JAN 31 (Medjugorje Today) - Cristian Ledesma from the Rome-based League A club Lazio has joined the ranks of Italian footballers devoted to Medjugorje where he visits as a pilgrim with his wife.
"We have started an important journey of faith. Many small and large circumstances brought us to Medjugorje where we were "born again" in faith. We are very devoted to the Virgin Mary" Cristian Ledesma tells the football website TuttoMercadoWeb.
32 year old Argentine-born Ledesma has played one national game for Italy, and appeared in almost 400 League A matches for Lecce and Lazio since 2001.
JAN 29 (Medjugorje Today) - Visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic encourages prayer for Pope Francis and says different Popes are chosen to mirror different times and needs.
"All times are different. The late Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis are for three different times. The Lord sends persons as signs who are for that time. Pope Francis is really good and special, and we need many prayers for him. If we pray, he will have more strength and grace, and will be able to go ahead" Vicka tells the local news portal Glas Brotnja.
JAN 26 (Medjugorje Today) - Fighting fires, pulling injured passengers out of cars after traffic accidents, and pumping water from submerged houses are some of the abilities of a new multi-purpose firefighter truck delivered today to the municipality of Citluk of which Medjugorje is a part.
"The Fire Department is a fundamental force in the fight against the dangers that threaten us daily: fires, floods, and landslides. This is the beginning of the process of modernizing the fire equipment in our county" Eugen Cubela, the director of Civil Protection and Fire Fighting, said according to local news portal Glas Brotnja.
The new vehicle comes at a price of little more than 100,000 US dollar.
JAN 25 (Medjugorje Today) - Visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti has postponed her visit to four countries in Latin America, due to personal reasons, the regional Medjugorje Center informs.
The tour was scheduled for January 31 through February 7 and would have brought Marija to Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. New dates will be announced later.
"We apologize to all those who have prepared the encounters with hard work and enthusiasm, and to all those who wished to participate in these prayer meetings. We pray for our dear Mother to join us in these times of disappointment and for us to know and see God's will in every event" the organizers tell.
JAN 21 (Medjugorje Today) - Medjugorje pilgrims revive the airport in Foggia, Italy, from April when a new bi-weekly route to Mostar is scheduled to debut, the regional newspaper Il Resto del Gargano reports.
The route is due to a private initiative and will be operated with 63-seat planes by BH Airlines, on Mondays and Fridays until October. It will be the first regular route to depart from Foggia in four years.
JAN 20 (Medjugorje Today) - Addressing an audience of about 10,000 people in Assigo, Italy, on Sunday, Medjugorje visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti urged the audience to stop criticizing Pope Francis.
"Even this Pope, so much and much and much and much and much criticized, what did he do, poor man? Even we who say we are Christians criticize him who started from the poorest. It is not right that we Christians live like his. So I tell you "let us wake up, let us wake up!" Maria said, according to Radio Maria.
JAN 19 (Medjugorje Today) - Power to the transmitters of Radio Mir Medjugorje was interrupted on January 18 when strong lightning storms followed by large amounts of rain shut down the antenna pole on Mount Kukavac outside of Medjugorje.
Local news portal Brotnjo Online learns that the problems were due to a fire in the power station, and that a number of telecom operators were also affected. Initial reports speak of considerable material damage.
JAN 18 (Medjugorje Today) - Raincoats, rubber boots and other equipment will come handy next week in Medjugorje.
On Sunday, the Hercegovina region saw between 40 and 80 liters of rain per square meter, locally up to 100 liters. Between 20 and 50 liters per square meter are expected on Monday, the rainy weather forecast to continue throughout the week.
JAN 17 (Medjugorje Today) - Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes Solorzano of Managua will preside over the fifth Latin American Congress of Mary Queen of Peace during which Medjugorje visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti will have a public apparition on January 31.
Beginning three days earlier, the purpose of the conference is to "plan together our Marian apostolate facing the challenges of modern secularism, the signs of the times and the realities of our countries" coordinator Melba Armengol tells the Nicaraguan newspaper La Prensa.
"Nicaragua is definitely blessed with this conference. We will be spiritually enriched and that is a blessing from God and His mother Mary. We are happy and immensely blessed because we will hear the messages from the Virgin through so many testimonies and especially through the person to whom Our Lady entrusted her messages" Melba Armengol says.
People from more than 20 countries will participate in the congress.
JAN 17 (Medjugorje Today) - Many local citizens of Medjugorje celebrated Mass alongside players from their favorite football team on January 16.
The Croatian League 1 side Hajduk Split is currently on training camp in Hercegovina. During a break on Friday, the team went to Medjugorje where the players climbed Apparition Hill in the afternoon and went to Mass in the evening, Hajduk Split informs on Facebook.
JAN 16 (Medjugorje Today) - In the past three years, the Federation of Bosnia and Hercegovina has been investing four times more in highways than during the past 11 years since 2000 taken together, public highway director Ensad Karic informs, according to the Croatian daily Vecernji List.
Better and faster access to Medjugorje is a central focal point of the Federation's highway strategy, marked in September last year when the new road from Medjugorje to the Croatian border was opened. Work on the new highway from Medjugorje to Pocitelj is scheduled to begin this year.
In the past three years, the Federation of Bosnia and Hercegovina has invested about one billion dollar in highways, making the public highway unit the Federation's biggest investor. At one point, 200 companies and 5,000 workers were employed, Ensad Karic tells Vecernji List.
“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."
“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."
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