MAY 21 (Medjugorje Today) - The waterfall at Kravice 15 kilometers (9 miles) south of Medjugorje is visited by 200,000 people every year, with numerous Medjugorje pilgrims among them. Now, prayer and religious worship has been banned at the site, due to complaints from visitors to the local restaurant.
A sign in Croatian, English and Italian points out that visitors are "prohibited from performing religious rites".
"I heard last year that various rituals were performed at the Kravice waterfall, not only by visitors from Arab countries, but by more of them than by tourists who had come to Medjugorje. People have complained that they have had some problems because some visitors had started to pray in a restaurant, and some began to worship on the Trebizet river bank. In the beginning, it was very sporadic, it was not a problem, but when it became more common, it started annoy people who came to the restaurant" tourist office director Grgo Mikulic tells the Sarajevo-based news portal N1.
MAY 20 (Medjugorje Today) - The Medjugorje based charity Mary's Meals now provides a meal per school day to more than one million children in 12 developing countries, the organization informs.
“It is quite remarkable to think that a million children are now eating Mary’s Meals every school day in some of the world’s poorest countries. The extraordinary ways in which this work has grown and developed have continually surprised me and filled me with a sense of mystery and awe" Mary's Meals founder and CEO Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow says.
The exact number of children Mary’s Meals is now feeding is now 1,035,637.
MAY 19 (Medjugorje Today) - "Pilgrim", a new book by longtime Medjugorje priest Fr. Svetozar Kraljevic, will be presented on May 21 in Zagreb. The book collects sermons and lectures of the 64 year old Franciscan whose good English made him known to many Medjugorje pilgrims for more than 25 years.
"In a simple and colorful way, the author speaks about the key topics of Christian life" the local news portal Brotnjo Online notes.
MAY 14 (Medjugorje Today) - Austria's vice chancellor, Reinhold Mitterlehner, has a Rosary that was brought from Medjugorje in his office, the Vienna-based newspaper Krone notes during an interview.
"Someone brought it to me from Medjugorje. It touched me" the 59 year old leader of the ÖVP party tells.
MAY 13 (Medjugorje Today) - "Medjugorje has nothing to do with this visit" Cardinal Vinko Puljic of Sarajevo told on May 13, during a press conference before Pope Francis' visit on June 6.
More than 50,000 people have now registered to attend Pope Francis' Mass at Kosovo Stadium in Sarajevo which holds up to 70,000. Registration continues until May 20.
MAY 11 (Medjugorje Today) - Visionary Ivan Dragicevic has arrived in Medjugorje where he had a public apparition along with his prayer group at 10 pm local time on May 11, by The Blue Cross. After the apparition Ivan said that the Virgin Mary had been joyful, and had given this message:
"Dear children! Today again I want to call at this time to pray for my intentions and my plans that I want to achieve with my coming here. Pray, dear children, and be constant in prayer. The Mother prays for you and intercedes with her Son for each of you. Thank you, dear children, because also today you have responded to my call."
MAY 7 (Medjugorje Today) - Long requested by the citizens of Medjugorje, the reconstruction of the regional road R 425 on the 2,5 kilometers from Trebizat to Medjugorje has now been completed, Radio Sarajevo reports. All old asphalt was taken off the road, new asphalt then put in place.
The reconstruction of the road passage was promised and given high priority by government, yet no work began, a situation that, earlier this year, had the communities of Medjugorje and Bijakovici announce that the road would be blocked, should the reconstruction of R 425 keep standing still.
MAY 5 (Medjugorje Today) - The missing finger on the statue of the Virgin Mary on top of Apparition Hill in Medjugorje was put back in place on May 4 when creaftsmen went to work.
The little finger on the statue's left hand was found missing on March 2. Dirt found on the statue indicated it may have been climbed.
MAY 5 (Medjugorje Today) - Authored by a professor and dean at Mostar University, an interview book with visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo has been published in Croatian.
A comprehensive interview with Mirjana constitutes the first part of Marija Vasilj's book. Here Mirjana "speaks in detail about the first days of the apparitions, her experiences with the Virgin Mary, our call in life, and why in fact the apparitions in Medjugorje take place" the regional news portal Hercegovina Info reports.
The second part of the book an interview with Fr. Petar Ljubicic, the Franciscan priest Mirjana has chosen to reveal the 10 prophetic secrets she says the Virgin Mary has entrusted to her. The third part consists of meditations on the Stations of the Cross and each mystery of the Rosary.
MAY 4 (Medjugorje Today) - The Blue Cross at the foot of Apparition Hill where visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo has her public apparitions has been made easier to access. A stairway of stone now leads to the place.
Last summer, parish workers completed the first stage of the Blue Cross project, by breaking the stones on the path into smaller pieces and leveling the path.
MAY 4 (Medjugorje Today) - More than 30,000 pilgrims were in Medjugorje this weekend when the main event was visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo's public apparition on Saturday.
Many were unable to find a bed in Medjugorje, and there were pilgrims who spent the night in Mostar 30 kilometers away, the regional news portal Dnevnik reports. 315 priests concelebrated at the evening Masses.
MAY 1 (Medjugorje Today) - "Praying to God is not forbidden, not even in Medjugorje" Cardinal Vinko Puljic of Sarajevo comments to the German newspaper Würzburger Tagespost.
Cardinal Puljic was a member of the Vatican Commission on Medjugorje that worked for 2010-14. He tells that he will neither prejudge, nor try to influence the subsequent decision of Pope Francis.
“Dear children, open your hearts and try to feel how much I love you and how much I desire for you to love my Son. I desire for you to come to know Him all the better, because it is impossible to know Him and not to love Him - because He is love. I, my children, know you. I know your pain and suffering because I lived through them. I laugh with you in your joy and I cry with you in your pain. I will never leave you. I will always speak to you with motherly tenderness. And I, as a mother, need your open hearts to spread the love of my Son with wisdom and simplicity. I need you to be open and sensitive to the good and mercy. I need you to be united with my Son, because I desire for you to be happy and to help me to bring happiness to all of my children. My apostles, I need you to show everyone the truth of God, so that my heart, which suffered and today suffers so much pain, can win in love. Pray for the holiness of your shepherds, so that in the name of my Son they could work miracles, because holiness works miracles. Thank you.”
“Dear children! I am with you also today to lead you to salvation. Your soul is restless because your spirit is weak and tired from all worldly things. You, little children, pray to the Holy Spirit that He may transform you and fill you with His strength of faith and hope, so that you may be firm in this battle against evil. I am with you and intercede for you before my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
“Dear children! Also today the Most High permits me to be with you and to lead you on the way of conversion. Many hearts have shut themselves to grace and have become deaf to my call. You, little children, pray and fight against temptation and all the evil plans which the devil offers you through modernism. Be strong in prayer and with the cross in your hands pray that evil may not use you and may not conquer in you. I am with you and pray for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
“Dear children! You are my strength. You, my apostles, who with your love, humility and silence of prayer are making it possible for one to come to know my Son. You live in me. You carry me in your heart. You know that you have a mother who loves you and who has come to bring love. I am looking at you in the Heavenly Father - your thoughts, your pains, your sufferings - and I offer them to my Son. Do not be afraid and do not lose hope, because my Son listens to his mother. Since He was born He loves and I desire for all of my children to come to know that love. I desire that all those who left Him because of their pain and misunderstanding may return to Him and that all those who have never known Him may come to know Him. That is why you are here, my apostles, and I as a mother am with you. Pray for the firmness of faith, because love and mercy come from firm faith. Through love and mercy you will help all those who are not aware that they are choosing darkness instead of light. Pray for your shepherds because they are the strength of the Church which My Son left to you. Through my Son, they are the shepherds of souls. Thank you.”
“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.”
News agency reporting on
the Virgin Mary's apparitions in Medjugorje
Lauritz Sorensens Vej 12 st tv
2000 Frederiksberg - DENMARK
Phone +45 53 77 55 80
Editor-in Chief Jakob Marschner email@example.com