AUG 31 (Medjugorje Today) - Fr. Jozo Zovko appears on the poster and is scheduled to talk at the third Regional Congress of the Divine Mercy on October 26 in Ancona, Italy. His participation is yet to be confirmed, though.
Fr. Jozo, the parish priest in Medjugorje when the Virgin Mary's apparitions began in June 1981, has obeyed his superiors' request of staying silent in public while an international commission appointed by Pope Benedict XVI has examined the Medjugorje phenomenon. Consequently, the world famous Franciscan has been away from public attention since 2010, indeed even longer due to other duties of his.
The Medjugorje commission submitted its work to the Vatican's doctrinal office in January, and - if his participation is being confirmed - the congress in October will be Fr. Jozo's first public appearance on a larger scale for years. Local bishop Giovanni d'Ercole will preside over Mass.
AUG 31 (Medjugorje Today) - After almost 48 hours of intense searching, a 74 years old female Scottish pilgrim was found alive at 9.45 am on August 31, in the area above Apparition Hill. Missing since noon on August 29, the woman was severely dehydrated.
40 rescue workers from Medjugorje, Citluk, Mostar, Jablanica, and Siroki Brijeg divided the hill into zones to find the woman. Digital cartography, statistics, radio, GPS devices and other advanced tools were also employed, Radio Sarajevo reports.
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 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 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 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.
“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.”
“Dear children! You are not aware of the graces that you are living at this time in which the Most High is giving you signs for you to open and convert. Return to God and to prayer, and may prayer begin to reign in your hearts, families and communities, so that the Holy Spirit may lead and inspire you to every day be more open to God’s will and to His plan for each of you. I am with you and with the saints and angels intercede for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
“Dear children! The Most High is giving me the grace that I can still be with you and to lead you in prayer towards the way of peace. Your heart and soul thirst for peace and love, for God and His joy. Therefore, little children, pray, pray, pray and in prayer you will discover the wisdom of living. I bless you all and intercede for each of you before my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
"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."
"Dear children! Pray and be aware that without God you are dust. Therefore, turn your thoughts and heart to God and to prayer. Trust in His love. In God’s spirit, little children, you are all called to be witnesses. You are precious and I call you, little children, to holiness, to eternal life. Therefore, be aware that this life is passing. I love you and call you to a new life of conversion. Thank you for having responded to my call."
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