Dear Friends all over the World,
We didn't know each other, but the apparitions of Our Lady in the parish of Medjugorje united all of us and made us a family. May this spirit of Community continue to guide us. The messages that God sends us through Our Lady are New that can change the direction of the events of the world, which has become split and seperated; there is not enough proximity of community or enough love presently in this world.. Let us do all that we can, so that the messages of Our Lady reach the hearts of as many people as possible. We ourselves, will then have more peace and more joy.
We welcome you always with joy here in Medjugorje. The war is still goes on and it is not finished, but it does not mean we are not able to greet our friends--YOU! are among those who helped us to keep the joy. We thank you for that!
May God, whose birth on this earth, we will celebrate these days, give you his blessing. Carry this blessing into the New Year, renewed by God, to renew the society and people around you.
FATHER JOZO ZOVKO VISITED ALOIS MOCK
Following an invitation by the Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Austria, Alois Mock, Father Jozo Zovko visited with Mr. Mock on the 2nd of December 1994. During a cordial conversation that lasted 2 hours, they spoke about finding a solution for the crisis in Bosnia-Hercogovina and about Humanitarian aid. Mr. Mock regretted the lack of involvement of the Church Hierarchy of Europe concerning the crisis in B-H. He also expressed the hope that the influence of the Church would increase and become more adequate, in order to find a positive solution and realize a durable peace in this area.
INSTALLLMENT OF CARDINAL VINKO PULJIC
On the 11th of December, the 750th anniversary of the Catherdal of Sarejevo was celebrated. In the cathedral, which was full of the faithful, the Archbishop of Sarajevo, Vinko Puljic appeared for the first time before his people as Cardinal. FAther Ivan Landeka, Parish priest of Medjugorje, and Father Leonard Orec, responsible for the charitable association "Medjugorje-Mir", were also present. There was also a group of Italian friends of Medjugorje, who made a donation of an Electrocardiogramme, medical supplies amd food for the hospital of Sarejevo.
FATHER SLAVKO BARBARIC'S MISSIONARY JOURNEYS
There are many people in the world who would like to come to Medjugorje and know its message, but can not. That is why, more and more often, many of the Medjugorje Centers and churches all over the country and the world invite the Franciscans of Medjugorje to bring the lifegiving message to the people in their local churches. IN this number of the "Press-Bulletin", we bring the program of Father Slavko Barbaric's missionary journey for 1995. The program of other journeys will be given in the next numbers.
16.1-11.2.1995 - SOUTH AMERICA (Chile, Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia), For details about the journey through South America contact: Mr. Luis Simon, Center for Peace, Miami, Florida, USA Tele: 305-662-9655.
FATHER PETAR LJUBICIC'S MISSIONARY JOURNEY
For the past 5 years, Father Petar Ljubicic has preached in the German city of Unkel. He gathered again there from the 18th - 20th of November of this year. Seventy pilgrims from Medjugorje, members of prayer groups and 2 priests attended this yearly event of "Recollection Days". In the daily celebration of the Eucharist, FAther Petar spoke and meditated with them about the Holy Spirit, about the crisis of the family and about the cross as a sign of salvation.
On the 26th of November, in the Austrian city of Kapfenberg, Father Petar met 250 exiled croatians from Bugojno, Vares, Kakanj, and other places od Central Bosnia. He spoke about the messages of peace that Gospa is giving in Medjugorje and encouraged them to keep the hope in spite of all the suffering they are going through. A prayer meeting took place the same day for pilgrims and friends of Medjugorje. From the 4th - 11th of December, Father Petar Ljubicic preached at a mission in the parish of Kanfanar in Istria (Croatia). The members of the parish were overjoyed because this was the first mission in 29 years!
IVAN WITH HIS WIFE IN MEDJUGORJE
The visionary, Ivan Dragicevic married Loreen Murphy on the 23rd of October in Boston, MA USA. After their marriage, they returned to Medjugorje where they will live and work.
MARIJA PAVLOVIC WITH HER FAMILY IN MEDJUGORJE
The visionary, Marija Pavlovic with her family spent the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in Medjugorje. She will be in Medjugorje with her family for Christmas also.
Published by: INFORMATIVNI CENTAR MIR - Svetiste Kraljice Mira (Information Center MIR - Shrine of the Queen of Peace), 88266 Medjugorje.
Last Modified 11/22/2002