Medjugorje History & News

     

Medjugorje 1892 - 2018

 

 

         -  Facts & History

         - Church & St. James

         - Apparitions June 24, 1981

         - New on Medjugorje & Vatican

         - Archbishop Henryk Hoser, Apostolic Visitor

         - Pope Francis & Pope John Paul II    

 

 


 

 

 

  • Medjugorje as an independent parish has been existing since 1892 when the first parish priest was Fr. Anzelmo Culina, and the early church was built 1897 during the period when Fr. Nikola Simovic was a parish priest!
     
  • "Decretum erectionis novae Parochiae in Medjugorje".....Mai 1. 1892 Fr. Paschalis Buconjic Episcopus"
     
  • The first time we hear of Medjugorje is the year 1599. From this year one can find the date April 2, 1599, in the archives dealing with the list of places, villages, that were in the pastoral care of the Franciscans from the convent in the town of Zaostrog on the coast of Dalmatia! 
     
  • Second church we see today in Medjugorje, St. James church, was finished 1969! Interesting is that the St. James is a patron saint of pilgrims and a first one in the history of Church whom Virgin Mary, Mother of God appeared!
     
  • The plans for the new church started already in 1925, the beginning of the construction was 1935, and the church was finished in 1969! Just like any other church in Europe, the slow development was due to the war and the lack of money! 

 


 

On June 24th, 1981 in a parish of the Medjugorje village Bijakovici in the country that was at the time still under the communist regime Our Lady, Virgin Mary appeared to six children. To the Christian people of this southeast part of Europe, such an apparition was unknown. Croatians always had a great devotion towards Mother of God, "Queen of Croats" as they sing to Her in one of the songs.

On that afternoon of the feast day of St. John The Baptist at about six o'clock in the evening, on the hill known as Podbrdo six children saw a young woman with a little child in her arms. The children in question, the sole witnesses of this most divine sight, were Ivanka Ivankovic, Mirjana Dragicevic, Vicka Ivankovic, Ivan Dragicevic, Ivan Ivankovic and Milka Pavlovic The young woman did not say anything to them but indicated with gestures that they should come closer. Surprised and frightened they were afraid to go near, even though they immediately thought her to be Our Lady.

The following day, on June 25th, the six children, hoping to see Our Lady again, met up at the same place where she had appeared to them the day before. Missing amongst the six from the previous day were Ivan Ivankovic and Milka Pavlovic who was replaced by Maria Pavlovic and Jakov Colo. With a flash of light, Our Lady appeared again and beckoned the children with her arms, to which they responded by falling to their knees and praying. After the prayers, Our Lady spoke to the children and finally withdrew with the words:

"God be with you, my angels!"

 


 

Pope John Paul II - on Medjugorje:

“Medjugorje is a place of supernatural powers where people achieved this supernatural influence with their prayer, sacrament, and abstention from food.” 

 

 

Archbishop Hoser, Apostolic Visitor to St. James parish of Medjugorje, Pope's Envoy - on Medjugorje, interviews, homilies:

 

“there is a special spiritual climate.”
..........In the Catholic Herald on Medjugorje

“the biggest miracle of Medjugorje are the confessions.”
...............In the Catholic Herald on Medjugorje

 “It is not my task to discuss whether these phenomena are true or not because the Church has not yet defined them,”
.........In the Catholic Herald on Medjugorje

“Anyway, this movement will not stop and should not be stopped, because of the good fruit that grows out of it. It is one of the most lively places of prayer and conversion in Europe – and has a healthy spirituality.”   

 "The biggest phenomenon at Medjugorje was the confession. On the sides of St Jacob’s church are two long, specially built pavilions, in which 
   there are fifty confessionals.”

 “The devotion of Medjugorje is allowed. It’s not prohibited, and need not be done in secret.” 

 “Today, dioceses and other institutions can organize official pilgrimages. It’s no longer a problem.”

 “The file is now at the Secretariat of State. I believe the final decision will be made,” the archbishop said on the decision of the authenticity of the 
    Medjugorje apparitions   

 "This is what the devotion of the people in Medjugorje looks like. In the center is the Holy Mass, Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, the
   Sacrament of Reconciliation, and all of this followed by other forms of devotion, the Rosary and the Way of the Cross., which have turned what 
   in the beginning used to be the sharp stones, turning them into a smooth path."....Archbishop Hoser's homily in Medjugorje 

 

Pope Francis - interviews:

“I receive letters, but we understand that [the things they relate] are more psychological than anything else. We have to distinguish things clearly. I think there’s grace in Medjugorje. There’s no denying it. There are people who have conversions. But there’s also a lack of discernment, and I don’t want to say there’s sin, because the people don’t know where sin begins, but, at least there’s a lack of discernment.”