Football boss speaks up for Medjugorje

I feel peace here. I feel great here. I believe more and more that Medjugorje will change the world for the better, says Manchester City football manager Roberto Mancini after two days in Medjugorje this week. Mancini visited Apparition Hill and Cross Mountain, and met 3 visionaries.

Medjugorje visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic praying over Roberto Mancini in her home. Photo: Branimir Boban, Cropix

Medjugorje got one more well-known proponent when football manager Roberto Mancini of Manchester City visited the place with his wife and daughter for two days early this week. Resting from the tight title race with local rivals Manchester United, from his arrival by private jet in Mostar the former Italian international player emphasized that he had come as a pilgrim.

“I believe this is a special place, and I am really happy here” Roberto Mancini told Radio Mir Medjugorje.

“I feel peace here. I have been waiting to come here for a long time. I feel great here” he told Metro Sport.

“I believe this place can really recharge your batteries and enable you to continue to do well. People who live here are really special, and I believe that the world would be much better if everyone were like you who live here” the Bosnian news agency Pogled quoted Mancini from the press conference he gave on his second day in Medjugorje.

Roberto Mancini at his press conference in Medjugorje’s information centre

“Millions of people come here, and I will come again. I believe more and more that Medjugorje will change the world for the better. When a man comes here, he returns different, better” Mancini added at the press conference.

“I think The Lord and Our Lady have more important things to worry about than, say, my career” he answered a question if he was seeking help to win the English Premier League with Manchester City.

Roberto Mancini was impressed by the calm and peace everywhere, among the thousands of pilgrims and the local people, no pulling sleeves or asking for an autograph, the Croatian newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija reports.

Mancini and his family attended Mass, and visited Cross Mountain, Apparition Hill and Family Center “Pope John Paul II” . Among the visionaries Mancini met with Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic, Jakov Colo and Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo. Vicka received the Mancini family in her private home for half an hour of prayer and conversation, the Split-based newspaper adds.

Vicka and Mirjana both refused to go in detail of their conversations with Mancini.

Mancini with visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo

“He wanted it to stay private,” Mirjana told Orange.

For Roberto Mancini, the visit to Medjugorje had been long in coming.

“I first heard of Medjugorje from a priest in Genoa 25 years ago, when I played with (local top club) Sampdoria. This priest came here in the beginning of the apparitions of Our Lady and knew this place was very good. He spoke of Medjugorje with great joy” Roberto Mancini told Sarajevo X.

Roberto Mancini during the 1990 World Cup when Italy took bronze at home. Mancini played 36 national games for Italy, and won one league title, four national cups and a European Cup in 566 games (171 goals) for Sampdoria. 48 years old today, Mancini is the manager with English side Manchester City

“I was lucky that during my career I could hang out with a number of Croats, Serbs, Montenegrins and Bosnians. None of them failed to recommend Medjugorje or to talk about it” Mancini also said.

Metro Sport notes Roberto Mancini served as an altar boy as a child in Ancona, before playing 36 national games for Italy, winning the Italian championship with Sampdoria, and managing three clubs in Italy prior to moving on to Manchester City.

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