More Than 20 thousand pilgrims were present apparition of Our Lady of Medjugorje visionary Mirjana

Bijakovići – About 20,000 pilgrims witnessed on Monday morning at 9 am, at Blue Cross in Our Lady’s apparition Bijakovici Medjugorje visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo. Only those who are early in the morning went to that place, they were on rocky ground at the foot of Apparition Hill to take the best place to see Mirjana and hear her prayer.
With a prayer and the guitar, greeted her arrival around 9 am. With cheers and photographs, many have tried to touch her ​​while members of the Association of Queen of Peace helped to break through the crowd. At a time when the silent song and guitar music, was known to be a visionary come under the Blue Cross and statue decorated with many crowns.
The apparition lasted seven minutes, Mirjana was praying with a rosary in his hand and at one point down his face, her tears flowed. Our Lady yesterday and gave their children a message that reads: “Dear children, God the Father sends me to show you the path of salvation, as He will, my children, to save, not condemn. So I am like a mother gather around, because I wish my mother’s love help you get rid of the dirt of the past and start living again and differently. I invite you to resurrect in my Son. With the confession of sin, to give up everything that you moved away from my son and your life seemed empty and unsuccessful. Tell your heart ‘to’ Father, and to go the way of salvation for which you are called by the Holy Spirit. Thank you. Especially pray for the pastors to help them, God be with you wholeheartedly.”
Lay there and apparitions of every second of the month when the Our ​​Lady pray for those who have not experienced the love of God and the unbelievers because Madonna believes that “more” there is hope to do something for them. The appearance of each other in a month are now at Blue Cross in Bijakovići. After the apparition, the visionary went forth through the crowd of pilgrims to his home, stopping and talking to the pilgrims, especially those in wheelchairs and mothers with children.
Unbroken column of believers set off toward the center after the apparitions of Medjugorje, where the church has neither a taxi driver, then you know that something big happens in the sanctuary, said one of the employees of the restaurant near the church.

Punching through the crowd

About three kilometers long road from the shrine to the apparition hill was literally crowded, persistent, and also helpless taxi drivers tried to break through the crowd of pilgrims, but unsuccessfully, dozens of buses and small cars from which they sold souvenirs obstructed the road in Near the Blue Cross. Taxi drivers who have been warning of these difficulties and this time they were right, for some 5 to 10 minutes if they are better organized visits to the apparitions, some of them yesterday and took half an hour for a single trip.

So is parking in front of the church was empty, most stuck in a crowd of pilgrims. Since this year marks the anniversary trideseta apparitions in Medjugorje, thousands of pilgrims have already announced their arrival. Since it is a jubilee anniversary of the date of Medjugorje will be regional, but also a world center to be used to merge the faithful from all over the world, from far away Australia, America, and to neighboring countries.

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Silver for handball woman of Medjugorje

Medjugorje – Medjugorje handball woman won the silver medal at Herceg-Bosna to girls. Better than ours were the only women’s handball Kosače from Mostar 14:9.
“In a very strong competition among the traditionally strong teams such as Ljubuški Zrinski, Catherine, Capljina and Gruda, shown playing handball knowledge and we deserved it to the finals and won second place.
That was the goal, because we won this championship final appearance at the BiH at this age. I pointed out the incredibly difficult conditions to play, which we prepared Handball Association, where we had played four strong games in a single day in order to reach the medal. As such, we could show the best way their knowledge and provide stronger resistance in the final. However, this does not diminish the undeniable quality of the team Kosače from Mostar, and I hereby congratulate them on a remarkable performance, “said coach Ivan Lovric.

With the silver medal, member RK Medjugorje Joseph Sivrić won the award for best goalkeeper of the championship.

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In Medjugorje, officially opened a modern décor bus station

From 20 April 2011. Medjugorje is richer for one more very important infrastructure project. Namely, in Medjugorje in a solemn manner open a brand new bus station, which will certainly contribute to a significant increase in traffic safety in this world famous Shrine of Our Lady.

It is a modern and well equipped modern bus stop (station), which are jointly financed the construction of Citluk with 70,000 KM and Governance Accountability Project for Bosnia and Herzegovina (GAP) with 50,000 KM.

Construction of bus station in Medjugorje began after the middle of last year Mayor Ivo Jerkic and GAP’s manager of capital investment for Herzegovina Jasmina Repak-Zuljevic, signed an agreement on joint funding for the construction of two council very important infrastructure project. One was related to the construction of the aforementioned bus station in Medjugorje and the other on the construction of sports fields and landscaping around the new building čitlučke Secondary School in Bare.

Bus station in Medjugorje is built on a spacious courtyard area in front AGROPLOD building, right beside the main road near Medjugorje Post Office and Police Station, and the work was two months ago staff conducted a successful enterprise A3 Ltd. Siroki Brijeg.

Station is composed of three platforms exclusively for scheduled bus transport, a ramp to enter and exit the bus, four taxi stand and a spacious parking lot.

In his address to the audience, Mr. Craig Buck, Acting Director of USAID, said:

“Today we attend a democracy government. You attend the opening of a facility that is selected by the citizens and the people should listen. We are very proud that we, together with our partners from Sweden and the Netherlands, participated in the financing of this project. This jointly funded facility is something that will contribute to the economic development of this area. I would therefore like to commend Mayor of Citluk and his vision concerning the economic development. We are happy and proud to be here today in Medjugorje – said Mr. Craig Buck, Acting Director of USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development).”

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The Visionaries of Medjugorje

Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic

Vicka is the oldest of the visionaries, and was born on September 3, 1964, in Bijakovici. She comes from a family of 8 children. Her prayer mission given to her by Our Lady is to pray for the sick. Our Lady appeared to her for the first time on June 24, 1981. For her, the daily apparitions have not yet stopped. Our Lady has so far confided nine secrets to her. Vicka married on January 26, 2002, and lives with her husband Mario in the small village of Gradac, a few kilometers north of Medjugorje. They have two children Sophia Maria, and Anton.

Vicka: “Before, I prayed from pure habit. Now I’ve turned completely to prayer. I commit my life completely to God. I feel sorry for those who do not believe in God, because Our Lady wants no one to be lost. We can help each other find the right way to God. It’s up to the people to obey the messages and be converted. Great things are happening here: Our Lady is among us. She wishes to attract everyone to Her Son. That’s the reason She has been coming so long and so often. Here, everyone feels the nearness and the love of God. As role model and example, Gospa began, in January 1983, to tell me Her life story, which took over two years.”

The information Our Lady dictated to Vicka over these two years is contained in two hand written notebooks and will be published when Our Lady tells Vicka it is time.

Ivan Dragicevic

Ivan is the oldest of the two boys who see Our Lady and was born on May 25th, 1965 in Bijakovici. His prayer mission given by Our Lady is to pray for priests and the youth of the world. Although Ivan and Mirjana share the same last name, they are not related.

Our Lady has appeared to him every day since June 24, 1981. Our Lady has confided nine secrets to Ivan. He is now married and resides half the year in the parish of Medjugorje, and half the year in Boston, MA. Ivan and his wife Laureen have four children.

Ivan: “The apparitions made a big difference in my life – the difference between heaven and earth. For example, I arrange my day now so that even during the day I find time to pray. Before, my life had no meaning. Now, I’m filled with inner contentment. The first time I saw Our Lady, a change occurred in my soul, and in my heart. Before, I often avoided prayer, but now the difference is so great, I really can’t describe it. I’m no longer sorry that Our Lady revealed my future. I’m confident and not afraid, because I know who leads me, and therefore, I’m not afraid of death. People in our parish, and all people, should feel that way.”

Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo

Mirjana was born March 18th, 1965 in Sarajevo. Her prayer mission from Our Lady is to pray for all unbelievers. She is the second oldest of the seers. Very intelligent, Mirjana graduated from the University of Sarajevo where her family lived. Mirjana was the second to see the Blessed Mother that day, June 24th in Medjugorje. Although her family lived in Sarajevo, she spent the summers with her grandmother who lived in Bijakovici. That is how she came to be in Medjugorje that summer. She had daily apparitions from June 24, 1981 till December 25, 1982. On this date, Mirjana received her 10th and final secret from Our Lady. Mirjana was the first seer to receive all 10 secrets. Since that time, Our Lady only appeared to Mirjana once a year on her birthday (March 18) until August 2, 1987 when Our Lady also started appearing to Mirjana on the 2nd day of each month to pray with Mirjana for all unbelievers. Mirjana tells us that Our Lady defines “unbelievers” as those who have not yet felt God’s love. She tells us that if we only once saw the tears in Our Lady’s eyes for all unbelievers that we would all begin praying intensely for this intention. Mirjana lives in Medjugorje with her husband Marko Soldo. They have two daughters.

Mirjana: “I didn’t know Marian apparitions existed. I never heard about Lourdes or Fatima. The first day Ivanka had the vision of Our Lady, she was full of enthusiasm and wanted me to look too. I thought: “This can’t be real!” But, Our Lady gave us strength to accept Her as a Mother. I’ve changed a lot. I realize how empty my heart was. Now, I truly feel God, the Mother of God, and the faith. My relationship with Our Lady has become one of a mother and daughter. Jesus is like a friend, or an older brother. Whoever believes in God, and opens himself up to God, needn’t be afraid. God will be with him in the future too. If everyone believed in God, there’d be no war.”

Ivanka Ivankovic-Elez

Ivanka was the first to see Our Lady on June 24, 1981, and is the youngest of the 4 girls and was born on July 21, 1966, in Bijakovici. Ivanka’s prayer mission from Our Lady is to pray for families. Ivanka has one brother and one sister. Her Mother Jagoda, died in May 1981. When the apparitions first began, Ivanka asked the Blessed Mother about her mother. Our Lady told her that her mother was with her in heaven. God has allowed Ivanka to see and speak to her mother, who is in heaven, five times over the years.

She had daily apparitions from June 24, 1981, until May 7, 1985. On that day Our Lady confided to her the last of her ten secrets. Our Lady told her that for her entire life she will have an apparition every year on June 25, the anniversary of the apparitions. And so far it has been just that way. Ivanka is living in the parish of Medjugorje, is married and has three children.

Ivanka: “When the apparitions began, I was only a child. I prayed and went to church when my parents asked me to. Now when I pray, I feel united with God and Our Lady. Before, when I went to Mass, I didn’t feel anything special. Now, I know God is alive at the Holy Mass and gives Himself completely to us in the Host. Concerning my own future, I leave it completely to God – my path will go in the direction God leads me. I have some advice for young people: I want to tell them to turn to God as soon as possible because He’s the only one who can lead them to happiness and truth. We simply must pray more and live the messages of Medjugorje.”

Jakov Colo

Jakov is the youngest of the seers. He was born on March 6, 1971 in Bijakovici, and was only 10 years old when the apparitions started. His prayer mission given by Our Lady is to pray for the sick. Jakovs’ mother Jaca, died on September 5th 1983 and it affected Jakov very deeply since he rarely saw his father who worked in Germany as many men did in those days with no jobs available in Medjugorje or the surrounding area.

He has had daily apparitions since June 25, 1981, and on September 12, 1998, Our Lady confided to him his 10th secret. Our Lady now appears to Jakov only once per year on Christmas Day. Our Lady literally raised Jakov since his mother died when he was so young. It was very difficult for him to accept that he would no longer see Our Lady every day. He wondered how he would continue, and struggled for months until he tells us that through prayer he realized that he was now like all of us who do not see Our Lady. He tells us that Our Lady is with each one of us always, and we can experience her in our hearts. Jakov lives in the parish of Medjugorje, is married and now has three children.

In the early years, the presence of the young fidgety boy among the group of seers is special in terms of the authenticity of the apparitions. It was highly improbable that he would come to church for two to three hours of prayer every single day, in winter as well as in summer, in bad weather as well as in good, and for well over three years, simply to make believe that he is seeing the Blessed Virgin.

Jakov: “From the time Our Lady first appeared to me, my life has entirely changed. Now, I pray more and go to Mass every evening. I try, more and more, to fulfill the messages that Our Lady gives us. I feel I’m closer to God now. I believe we have to pray that God’s plans will be realized. I now want to live as a Christian. I begin the day with prayer, then go to school. when I get home, I help wherever necessary. To me, the Mass means an encounter with the living God. Our Lady always tells us to pray more.”

Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti

Marija is the third oldest of the visionaries. She was born on April 1, 1965, in Bijakovici. Her prayer mission given by Our Lady is to pray for all the souls in purgatory. She has three brothers and two sisters. When the apparitions started, she was studying in Mostar which is about eighteen miles away from Medjugorje.

Our Lady appeared to her for the first time on June 25, 1981. She still has apparitions every day, and is the visionary to whom Our Lady gives the public message to the world on the 25th of each month. Our Lady has confided nine secrets to her so far. Marija is presently living in Italy, is married, and has four children. She visits Medjugorje a number of times each year.

Marija: “Everything has changed in Medjugorje. People started to pray and listen to Our Lady’s messages. Before, I didn’t pray enough. Now I want to pray more and more. I’m sure God gives much to everyone who’s open to prayer. I tell people they should pray more, and Our Lady will give them peace in all that burdens them. It’s not I, it’s Our Lady who urges us to nurture prayer, to propagate peace, and to fast. She says that everyone who comes to Medjugorje, must be converted. They must encourage other people too, to pray and fast. God wishes us to pray and fast. God wishes to develop the parish and make it grow more and more in faith. If people accept the messages, God will lead them.”

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Top 5 Must Do’s in Medjugorje

Many of the Medjugorje Must Do’s center on the apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1981. This is a famous pilgrimage spot and enjoys mild weather all year round, which makes it a great location to visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Many thousands of people visit this spot every year.

1. Attend Mass at St. James

You should not miss a mass at the St. James Church. The first church was built in 1897 on a quake prone area, and after WWI a larger church was completed in 1936. It was not until 1969 that the interior of the church was finished. After the Virgin Mary appeared, funds became available to renovate the church. Today there is a gazebo and house of Prayer. There is also a hall specifically for pilgrims and 20 different outdoor confessionals.

2. Apparition Hill

The spot where the Virgin Mary first appeared is today known as Apparition Hill. You can follow a steep path to the exact spot of the apparitions. There are also many bronze reliefs that depict the mysteries of the Rosary. Along the path there is a large cross where the Virgin Mary gave the first call for peace. A statue of the Queen of Peace was erected where the apparitions occurred. This statue was erected for the 10th anniversary of the events.

3. Climb Cross Mountain

Cross Mountain is the main mountain above the town. There is a large cross at the top which has Roman relics in the crossbar. There is a custom to celebrate Mass at the cross on the following Sunday after the Feast of the Nativity. Along the climb to the tomb, there are 14 Stations of the Cross. To display their devotion, many pilgrims make the climb to the top barefoot.

4. See the Kravice Waterfalls

A great half day trip to the Kravice waterfalls is fantastic. These waterfalls are some of the largest in the country and very impressive. It takes about 5 hours to reach and is a popular swimming spot. The best time to see the falls is in the spring when the winter snow has melted and the falls are at their fullest. There is a camping area, picnic area and cafe. Make sure you get directions from a local as they can be very difficult to find.

5. See Birds during the Winter

One of the best places to go for birding is Hutovo Blato. This is where most of the birds go during the winter in Europe. You can see more than 200 different types of birds during the winter months. This is a great side trip into the country.

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Shopping in Medjugorje

Despite the fact that many people come to the town for the pilgrimage, there is a lot of variety for Medjugorje shopping. This spot did not become a popular tourist area until 1981 when the Virgin Mary is reputed to have appeared to six children. Most people come to visit the shrine and apparition sites.

Bring Cash

The currency in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the pfeninga. There are coins and notes, and some places also accept Euro notes. The main preferred foreign currency is the US dollar. Cash is your best bet, as credit cards are not widely accepted. In Medjugorje, the best form of payment is cash.

Local Art

If you are interested in art then you should stop in at the Two Hearts Art Gallery. Much of the art is made by locals and art students from the nearby Siroki Brijeg Art Academy. These paintings are very unique to this area, as many focus on the miracles and spirituality of the religious sites. They also offer many unique and special souvenirs besides art.

Getting Groceries

If you need some groceries you can shop at Konzum or Super Nova. Konzum is found next to the post office and they stock a lot of domestic food as well as fresh fruit and vegetables. This is on the town’s main square found directly across from St. James Church. Super Nova not only has food but also many household appliances and offers carry out hot meals. This is perfect for backpackers.

Traditional Crafts

The traditional crafts special to this country include pottery, leather goods, stone carvings, religious art and metal workings. There are many leather objects that are still made using ancient techniques, particularly shoes. You can find Ali Babas cloth slippers, or Mehmed, very tough traditional shoes. Leather is also used for saddles and bags.

Keep Your Feet Warm

The woolen socks are quite famous and they use many floral and geometric patterns. Each type of pattern sock has its own name. Floral embroidery is also common, as young girls embroidered for their trousseau in the past and some Muslim traditions include beautifully embroidered linen. Many goods embroidered with metallic threads can be purchased.

Pottery

Ceramic art goes back many years and potters still produce thick walled containers. These containers are found all through Eastern Europe and many have been uncovered in archaeological digs. Painted pottery is also traditional. These colorful earthenware pots are used for cooking. Many potters still use the traditional and cultural methods of pottery that date back hundreds of years.

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General Information About Medjugorje

Medjugorje is a popular town in Bosnia-Herzegovina; if you are planning to visit this town these few Medjugorje Practical Information tips will help you plan and have a hassle-free holiday.

Geography, Climate and Time Zone

Medjugorje is located in the southwest region of Mostar and next to the borders of Croatia. This town is situated 200-meter above sea level and has a Mediterranean climate. Medjugorje falls in the Greenwich Mean Time Zone (GMT) +2, which means it is 8 hours ahead of the Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Currency

The official currency used in Medjugorje is Croatian Kuna and its value is equal to $1= Kuna 5.3. Almost everything in this town is paid in cash. So if you are traveling to Medjugorje it is highly advisable to change your currency to Kuna at the money changers at the airport or banks. You can also carry travelers check and have them changed at the banks. There are several places where you can change you money.

People and Language

Croats make up the majority of the population in Medjugorje and most of them are Roman Catholic. The town’s official language is Croatian and the local people rarely speak English, so it is advisable for travelers to learn a few simple phrases or pick up a pocket dictionary to help you converse with the locals. Drinking alcohol in public is considered as being offensive.

Visa and Passport

If you are planning to visit Medjugorje you need to have a valid passport, a visa and a return ticket. You need to make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months prior to the day of your entry. However, if you are a national of Austria, Finland, Belgium, France, Greece, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Norway, Spain, Sweden and The Netherlands you are only required to have your valid national identity cards. With regards to visas, all nationalities are required to apply for a visa to enter Medjugorje. However, visitors from: the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada and the European Union are allowed to enter Medjugorje without a visa. However, all travelers are required to be in possession of a valid return ticket and also have sufficient funds for the length of their visit.

Emergency Numbers

In case of emergency dial these numbers to get assistance:

* Police: 92
* Police station Medjugorje: 651 652
* Fire Brigade: 93
* Emergency Help: 94
* First Aid – Citluk: 642 279
* General Information: 988

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Medjugorje Restaurants

Most of the Medjugorje restaurants are situated along the main highway of the town, and offer scenic views, great meals and wonderful dining experiences. Although many of these restaurants are on the pricey side, there are ways to make sure you get your money’s worth. Here are a few restaurant recommendations for your trip to Medjugorje.

Herceg Etno Selo Restaurant

The Herceg Etno Selo Restaurant is a first-class restaurant situated in the heart of Herceg Etno Village. Along with a wide selection of famous wines such as Blatina and Zilavka, this restaurant serves a variety of local and international dishes. The Herceg Etno Selo Restaurant is located in an archaic palace with stone doorways and basements. Here, customers can dine privately and intimately, enjoy family meals, or celebrate special occassions.

Restaurant Lumaris

Restaurant Lumaris is a popular place where you can enjoy the traditional cuisine of Herzegovina. The menu of this restaurant focuses on fresh seafood, especially fish. Restaurant Lumaris serves continental breakfast, buffet-style meals, vegetarian dishes, international and local wines, desserts and delicatessen items. Go to Lumaris to enjoy a local meal when vacationing in Medjugorje.

Restaurant La Casa

The Restaurant La Casa, located within the Sports Center of Medjugorje, is the place to enjoy local Herzegovina dishes and wines. Restaurant La Casa is the perfect place to unwind, especially during the summer because of its summer terrace facing the woods and the vast grassland of Medjugorje.

Colombo’s Restaurant and Bar Medjugorje

Colombo’s Restaurant and Bar Medjugorje offers great wines, a friendly ambience, and excellent food, with locally grown produce and fresh catch from the sea. This is a perfect place for family dining out, as the restaurant also includes a special menu just for children. The food at this restaurant is reasonably priced, and the staff is very accommodating.

Restaurant Most

With 48 years of service, this restaurant is among the most established in Medjugorje. Perfect for small parties, Restaurant Most has a rustic atmosphere, with a summer terrace facing the River Trebizat. This restaurant can accommodate 60 people, and serves both Croatian and Herzegovina dishes. Restaurant Most offers a wide selection of homemade wines, including the well known Zilavka and Blatina.

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Sights in Medjugorje

Medugorje also means “between mountains” which refers to the mountains located in the surrounding area. The town is situated near the Croatian border and the area has a Mediterranean climate. Medugorje is well known as a spiritual town which attracts thousands of international pilgrims every year.

St. James Church

St. James Church is run by the Franciscan Fathers. St. James has confessions every day as well as mass. At St. James Church there is a peaceful atmosphere and Catholics from all over the world gather here to pray.

Mountains

Hiking is a popular activity in Medjugorje. While hiking, tourists can explore the local scenery and enjoy the fresh mountain air. Mt. Krizevac is a nearby mountain which is suitable for climbers of a medium skill level. The climb is not too difficult and the top of the mountain has lovely views over the surrounding area. Cross Mountain is located near Medjugorje. There is a path up the mountain with stations on either side. Once you reach the top you will see a big cross which was positioned here before Wold War II. The climb is not very difficult but there are rocks along the path., so
make sure that you have shoes that are suitable for hiking.

Apparition Hill

It is believed that visions of the Virgin Mary have been seen on Apparition Hill. It is said that the first visions were seen by teenagers who were walking on the hill in June 1981. Beautiful bronze plaques have been erected on the hill and there is a cross where the vision of the Virgin Mary was first seen. This area is visited by international pilgrims. At the bottom of Apparition Hill are stalls selling religious items. It is believed that there have been over 30 million people visiting this site since the visions appeared.

Kravice Waterfall

Kravice Waterfall is a good place to go hiking and guides can be hired. The conditions are suitable for fishing and swimming. There is a restaurant located near the waterfall where refreshments can enjoyed among tranquil surroundings.

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About Medjugorje

Međugorje or Medjugorje is a town located in western Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the Herzegovina region around 25 km southwest of Mostar and close to the border of Croatia. Since 1981, it has become a popular site of religious pilgrimage due to reports of apparitions of the Virgin Mary to six local Catholics.

The name Međugorje literally means “an area between mountains”. At an altitude of 200 metres above sea level it has a mild Mediterranean climate. The town consists of an ethnically-homogeneous Croat population of over 4000. The Roman Catholic parish (local administrative and religious area) consists of five neighbouring villages, Međugorje, Bijakovići, Vionica, Miletina and Šurmanci.

In March 2010, the Holy See announced that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was forming an investigative commission, composed of bishops, theologians, and other experts, under the leadership of Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the Pope’s former Vicar General for the Diocese of Rome.

“Our Lady of Međugorje” (visit here to hear audio pronunciation of Međugorje) is the title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary by those who believe that she has been appearing since 24 June 1981 to six people in Međugorje (then part of socialist Yugoslavia).

The visionary Marija Lunetti (Pavlovic) claims to receive messages from the Virgin Mary on the twenty-fifth of every month,while Mirjana Soldo (Dragicevic) reports receiving messages on the second of the month.

The messages reputed to Our Lady of Međugorje have a strong following among Catholics worldwide. Međugorje has become one of the most popular pilgrimage sites for Catholics (and people of other faiths) in the world and has turned into Europe’s third most important religious place, where each year more than 1 million people visit. It has been estimated that 30 million pilgrims have come to Međugorje since the reputed apparitions began in 1981.Many have reported visual phenomena including the sun spinning in the sky or changing colors and figures such as hearts and crosses around the sun. Some visitors have suffered eye damage while seeking to experience such phenomena.

On June 4, 2008, before a regular Wednesday general audience, Pope Benedict XVI blessed a statue of Our Lady of Međugorje in Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City. However, the phenomenon is not officially approved by the Catholic Church.

In March 2010, the Holy See announced that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was forming an investigative commission, composed of bishops, theologians, and other experts, under the leadership of Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the Pope’s former Vicar General for the Diocese of Rome. The Commission is expected to report any findings to the Congregation, which has responsibility for any possible judgment on the case.

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