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.
NOV 18 (Medjugorje Today) - Medjugorje takes part of the Croatian remembrance day for the city of Vukovar, marked throughout the country every year on November 18, by lighting candles by the Virgin Mary's statue at the rotunda near St. James Church.
Vukovar was heavily damaged during the war in 1991 when about 2,000 self-organised men defended the city for 87 days against approximately 36,000 Serbian troops supplemented with 110 vehicles, tanks, and dozens of planes.
An estimated 2,000 civilians and defenders of Vukovar were killed, 800 went missing and 22,000 civilians were forced into exile. The damage to Vukovar has been called the worst in Europe since World War II.
NOV 15 (Medjugorje Today) - Ludovico Creti, a 13 years old Italian tenor talent, visited Medjugorje for five days from November 10, and performed in Saint James Church.
The young Italian has been compared to Andrea Bocelli and first became known to the public by appearing in a popular song programme on the Italian tv channel RAI 1.
NOV 15 (Medjugorje Today) - St. Laurence's Church in Paderborn, Germany, was full when visionary Ivan Dragicevic gave a talk and had his daily apparition there on November 14, in front of a statue similar to that at The Blue Cross in Medjugorje.
NOV 12 (Medjugorje Today) - National Geographic is on the way with a reportage from Medjugorje. The magazine is doing a serial on countries with a special relation to the Virgin Mary, local resident Laura Marcazzan Budimir reports.
On November 10, a National Geographic photographer worked with Marinko Ivankovic at The Blue Cross below Apparition Hill. In the first days of the apparitions he protected and guided the visionaries, and has since given his testrimony at several Medjugorje conferences.
NOV 10 (Medjugorje Today) - Modeled on the annual Youth Festival in Medjugorje, a first such festival will take place in the Polish city Piotrkow Trybunalski on November 14-16.
Visionary Jakov Colo will give his testimony and Medjugorje will send two buses with young participants. Medjugorje's parish choir will also perform, according to Radio MIR Medjugorje.
NOV 6 (Medjugorje Today) - The Virgin Mary's message of November 2 was the first received by visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo since December 2011 that made no mention of priests.
In 37 consecutive messages given to Mirjana since January 2012 the Virgin Mary stressed the special dignity and importance of the priests. The messages describe the priests as personally chosen by Jesus, ensure them of the Virgin Mary's special protection and closeness, and urge people to follow their lead and pray for them.
NOV 5 (Medjugorje Today) - The statue that glowed with a brilliant light for six consecutive evenings in the childhood home of visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic has been analyzed by a commission of academics, electronics and electricity experts from Split, Mostar and Vienna, author/journalist Paolo Brosio tells the Italian daily Il Giornale.
Brosio's statement comes in response to undocumented claims in the Italian gossip magazine Chi whose edition this week mentions "increasingly insistent rumors" to the effect that traces of phosphorescent paint has been found on the statue.
The light emanating from the statue appeared green when photos were taken of it in the six days from September 23 last year. This immediately raised the hypothesis of phosphorescent paint. However, eyewitnesses unanimously said that, when viewed with the naked eye, the light from the statue was bright.
"Religious commissions take their time. It takes months, years" Paolo Brosio replies to Il Giornale's question as to why the experts' conclusions are yet to be disclosed.
In the evening of September 29th 2013, the statue was removed from Vicka's house by her brother Stipe, along with Medjugorje parish priest Marinko Sakota. It has been kept in St. James Church since then.
OCT 24 (Medjugorje Today) - Fr. John Chisholm, an Irish priest who served as chaplain to the English speaking pilgrims for six years from 2000 onwards, died in Medjugorje on October 23.
Fr. Chisholm was held in high esteem by numerous pilgrims who confessed to him, and many were convinced that he had the gift of reading souls. He had connections at the top of the Vatican, along with a CV including three PhDs.
Fr. John Chisholm was also one of the two participants in an October 9th 1998 meeting with Medjugorje's local Bishop Ratko Peric of Mostar during which the Bishop stated that he did not believe in any apparition, be it Fatima, Lourdes, or Medjugorje, and that he wanted Medjugorje "abolished".
OCT 24 (Medjugorje Today) - When Medjugorje's third international pilgrimage for people with disabilities began today, all 1,300 participants got housing for free, provided by local citizens.
"Your coming to Medjugorje enriches this place and your hosts who unselfishly opened their homes and their hearts and provide free accommodation for all of you. It is not the first time that the inhabitants of the parish of Medjugorje provide free accommodation for the pilgrims, they did so earlier too" local mayor Ivo Jerkic said in his welcome, with a reference to the earliest days of the apparitions.
Until Sunday, the 1,300 accredited from the United States, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, Ukraine and Latvia will participate in prayer, lectures and workshops.
"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.”
“Dear children! Pray for my intentions, because Satan wants to destroy my plan which I have here and to steal your peace. Therefore, little children, pray, pray, pray that God can act through each of you. May your hearts be open to God’s will. I love you and bless you with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
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