Estimated 100,000 guested anniversary
Two local media both estimate 100,000 people to have been in Medjugorje on the 31st anniversary of the Virgin Mary’s apparitions on June 25. Many came on foot from all over Hercegovina. Intense heat did not stop pilgrims from climbing both of the mountains. Masses were said in 15 languages.
Throughout the day of June 25, Medjugorje was guested by no less than 100,000 people, two local media agree.
“About 100,000 faithful from all parts of Europe and the world came to the 31st anniversary of the apparitions in Medjugorje” the Croatian news agency Dnevnik reports.
“During the whole day, by some estimates Medjugorje and Bijakovici have been visited by more than 100,000 pilgrims, with home in Hercegovina, thousands of them from Bosnia and Croatia, and to England, USA, Portugal, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, Romania, Switzerland, Uganda, Slovakia, China, France, Slovenia, Korea” local news portal Brotnjo Info writes.
“Many have come organized, in buses, cars, and on bikes, and a large number have come on foot from places in Herzegovina” writes Brotnjo Info.
The many pilgrims had a very warm anniversary day:
“It is hot hot hot over here but that is not stopping the people from climbing Cross Mountain early in the morning or climbing Apparition Hill” visionary Ivan Dragicevic’s US tour coordinator Ana Shawl tells the members of IIPG, the online arm of Ivan’s prayer group.
Throughout the day, Masses were said in 15 languages. Presided over by Fr. Ivan Sesar, the Provincial of the Franciscan Order in Hercegovina, the evening Mass at 7 pm was concelebrated by 162 priests.