AUG 27 (Medjugorje Today) - A motorway passing by Medjugorje and connecting Bosnia and Hercegovina (BiH) with southern Balkan countries Montenegro and Albania is a done deal, BiH's Minister of Transport and Communication said on August 27, only to be contradicted by a spokesman for the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Hercegovina.
BiH Transport Minister Damir Hadzic said an agreement about the motorway had been reached on August 25, during an informal meeting of Prime Ministers from four countries in Cavtat, Croatia.
"At the meeting, we received a verbal offer, and the Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Vjekoslav Bevanda, informed me that the route of the Adriatic-Ionian motorway will go over Bosnia and Hercegovina" Hadzic told the Bosnian news portal Klix.
Among several cities and towns to have the coming motorway pass by it, Damir Hadzic also mentioned Citluk five kilometers from Medjugorje.
However, officials of Vjekoslav Bevanda denied that plans were this specific or could be treated with the certainty that Damir Hadzic applied to them.
"Nothing about the route was agreed to" Klix was told from Bevanda's office.
Still then, the BiH Minister of Transport maintained that the motorway will be realized:
"It is logical that there are people who are opposed to the realization of this project. The important thing is that the responsible people have a unified position. This will be linking Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, and Montenegro. This project is vitally important for all of the three countries. At this point, no one can seriously endanger the realization of such an important project" Damir Hadzic told Klix.
AUG 23 (Medjugorje Today) - Medjugorje's "birthday" can be said to be 1599 when the name was first mentioned in a list of Franciscan parishes in western Hercegovina, the local news portal Glas Brotnja informs.
By then, Medjugorje was a part of a larger parish, only to become a parish of its own in 1892 which is when most historical accounts of the place have so far begun.
AUG 25 (Medjugorje Today) - In the first half of September, a 10 kilometers long motorway section will tie Medjugorje to Croatia, and for the first time connect Bosnia and Herzegovina with the network of European motorways.
"A section linking Medjugorje and the border with Croatia will be completed in 15 days" the head of the motorway operator Autoceste Federacije BiH, Ensad Karic, said on August 25, according to the Croatian news portal Dalje.
AUG 4 (Medjugorje Today) - No one was hurt, and no material damage was done when a small earthquake at 11 am on August 4 found its epicenter in Citluk five kilometers (three miles) away from Medjugorje.
The earthquake measured 3,3 on the Richter scale (4 on Mercalli), the Federal Hydrometeorological Institute told the Bosnian news portal Pogled.
JULY 23 (Medjugorje Today) - 20,000 people, sometimes more, are present when visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo has her apparitions at The Blue Cross in Medjugorje on the second day of each month. Parish workers just made the access to the spot easier, by breaking the stones on the path leading there into smaller pieces.
JULY 1 (Medjugorje Today) - The webcam pointing to Apparition Hill in Medjugorje 24-7 has been replaced by a new and better one. It can be accessed at medjugorjelive.org/webcam
Unlike the previous camera, the new one also streams when it is dark outside, making for better views of visionary Ivan Dragicevic's evening apparitions on top of the hill. The camera has been installed by filmmaker Sean Bloomfield and the Two Hearts Hotel in Medjugorje.
In the lower left side of the screen, near the chapel, is the Blue Cross area where many apparitions have happened and continue to happen to visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo on the second day of each month.
In the upper right side of the screen, the Virgin Mary’s statue signifies the place where the first apparition occurred on June 25th 1981. This is also the place where the so-called permanent sign will appear, as foretold in the third prophetic secret given to the seers.
FEB 3 (Medjugorje Today) - Not only one, but "numerous" reports were written by the Vatican's investigative Commisision on Medjugorje. And though the view of the Commission has been reported to be generally positive, some of the 17 members still have some kind of doubt, Vatican Insider reports.
"The commission led by Cardinal Ruini sent numerous reports to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). No proof was found of any tricks or scams but some of the commission’s members are still not fully convinced" the experienced Vatican watcher Andrea Tornielli writes in Vatican Insider, a special edition published by the major Italian daily La Stampa.
So far, no answer has been given as to when CDF will pass on the reports and its own eventual remarks to Pope Francis. Vatican Insider comes no further than "in the coming months":
"The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will hold a plenary meeting in the coming months to examine and discuss the commission’s conclusions. The decision will then be presented to Pope Francis who will give a final judgement."
JAN 29 (Medjugorje Today) - Mostar International Airport close to Medjugorje is close to opening a regular route to Rome, with only the final paper work with the Italian air flight operator missing before the route can be formally announced.
"Unfortunately, we still can not confirm exactly when the route will be established but we hope it will be resolved in the next few days" the airport's head of transport and security Marko Djuzel tells the local news portal Glas Brotnja.
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"Dear children, I call you all and accept you as my children. I am praying that you may accept me and love me as a mother. I have united all of you in my heart, I have descended among you and I bless you. I know that you desire consolation and hope from me because I love you and intercede for you. I ask of you to unite with me in my Son and to be my apostles. For you to be able to do so, I am calling you, anew, to love. There is no love without prayer - there is no prayer without forgiveness because love is prayer - forgiveness is love. My children, God created you to love and you love so as to forgive. Every prayer that comes out of love unites you with my Son and the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit illuminates you and makes you my apostles - apostles who will do everything they do in the name of the Lord. They will pray with their works and not just with words, because they love my Son and comprehend the way of truth which leads to eternal life. Pray for your shepherds that they may always lead you with a pure heart on the way of truth and love - the way of my Son. Thank you."
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