying down pipes, and move this work to the center in order to avoid having to undertake it at a time when pilgrims arrive in large numbers" the local communities write.
“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.”
“Dear children! Also today I call you: live your vocation in prayer. Now, as never before, Satan wants to suffocate man and his soul by his contagious wind of hatred and unrest. In many hearts there is no joy because there is no God or prayer. Hatred and war are growing from day to day. I am calling you, little children, begin anew, with enthusiasm, the walk of holiness and love; since I have come among you because of this. Together let us be love and forgiveness for all those who know and want to love only with a human love and not with that immeasurable love of God to which God calls you. Little children, may hope in a better tomorrow always be in your heart. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
"Dear children, I am here among you as a mother who desires to help you to come to know the truth. While I lived your life on earth I had knowledge of the truth, and by this alone, a piece of Heaven on earth. That is why I desire the same for you, my children. The Heavenly Father desires pure hearts filled with the knowledge of the truth. He desires for you to love all those whom you meet, because I also love my Son in all of you. This is the beginning of coming to know the truth. Many false truths are being offered to you. You will overcome them with a heart cleansed by fasting, prayer, penance and the Gospel. This is the only truth and it is the truth which my Son left you. You do not need to examine it much. What is asked of you, as I also have done, is to love and to give. My children, if you love, your heart will be a home for my Son and me, and the words of my Son will be the guiding light in your life. My children, I will make use of you, apostles of love, to help all of my children to come to know the truth. My children, I have always prayed for the Church of my Son, and so I also ask the same of you. Pray that your shepherds may come to shine forth with the love of my Son. Thank you."
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