APR 25 (Medjugorje Today) - Members of the Celtic Orthodox Church, one of the oldest churches in the world, will go to Medjugorje on a pilgrimage on July 7-13.
The pilgrimage will be for the French members of the church, and be led by Bishop Marc. Catholic bishops cannot organize pilgrimages to Medjugorje as this could give the impression that the apparitions are officially recognized.
APR 21 (Medjugorje Today) - Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder and CEO of the Medjugorje-based charity Mary's Meals, has been named as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world for 2015.
Magnus McFarlane-Barrow, a Scot, has been recognised for Mary’s Meals’ work in setting up school feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities. Today Mary’s Meals is feeding 989,791 children every school day across 12 countries.
“It is wonderful to be able to accept this honour on behalf of the thousands of people all around the world, who together are working to realise the Mary’s Meals vision – that every child should be able to receive at least one meal every day in their place of education" Magnus McFarlane-Barrows comments.
APR 20 (Medjugorje Today) - Visionary Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti's apparition drew thousands of people to the sports hall PalaWhirlpool in Varese, Italy, on April 19, the regional news portal La Provincia di Varese reports.
The 11 hours long arrangement was attended by people from all over the province of Varese, from Milan, Piedmont, and beyond. Among the participants were families, children, curious, devout, mothers, sick, and disabled.
APR 17 (Medjugorje Today) - About 8.40 pm on April 14, an American pilgrim lost 2,553 Euro ($ 2,753) which had disappeared from her pansion room, the regional news portal Hercegovina Info reports. The police is investigating the case.
APR 17 (Medjugorje Today) - Italy's waterpolo national team stayed in Medjugorje on April 15, after losing a game against Croatia in Split.
"I think he was Our Lady's call to come" main coach Alessandro Campagna told medjugorje.hr.
The initiative came from the player Alex Giorgetti who first visited Medjugorje in 2011, after Italy had won the World Cup.
"From that day, prayer has been everything for me. Faith helps me to be a better man. Medjugorje is for me the love and connection with Our Lady and God " Giorgetta said.
APR 17 (Medjugorje Today) - The passage from Medjugorje to the Croatian border was opened last year in September but costs on the existing loans consititute a serious obstacle to the completion of the high-profiled motorway called Corridor 5c through all of Bosnia and Hercegovina to the border of Hungary, the Bosnian news agency Nezavisne Novine reports.
"The question is who might appear and be interested in the concession? Even if the roads were there, there must be enough passengers and goods because why else would someone invest in the concession? That is why I believe there is no chance that someone will respond because money can be invested and come back much faster in, say, BH Telecom" says Vjekoslav Domljan, professor of economy at the University of Mostar.
His Sarajevo colleague Muris Cilic agrees, adding that he views Bosnia and Hercegovina obtaining European Union candidate status as the most efficient means, as this would open whole new opportunites. Meanwhile, the federational government maintains that the motorway will be completed.
"No options are ruled out, including new loans, but we prefer non-credit arrangements. Our goal is to continue and intensify work on this issue. We believe that the continuation of work on Corridor 5c contributes greatly to the realization of development plans of the government" a cabinet source tells Nezavisne Novine.
APR 14 (Medjugorje Today) - Dissatisfied with broken promises of new asphalt for a main road section in need of modernization, citizens of Medjugorje intend to block the regional road R 425 from Zvirovici to Trebizat south of Medjugorje, local news portal Brotnjo Online reports.
The reconstruction of R 425 from Zvirovici to Trebizat is fully completed - aside from the section from Zvirovici to Medjugorje. Hundreds of buses on their way to Medjugorje must currently pass a 3,5 kilometers long section full of holes. In one place the road is cut in two due to construction of local water supply.
In September last year, Federation highway director Enver Karic said that a 7 million KM ($ 3,8 million) saving achieved during the construction of motorway in Hercegovina would be invested in modernizing the access roads. Though the section from Zvirovici to Medjugorje was singled out with high priority, no work has been undertaken since then.
APR 13 (Medjugorje Today) - More than 1,000 members of the charismatic movement from Croatia and Bosnia and Hercegovina used Medjugorje as the site of their first formal meeting on April 10-12.
Gathered in Pope John Paul II's Hall, they heard testimonies from the charismatic movement in Italy where the number of members is above 250,000. Fr. Guido Maria Pietrogrande, active in the Italian movement since 1976, told medjugorje.hr that he considers the meeing in Medjugorje as a beginning, a that will bear fruit later.
APR 10 (Medjugorje Today) - Medjugorje's best bowling players ended the Premier League season in second place, and have qualified to participate in the European Cup later this year, the local news portal Brotnjo Online reports.
The 22 games of the season resulted in 15 wins, 3 draws, 4 defeats and a total of 48 points, six less than league winners Kozara.
APR 9 (Medjugorje Today) - Fr. Kevin Devine who has been in charge of the 10 am English Mass in Medjugorje for the past nine years has announced that he leaves before long, to return to the United States, the Medjugorje blog Crown of Stars reports.
Fr. Kevin volunteered at Medjugorje and has said he now leaves the place for medical reasons.
APR 7 (Medjugorje Today) - Mostar International Airport 30 kilometers away from Medjugorje experienced a slight passenger decline in 2014. The airport welcomed 67.980 passengers, down 1.4% on the year before, balcans.com reports.
The airport is not served by any airline on a scheduled, year-long, basis. It sees a range of seasonal and charter flights during the summer, attracting primarily Medjugorje pilgrims. Italy the main market of Mostar International Airport, with more than 100 flights each summer.
“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.”
“Dear children! Also today I call you: live your vocation in prayer. Now, as never before, Satan wants to suffocate man and his soul by his contagious wind of hatred and unrest. In many hearts there is no joy because there is no God or prayer. Hatred and war are growing from day to day. I am calling you, little children, begin anew, with enthusiasm, the walk of holiness and love; since I have come among you because of this. Together let us be love and forgiveness for all those who know and want to love only with a human love and not with that immeasurable love of God to which God calls you. Little children, may hope in a better tomorrow always be in your heart. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
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