OCT 29 (Medjugorje Today) - The statue that glowed for six evenings and nights from September 23 in the childhood home of visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic has not been a topic for the Vatican Commission on Medjugorje.
"I read about it in the media, and what I can say is that the published information was not verified. The Commission dealing with the Medjugorje phenomenon has not dealt with the statue" Fr. Franjo Topic, a professor of theology from Sarajevo and a consultant to the Commission, tells the Mostar-based daily Dnevni List.
The statue was moved to the parish office on September 29, at the request of Vicka's family who wanted the statue analyzed. Several local sources told that the experts would arrive from the Vatican but no one formally tied the investigation of the statue to the general Vatican examination of Medjugorje, ongoing since the current Commission was formed on March 17th 2010.
OCT 25 (Medjugorje Today) - Fr. Miljenko Steko, the director of Medjugorje's information centre and radio station before he became the Provincial of the Franciscans in Hercegovina, has been elected new President of the European Franciscan OFM Provincials. The election took place in Rome, during a conference on October 21-25.
OCT 8 (Medjugorje Today) - On September 27, Croatian Airlines captain pilot Zvonko Situm successfully crash landed his engine in Zurich, Switzerland, when he and his colleagues had found they could not extend the nose wheel prior to landing.
All 65 passengers were left without injuries, and the Croatian press soon elevated Situm and his crew to national heroes. Early this week, he went to Medjugorje to give thanks.
"There was no time to be afraid. All my life I have lived as a believer, and that is what I had in mind. (The accident) happened around 8 pm in the evening, and I prayed at 9 o'clock in the morning. Normally, as every day. I live all my life by faith, not just in that one moment" Zvonko Situm tells the Croatian daily Vecernji List who met him in Medjugorje.
Situm spent 15 minutes alone with visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic, and tells they talked about faith and family. The pilot says he was especially impressed "by Vicka's simplicity, accessibility, faith, warmth, sincerity, and closeness to God."
SEP 9 (Medjugorje Today) - After several months of absence, Medjugorje visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic resumed her talks to pilgrims on Monday, addressing several thousands at Sister Kornelija's orphanage a bit outside of Medjugorje.
Continuing problems with her back have kept Vicka away but she was fine during her recent week-long pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine, and now plans to regularly talk to the Medjugorje pilgrims, in the early morning hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
AUG 31 (Medjugorje Today) - In recent days, a message allegedly given by the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje has circulated online. The "message" talks about a pressing need to pray the Rosary to avoid a war in Syria.
While the Virgin Mary has requested prayers for peace throughout her 32 years of apparitions in Medjugorje, the message circulating about Syria is false. It was debunked on August 31 by several well-informed sources in and around Medjugorje.
Also, an alleged "message" to Medjugorje visionary Ivan Dragicevic about the risk of a major Middle East war has started circulating again. This "message" first appeared in the Winter of 2012 when Ivan hurried to debunk it.
SEP 1 (Medjugorje Today) - Family prayer and peace in the world were in focus when Medjugorje visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic had her apparition on September 1 in Corridonia, in the company of 7,000 people from all over Italy.
"Our Lady is here with us, and together we prayed for each one of you, but especially for the sick and for peace in the world. Our Lady asks you to return to the Rosary within the family, and to rediscover prayer" Vicka said, according to the local newspaper Il Resto del Carlino.
Vicka has attended the growing day of prayer in Corridonia since 2012 when it was first held. It was started as a day of commemoration of the organizer's son who died young in a traffic accident. Vicka is a close friend of the family, and was the godmother of the young man.
SEP 2 (Medjugorje Today) - Mostar Airport close to Medjugorje has seen a slight drop in traffic in 2013 and a leading official now calls decline compared to last year "inevitable".
"In spite of everything, we can say that we are satisfied. The number of passengers is less than expected, and the decline is inevitable. This year we have had to renovate part of the airport facilities which has been done in order to follow the strict recommendations for increased security" leading airport official Marko Duzel tells the regional news portal Bljesak.
Growth compared to last year was expected but a weaker tourist season with fewer Medjugorje pilgrims and the financial crisis have had a negative effect.
AUG 12 (Medjugorje Today) – About 5 pm on August 11, a male Indonesian pilgrim fell and was severely injured while climbing Apparition Hill. Local police was called, but the man died from his injuries, the news portal Bljesak reports.
JUNE 26 (Medjugorje Today) - Visionary Ivanka Ivankovic-Elez had her annual apparition on June 25, and afterwards told Medjugorje's parish office that the Virgin Mary had given her motherly blessing whereas she had not given her a message.
Further unlike in previous years, Ivanka did not report of having been reminded of one of the 10 prophetic secrets the Virgin Mary has entrusted to her.
Ivanka had her last daily apparition on May 7th 1985, and has had an apparition per year since 1986, always on June 25, the anniversary of the first apparition.
Tuesday's apparition took place in Ivanka's home, with only her family present.
JUNE 15 (Medjugorje Today) - Filip Pavlovic, a nephew of Medjugorje visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti, was ordained a priest by Cardinal Josip Bozanic on June 15 in the Cathedral of Zagreb, the local news portal Brotnjo Online reports.
In the newsletter of her organization, Children of Medjugorje, the French nun Sr. Emmanuel tells that Filip Pavlovic received his calling at the age of 4, and since then never thought of changing his direction.
“Dear children, with a motherly love and a motherly patience I am looking at your ceaseless wandering and how lost you are. That is why I am with you. I desire to help you to first find and come to know yourself, so that, then, you would be able to recognize and to admit everything that does not permit you to get to know the love of the Heavenly Father, honestly and wholeheartedly. My children, the Father comes to be known through the cross. Therefore, do not reject the cross. Strive to comprehend and accept it with my help. When you will be able to accept the cross you will also understand the love of the Heavenly Father; you will walk with my Son and with me; you will differ from those who have not come to know the love of the Heavenly Father, those who listen to Him but do not understand Him, those who do not walk with Him - who have not come to know Him. I desire for you to come to know the truth of my Son and to be my apostles; that, as children of God, you may rise above the human way of thinking and always, and in everything, seek God’s way of thinking, anew. My children, pray and fast that you may be able to recognize all of this which I am seeking of you. Pray for your shepherds and long to come to know the love of your Heavenly Father, in union with them. Thank you.”
“Dear children! Today I call all of you to prayer. Open the doors of your heart profoundly to prayer, little children, to prayer with the heart; and then the Most High will be able to act upon your freedom and conversion will begin. Your faith will become firm so that you will be able to say with all your heart: ‘My God, my all.’ You will comprehend, little children, that here on earth everything is passing. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
"Dear children! Anew, in a motherly way, I am calling you to love; to continually pray for the gift of love; to love the Heavenly Father above everything. When you love Him you will love yourself and your neighbor. This cannot be separated. The Heavenly Father is in each person. He loves each person and calls each person by his name. Therefore, my children, through prayer hearken to the will of the Heavenly Father. Converse with Him. Have a personal relationship with the Father which will deepen even more your relationship as a community of my children – of my apostles. As a mother I desire that, through the love for the Heavenly Father, you may be raised above earthly vanities and may help others to gradually come to know and come closer to the Heavenly Father. My children, pray, pray, pray for the gift of love because 'love' is my Son. Pray for your shepherds that they may always have love for you as my Son had and showed by giving His life for your salvation. Thank you."
“Dear children! Today I call you to open yourselves to prayer. Prayer works miracles in you and through you. Therefore, little children, in the simplicity of heart seek of the Most High to give you the strength to be God’s children and for Satan not to shake you like the wind shakes the branches. Little children, decide for God anew and seek only His will – and then you will find joy and peace in Him. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
“Dear children, I love you all. All of you, all of my children, all of you are in my heart. All of you have my motherly love and I desire to lead all of you to come to know God’s joy. This is why I am calling you. I need humble apostles who, with an open heart, will accept the Word of God and help others to comprehend the meaning of their life along side God’s word. To be able to do this, my children, through prayer and fasting you must learn to listen with the heart and to learn to keep submitting yourselves. You must learn to keep rejecting everything that distances you from God’s word and to yearn only for that which draws you closer to it. Do not be afraid. I am here. You are not alone. I am imploring the Holy Spirit to renew and strengthen you. I am imploring the Holy Spirit that, as you help others, you too may be healed. I am imploring Him that, through Him, you may be God’s children and my apostles. For the sake of Jesus, for the sake of my Son, love those whom He has called and long for the blessing only from the hands which He has consecrated. Do not permit evil to come to reign. Anew I repeat – only along side your shepherds will my heart triumph. Do not permit evil to separate you from your shepherds. Thank you.”
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