FEB 26 (Medjugorje Today) - Fr. Petar Ljubicic, the priest chosen by visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo to reveal her 10 prophetic secrets to the world, will be touring Poland on April 20-26.
The visit will take him to Krakow (April 20), Wroclaw (21), Poznan (22), Szcecin (23), Rumia (24), Warzaw (25), and Czestochowa (26). The latter city houses Our Lady of Częstochowa, an icon crowned in 1652 as Queen and Protectress of Poland.
FEB 25 (Medjugorje Today) - Ruza Vidovic-Baracusa, the oldest parishioner in Medjugorje, celebrated her 100th birthday on February 21. Parish priest Fr. Marinko Sakota was among the congratulants who were many, "Grandma Ruza" having 4 children from among the 7 she gave birth to, along with 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Still in good shape, every evening Ruza Vidovic-Baracusa prays the Rosary and listens to Mass on Radio Mir Medjugorje. She tells the official parish website that she owes her long life to faith, prayer, work, many vegetables from her garden - and a small glass of white wine every day.
FEB 23 (Medjugorje Today) - During her public apparition to visionary Ivan Dragicevic on February 23, the Virgin Mary urged families to pray together and left the theme of threats to peace, prevalent during her apparitions on February 20-22 (see notes below).
Ivan said the Virgin Mary "came joyful and happy", and gave this message:
"Dear children, my little children. Also today I desire to call you, in this time that is upcoming, pray more in your families. Renew prayer in your families. In a special way, pray, dear children, together with your children. Pray, dear children, for my intentions, for my plans that I desire to realize by my coming here. In a special way pray for my plans, dear children. The Mother prays together with you and is near you. That is why decide - decide to pray more. Thank you dear children."
FEB 22 (Medjugorje Today) - This evening's apparition to visionary Ivan Dragicevic became the third in a row during which the Virgin Mary asked for prayers for world peace.
"Also during the apparition tonight, the Madonna prayed for peace in the world and called to pray for this intention" Medjugorje guide Michele Vasilj reported at Facebook.
At 10 pm on February 23, Ivan will have a public apparition at The Blue Cross in Medjugorje.
FEB 20 (Medjugorje Today) - "Peace is in danger, pray for peace" visionary Ivan Dragicevic was told as part of the message the Virgin Mary gave him during his apparition in Medjugorje this evening:
"Dear children! Today I invite you to pray for peace, peace is in danger, pray more, pray with the heart. The Mother prays with you and I intercede before my Son for all of you. Thank you, dear children, because also today you have responded to my call."
The message was posted to Facebook by Laura Marcazzan Budimir who obtained it via mobile telephone from Michele Vasilj, another local resident and official Medjugorje guide who was among the 20 attendees in Ivan's private chapel.
FEB 19 (Medjugorje Today) - Pilgrims from Rome will be able to go to Medjugorje by plane from Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino, the city's main airport, this Summer.
The direct route from Rome to Mostar will depart twice a week on Tuesday and Friday, and be operated by Mistral Air who has specialized in pilgrimage sites. The company's first such flight - to Lourdes in August 2007 - had Cardinal Camillo Ruini, later to lead the Vatican Commission on Medjugorje, among the passengers.
FEB 19 (Medjugorje Today) - Alfred Grech, a Maltese organiser of pilgrimages to Medjugorje, has challenged popular tv presenter Peppi Azzopardi to visit the place and only then make statements about it, rather than express sceptical views. Writing on Facebook, Alfred Grech says that he is ready to pay for Azzopardi's expenses.
FEB 15 (Medjugorje Today) - A small earthquake at 5 am on February 15 was close to Medjugorje, its epicenter being 14 kilometers (9 miles) to the north away, the European Seismological Centre informs according to local news portal Brotnjo Online.
The earthquake measured 3,5 on the Richter scale (5 Mercalli) and took place two kilometers below ground level. When these two factors are present together, damage to buildings can occur.
FEB 10 (Medjugorje Today) - At 6 pm today in Medjugorje, a special Mass will be celebrated in memory of the Franciscan friars of the parish of Medjugorje who were killed by the communists 70 years ago, during and after the Second World War.
A total of 66 Franciscans from Hercegovina were killed, six of them from the parish of Medjugorje: Fr. Krizan Galic, Fr. Jozo Bencun, Fr. Marko Dragicevic, Fr. Mariofil Sivric, Fr. Grgo Vasilj, and Fr. Jenko Vasilj. The tomb of Fr. Krizan Galic has been seen by many pilgrims, as he is buried alongside the famous Medjugorje priest Fr. Slavko Barbaric.
FEB 5 (Medjugorje Today) - 11 companies had placed bids when the application deadline for entrepreneurs interested in building the next stage of Medjugorje's new highway ended on February 4, local news portal Glas Brotnja reports.
The subsection from Pocitelj to Medjugorje is next in line in the decade-long construction of the so-called Corridor Vc, a highway that will ultimately run from the Croatian coast and all the way through Bosnia and Hercegovina to Budapest, the capital of Hungary, and tie both Medjugorje and the rest of the country to the European highway network.
The 11 kilometers stage from Pocitelj to Medjugorje will include the longest bridge to be built on Corricor Vc: Connecting the two banks of the Neretva river, it will be 975 meters long and 85 meters high, with monolithic columns and pillars of 147 meters.
Contracts are planned to be signed in June. The winning companies will then have 30 months to complete the subsection.
“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."
“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.”
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