During the recent Youth Festival, August 2 through August 6, senior Vatican representatives joined the celebrations. Cardinal Angelo De Donates, papal vicar of the Rome Diocese, formerly opened the event on Aug. 2. Fourteen archbishops and bishops and about 700 Catholic priests joined the festivities.
“We are called to share the difficulties of our contemporaries and we have a responsibility to care for them, “Archbishop Rino Fisichella president of the Pontifical Council for New Evangelization stated as he addressed 60,000 young people from 97 countries on August 5th.
“For something to happen we have to offer something: our poverty, our misery, our borders, our contradictions. But God will change all that because God works miracles,” he added.
Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo, secretary of the Congregation for Institutions of Consecrated Life, said in an Aug. 2 address that the young pilgrims were “in deep unity” with the Pope and grateful to him for “opening up the possibility of coming to pray here.”
Archbishop Henryk Hoser, the Pope’s Apostolic Visitor to Medjugorje, presided over the Festival and stated that the hilltop shrine had become a “place of meeting and knowing,” and that the “secret of Medjugorje was “an invisible reality, but intense and very present.”
He said Medjugorje should be seen as “a living, dynamic reality,” with over 700 vocations so far recorded there, adding that the center’s importance was summed up “by the people coming here, praying here, being transformed here and returning to their countries with the Gospel spirit they breathed here.”
Speaking to KAI, Polands Catholic information agency, he added, “The Holy See’s position has crystallized clearly and has two aspects: the pastoral aspect, which is fully accepted, and the doctrinal aspect, meaning study of the apparitions. “The fact apparitions are continuing is the main obstacle to a final ruling, since it’s hard to decide on something which hasn’t finished. For now the question of recognizing the authenticity of the apparitions remains in the hands of the Secretariat of State.”
Radio Medjugorje reported on Aug. 5 that parts of the festival had been watched via the internet by more than 2.8 million people worldwide.
Message to the world from the Blessed Virgin Mary through Mirjana
August 2, 2019
Dear children, Great is the love of my Son. If you were to come to know the greatness of His love, you would never cease to adore and thank Him.
He is always alive with you in the Eucharist, because the Eucharist is His Heart. The Eucharist is the heart of faith. He has never left you. Even when you tried to go away from Him, He has not [left] you. That is why my motherly heart is happy when I watch how you – filled with love – return to Him, when I see that you are coming to Him by the way of reconciliation, love, and hope.
My motherly heart knows that when you set out on the way of faith, you are shoots – buds. But along with prayer and fasting you will be fruits, my flowers, apostles of my love; you will be carriers of light and will illuminate all those around you with love and wisdom.
My children, as a mother I am imploring you: pray, think, and contemplate. Everything beautiful, painful and joyful that happens to you – all of this makes you grow spiritually, so that my Son may grow in you.
My children, surrender yourselves to Him, believe Him, trust in His love, let Him lead you. Let the Eucharist be the place where you will feed your souls, and afterwards, will spread love and truth – will bear witness to my Son. Thank you.
(Image from Medjugorje Youth Festival, August 1, 2019)
July 25, 2019 Message from Our Lady of Medjugorje through Marija,
Dear children, My call for you is prayer. May prayer be a joy for you and a wreath which binds you to God. Little children, trials will come and you will not be strong, and sin will reign but, if you are mine, you will win, because your refuge will be the Heart of my Son Jesus. Therefore, little children, return to prayer until prayer becomes life for you in the day and the night. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
Message from Our Lady given to Ivan’s prayer group on July 5, 2019.
Tonight Our Lady came to us very happy and joyful, and she greeted all of us with her motherly greeting: “Praised be Jesus, my dear children!”
After that for a longer time she prayed here over all of us with her arms extended. She blessed all of us with her motherly blessing. She blessed all that you have brought to be blessed. Then Our Lady briefly turned to all of us with these words:
In this time I especially desire to call you to decide for God. Place God in your lives, in your families, in the first place. In these days that are passing in this world of materialism and everything that distances you from my Son, decide for me! Live my messages! I desire to continue to lead you, to lead you to my Son. In Him you will find true and real peace. Thank you, dear children, also today for having responded to my call. After that, Our Lady continued to pray over all of us.
Then I recommended all of you, all your intentions.
After that, Our Lady left in the illuminated Sign of the Cross, with the greeting, “Go in peace, my dear children.”
“Dear children, according to the will of the merciful Father, I have given you, and will still give you, evident signs of my motherly presence. My children, this is a motherly desire for the healing of souls. This is a desire that every child of mine may have true faith, to live to see wondrous experiences, drinking from the spring of the words of my Son – the words of life.
My children, my Son, by His love and sacrifice, brought the light of faith into the world and showed you the way of faith. Because, my children, faith elevates pain and suffering. True faith makes prayer more sensitive, and does acts of mercy – a conversation, a gift of alms. Those of my children who have faith – true faith – are happy despite everything because they live the beginning of heavenly happiness on earth. Therefore, my children, apostles of my love, I am calling you to give an example of true faith, to bring light where there is darkness, to live my Son.
My children, as a mother I am telling you: you cannot go on the way of faith and follow my Son without your shepherds. Pray that they may have the strength and the love to lead you. May your prayers always be alongside them. Thank you.”
38th Anniversary Message through Marija – June 25, 2019
Dear Children, I am thanking God for each of you. In a special way, little children, thank you for having responded to my call. I am preparing you for the new times that you may be firm in faith and persevering in prayer, so that the Holy Spirit may work through you and renew the face of the earth. I am praying with you for peace which is the most precious gift, even though Satan wants war and hatred. You, little children, be my extended hands and proudly go with God. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
The visionary Ivanka Ivankovic-Elez had her regular annual apparition on June 25th 2019. At her last daily apparition on May 7, 1985, Our Lady confided to Ivanka the 10th secret and told her that she would have an apparition once a year on the anniversary of the apparitions.
The apparition, which lasted 4 minutes (18:37h – 18:41h), took place at Ivanka’s family home. Only Ivanka’s family was present at the apparition. After the apparition, Ivanka said that Our Lady gave the following message:
Message to the world from the Blessed Virgin Mary through Mirjana on June 2, 2019
“Dear children, only a pure and an open heart will make it such that you may truly come to know my Son and that all those who do not know His love may come to know it through you. Only love will make you comprehend that it is stronger than death because true love conquered death and made it so that death not exist. My children, forgiveness is the most exalted form of love. You, as apostles of my love, must pray that you be strong in spirit and that you could comprehend and forgive. You, apostles of my love, by understanding and forgiveness, are giving an example of love and mercy. To be able to comprehend and forgive is a gift for which it is necessary to pray, and to nurture it. By forgiveness you are showing that you know how to love. Just look, my children, how the Heavenly Father loves you with a great love, with understanding, forgiveness and justice-how He gives me, the Mother of your hearts, to you. And here I am among you to bless you with a motherly blessing, to call you to prayer, to fasting-to tell you to believe, to hope, to forgive, to pray for your shepherds, and above all to love without limits.My children, follow me. My way is the way of peace and love, the way of my Son. It is the way that leads to the triumph of my heart. Thank you.”
Medjugorje Message through Ivan during his prayer group meeting on May 17, 2019
Ivan shared, “Our Lady came to us, very joyful and happy, and greeted all of us with her motherly greeting: ‘Praised be Jesus, my dear children!'”
“Dear children, Also today I call you in a special way to pray for my intentions, for my plans that I desire to realize here by my coming. Pray in a special way for my shepherds, for firm faith, firm faith in my priests.
Thank you, dear children, also today, for having responded to my call.”
It may be of no coincidence that on Mother’s Day, May, 12, 2019, on the eve of the first Marian apparition at Fatima, that Pope Frances has authorized official diocesan pilgrimages to Medjugorje. The news was first announced at St. James Parish in Medjugorje, during the 8:00 a.m. Mass, in many languages. The Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Henryk Hoser, who had been appointed by Pope Francis as the Apostolic Visitor to Medjugorje on Feb 11, 2017. The Pope appointed Archbishop Hoser to reside in Medjugorje and provide help to the pastoral situation there, and on May 31, 2018, the Archbishop’s title was changed to “Apostolic Visitor” to Medjugorje. Shortly after his appointment, Archbishop Hoser said in a press conference held in Medjugorje, “You, my dear friends, should be carriers of the joyful news. Say to the whole world that in Medjugorje, we can find the light again.” Plans are now underway to expand the shrine to accommodate the growing number of pilgrims.
The “ad interim” director of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, responded to journalists’ questions about the announcement:
“Considering the considerable flow of people who go to Medjugorje and the abundant fruits of grace that have sprung from it, this authorization is part of the particular pastoral attention that the Holy Father intended to give to that reality, aimed at encouraging and promoting the fruits of good.”
The apostolic visitor [Archbishop Henryk Hoser] “will have, in this way, greater ease in establishing relations with the priests in charge of organizing pilgrimages to Medjugorje, as well as, safe and well-prepared persons, offering them information and indications to be able to fruitfully conduct such pilgrimages, in agreement with the ordinary people of the place.”
The Pope’s authorization, Gisotti said, is “care to prevent these pilgrimages from being interpreted as an authentication of known events, which still require examination by the Church. Therefore, care must be taken to avoid creating confusion or ambiguity from the doctrinal point of view regarding such pilgrimages. This also concerns pastors of every order and level who intend to go to Medjugorje and celebrate or concelebrate there even in a solemn way.”
The six visionaries of Medjugorje assure us that they still have a daily apparitions of the “Queen of Peace,” always at the same time in the afternoon and wherever they are: Vicka (living in Medjugorje), Marija (living in Monza, Italy) and Ivan (living in the United States but often returns home), still receive the apparitions daily. Mirjana (in Medjugorje), receives an apparition annually on her birthday. Mirjana, on the 2nd of every month, and Marija, on the 25th, receive a message from Our Lady for the world. Ivanka (in Medjugorje) sees Mary annually, on the anniversary of the apparitions, and Jacov (in Medjugorje), receives an apparition annually on Christmas Day.
According to various sources, more than 40 million people from all faiths, including many people with illnesses and problems, have gone on pilgrimage to Medjugorje, a small town in Bosnia-Herzegovina, since the first apparitions were said to have taken place there in 1981. Indeed, today more pilgrims go there than to Lourdes, the famous Marian shrine in France, although Fatima still continues to draw the same numbers as before the Medjugorje phenomenon. The fruits of Medjugorje are a phenomenal number of conversions; physical, emotional, and spiritual healings, and vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Medjugorje has become known as the world’s confessional.
Andrea Tornielli, the editor-in-chief of Vatican News, in an editorial published today recalled “the long lines of people going to confession, and the Eucharistic adorations in the evenings at Medjugorje” as evidence of the spiritual impact of these pilgrimages. He recalled that in 2013, Pope Francis told Fr. Alexandre Awi Mello, a Mariologist and the Secretary of dicastery for the Laity, Family and life: “I believe that there is grace in Medjugorje. One cannot deny that. People are converted.” At the same time, Tornielli said, the Pope “put people on their guard against the protagonism of the seers and the multiplication of messages and secrets” but “he has never discounted the positive fruits of the experience of pilgrimages.”
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