AUG 30 (Medjugorje Today) - The disappearance of Fr. Luciano Ciciarelli from Medjugorje in late July has suspicious circumstances to it, the priest's nephew and fellow priest Fr. Angelo Livio Epis tells Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Fr. Luciano was in the process of buying land in Medjugorje for his organization, and it has been assumed that his disappearance has to do with real estate interests and opposition to his plans. He has been intensely searched for a month.
AUG 30 (Medjugorje Today) - Medjugorje changes to Winter schedule on September 1, one week earlier than most years. The change is of relevance to people who follow Medjugorje's evening Mass and prayer programme via the internet, and will practically imply that the Rosary begins at 5 pm and the Mass at 6 pm, one hour earlier than during Summer schedule.
AUG 27 (Medjugorje Today) - Dragan Covic, the Croatian member of the presidency of Bosnian and Hercegovina, participates when about 700 young members of the political party HDZ go on pilgrimage to Medjugorje on August 27, the local news portal Brotnjo Online reports. Croatian HDZ chairman Tomislav Karamarko will also be there.
HDZ is the domineering political party in the Medjugorje. The name of the conservative party translates into Croatian Democratic Union.
AUG 13 (Medjugorje Today) - An Italian missionary priest who traveled to Medjugorje at the end of July has been missing for almost two weeks, the Italian news agency Aleteia reports.
Fr. Luciano Ciciarelli, 79, a Rome-based priest of the Montfort order, left his personal belongings, laptop and passport in his hotel room in Medjugorje. Jurica Ostojic, owner of the guesthouse where Fr. Ciciarelli was renting a room, reported his disappearance to the local police on August 2.
The priest, who for more than half a century has engaged in missionary work around the world, arrived in Medjugorje on July 28 for a spiritual gathering in conjunction with the 26th international Youth Festival.
The interior ministry of the Hercegovina-Neretva Canton initiated a search, which involved mountain rescue dogs, but no trace was found of the priest.
JULY 30 (Medjugorje Today) - A one meter tall statue of the Virgin Mary, brought from Medjugorje, has been removed from its pedestal and left with damage in Casaleone near Verona in northern Italy.
The statue was given to the town by Medjugorje pilgrims. Made from plaster, the statue has suffered some damage and must be repaired. The police is attempting to find the perpetrators.
JULY 26 (Medjugorje Today) - Medjugorje and Bijakovici will get a new urban development plan after many buildings were constructed without permission in recent years.
On July 23, work began with a round table meeting attended by Citluk mayor Ivo Jerkic, the canton Minister of Transport and Communications, Medjugorje parish priest Marinko Sakota, representatives of public institutions, and several others.
"It is important to point out that the urban development plan and the spatial plan define some development guidelines. This is not a plan that defines plots and provides conditions for construction, this is a plan that directs the development in terms of infrastructure development, quality of housing and business. The spatial plan defines rural areas, and the urban plan defines the conditions for urban development, Nada Komadina, a representative of the company Ecoplan from Mostar, tells the local news portal Brotnjo Online.
The inhabitants will also be involved, through public hearings.
JULY 15 (Medjugorje Today) - First scheduled for July 13, visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic's spine operation will only take place within the next 10 days, the National Medjugorje Movement UK informs. The surgery will take place in Milan, Italy.
JULY 15 (Medjugorje Today) - Visionary Ivan Dragicevic had his apparition on July 13 in his private chapel in Medjugorje, exclusively attended by local tour guides. Afterwards, Ivan reported this message from the Virgin Mary:
“Dear children, also today I am happy with you and I bless you all with the blessing of peace. Be persevering, dear children, in the prayer, and be my signs – the signs of my presence. Be, dear children, my flowers. I pray for all of you before my Son. Thank you dear children for also today having responded to my call.”
JULY 15 (Medjugorje Today) - "At the Bottom of the the Hill" it is the title of a new Italian film inspired by Medjugorje. The story depicts a man's radical change of a young man (played by actor Emmanuel Marzani) who after a life of sex, drugs and satanic music finds salvation through a pilgrimage to Medjugorje.
The testimony of visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic will be included in the movie which is being helped along by the work of many volunteers, journalist Rita Sberna reports.
“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! With joy I am with you also today and I call all of you, little children, pray, pray, pray so as to comprehend the love which I have for you. My love is stronger than evil, little children, therefore draw closer to God so as to feel my joy in God. Without God, little children, you do not have a future, you do not have hope or salvation; therefore leave evil and choose good. I am with you and, with you, I intercede before God for all of your needs. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
“Dear children! Also today the Most High gives me the grace to be able to love you and to call you to conversion. Little children, may God be your tomorrow and not war and lack of peace; not sorrow but joy and peace must begin to reign in the heart of every person - but without God you will never find peace. Therefore, little children, return to God and to prayer so that your heart may sing with joy. I am with you and I love you with immeasurable love. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
“Dear children, I desire to work through you - my children, my apostles - so that in the end, I may gather all of my children there where everything is prepared for your happiness. I am praying for you, that through works you can convert others, because the time has come for acts of truth, for my Son. My love will work in you - I will make use of you. Have trust in me, because everything that I desire, I desire for your good, the eternal good created by the Heavenly Father. You, my children, my apostles, are living an earthly life in union with my children who have not come to know the love of my Son, who do not call me 'mother' - but do not be afraid to witness the truth. If you are not afraid and witness courageously, the truth will miraculously win, but remember, strength is in love. My children, love is repentance, forgiveness, prayer, sacrifice and mercy. If you will know how to love, by your works you will convert others, you will enable the light of my Son to penetrate into souls. Thank you. Pray for your shepherds. They belong to my Son. He called them. Pray that they may always have the strength and the courage to shine with the light of my Son."
“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.”