Medjugorje Timeline

Medjugorje timeline has taken years and thousands of direct and indirect man hours to complete. From programming and developing the timeline structure, to mining and sourcing the information, sorting, organizing, and presenting the information briefly enough while still capturing essential details, to the many man hours required to “proof” the entries for grammar, content, and readability, this project has truly been a labor of love for Our Lady, performed with good will in the hope that the Medjugorje timeline will impact souls for their conversion and salvation.


In speaking to the community on the morning of September 4, 2017, a Friend of Medjugorje said:


“We will remember the summer of 2017 as the summer we lost. The entire community, with the exception of keeping up with the bare minimum in our agrarian needs, answering phones, and sending out packages, have spent the entire summer in what we named the ‘War Room,’ (the 2nd auditorium) working on the expansion. We literally watched a whole season pass by from our windows from 7:00 or 8:00 am in the morning until 11:00 p.m., 12:00 a.m., or 1:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday, sprinkling in several all-nighters and 5:00 a.m. starts. Sundays were our days of rest. Our Lady told us on February 25, 1988, ‘Sacrifice your lives for the salvation of the world.’ We have sacrificed the summer of 2017, and it will impact the world.”


We have made a very good faith effort to ensure that all the information is correct, but if you believe you have a legitimate correction, you can submit the information using the regular feedback form. We also know there are many things not on this timeline that are worthy of inclusion – in particular, the apparitions of the visionaries while traveling to different places in the world. Quite simply, we ran out of time. Soon, we will provide an avenue for submitting events and information you believe should be included. We will only publicly publish information that comes from credible sources and can be verified. The Medjugorje Timeline is a work in progress that will be continuing, and it is a work that a Friend of Medjugorje and the community are committed to.


We want this information to be spread, but any material that is original to a Friend of Medjugorje or Caritas of Birmingham, including, but not limited to design, layout, and content, etc., should be referenced back. We take all steps necessary to preserve the integrity of this information, and anyone using the original material without properly referencing back will be contacted to correct such usage. We have made sincere efforts to ensure any other information on the Medjugorje Timeline has come from credible sources.

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First Day of the Apparitions

At 1:00 a.m., on Wednesday, June 24th, the Feast of St. John the Baptist, a violent storm broke out over the Medjugorje region. Lightning struck causing electrical and phone outages. Wednesday evening, the Virgin Mary appeared on Mt. Podbrdo (Apparition Mountain), overlooking the village of Medjugorje. Ivanka Ivankovic (age 15)

Second Day of the Apparitions

Ivanka, Mirjana, Vicka and 16-year-old Ivan returned to the foot of Mt. Podbrdo the evening of June 25th. Our Lady appeared again at 5:40 p.m. and beckoned them to Her. This time they ran up the mountain to meet Her. Marija (age 16) and Jakov (age 10) joined the others.

Third Day of the Apparitions

Our Lady says why She has come: “I have come because there are many true believers here. I wish to be with you to convert and to reconcile the whole world.” To answer the question as to why Our Lady had chosen them, Our Lady said: “I do not necessarily

Fourth Day of the Apparitions

Fr. Jozo Zovko, the parish priest of Medjugorje, arrived in the village after a three day absence. He was alarmed to see the confusion caused by the story of the children. Fr. Jozo questioned the children for the first time, but could not come to have belief in the apparitions.

Fifth Day of the Apparitions

Old Jozo Vasilj, blind and paralyzed, has a paste made from dirt and wild thyme from the apparition site applied to his eyes and limbs and immediately regains his sight and functioning of his legs. The villagers, including the visionaries, are amazed at the miracle. A crowd of 15,000 arrive

Sixth Day of the Apparitions

Police arrived at the homes of the visionaries and forced them inside an ambulance where they were taken to a psychiatric hospital in Mostar. In recounting the incident later, Vicka repeated a common saying among her people, “Might does not ask God for permission.” A second attempt to have the

Seventh Day of the Apparitions

As the numbers of believers swelled into the thousands each day, the Communist authorities began to fear an uprising in the people. Pressure from Belgrade and Sarajevo was placed on the local government to stop the visionaries from going to the mountain. Two social workers took the visionaries away from

The People Remained Faithful

The villagers attended a meeting at the school with the State Security Police. In the meeting, the local government banned the visionaries from Apparition Mountain and the Church. The parents of the visionaries were threatened if they refused to cooperate with the authorities. Fr. Jozo said of these parents: “Those

Our Lady Appeared Wherever They Were

Fr. Jozo had given the visionaries a book on Marian apparitions earlier. Reading that Bernadette of Lourdes had 18 apparitions, they became convinced it would be the same for them. Counting the number of apparitions they had already had, they calculated that July 3rd would be their last apparition. So

Fr. Jozo Becomes a Believer

The police continued to harass the visionaries. On July 5, they showed up at their homes around noon. To avoid the police, the children slipped out of their houses running through fields and vineyards trying to escape. They eventually came to the Church. Deeply troubled by what was happening to

Spies in the Church

Fr. Jozo, once he became a believer in the apparitions, began seeking in prayer why Our Lady had come to his parish. On July 11, in his homily during Mass, Fr. Jozo spoke about Moses leading the Israelites, who had been enslaved, on a 40 year journey through the desert

Supernatural Light

In their evening apparition, Our Lady told the children to go to Apparition Mountain at 11:00 p.m. About 50 villagers went along and prayed with them. A supernatural light came from the sky and bathed the people in the light. People from the village could see the light also. In

Bishop Pavao Zanic Declares, ‘“’ These children are not lying.’”’

The visionaries asked Our Lady again to give a sign that would convince people of Her apparitions. Our Lady promised to leave a sign for the first time. Bishop Pavao Zanic questioned the visionaries for the first time, after placing them under oath and declared after his meeting with them,

Confession and Reconciliation

Our Lady gives a message concerning Confession: “A good many people have been converted and among them some had not gone to Confession in 45 years, and now they are going to Confession

Feast of St. James

On the Church calendar, July 25th is the feast day of the apostle St. James the Greater who is the patron of St. James parish in Medjugorje. St. James is also the patron of pilgrims. It was providential, from the beginning, that the parish of Medjugorje would be named after

‘“MIR”’ Appears in the Sky

The Croatian word “MIR” (peace) appeared in the sky over Medjugorje in large red letters. Many people in the village saw it. Fr. Jozo spoke of this in a sermon following the event, saying: “Let the earth quake, let signs appear in the sky. They are signs that God has

Our Lady’s Dress is Blackened

On the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels, Marija, in her home, received the following message from Our Lady: “A great struggle is about to unfold. A struggle between my Son and satan. Human souls are at stake.” Our Lady told Marija to meet in the threshing field (“gumno”)

Our Lady Gives Her Title

On the Feast of the Transfiguration, Our Lady gave the title that She would be known as in Her apparitions of Medjugorje. The title of Our Lady in all of Her apparition sites throughout history helped to define why She came and what Her mission was. On August 6, 1981,

God Wants Your Heart

On August 7, after the evening Mass, Fr. Jozo spoke to the people commenting on those who came off Apparition Mountain carrying clods of earth, stones, flowers, etc. He said: “You are wrong if you think that peace will come into your lives with that clod of earth, those few

Fr. Jozo Summoned to Party Headquarters

On August 11, Fr. Jozo was summoned once again to Party Headquarters in Citluk. He was ordered to stop the flow of pilgrims going up Apparition Mountain and to close the Church. Fr. Jozo said he would do what he could to discourage people from climbing the hill, but he

Bishop Zanic’s first published statement

On August 16, Bishop Zanic published his first statement on Medjugorje defending the apparitions in the official newspaper of the Croatian Bishops Conference, Glas Koncila, “Voice of the Council.” Bishop Zanic was quoted saying: “The public expects us to say something about the events in the parish of Medjugorje, where

Police Came to St. James Church

On August 17, the police came to St. James Church to arrest Fr. Jozo. The police removed documents, letters, books and the cassettes on which the earliest interviews with the visionaries were recorded in the hopes of finding something they could incriminate Fr. Jozo with. Before leaving the rectory, Fr.

Ivan Entered the Seminary

Ivan entered the seminary at Visoko on August 28. This would be a very difficult experience for Ivan as his testimony of Our Lady appearing to him was not believed. He was persecuted and also found the studies difficult. On his first day, when Our Lady appeared to him, She

Mirjana Taken Out of Medjugorje

Mirjana was ordered to come to the police station where she was put in a prison cell and then forced into a government car by which she was taken back to Sarajevo. The police ordered her not to return to Medjugorje under threat of arrest. She was then expelled from

Mirjana Converts Her Entire Class

Visionary, Mirjana, was threatened by police not to say one word about the apparitions to anyone at school. She was closely watched the entire year to make sure she obeyed this directive. Yet, without saying a word of Her experiences with Our Lady, but simply living in her life what

Bishop Zanic

After Fr. Jozo’s arrest, Bishop Zanic writes a letter to the President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia speaking strongly in support of the children and to protest the calumnies being made against the Church, and in particular, Fr. Jozo. In part, Bishop Zanic stated: “I consider it my duty

Vicka Surrenders Her Future to Our Lady

Our Lady asked Vicka to stay with Jakov in Medjugorje instead of going away to school. Vicka had just completed high school, and was ready to pursue higher education, but because of Our Lady’s request, she surrendered her future to Our Lady’s wish. Our Lady desired Vicka to remain close

Are all Religions Good?

On October 1, Our Lady was asked, “Are all religions good?” Yugoslavia is made up of three religions: Catholic, Islam and Greek Orthodox. Our Lady answered: “Members of all faiths are equal before God. God rules over each faith just like a sovereign over his kingdom. In the world, all

Evening Program

On this day Our Lady said: “The evening Mass must be kept permanently.” Fr. Jozo had begun to offer Mass every evening since July 5, when the visionaries had run to him for protection and he had heard a voice say to him to protect the children. When people waiting

Our Lady Speaks of Fr. Jozo Zovko and Marinko Ivankovic

As the trial for Fr. Jozo Zovko approached, Our Lady asked for prayers for him. She said: “Pray for Father Jozo and fast tomorrow on bread and water. Then you will fast for a whole week on bread and water. Pray, my angels. Now I will show you Father Jozo.”

Fr. Jozo Goes to Trial

Fr. Jozo goes to trial. Three hundred thirty people who volunteer to speak on Fr. Jozo’s behalf are refused permission. Concerned for his welfare, Vicka seeks Our Lady’s assurance that the people involved be just and impartial. Our Lady tells the children: “Jozo looks well and he greets you warmly.


Our Lady said: “Jozo has been sentenced. Let us go to church to pray.” Fr. Jozo is sentenced to 3½ years in prison. The visionaries tell Our Lady they are saddened because of Father Jozo. Our Lady responds to them: “You should rejoice!” On this same day, at 5 p.m.,

The Children Ask Again for a Sign

The children were frequently asking Our Lady for a sign, in which She had promised to give in time. They wanted a sign to help prove to those who didn’t believe that the apparitions were real. Our Lady finally said to them today: “You are not to ask any more

A Forerunner of the Great Sign

Many villagers and pilgrims see miracles on Cross Mountain. The visionaries question Our Lady when it is reported that Our Lady appeared on Mt. Krizevac on October 27, for 30 minutes. Our Lady simply said: “Yes, didn’t you see me?” On this same day, Our Lady was asked a question

Poland, Russia and the West

Our Lady is asked questions regarding Poland and the uprising of the people. Our Lady responds: “There will be great conflicts, but in the end, the just will take over.” Less than two months after this message was given, martial law was put into effect regarding Russia, Our Lady said:

It is My Son

Jesus appeared to the children with injuries covering His body and wearing a crown of thorns. It was frightening to the children. Our Lady said: “Do not be afraid. It is my Son. See how He has been martyred. In spite of all, He was joyful and He endured all

Visions of Hell

The visionaries see a terrifying, horrendous vision of hell. Our Lady said to them: “Do not be afraid! I have shown you hell so that you may know the state of those who are there.” The visionaries have different experiences with Our Lady concerning Heaven, hell and Purgatory. Days earlier,

John Paul II

Our Lady appeared kissing and lovingly embracing a picture of John Paul II and said: “He is your father, the spiritual father of all. It is necessary to pray for him.”

Major Words of Our Lady

Our Lady announced in this apparition that the world is entering into an extraordinary time. “The world is on the point of receiving great favors from me and my Son. May the world keep a strong confidence…” Just four months earlier, Our Lady had said: “A great struggle is about

You are Free to Choose

Our Lady answered questions the visionaries had about their futures. She said: “It would be good if all of you become priests and religious, but only if you desire it. You are free. It is up to you to choose.” All six of the visionaries would eventually choose to marry

Archbishop Frane Franic

Archbishop Frane Franic, Bishop of the Split Diocese, arrives in Medjugorje for the first time, incognito. He has come because so many Catholics in his own diocese, including priests and nuns, have experienced great graces in Medjugorje. He wanted to see for himself what was happening there. He was deeply

Our Lady Speaks of the Numbers

Our Lady begins to prepare the visionaries for the great amount of people who will be coming to Medjugorje. Not all of them will come with good intentions. They, therefore, must be careful in what they say and how they behave. Today Our Lady warned them: “Be on your guard,

First Christmas During the Apparitions

Both Ivan and Mirjana returned to Medjugorje for the Christmas holidays. The six visionaries were overjoyed to be altogether again. On December 12, 1981, Our Lady had told the visionaries that She was happy because they would all be together during vacation. She said: “Very soon you will all be

Fr. Slavko Barbaric

Fr. Slavko Barbaric, a doctor of social psychology and a Franciscan priest, examined all six visionaries. He concluded that there was no sign of hallucination and that the children behaved independently from each other. Fr. Slavko would later become more involved in the lives of the visionaries and the parish

Location of the Apparitions Changes

The apparitions began taking place in St. James Church on a more regular basis. However, there were still apparitions in the visionaries’ homes and outside on the mountains, in the vineyards, as well as in the Church. In the Church, at first the visionaries would kneel behind the main Altar

Bishop Zanic’s Commission of Inquiry

Bishop Zanic set up a Commission of Inquiry, responsible for investigating the events of Medjugorje. This four man commission of theologians was responsible for sifting the evidence for and against the apparitions. At this time in the development, they had full authority to decide the fate of Medjugorje.

Fr. Vlasic Threatened by the Police

Fr. Tomislav Vlasic, a young priest who came to Medjugorje after Fr. Jozo went to prison, was being threatened by the police to be removed from Medjugorje. He had involved himself with the visionaries, and therefore, became a target by the police. When the visionaries asked Our Lady what should

The 7th Secret

Our Lady revealed the 7th secret to Mirjana while she was alone in her family’s apartment in Sarajevo. Mirjana said its content troubled her deeply and she begged Our Lady for a way to lessen the secret. Our Lady said only: “Pray.” Mirjana, taking Our Lady’s word as a yes

Our Lady Chooses Her Feast Day

Our Lady was asked when She would like the Feast of the Queen of Peace to be celebrated. She smiled and said: “I would prefer that it take place June 25th. The faithful have come for the first time on that day, on the hill.” The titles of Our Lady

Regarding Healings

Our Lady is asked about those who are coming to Medjugorje who are sick and seeking a healing. She said: “Pray for the sick. Believe firmly. I will come to help, according to that which is in my power. I will ask my Son, Jesus, to help them. The most

Formation of the Visionaries

Our Lady focused, in these days, on the formation of the visionaries. She often told them how they should behave and would reprimand them if they did something that displeased her such as if they quarreled with each other or were disobedient to something She asked them to do. In

Future Chapel Site

After the regular apparition on February 13, 1982, Draga Vidovic, cousin of visionary Marija, and Marinko Ivankovic asked Marija to go to the area of Apparition Mountain where on the 3rd day of the apparitions, June 26, 1981, Our Lady had said: “I am the Blessed Virgin Mary.” The three

Other Visionaries

Reports of other apparitions taking place in Hercegovina were being circulated. Some young people in the parish of Izbicno reported seeing Our Lady. The pastor of this parish came to Medjugorje and asked the Medjugorje visionaries to question Our Lady concerning all the signs in Hercegovina and Our Lady appearing

Our Lady and Pope John Paul II

On October 22, 1978, at his papal installation, Pope John Paul II’s first words spoken to the world were: “Be not afraid! Open the doors to Christ!” On this day of March 2, 1982, a woman from the region of Medjugorje asked to be present for the apparition of the

Bishop Pavao Zanic Stops Believing

Since October of the previous year, Bishop Pavao Zanic began changing his opinion concerning the Medjugorje apparitions. He eventually stopped believing in the apparitions altogether. On April 3, he interviewed the visionaries, and then concluded the apparitions were a Franciscan plot. When the conflict between the Franciscans and Bishop Zanic

Prayer Groups

Concerning the formation of prayer groups, Our Lady said: “It is necessary, but not only here. Communities of prayer are necessary in all parishes.” It is Our Lady’s desire that many prayer groups are formed across the entire world. In Medjugorje, Our Lady began guiding the newly formed prayer groups.

‘“I’,have come to call the world to conversion”

Our Lady made a startling statement on this day. She said:   “I have come to call the world to conversion for the last time. Afterwards, I will not appear any more on this earth.”   Vicka was questioned later if Our Lady really said these were the last apparitions

‘“’,His enemies have wanted to kill him, but I protected him.’”’

On the first anniversary of the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II in the square of St. Peter’s in Rome on the anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, May 13, 1981, Our Lady of Medjugorje said:   “His enemies have wanted to kill him, but I

Archbishop Emilio Ognjenovic

Archbishop Emilio Ognjenovic, from the Argentinean archdiocese of Merced-Lujan, stated that he spoke to Pope John Paul II the week he was ordained a bishop. The Holy Father told him: “If I was not the Pope I would be in Medjugorje hearing Confessions.” Archbishop Ognjenovic went on to say that

Bishop Pavao Zanic Cautioned from Rome

Bishop Pavao Zanic went to Rome wanting to shut Medjugorje down. The Vatican also had its eye on Medjugorje having heard many good reports from bishops, priests, religious and laymen. They knew also that Bishop Zanic, who had originally been positive towards Medjugorje, was now adamantly opposed to it. Cardinal

First Anniversary of the Apparitions

June 24, 1982, marked the First Anniversary of the apparitions. An estimated 50,000 people packed St. James Church and the surrounding terrain, for both June 24th and June 25th. Despite the threat of persecution, tens of thousands came to Medjugorje to pray to Our Lady, much to the dismay of

Prayer Groups for the Youth

Ivan and Marija began a prayer group on July 4, 1982, though it happened spontaneously rather than through making a decision to do so. The same day of this gathering, Our Lady showed Her approval in the apparition and from that time, Our Lady began guiding the group. Ivan explained

Third World War?

Our Lady said, concerning the third world war: “The third world war will not take place.” With the threat of nuclear war being spoken of often in the news there was a growing fear of another world war. But Our Lady assured the visionaries this will not happen.


Our Lady is asked about reincarnation. She responds by saying: “You go to Heaven in full conscience: that which you have now. At the moment of death, you are conscious of the separation of the body and soul. It is false to teach people that you are reborn many times

Monthly Confession

Our Lady spoke about the importance of the Sacrament of Confession and the need for people to go frequently: “One must invite people to go to Confession each month, especially the first Saturday. Here, I have not spoken about it yet. I have invited people to frequent Confession. I will

Secret Given to Vicka and Ivanka

Vicka and Ivanka were given a new secret during the seven minute apparition. The others could not hear the voice of Our Lady, but they understood that a secret had been given.

New Pastor of St. James

Fr. Tomislav Pervan was appointed pastor of St. James Church after Fr. Zrinko Cuvalo resigned.

Truth Does Not Need Defending

It was brought to Our Lady’s attention that reports were being made that the apparitions were causing division among the priests in Hercegovina. Our Lady responded to this criticism saying: “I have not desired your division. On the contrary, I desire that you be united. Do not ignore the fact

Triumph of the Cross

Much to the dismay and consternation of the police, 70,000 people, primarily Croatians, climbed Mt. Krizevac for Mass for the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. With the Cross there was strength. Marija told a Friend of Medjugorje that not even when Communism was at its heights did the

Our Lady and John Paul II

Our Lady again spoke to the visionaries concerning Pope John Paul II. She said: “Have him consider himself the father of all mankind and not only of Christians. Have him spread untiringly and with courage the message of peace and love among all mankind.” Two American priests were in the

satan appears to Mirjana

Mirjana relayed on this date to Fr. Vlasic that she had had an apparition in which satan appeared to her. This apparition was sometime earlier in 1982. In the apparition, satan asked Mirjana to renounce Our Lady and follow him. If she did as he asked, he would make her

Seventh Secret

Our Lady gave a message in which She revealed that the seventh secret had been softened through repeated prayers and fasting. In Sarajevo, Mirjana, deeply disturbed by the secret, gathered family and friends together many times to beg God to lessen the punishment of the seventh secret. After eight months,

Jelena Vasilj

Jelena Vasilj and Marijana Vasilj (no relation), two school-age friends in Medjugorje, after the apparitions began, started praying together for Our Lady to also come to them. Everyday, instead of going out to play with their friends, they would use their free time to pray to Our Lady. On December

Mirjana Receives Tenth Secret

On Christmas Eve, December 24, 1982, Mirjana was home with her family in Sarajevo. Our Lady appeared to Mirjana with the news that tomorrow would be her last apparition. Our Lady said: “On Christmas I will appear to you for the last time.” Mirjana’s apparition on Christmas Day lasted 45

The Poem of the Man-God

Marija went before Our Lady and asked if the book, The Poem of the Man-God, by Italian mystic Maria Valtorta could be read. Our Lady affirmed that it was okay answering: “One must read them.” A Friend of Medjugorje has often said that the The Poem of the Man-God helps

Dr. Christian Stelzer

Dr. Christian Stelzer is a general practitioner, married, and father of four children. In 1983, he went to Medjugorje for the first time and his life was changed. Since then he has been constantly associated with Medjugorje. In 1997 he married a girl from Medjugorje and is fluent in the

Status of the Secrets

At this point in time, Marija has received seven secrets; Vicka has received eight; Jakov, Ivanka and Ivan have received nine secrets; and Mirjana has received ten secrets. As to how long the apparitions will last or why Our Lady no longer appears to Mirjana after Christmas, no one knows.

Our Lady’s Life Story

Our Lady asked the visionaries to record the stories of Her life as She dictated them. The information cannot be publicized until Our Lady gives them authorization to do so. Jakov received information until April 1983; Ivanka, until May 22, 1983; and Marija, until July 17, 1983. For Vicka, this

Fr. Jozo Released from Prison

Fr. Jozo is released from prison. Forty thousand people had signed a petition for his release. He was forbidden by the police from serving in Medjugorje and so was assigned to various parishes until eventually he was sent to St. Elijah’s Parish in Tihaljina. Pilgrims in Medjugorje began traveling to

Mirjana’s March 18th Message

Mirjana received her first annual apparition today, March 18, 1983, as promised by Our Lady on Christmas, 1982, the day of her last daily apparition. Though she was filled with great joy and anticipation of that day, immediately after the apparition ended she collapsed in tears knowing she would have

Marijana Vasilj

Marijana Vasilj began receiving interior locutions three months after her friend Jelena Vasilj (no relation) received her first one. They were friends before the apparitions, but had grown closer through the desire to follow Our Lady’s messages. Our Lady would form a prayer group with Jelena and Marijana in which

Marija’s Gift from Our Lady

On her birthday, April 1, 1983, visionary, Marija, was given the gift of the native Italian language during her apparition. She did not know Italian prior to this, but when she left the apparition, she knew it as well as her native tongue and could speak it fluently. Marija later

Jelena’s Prayer Group

Through Jelena Vasilj, Our Lady asked for a group of about 20 people to come together within a month’s notice to follow Jesus without reservation. Our Lady desired to initiate them into the spiritual life. Our Lady said of those who would join the prayer group: “I will give them

Rules for the Prayer Group

Our Lady dictated the rules for the prayer group to Jelena. The first requirement of the prayer group was that they all be totally abandoned to Jesus. Our Lady explained to Jelena when her interior locutions began in December 1982, that her role was different than the six visionaries. With

The Sign Will Come

On the second anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions in Medjugorje, Our Lady is asked again about the sign that She promised to give. She responded with a very serious message about the future of the world if it does not convert. She said: “The sign will come, you must not

Interior Locutionists Form a Prayer Group

Jelena and Marijana and approximately 60 people form a second larger prayer group led by Fr. Tomislav Vlasic. The main rules of this group were to pray at least three hours every day and to fast on bread and water twice a week.

Priests Expelled from Medjugorje

Fr. Emilien Tardif, a Canadian priest with an important healing ministry, was arrested and expelled from Yugoslavia, together with Canadian Fr. Pierre Rancourt, and Dr. Phillipe Madre, the founder and director of a clinic for research on the interplay of somatic, psychological and supernatural forces. He was well qualified to

Death of Jakov’s Mother

Jakov Colo, at age 12, was grieved by the death of his mother. Our Lady consoled him, saying: “Your mother is with me in Heaven.” Two years earlier, Our Lady had asked Vicka not to go away to school, but to remain in Medjugorje and stay close to Jakov. With

Message for Pope John Paul II through Jelena Vasilj

Shortly after the start of Jelena’s prayer group, Our Lady gave Jelena a message for Pope John Paul II and asked that it be relayed to him. The message Our Lady gave to the Pope: “Pray, pray, pray! Do not be discouraged. Be in peace because God gives you the

Bishop Pavao Zanic Changes His Position

Bishop Pavao Zanic is interviewed by Il Sabato, an Italian journal, and states: “These events may indeed be of diabolical origin.” And, “Those children are liars.”

Marija Hypnotized

Slovenian psychiatrist, Dr. Ludvik Stopar, hypnotized visionary, Marija, shortly after her apparition and found that her account under hypnosis was identical to that in full consciousness. After his examinations of the visionaries, that took place from May 1982 to November 1983, he concluded that they were absolutely normal with no

Punishments for the World

Visionary, Mirjana, conveyed to one of the parish priests that the punishments for the world contained in the secrets could be diminished through prayer, but not eliminated.

Material Goods

Our Lady warns through Jelena that: “In Medjugorje, many have begun well, but they have turned toward material goods, and they forget the only good.” This will always be a temptation for many of the villagers of Medjugorje, as more and more pilgrims flood into the village, bringing with them

Consecration Prayers Given to Jelena

Our Lady, through Jelena, calls the prayer group to pray each day to the hearts of Jesus and Mary during the novena of the Immaculate Conception. She dictates to Jelena two new prayers: CONSECRATION TO THE HEART OF JESUS and CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY.

Peace in Crisis

Our Lady gives visionary, Marija, a message that She desires to be relayed to the Holy Father: “You must warn the Bishop very soon, and the Pope, with respect to the urgent and great importance of the message for all mankind. I have already said many times that the peace

Electrocardiogram on Ivan

Dr. Mario Botta, a heart surgeon from Milan, had been in Medjugorje in April, 1983, with a team of Italian doctors to establish that the heartbeats of the visionaries were normal during ecstasy. This test among a number of other clinical tests implied that the apparitions did not affect physiological

Letter to Pope John Paul II

The parish priest of Medjugorje wrote the following letter to Pope John Paul II at the request of Medjugorje visionary, Marija, who was told by Our Lady on November 30, 1983, to contact the Holy Father and relay the information contained in this letter. The letter began by saying: “After

Fr. Rene Laurentin

Fr. Rene Laurentin, French theologian and renowned Mariologist, visits Medjugorje over Christmas. He will write extensively about the Medjugorje apparitions over the coming years.

Bishops’ Commission of Yugoslavia (BCY)

Cardinal Franjo Kuharic, president of the Bishops’ Commission of Yugoslavia (BCY) requested Bishop Zanic to enlarge the number of members of the Commission of Inquiry to include experts competent to study the various aspects of Medjugorje. Though Bishop Zanic complied with the request and increased the members to 14, it

Winter Olympics in Sarajevo

The Winter Olympics came to Sarajevo February 8-19, 1984. Unwittingly, it was through the Olympics that news of Our Lady’s apparitions in the little village of Medjugorje hit mainstream media. As is common with covering the sporting events, human interest stories of the culture and state hosting the Olympics are

Visionaries Observed in Ecstasy

Dr. Lucia Capello observed five of the visionaries while in ecstasy. She found that they all fell to their knees simultaneously, their voices became inaudible even though she could see their lips moving, their voices returned on the third word of the ‘Our Father’, their eyes and heads rose at

Thursday Messages for the Parish of St. James

On March 1, 1984, Our Lady started giving a weekly message to visionary, Marija, for the parish of St. James in Medjugorje. From today, Our Lady began to transition to the next phase of Medjugorje, which was the formation of the parish of Medjugorje. In the first weekly message, Our

Wait and See

Bishop Pavao Zanic’s Commission gathered and met for the first time. They produced a statement for the press that concurred with the Holy See’s suggestion that a decision concerning Medjugorje should not be arrived at too quickly. This statement was released in the Glas Koncila (The Voice of the Council)

John Paul II, Bishop Hnilica and Russia

On the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25, 1984, Pope John Paul II consecrated Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary with the bishops of the world as Our Lady had called for in the apparitions of Fatima. Sister Lucia, Fatima visionary, said that Our Lady’s request for the consecration

World Youth Day

Seven months after Our Lady gave the message about the youth to Jelena to relay to John Paul II (September 16, 1983), an inspiration was born in the heart of the Holy Father that led the youth from all over the world to embrace the Holy Father and the message

News is Spreading

News is Spreading
Fr. Rene Laurentin’s first book on Medjugorje was published in France, entitled, Is the Virgin Mary Appearing at Medjugorje? His book, among others, greatly helped spread the news concerning Medjugorje. In fact, though the news of Medjugorje was spreading around the world, there was no infrastructure yet developed that made

Our Lady Appeared Sad and with Tears

Our Lady Appeared Sad and with Tears
Our Lady appeared very sad this day and with tears said: “So many people, after they have begun to pray, to be converted, to fast, and to do penance here, quickly forget when they return to their homes and to their bad habits.” To the priests of Medjugorje, Our Lady

No Thursday Message

Although it was Thursday, Our Lady did not give a message to Marija. Marija concluded from this that perhaps Our Lady was only giving the Thursday messages during Lent. Lent had just passed, and they were in the first week following Easter. Read what happened on April 30, 1984.

Curiosity and Not Faith

April 30th was a Monday and Marija asked Our Lady why She didn’t give a message for the parish on Thursday. Much to the dismay of Marija, Our Lady responded: “I don’t wish to force anyone to do that which he neither feels nor desires, even though I had special

Our Lady’s Real Birthday

Our Lady began revealing to the visionaries and to Jelena and Marijana that Her real birthday is not September 8th which is when the Church traditionally celebrates it, but is actually August 5th. Our Lady also revealed that Her next birthday, August 5, 1984, would be Her 2,000th birthday. She

Faithful Shaken

A week before, a Thursday, Our Lady again gave no message. Many of the faithful felt shaken by the message Marija had received on April 30, and more so that Our Lady remained silent for another week. On this Thursday, May 10, many believed that Our Lady would not be

You have not made a mistake

Our Lady finally received the response She was looking for. She was very happy in Her apparition to Marija this day and said: “…Today I am very happy because there are many who want to consecrate themselves to me. Thank you. You have not made a mistake…My Son is happy

Miraculous Healing

Diana Basile, a 43-year-old Italian mother of three sons, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1972. She was blind in one eye, could walk only with difficulty and suffered from perineal dermatitis. In January 1984, she was diagnosed with clinical depression as her physical condition continued to deteriorate. In May,

Cyril Auboyneau and Genevieve Bastard

A Frenchman by the name of Cyril Auboyneau came to Medjugorje in June, 1984, as a pilgrim. He remained in Medjugorje for seven years. He knew several languages, including Croatian, and became a translator for the visionaries and Fr. Jozo. He also joined Ivan’s prayer group and dedicated himself to

Vicka Poked With a Needle While in Ecstasy

The new commissioners attended Mass and as part of their investigation, one of the committee members jammed a long needle into Vicka’s left shoulder blade twice while she was in ecstasy. Blood immediately spurted out onto her white blouse. Vicka, however, showed no reaction of pain at the time of

Our Lady Assures the Visionaries

More changes were going to be taking place among the parish priests, which was always a cause of concern for the visionaries and the parish. They sought Our Lady’s advice as these changes approached. She, as always reassured them that She would be with them whatever may come: “I pray

Cardinal Ratzinger

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was interviewed and questioned about Medjugorje in what became known as The Ratzinger Report. Cardinal Ratzinger spoke of the policy of the Congregation in regards to Medjugorje and other apparitions: “In this area, more than ever, patience

Our Lady’s 2000th Birthday!

Our Lady revealed to the visionaries that Her real birthday is August 5th, not September 8th, which is when the Church celebrates it. She asked the parish to give to Her three days of fasting and continuous prayer in preparation for the celebration of Her birthday because it was a

Pope John Paul II and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

Pope John Paul II was given a copy of Fr. Laurentin’s book, Is the Virgin Mary Appearing in Medjugorje, which he read at Castel Gondolfo, his summer residence. Both John Paul II and Cardinal Ratzinger were aware of the good fruit coming from Medjugorje and did not want to oppress

The Cross on Mt. Krizevac

Our Lady revealed that the Cross on Mt. Krizevac was in God’s plans before the apparitions even began. She said: “I love the cross which you have providentially erected on Mount Krizevac in a very special way.” She said also: “Dear children, the cross was also in God’s plan when

More Prayers

Every Thursday, for weeks, Our Lady had been calling the parish to offer more and more prayers and sacrifices. She did not reveal to them why there was a need for so much prayer. But on this day, Our Lady thanked them for their prayers because they had helped Her

Father Philip Pavich

While living in the Holy Lands, American Franciscan, Father Philip Pavich, O.F.M. asked Our Lady if it would please Her if he moved to Medjugorje to assist the English-speaking pilgrims. Our Lady gave this response: “If he has the will, let him come to help us to spread God’s message.”

Marek and Sophia Skwarnicki

Marek and Sophia Skwarnicki, close friends of Pope John Paul II, were also very devoted to Medjugorje, traveling there often. Marek eventually obtained a job at the Vatican and would often see the Pope personally. Sophia, writing of some of the conversations she and her husband had with John Paul

Testing of the Village

In the message given this day, Our Lady referred to a testing. This testing had to do with a long rain during the middle of the reaping season which caused a great deal of damage to the crops. She said: “Dear children, thank you for dedicating all your hard work

Bishop Zanic’s Posizion

Earlier this month, the Yugoslavian Bishop’s Commission met a second time and made a similar statement as in March of this year, that a decision concerning Medjugorje should not be arrived at quickly. This was the directives being sent to them from Rome. Despite this decision of the Commission of

Cardinal Ratzinger’s Position

From an interview that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger gave to the Italian Monthly Review,“Gesu”, Ratzinger said when questioned about Medjugorje: “Revelation was completed by Jesus Christ, who is Himself our revelation. Nevertheless we cannot deny that God could speak to our own age, even through humble or simple people and through

Chosen People

Using biblical language, Our Lady said today that the villagers of Medjugorje are a “chosen people.” Our Lady said: “…you are a chosen people and God has given you great graces. You are not conscious of every message which I am giving you…” Our Lady realizes that they do not

Archbishop Frane Franic’s Second Visit

Archbishop Franic of Split, Croatia, returned to Medjugorje for his second visit on December 16-17, 1984, and received a message from Our Lady through the visionaries in which She said: “You will have to suffer more.” He was a positive voice for Medjugorje, but was often vilified by Bishop Zanic

Scientifically Inexplicable

A team of French doctors and medical experts from Montpellier, France, under Professor Henri Joyeux finished extensive scientific testing on the visionaries, using highly sophisticated equipment they brought to Medjugorje. They were periodically making visits to Medjugorje throughout the year, 1984, starting in March and ending in December, to study

The demon is Authorized to Act

Mirjana was told by Our Lady that this time in which we have entered is a particular time given to satan. Our Lady said: “The hour has come when the demon is authorized to act with all his force and power. The present hour, is the hour of satan.” Along

You are Divided

Our Lady gave a very revealing and important message in regards to the times we are living now and in the future. It was in regards to confusion that occurred when an Orthodox child was cured. A Catholic priest was questioning why this child was given such a grace. It

Our Lady Warned About satan

Our Lady never allowed the visionaries to forget that it is satan they are battling against, and that he works hard to destroy Her plans for peace. At the beginning of the year, this is what Our Lady spoke of: “My dear children, satan is strong. he wishes with all

The Church Takes a Neutral Position

After Bishop Zanic’s public denouncement of the Medjugorje apparitions on October 30, 1984, Archbishop Frane Franic sent a letter to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger speaking in defense of Medjugorje. The opinions on both sides are vehemently defended, and in the midst of such strongly held beliefs, the Church continued to take

Our Lady Gives Vicka a Warning

Our Lady gave the following message to Vicka as a warning that she not make the same mistake that Ivan had recently made. Ivan had been pressured to write down information concerning the sign and seal it in an envelope which was not to be opened; however, the envelope was

Our Lady Warns us about Materialism

Mirjana stated that Our Lady doesn’t appear to her on March 18th because it is her birthday, but rather because the date of March 18th will be important in the future. On this March 18th Our Lady said: “Right now many are greatly seeking money, not only in the parish,

Apparitions Banned from the Church

Since January 1982, the apparitions had been taking place in St. James Church in Medjugorje, in a side room off the side of the main altar. Today, Bishop Zanic banned the apparitions from the Church. The decision is then made to move the apparitions into the rectory, in the bedroom

Bishop Silenced

An official memorandum from Cardinal Casaroli, from the Vatican State, communicated to Bishop Zanic to: suspend the airing of his own personal statements and renounce making judgements, until such time as all the elements could be conclusively gathered together, and the happenings could be clarified.”

A Large and Heavy Cross

On Good Friday Our Lady told Ivanka: “You, the members of this parish, have a large and heavy cross to bear; but do not be afraid to carry it. My Son is here to help you.” Our Lady is referring particularly to the great numbers of people from all over

Vicka Writes Our Lady’s Life Story

Vicka received the last episode of Our Lady’s life, which she had been receiving and writing down since January 7, 1982. These writings filled three notebooks. Though Our Lady has given other visionaries details of Her life, it is to Vicka that She entrusted Her entire life story. While Marija

Our Lady’s Final Daily Apparition to Ivanka

Today marked the final daily apparition of Our Lady to Ivanka. Like Mirjana, whose daily apparitions ceased on December 25, 1982, Our Lady told Ivanka that She would appear to her once a year on June 25, the anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions in Medjugorje, until the end of her

Prayers from Heaven

Jelena and Marijana’s prayer group continued to meet and grow in the spiritual life. On this day, Our Lady dictated to Jelena two new prayers: Petition to God and Prayer of a Sick Person. The prayers are to help us recognize how divided we are in our hearts between light

The Fourth Anniversary

More than 50,000 pilgrims arrived in Medjugorje to celebrate the 4th anniversary of the beginning of the apparitions. Mass was celebrated by 60 priests, 40 of whom were Italian. The number of pilgrims coming to Medjugorje continue to grow year after year, as more and more people around the world

The Power of the Rosary

In a message to Marija on the fourth anniversary of the apparitions, Our Lady called for all priests to pray the Rosary and She promised that the Rosary would overcome all of the troubles that satan was trying to inflict on the Catholic Church. This is what Our Lady also

Apostolic Pro-Nuncio speaks on Medjugorje

Cardinal Francesco Colasuono, Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to Yugoslavia from 1985-1986, made this astounding statement about Medjugorje and Pope John Paul II: “Medjugorje is the actual answer to the serious problems of today’s world…the Pope is truly convinced of the authenticity of the apparitions…Medjugorje represents the event of the century.”

Our Lady Shines Light

Our Lady warned, again, of satan’s attempts to thwart Her plans. In this message, She conceded that he has made progress against Her and against Her chosen people. By shining the light on his schemes, She hoped to arouse the village to prayer. “I wish to tell you that I

Our Lady’s Birthday Gift

In the past year, Our Lady revealed that Her real birthday is August 5th and that in 1984 it was Her 2,000th birthday. This year, Our Lady appeared dressed in indescribable golden splendor. She gave the Special Blessing for the first time in this apparition. From this point forward, Our

Our Lady’s Advice

Our Lady, after warning the parish last week that satan was working against them and making great progress, this week encourages them to defeat him through the Rosary: “Today I call you especially now to advance against satan by means of prayer. satan wants to work still more now that

The Ten Secrets

Mirjana, the visionary entrusted with the responsibility of telling the world of the ten secrets when the time for their release comes to pass, receives from Our Lady from time to time other information about this impending time. On this feast of the Assumption, Our Lady said: “My angel, pray

satan Has Been Defeated

Our Lady said today: “I am calling you to prayer, especially since satan wishes to take advantage of the yield of your vineyards. Pray that satan does not succeed in his plan.” With another week of prayer, finally Our Lady reveals that satan has been defeated: September 5, 1985 “Dear

The Parish Responds

After weeks of Our Lady’s warnings and the parish responding with prayer and sacrifices, satan’s plans have been defeated. Our Lady said: “Today I thank you for all the prayers. Keep on praying all the more so that satan will be far away from this place. Dear children, satan’s plan

Scientists Test the Visionaries

A team of scientists from Italy, directed by Dr. Luigi Frigerio, came to Medjugorje with more detailed testing and sophisticated equipment. Among them was a neuro-physiologist who specialized in the study of “ecstasy.” The result of their testing was compiled with those of a team of French doctors who were

Fr. Slavko Removed

The Franciscan Provincial, under pressure from Bishop Zanic, removed Fr. Slavko from Medjugorje. He was placed only 25 kilometers away and managed to visit Medjugorje often.

Pope John Paul II’s Secretary

While Fr. Robert Faricy was visiting Medjugorje for the fifth time, he met two priests who had just come from speaking with one of Pope John Paul II’s secretaries. He wrote the following in the journal he was keeping while visiting Medjugorje: “Just now I spoke with two priests who,

A Message for Ireland

Before visiting Ireland for the first time, Fr. Slavko asked Our Lady, through the visionaries, for a message for Ireland. Our Lady responded through Ivan: “That they may be the messengers of my messages: prayer, conversion, peace, and repentance, and that they may never forget that their Mother loves them

Our Lady Speaks about the Secrets

Though Our Lady had given Mirjana all ten secrets by December 25, 1982, She periodically would speak about certain secrets individually with each of the visionaries. Today, Our Lady showed Mirjana the first secret. Our Lady said: “It is the upheaval of a region of the world. In the world

Cardinal von Balthasar Visits Medjugorje

Cardinal (designate) Hans Urs von Balthasar, from Switzerland, who many believed was Pope John Paul II’s favorite theologian stated: “The theology of Medjugorje rings true. I am convinced of its truth. Everything concerning Medjugorje is authentic from the Catholic point of view. All that happens there is so evident, so

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, reportedly visited Medjugorje incognito. This would not have been a far-fetched possibility as there were other cardinals and bishops close to John Paul II who came to Medjugorje incognito, or in other words, in an unofficial manner.

Wayne Weible

Wayne Weible was a Lutheran who became intrigued with the story of Medjugorje after hearing about it in a Sunday school class he taught. As a journalist, he decided to go to Medjugorje and investigate the events himself. What he didn’t expect is that he also would have an encounter

Fr. Gianni Sgreva

Fr. Gianni Sgreva, an Italian Passionist priest, had been praying for enlightenment in regards to discerning if God was calling him to found a “Community of Consecrated” based in living the messages of Our Lady of Medjugorje. Visionary Marija went to Our Lady on his behalf, seeking Her advice. Our

Special Blessing for Mothers

On December 19, 1985, Our Lady expressed Her desire to give a Special Motherly Blessing to all mothers this coming Christmas Day. She emphasized the significance of this blessing by saying that Jesus would bless the rest with His own blessing. “…God will bestow great gifts on you if you

Medjugorje Book Receives Award

Sapienza University of Rome issues a reward each year recognizing a prestigious work of research that it wishes to commend. On December 22, 1985, the book, A Thousand Encounters with the Blessed Virgin Mary in Medjugorje received the Sapienza Award for the most popular book in Italy. The book was

Message on Church Authority

Our Lady gave guidance to those who are concerned with the Church approving Medjugorje. This message was given in 1986. A Friend of Medjugorje, founder of Caritas and the Community of Caritas, in writing to his bishop, Reverend Bishop David Foley of the Birmingham, Alabama diocese, to explain the Rule

Lessons in the Spiritual Life

Our Lady asked Vicka: “If you agree to it, I will not appear to you anymore for 50 days.” Despite the great sacrifice this would be, Vicka agreed and Our Lady asked her to carry out three undisclosed tasks. Vicka’s apparitions resumed on February 25. All of the visionaries were

Competent and Thorough Scientific Studies

A team of 17 renowned natural scientists, doctors, psychiatrists and theologians came to a 12-point conclusion on the tests administered by the International French-Italian Scientific Theological Commission concerning the extraordinary events taking place in Medjugorje. It was the most competent and thorough collection of scientific data assembled up to this

Reader’s Digest Article

Mainstream family magazine, Reader’s Digest, published an article on Medjugorje entitled “A Village Sees the Light” which was condensed from an article in Sunday Times Magazine. This was among the first secular publications in the United States to run an article on the events of Medjugorje bringing news of the

Medjugorje is Unique

Our Lady speaks of Medjugorje as being ‘chosen’ by Her. She has said this on other occasions as well. Not only does Our Lady say Medjugorje is chosen, but also that it is different from others, unique in God’s design: “…this parish, which I have chosen, is special and different

Vicka Admitted to Hospital

Visionary, Vicka, was admitted to a hospital in Zagreb suffering from severe headaches. Though all the visionaries have carried different sufferings in which they have learned the importance of the virtue of patience, Vicka was asked to carry the suffering of physical illnesses and injuries. When Vicka was transported to

Meeting with Pope John Paul II

Fr. Ivan Dugandzic, pastor of St. James Church in Medjugorje, met with Pope John Paul II in Rome and reported that the Holy Father told him that he follows the events continuously. He said to Fr. Ivan: “You can tell everyone that each day I pray for a happy conclusion

Letter from Pope John Paul II

Close friends of Pope John Paul II, Marek and Sophia Skwarnicki, sent a book on Medjugorje to the Pope with a letter sharing their experiences with Medjugorje. The Holy Father wrote back to thank them for the gift and said: “It is comforting to hear the news about the reaction

Our Lady Gives Good Advice

Our Lady had said to the visionaries that it would be better not to watch television or read the newspapers. When they questioned Her advice as being too difficult, Our Lady said: “If you look at the programs, if you look at the newspapers, your heads are filled with news,

Vicka Receives the Ninth Secret

Vicka received the ninth secret and then agreed to another 40 days without apparitions. She began receiving daily apparitions again on June 4, 1986.

Peace and Harmony

Our Lady exhorts today’s family to heed Her words given today if they wish to experience peace and harmony in the future. Our Lady wants to renew the family. “Dear children, I beseech you to start changing you life in the family. Let the family be a harmonious flower that

Bishop Zanic’s Commission Dissolved by Cardinal Ratzinger

Bishop Zanic submitted a negative judgement concerning Medjugorje, which was received by Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. This judgement was then leaked to the press without Vatican knowledge or approval. Having asked Bishop Zanic to proceed slowly in regards to Medjugorje on several

Pope John Paul II Meets with Italian Bishops

Pope John Paul II met with a group of 12 Italian bishops in June 1986. In response to their seeking pastoral advice on people making pilgrimages to Medjugorje, the Holy Father responded: “Let the people go to Medjugorje if they convert, pray, confess, do penance and fast.”

Secrets Very Close

Mirjana, on the 4th of June, had the last extraordinary meeting with Our Lady which was connected to the secrets. Mirjana received her last daily apparition on December 25, 1982. Our Lady told her that there would be occasions when She would appear to Mirjana, although she was promised a

Oasis of Peace Community

Fr. Pere Gianni Sgreva, a Passionist priest, desired to organize a new community based on the messages of Medjugorje. He asked Marija to ask Our Lady if he should proceed. Our Lady responded by saying: “Yes, one must pray. What you are doing pleases me. For the time being keep

Ivan Reports for Military Duties

Ivan, age 21, reported for military duty, which was mandatory for all young men in Yugoslavia to serve for a year. When asked how he could have apparitions, he replied that Our Lady would resolve that problem. In the end, Our Lady told him that he would receive apparitions only

Fifth Anniversary of Medjugorje

For the fifth anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions in Medjugorje, Marija and Ivan met with their prayer group at 11:30 p.m. on top of Mt. Krizevac and received a message in which Our Lady drew a biblical parallel to that which was taking place in Medjugorje. She said: “You are

First Large-Scale Pilgrimage from the U.S. to Medjugorje, Rome & Fatima

The Blue Army (World Apostolate of Fatima) based out of New Jersey, USA, organized the first large scale pilgrimage from the United States to Medjugorje which included also Rome and Fatima. The pilgrimage was from June 29 to July 7, 1986. Among the 200 or more pilgrims from all over

The July 4, 1986 Apparition

A Friend of Medjugorje arrived in Medjugorje on July 4, 1986. While in Medjugorje that evening he was speaking to Fr. Ken Roberts, with whom he was good friends. Fr. Ken and about 20 other priests would be going into the apparition room in Medjugorje. A Friend of Medjugorje was

Sacred Scripture

Our Lady, once again, gives a message in which She requests the reading of a specific Bible verse each week. This is the only specific Bible verse Our Lady has ever requested that it be read on a regular basis. “Read each Thursday the Gospel of Matthew, where it is

Happy to Suffer

On August 1, Vicka stayed with Our Lady for one and a half hours and at the conclusion of the apparition, she did not disclose the content, but on being asked, repeated: “I have accepted suffering and I am happy to be able to suffer for the Virgin.” Our Lady

Oasis of Peace Community Approved by the Vatican

After receiving what he believed was a call from the Holy Spirit to begin a new religous order based upon the messages of Our Lady of Medjugorje, Italian priest, Fr. Gianni Sgreva, met with Cardinal Ratzinger on September 9th and Pope John Paul II on September 10 at the Vatican.

Feast of the Triumph of the Cross

On the feast day of the Triumph of the Cross, September 14, there was Mass on top of Mt. Krizevac with more than 100,000 pilgrims in attendance. Seeing the numbers of people climbing Mt. Krizevac convinced one priest of Our Lady’s presence. Scripture states: And I, when I am lifted

Fr. Tomislav Pervan Visits America

Fr. Tomislav Pervan, pastor of St. James Church, began a 50-day tour of America, bringing news of Medjugorje throughout the country. He went to Boston, Massachusetts, where there was a gathering of believers who wanted to be involved in spreading the news about Medjugorje. Several of those who attended this

Bishop Franjo Komarica Head of National Commission

In October 1986, Cardinal Ratzinger, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, placed the responsibility of investigating the apparitions of Medjugorje in the hands of a national commission under the authority of the Yugoslavian Episcopal Conference. Bishop Zanic remained on the commission, but Bishop Franjo Komarica of

A Question is Asked to Our Lady

Back in Medjugorje after his first visit in July 1986, the founder of Caritas of Birmingham was present in his second apparition after presenting Marija with the handwritten note from Fr. Pervan granting permission for the founder to ask Our Lady a question. Marija agreed to present Our Lady his

Question Answered

“Pray and by your life witness. Not with words but rather through prayer will you attain what your desire is. Therefore, pray more and live in humility.” Read full story here…

Fr. Pervan Visits Alabama

Finishing up his 50-day tour of America to spread Medjugorje, Fr. Pervan, pastor of St. James Church in Medjugorje visited Birmingham, Alabama at the invitation of the founder of Caritas of Birmingham who had just returned from Medjugorje himself. They both had attended the first conference on Medjugorje in the

Who is Jesus?

“We are at the eve of a great Pentecost, that will reveal who Jesus is. The devil is doing everything he can to oppose this, but he will be crushed. The theater of this collision is the cross. Through the visionaries of Medjugorje, the presence of the Lord is being

Ivanka is Married

Visionary, Ivanka, was married in St. James Church to Rajko Elez. She met Rajko soon after the apparitions began. Ivanka had sought advice from Our Lady concerning her vocation, as had all the visionaries. In early August, 1981, when the visionaries asked Our Lady what She wanted of them later

Our Lady is Asked About a New Order

In response to being questioned whether She wanted to create a new order or a new structure or a particular Medjugorje Community, Our Lady said: “Children of mine, you don’t know what you ask. You don’t know what is waiting for you. You cannot comprehend the plans of God! I

Stained Glass Windows and Statue

In the year 1987, the stained glass windows created by Croatian artist, Branimir Dorotic, were installed in St. James Church. When standing in the Church, facing the altar, the windows on the right depict 14 scenes from the life of Our Lady while those on the left portray scenes pertaining

Thursday Messages End, Monthly Messages Begin

From March 1984 until January 1987, Our Lady appeared to Marija and gave a weekly Thursday message to the parish. This was the formation of the parish of Medjugorje, a formation that was necessary to prepare them for their role in the conversion and salvation of the world. In the

Jelena and Marijana in Rome

Jelena and Marijana, who were receiving interior locutions from Our Lady in Medjugorje since 1982 and 1983, respectively, went to Rome accompanied by Jelena’s father on January 13-15, 1987. On January 14, they were in the great audience hall and while Pope John Paul II was passing by, he recognized

First Monthly Message

News of Our Lady’s January 8th message alerted Medjugorje followers that the apparitions were passing into a new phase and many looked towards the “25th of the month” expecting a significant message. A Friend of Medjugorje speaks about this time as full of anticipation because Our Lady had often spoken

Serious Message Given to Mirjana

Medjugorje visionary, Mirjana, receives a very long and serious message from Our Lady on her March 18th birthday. Mirjana is in Sarajevo when she receives, on behalf of all Our Lady’s followers, this admonishment from Our Lady: “…Whenever I come to you my Son comes with me, but so does

Cardinal Franjo Kuharic

Cardinal Franjo Kuharic, President of the Bishop’s Conference of Yugoslavia, announces the formation of a new committee charged with investigating the apparitions of Medjugorje. With the decision from the Vatican to make a regional committee to continue the investigation of the apparitions of Medjugorje, the Bishop of Mostar no longer

Bishop Francesco Carboni

Bishop Francesco Tarcisio Carboni from Italy says: “When I go to any shrine, I do not go to admire the churches or monuments; I sit in the confessional, and from the confessions I hear, can evaluate just how good the shrine is. I have been to Medjugorje; I did not

Vicka in Italy

From March 19-23, 1987, Vicka and her cousin Valentina were guests of the Community of Sr. Elvira of Saluzzo, Italy. Members of this community had been making frequent pilgrimages to Medjugorje in which Vicka had befriended them. While in Italy, Vicka had an apparition regularly in a room near their

Oasis of Peace Opens

The Community of the Oasis of Peace opened on this day. Two years earlier, on December 4, 1985, Marija had questioned Our Lady concerning the founding of a “Community of Consecrated” and Our Lady at that time responded: “I prefer to answer him personally.” Fr. Gianni Sgreva was the one

Vicka in the Holy Lands

Vicka left Medjugorje in early June to go to the Holy Land and to Rome.

Ivanka in Scotland

Visionary Ivanka is invited on June 15, 1987 to meet with Cardinal Gordan Joseph Gray of Scotland in his Episcopal office in Edinburgh. The meeting lasted several hours and was a joyful visit. Cardinal Gray confided his desire to go to Medjugorje to Ivanka but because of ill health, it

Marriage Reconsecration

Caritas’ founder arranged for the married couples from a BVM Caritas Pilgrimage who were in Medjugorje in June 1987 to meet with Marija and reconsecrate their marriages to Our Lady. They held their wedding rings in the palms of their hands during the consecration. Marija’s words on Consecration:“I shall recommend

Special Apparition on Cross Mountain

Our Lady asks everyone to come up Cross Mountain for a special apparition at 11:30 p.m. There were as many as 50,000 people present while a military helicopter hovered overhead in a show of intimidation. It flew away three or four minutes prior to the apparition at 11:25 p.m., presumably

Sixth Anniversary of the Apparitions

The sixth anniversary was celebrated by over 100,000 pilgrims. The Anniversary is now a licensed national event in Yugoslavia in that the national government of Yugoslavia was encouraging the authorities of Sarajevo to elaborate a several-step plan of modernization to help with the crowds in Medjugorje. This planning included the

Mirjana Meets With Pope John Paul II

Archbishop Frane Franic accompanied 1,000 students from his diocese to Castel Gandolfo near Rome to see the Holy Father. Visionary, Mirjana, was among the youth. When the Pope was passing by, Archbishop Franic introduced John Paul II to Mirjana. He showed obvious pleasure and interest in meeting her. He invited

Cardinal Frantisek Tomasek

Cardinal Frantisek Tomasek from Prague reports that the Holy Father told him that, were he not the Pope he would like to go to Medjugorje to help with the work of the pilgrims. Concerning his own opinion about Medjugorje, Cardinal Tomasek said: “I am profoundly grateful to God for Medjugorje.

Zanic Denounces the Apparitions

Bishop Zanic, while in Medjugorje to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation, speaks his disapproval of the apparitions a second time. It was on the Feast of St. James, the patron of the parish of Medjugorje. He said: “There is a great deal of praying and fasting going on here (in

Jelena Receives an Important Message from Our Lady

An important message is given to Jelena, which Our Lady strives to impress upon the parish how high a calling they have received from God. The world needs their witness, Our Lady says, because: “through you, [I want] to save the whole world.” This is the message in its entirety:

Mirjana’s Interior Locutions Begin

Mirjana begins receiving interior locutions on the second of each month. Our Lady explains to Mirjana that she is to pray for nonbelievers. Our Lady teaches Mirjana that an nonbeliever is anyone who does not know or has never experienced the love of God.

Pope John Paul II Declares Marian Year

Pope John Paul II declared a Marian Year for the Church, beginning on Pentecost, 1987, and ending on August 15, 1988, the Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption. On August 25, 1987, Our Lady spoke about this year and the graces being given through Her. She said: God has permitted me

Bishop Zanic Bans Apparitions from Rectory

Since March 1985, the apparitions were taking place at the rectory, in Fr. Slavko’s bedroom. Bishop Zanic suddenly forbids the apparitions from taking place there. At this time the visionaries begin going to the choir loft in St. James Church before Mass and it is there that the apparitions begin

Bishops’ Conference of Yugoslavia

The Bishops’ Conference of Yugoslavia issues nine directives of what one should do regarding Medjugorje. The Session of the Croatian speaking section of the Bishops’ Conference of Yugoslavia (BCY) discussed the subject of Medjugorje in Zagreb for three hours on September 16, 1987. From that discussion, the following conclusions may

Cardinal Giuseppe Siri

Cardinal Giuseppe Siri from Italy in a statement about Medjugorje says:“The facts are the facts and nobody can deny them. The Church will give a judgement. I can only say that I see many atheists leaving Genoa for Medjugorje who return with a Rosary in their hands.”

Interview With Bishop Zanic

The founder of Caritas of Birmingham interviewed Bishop Zanic on his position on Medjugorje. The interview was cordial, but Bishop Zanic was firm in his denial of the apparitions. This conversation helped to form a conviction that shaped the founder’s understanding of the Church and its relationship to Medjugorje over

Ivanka’s First Child is Born

Ivanka’s first child, Kristina, is born on November 10, 1987.

Letter to Ronald Reagan from Marija, the Visionary

Alfred Kingon was appointed by the President of the United States of America, Ronald Reagan, as U.S. representative (ambassador) to the European Communities. He learned of Medjugorje from one of Reagan’s speechwriters and traveled there in November of 1987 with his wife. He met Marija and was invited to her

Freedom to Accept Her Plan

In Her monthly message, Our Lady reminds the parish of Medjugorje and all those who are following Medjugorje that God has special plans for “this parish” but it can only be realized through the freedom of souls to choose to bring these plans about. “…Dear children, you know that I

Letter to Mikhail Gorbachev from Marija, the Visionary

On December 8, 1987, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, the President of the United States and the leader of the Soviet Union, respectively, signed an arms control treaty and vowed to work for greater arms reduction. In the midst of this historic step towards peace, Marija in Medjugorje was intimately

Gift from Ronald Reagan

After Christmas, Marija received a picture of U.S. President Ronald Reagan with a short hand written note that said: “To Maria Pavlovic, with my heart filled thanks and every good wish, God Bless You. Sincerely, Ronald Reagan.”

Bishop Murilo Krieger and Pope John Paul II

Bishop Murilo Krieger, former Bishop of Florianopolise (Brazil), after visiting Medjugorje several times, the first time being in 1986, wrote the following: “In 1988, I was with eight other bishops and thirty-three priests on spiritual retreat in the Vatican. The Holy Father knew that many of us were going to

Vicka’s Apparitions Interrupted

Visionary Vicka accepted a fourth interruption in her apparitions, for 50 days. Unique to Our Lady’s relationship with Vicka, Our Lady has asked Vicka on several occasions to offer the sacrifice of not seeing her visions. When Our Lady asked this of Vicka yet another time, Vicka responded by saying:

Vicka is Promised a Healing

For years, visionary, Vicka, has suffered from an inoperable brain tumor that caused her severe headaches, coma-state periods, nausea, etc. Doctors could offer no cure and no help in alleviating her suffering. Our Lady asked this suffering of Vicka for particular intentions. Six months ago, in late summer 1987, Our

Fr. Tomislav’s Retreat for Youth

Fr. Tomislav Vlasic led some Medjugorje youth, including Marija, on a five-month retreat in Italy. They climbed up to a retreat house on the Apennines of Parma to stay there in total isolation and prayer for the five month period. They were considering the possibility of becoming a religious community,

Our Lady Laid Her Hand on Each One

Vicka was visiting family friends in Italy on the day that her apparitions began again. The morning of February 29, she stayed alone to pray, waiting in suspense for Our Lady’s arrival. The host family came to the apparition in which Our Lady stayed for 15 minutes. Vicka’s friend said

ABC News Magazine, 20/20, Produces a Story on Medjugorje

ABC News Magazine, 20/20, hosted by Hugh Downs and Barbara Walters, sent their producer, Rob Wallace, and a crew to do a story on Medjugorje. Wallace had contacted the founder of Caritas of Birmingham to discuss doing a program on his experiences in Medjugorje. Caritas’ founder suggested, instead, to follow

Pope John Paul II Speaks on Medjugorje

In a Pastoral Letter to his diocese of San Angelo, Texas, Bishop Michael Pfeifer quoted Pope John Paul II as saying: “To say nothing is happening there is to deny the living, prayerful witness of hundreds of thousands who have gone there.” Bishop Pfeifer heard John Paul II say this

Bronze Stations on Mt. Krizevac

The large bronze “Way of the Cross” reliefs that lead up Mt. Krizevac have started to be placed up the mountain. The Italian sculptor responsible for them, Carmelo Puzzolo, donated them to the parish of Medjugorje. Carmelo Puzzolo went to Medjugorje for the first time in the summer of 1985.

The End of Eight Years of War

More evidence of God’s acceptance of the March 24, 1984 Consecration: Soviet Troops (115,000) commenced withdrawal from Afghanistan, thus ending eight years of war. This is just one collapse of many to come; a sign that confirms God’s acceptance of the March 25, 1984 Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate

President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev Meet

More evidence of God’s acceptance of the March 24, 1984 Consecration: President Ronald Reagan met with General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in Moscow, Soviet Union, to discuss further arms reduction. August 8, 1985 “…Today I call you especially now to advance against satan by means of prayer… Dear children, put on

Preparing for the Seventh Anniversary

Our Lady speaks to Ivan and Marija’s prayer group to help prepare them for the seventh anniversary of Her apparitions: “…It’s going to be seven years soon that I have been coming to you. I ask you to renew in yourselves the message I have given to you. These are

Anniversary of Christianity in Soviet Union

The Soviet Union celebrated the 1000th anniversary of Christianity in Russia, marked by events held in the USSR from May-June 1988. Prince Vladimir Svyatoslavich introduced Christianity to Russia in 988. This celebration, marked by the ringing of church bells, came at a time when freedom of religion was returning to

Archbishop Gregory Yong Speaks on Medjugorje

Archbishop Gregory Yong from Singapore, on the 7th anniversary of the apparitions in Medjugorje, June 25, 1988, spoke the following words in a homily at a Mass in honor of the Queen of Peace in the Cathedral in Singapore. He was speaking of the fact that the Churches in Singapore

ABC 20/20 Aired

The ABC TV 20/20 program and its segment on Medjugorje that was filmed earlier in the year was aired in the United States on the 7th Anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions, June 25, 1988. Hosted by Hugh Downs and Barbara Walters, it was titled, “Journey of Faith” and was one

Ivanka’s Annual Apparition Message

For Ivanka’s annual apparition, a group of about 20 people gathered in Ivanka’s home. In the middle of the apparition, Ivanka suddenly turned towards everyone in the room, though her eyes continued to be uplifted, fixed upon the face of Our Lady, and she said: “Our Lady wishes for all

Pope John Paul II is the Strongest Explicit Witness…

Bishop Pavel Hnilica, from Czechoslovakia, who had been working with a group of Italian doctors who were administering medical and scientific tests upon the visionaries of Medjugorje, visited with Pope John Paul II with these same doctors at Castel Gondolfo. In the course of their conversation with the Holy Father,

Our Lady Calls the Youth to Medjugorje

There was much excitement and anticipation of August 15 in Medjugorje, the closing of the Marian Year that Pope John Paul II had called for. The crowd that night was one of the largest ever and the ascent up Apparition Mountain was very difficult because of the thickness of the

Adoration for the Youth

From Monday night, August 15th, things moved rapidly for the youth groups. Fr. Slavko and Fr. Leim, from Ireland, planned adoration from 10 p.m. to 12 midnight for the youth on Wednesday, August 17th, with singing and prayer. The Church was packed. One felt sorry for those not present because

Special Prayer Group with Marija

Throughout the days after Our Lady called for a Year of the Youth, there was much enthusiasm among the youth to gather in prayer. Marija asked a Caritas representative to have their prayer group beside the Church on Sunday, August 21st, for a singing and prayer celebration. They felt honored

Slavko’s Crucifix Given to a Friend of Medjugorje

Fr. Slavko gives a Friend of Medjugorje the crucifix from his office. This crucifix hung in the apparition room in Medjugorje and had been blessed by Our Lady on hundreds of occasions as the visionaries gathered daily before it to pray. A Friend of Medjugorje brought the crucifix to Marija

200,000 Present for the Triumph of the Cross

The Feast of the Triumph of the Cross was celebrated with Mass on Krizevac with 200,000 people present. Two years earlier, on this date, Our Lady spoke about this special feast day as a celebration: “…for these days while you are joyfully celebrating the cross, I desire that your cross

Letter about Vicka’s Healing

Visionary, Vicka, is healed of her brain tumor. When Fr. Janko Bubalo opened the letter Vicka had sent to him on February 4, 1988, Vicka stopped having pain—just as it was stated in the letter. The President of the new commission assigned to investigating Medjugorje, Bishop Franjo Komarica, was present

New Pastor for St. James Church

Fr. Leonard Orec, from Bosnia-Hercegovina, arrived to St. James Church as the new pastor, replacing Fr. Pervan, now Counselor of the Province.

Our Lady Coming to Alabama?

Two years earlier, on October 6, 1986, Caritas of Birmingham’s founder was given permission by Fr. Pervan to ask Marija to present a question to Our Lady. He explained to Fr. Pervan why he would like this asked of Our Lady as well as other information concerning the Birmingham area

Marija Comes to Birmingham, Alabama

In order for Marija’s brother, Andrija, to be accepted for a kidney transplant at the University Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, it was necessary to have someone willing to donate a kidney. Marija volunteered to give one of hers. Marija, her brother, and two friends traveled to America where Marija would

Marija Arrives in Birmingham, Alabama

Marija arrived from Medjugorje along with her brother, Andrija, for a kidney transplant.To read about how Our Lady picked the place She wished to appear… Read full story here…

Our Lady Came and was Very Happy

Our Lady came and was very happy. She blessed everyone. Marija recommended everyone present to Our Lady and Our Lady prayed The Lord’s Prayer and one Glory Be. Our Lady said She would appear at 10:30 p.m., Sunday night. The apparition took place in the Bedroom of the couple with

‘“’May your life be prayer”

Our Lady came and was very happy. She blessed everyone individually in the room. Marija recommended all present to Our Lady and She prayed The Lord’s Prayer and the Glory Be. Our Lady’s message: “May your life be prayer. May your work be offered as a prayer and may everything

“Live the messages that I give.”

Our Lady appeared with three angels and was very happy. She looked around at everybody, even the people outside. A Catholic school, St. Rose Academy, closed today so that children could come to the apparition and many were present. Our Lady prayed in Hebrew over the whole crowd. She gave

“Live in humility all the messages”

Our Lady came and was very happy. She looked around the crowd of about 400 people, inside and outside the home where Marija was staying. Our Lady blessed everyone. Marija recommended everyone present to Our Lady and She prayed The Lord’s Prayer and the Glory Be. Our Lady’s message: “Live

“… I will Intercede for you in front of God.”

Our Lady said She would appear the next morning in a field near a large pine tree and Our Lady extended an invitation for all to come.  Read full story here…

First Apparition in the Field of Apparitions

On November 23, 1988, while Marija was in the United States staying in the home of a Friend of Medjugorje and his family, Our Lady said that the next day’s apparition would be in an empty field next to the home Marija was staying. Our Lady then said that everyone

“…I am here to help you…”

The apparition took place near a large tree in a field near the home where Marija was staying. Our Lady came and was very happy. She looked at all who had gathered there. She blessed everyone. Marija recommended every person present to Our Lady and She prayed The Lord’s Prayer

First Monthy Message Given in Birmingham, Alabama

The next three monthly messages for the world were given to Marija while she was in Birmingham, Alabama. The November 25, 1988, message: “Dear children, I call you to prayer for you to have an encounter with God in prayer. God gives Himself to you, but He wants you to

“…All your prayers are going to help you”

Our Lady came and was very happy. With Her hands extended, She prayed over everyone and blessed them. Marija recommended all those present, especially the sick, to Our Lady, and She prayed The Lord’s Prayer and the Glory Be. Our Lady’s message: “I ask you once again to pray. Especially

“…I want to protect you under my mantle…”

Our Lady came and was very happy. She blessed the people and all their religious objects with the Sign of the Cross. Marija recommended everyone present, especially the sick, to Our Lady, and She prayed The Lord’s Prayer and the Glory Be. Our Lady’s message: “I want you to be

Our Lady Didn’t Speak, But was Very Happy

Our Lady came and was very happy. She prayed over everybody. Marija recommended every person present to Our Lady, and She prayed The Lord’s Prayer and the Glory Be. Our Lady blessed everyone and went to Heaven. Our Lady gave no words, but Her presence and being very happy were

Special Blessing

Almost two weeks into Marija’s stay in the home of a Friend of Medjugorje, Our Lady in the apparition of November 29, gave the Special Blessing. Our Lady broke precedent in giving the Special Blessing on a day that was not a feast day or a special occasion. In this

“Bless even those who don’t believe…”

Our Lady came and was very happy. She blessed and prayed over everyone. Marija recommended all those present, especially the sick, to Our Lady. Our Lady prayed The Lord’s Prayer and the Glory Be. Our Lady extended Her arms above all who gathered there and for a certain time prayed

Ivan in Birmingham

While Marija was in Birmingham, Alabama, Ivan also came to Birmingham to visit Mother Angelica’s Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). He was there for only two nights. As his trip was organized by a different group, the two visionaries did not see each other. Our Lady appeared to Ivan in

“I wish that all your life be love…”

Our Lady came and was very happy. She blessed and prayed over everyone. Marija recommended all those present to Our Lady, and She prayed The Lord’s Prayer and the Glory Be. Our Lady extended Her arms and prayed in Hebrew over everyone. Her message: “I wish that all your life

Today Our Lady wanted Her presence to be Her message.

Our Lady came and was very happy. With Her hands extended, She prayed over everyone and blessed them. All present, especially the sick, were recommended to Our Lady by Marija, and Our Lady prayed The Lord’s Prayer and the Glory Be. Our Lady also blessed the religious objects which were

“…abandon yourself totally to God.”

Our Lady came and was very happy. She prayed over everyone. She smiled and prayed one by one over each person present in the room. Marija recommended all those present to Our Lady. She prayed The Lord’s Prayer and the Glory Be. The message: “I invite you to pray and

“…I give you my love, so you give it to others.”

Our Lady came and was very happy. Marija recommended all those present to Our Lady. Marija asked Our Lady if She would pray over each individual as She had done yesterday. Very pleased, Our Lady smiled. She looked at everyone and began to pray over each one individually with Her

“…live the profoundness of the messages…”

Our Lady came, and She was very happy. Marija recommended all those present to Our Lady, especially the sick. Our Lady prayed over everyone, and She blessed them all. She prayed The Lord’s Prayer and the Glory Be. The message: “I invite you to live the profoundness of the messages

Our Lady Came and She was Very Happy

Our Lady came, and She was very happy. Marija recommended all the people present to Her. Our Lady extended Her hands and prayed over everyone and said The Lord’s Prayer and the Glory Be. She left saying, “Go in peace.” No special message. Marija left to go back to Medjugorje

New World Order

Mikhail Gorbachev addressed United Nations, with a sweeping vision of a “New World Order” for 21st century. A new wind was blowing, not only through the Kremlin, but throughout the world. Just as Pope John Paul II and Ronald Reagan were chosen for this time of Our Lady, also Mikhail

A Community Established

Our Lady continued to appear and give messages everyday to Marija during her stay at a Friend of Medjugorje’s home in Birmingham, Alabama. Marija left for a week and returned to Medjugorje to inform her family about the medical procedures she and her brother, Andrija, would undergo and to assure

Our Lady Wants to Start a Community Here

When Our Lady appeared, She conveyed to Marija Her desire to start a Community at the site. Marija turned to the host in whose house she was living and said to him immediately after the apparition, Our Lady wants to start a Community here. The husband and wife were deeply

“I would like you to pray for my intentions.”

“I would like you to pray for My intentions.” She left saying, “Go in peace.”  Read full story here…

God Has a Plan for Everyone

“Dear children, I love you and I wish you to pray for my intentions with the love you have for me, so that every plan of God about each one of you may be fulfilled.” This message only intensified in the hearts of those who were present that Our Lady

Marija’s Surgery

Today Marija underwent surgery to have a kidney removed that she was donating to her brother who was surviving only through living on a dialysis machine in very poor conditions back in his home country of Yugoslavia. Our Lady told Marija the day before the surgery: “I will be with

Marija Undergoes Surgery

Today Marija underwent surgery after test results showed that she could donate her kidney to her brother, Andrija. During the operation, with Rosary in her hand and while under anesthesia, Our Lady appeared over Marija while she lay on the operating table. Marija later said Our Lady stayed with her

Our Lady Appears on Christmas Eve

The apparition on December 24, 1988, was near midnight and Our Lady gave Her Special Blessing along with the December 25th monthly message to the world extending into Christmas Day.

Monthly Message Given Near Midnight

In the home where Marija was staying, the Sacrifice of the Mass was celebrated at midnight on Christmas Eve. The December 25, 1988 monthly message was actually given on December 24, 1988, near midnight, and extended into Christmas Day. It was a beautiful Christmas message: “…I call you to peace.

Our Lady’s Apparition on Christmas Day

This monthly message was actually given on December 24, 1988, near midnight, and extended into Christmas Day. The message: “Dear children, I call you to peace. Live it in your heart and all around you so that all will know peace—peace which does not come from you but from God.

End of 13 Years of War

More evidence of God’s acceptance of the March 24, 1984 Consecration: South Africa, Angola, and Namibia signed a truce, ending 13 years of war between South Africa and Cuban-backed Angola. Signs of the March 25, 1984 consecration continued to appear. September 16, 1983 “Pray, pray, pray! Do not be discouraged.

Holy Communion at St. James Church

One million pilgrims received Holy Communion in St. James Church during the year, including 60 bishops.

Apparition Mountain

The bronze reliefs of the Joyful and Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary were placed on Apparition Mountain during 1989. They were sculpted by Italian artist Carmelo Puzzolo, who had finished the Stations of the Cross on Cross Mountain the year before. He also sculpted the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary,

Sr. Emmanuel Maillard

Sr. Emmanuel Maillard of the Community of the Beatitudes (originally named Lion of Juda) initiated the first branch of the community in Medjugorje in 1989. Her organization, “Les Enfants de Medjugorje” which spread the messages of Our Lady of Medjugorje in her native country, France, began in 1990. The English

Our Lady Appears to Marija during Communion

Our Lady appeared to Marija during Communion while Marija was in the loft attending Mass, which was being celebrated downstairs in the home where she was staying. Our Lady said to Marija: “Tomorrow, again, I will appear in the Bedroom and give messages.” Read full story here…

“…witness by your lives.”

Today Our Lady began to give messages to Marija again. During this apparition Our Lady, with a wonderful smile on Her face, blessed a newborn baby making a Sign of the Cross in his direction. In the middle of thousands of people coming to the apparitions, the host’s wife where

Daily Message in the Bedroom

“Pray for My intentions. With this prayer, I would like to help each one of you.” Read full story here…

Daily Message in the Bedroom

“Pray for My intentions.” Read full story here…

“…I will intercede in front of God for you.…”

“I ask you to pray and demand, asking boldly for the graces from Me. I will intercede in front of God for you.” Read full story here…

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

No public message; however, Our Lady did give a special private message for someone in the room. Read full story here…

Daily Message in the Bedroom

“I am calling you to prayer; only through prayer can you come close to God. I am calling you to pray every day and to dedicate a special time in your day only for prayer.” Read full story here…

“…Pray, Dear Children, I am with You.…”

“I wish you to pray for My intentions. Only in this way can you come closer to God. I will guide you to Him. Pray, dear children, I am with you.” Read full story here…

Daily Message in the Bedroom

“I would like you to pray for My intentions.” Again, Our Lady gave a private message for the same individual She gave a message to on January 20th. Read full story here…

“This is why Our Lady did not wait”

Today Marija was late for the apparition and couldn’t get to the home at the appointed time. A local television station had made many requests to set up in the Bedroom. Today they were allowed. As soon as Marija came in the house and saw the television camera, she said,

Monthly Message to the World

“Dear children, today I am calling you to the way of holiness. Pray that you may comprehend the beauty and the greatness of this way, where God reveals Himself to you in a special way. Pray that you may be open to everything that God does through you so that

Final Apparition Before Marija Left

After nearly three months away from her home in Medjugorje, the day arrived for Marija to leave Alabama. This day ended Our Lady’s apparitions for the period of November 1988 through January 1989. The apparition with Marija and Caritas’ founder, wife and family was very intense and emotional. They had

Asking for the Graces

Marija’s stay in the United States ended just after she received a third monthly message on January 25, 1989. Our Lady gave a call to holiness and to: “…be open to everything that God does through you so that in your life you may be enabled to give thanks to

Vicka Travels to Lourdes, France

Visionary, Vicka, went to Lourdes, France, with an Italian pilgrimage group. She had her apparition in a discrete manner at the site of Our Lady’s apparition to Bernadette Soubirous. The simplicity of Vicka downplays the event, but for believers of Our Lady’s apparitions, it is a beautiful event to see

Marija Returns from Birmingham

Marija returned to Medjugorje after her time in the United States and a month and a half rest in Italy. It was Holy Saturday, March 25, 1989, and she immediately had an apparition in the choir loft of St. James Church. Our Lady said: “…I am calling you to a

Marija is Attacked

On Thursday, March 30, before 5:00 p.m. Marija arrived to the side of the Church to enter the door leading to the choir loft where she would have her evening apparition. Suddenly, a young man struck Marija violently in the back of her neck. When she turned to see who

First National Medjugorje Conference in the United States

Denis Nolan, a native of Notre Dame in Indiana, organized the First National Conference on Medjugorje. It was held at the University of Notre Dame on May 13, 1989, and with more than 6,000 in attendance, it was the largest meeting assembled on the Medjugorje apparitions in the United States.

Bishop Sylvester Treinen Speaks about Medjugorje

Bishop Sylvester Treinen from the United States, testified before 7,000 people at the University of Notre Dame that during his “ad lumina” visit earlier that year he had spoken privately with the Holy Father. Bishop Treinen had told the Holy Father: “I’ve just come from Medjugorje, there are wonderful things

Bishop Seamus Hegarty Speaks about Medjugorje

Bishop Seamus Hegarty from Derby, Ireland, says this after personally experiencing Medjugorje: “‘By their fruits you shall know them’—Here the fruits are so manifest, so clear and impressive, both in Medjugorje itself and among those who return home after a pilgrimage, that they simply cannot be ignored.”

Ivanka’s Annual Apparition

In Ivanka’s annual apparition, Our Lady spoke to her about the first part of the fifth secret. The year before, Our Lady spoke to Ivanka about the third and fourth secret, so it was as if Our Lady was continuing with Ivanka where She had left off. The apparition lasted

The Eighth Anniversary

The eighth anniversary celebration of Our Lady’s first apparitions in Medjugorje was well attended and The Evening Mass was concelebrated by 140 priests with 40,000 pilgrims present in Medjugorje. Two nights before the anniversary when Ivan was present with his prayer group on Apparition Mountain, Our Lady expressed with joy

Renew Family Prayer

Beginning on July 3, 1989, Our Lady began to speak strongly about the family and how She desires that the family needs to renew family prayer. She said: “…your Mother asks you tonight, you, who are present (people were present from all over the world), when you get back into

A Major Announcement

In Ivan’s prayer group the night of July 10 or July 14, 1989, Our Lady made another major announcement that created excitement within the Medjugorje world as Heaven was making known its plans and desires through Our Lady. She said: “Dear children, you know we are living the Year of

Four Main Messages

In Her prayer group message this evening, Our Lady emphasizes Her four main messages that She began to teach the visionaries and then the parish of St. James eight years earlier at the start of the apparitions. She said: “…I would like to call you to start again to live

The Year of the Youth

Our Lady, again, speaks about the family, youth and children in Her prayer group message throught Ivan and his prayer group. Youth have already started to arrive to celebrate the end of this Year of the Youth. Our Lady said: “…tonight especially I would like to invite all the parents

Our Lady’s Birthday Apparition

Our Lady’s birthday anniversary was highlighted by a 10:30 p.m. apparition on Cross Mountain.

Three Days of Fasting

On August 11, 1989 it was three days before Our Lady’s Assumption which would be the official end of the Year of the Youth that Our Lady had called for the year before on August 15, 1988. As part of the preparation for the First International Youth Festival, it was

Year of the Young People

Our Lady had a special apparition for the tens of thousands that were present at Ivan’s prayer group this evening to close this Year of the Young People of which She had called for on August 15, 1988. Her message on August 14, 1989: “My dear children, tonight your Mother

Poland’s New Prime Minister

More evidence of God’s acceptance of the March 24, 1984 Consecration: Poland’s Communist Party yields power; new Prime Minister is Solidarity’s Tadeusz Mazowiecki. He was the first Polish prime minister in 43 years who was not a Communist, as well as the first non-communist Prime Minister of an Eastern European

Apparitions Move to the Church Bell Tower

Bishop Zanic banned apparitions from the choir loft. The apparitions then took place in the bell tower of St. James Church. One could tell what room the apparition was taking place by looking up at the bell tower and seeing an open window. Though many pilgrims still lined up outside

Mirjana Marries

Visionary, Mirjana, marries Marco Soldo, nephew of Fr. Slavko Barbaric. Mirjana had been childhood friends with Marco before the apparitions began. They would see each other when she was in Medjugorje during the summer holidays. Mirjana thought that because she was a visionary, that meant that she should become a

Withdrawal of Vietnamese Troops

More evidence of God’s acceptance of the March 24, 1984 Consecration: Cambodians hailed withdrawal of 200,000 Vietnamese troops who occupied their country for 11 years. July 25, 1989 “… Open yourself to God and surrender to Him all your difficulties and crosses so God may turn everything into a joy…”

Hungary Declares itself an Independent Republic

More evidence of God’s acceptance of the March 24, 1984 Consecration: Hungary declared itself an Independent Republic after its ruling party departed from Communism. March 21, 1988 “Dear children, today again your Mother wants to warn you that satan, by every means possible, wants to ruin everything in you; but

The Berlin Wall

More evidence of God’s acceptance of the March 24, 1984 Consecration: The Berlin Wall was breeched and scaled by thousands of jubilant East and West Berliners. May 29, 1986 “Dear children, today my call to you is that in your life you live love towards God and neighbor. Without love,

Miraculous Medal

On November 27, 1989, Ivan’s prayer group was meeting at the Blue Cross at the base of Apparition Mountain at 10:00 p.m. This message was given to Marija, who was standing in for Ivan. Our Lady came joyful and said: “These days, I want you to pray in a special

Communist Party Leaders Resign

More evidence of God’s acceptance of the March 24, 1984 Consecration: Czechoslovakian Communist Party leader, Milos Jakes, and all 13 other members resigned. October 31, 1988 “…During this period too, dear children, I need your prayers, because I have great plans. I want to collaborate with you. I have repeated

The Kremlin and the Church

More evidence of God’s acceptance of the March 24, 1984 Consecration: Mikhail Gorbachev met Pope John Paul II in the Vatican, ending 70 years of antagonism between the Kremlin and the Church. June 5, 1986 “…I wish all of you to be the light for everyone and that you give

1,112,000 Holy Communions Distributed at 22,000 Holy Masses

At St. James Church, there were 1,112,000 Holy Communions distributed so far this year at 22,000 Holy Masses.

Dictator of Romania Overthrown

More evidence of God’s acceptance of the March 24, 1984 Consecration: The Romanian people overthrew the Communist dictatorship of President Nicolae Ceausescu with violent demonstrations. Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, fled but were captured by the armed forces. On December 25th, they were hastily tried and convicted by a special

Dictator of Panama Routed

More evidence of God’s acceptance of the March 24, 1984 Consecration: United States Forces invaded Panama and routed dictator Manuel Noriega. He was replaced by freely elected Guillermo Endara. September 4, 1986 “…You know, dear children, that with your help I am able to accomplish everything and force satan not

The Lasting Sign

The documentary, The Lasting Sign, hosted by actor Martin Sheen, aired on the Art and Entertainment Cable Network. The network has a cable subscription of about 42 million homes and 43,000 cable stations throughout the United States and Canada. The main objective for making this documentary was to reach and introduce

First Edition of Words from Heaven

Though the apparitions of Medjugorje had been taking place for nine years, there was no singular source where all the messages of Medjugorje were compiled. A Friend of Medjugorje, who had already been researching and collecting the messages of Our Lady from many different sources, began compiling them in book

Frenchman Introduces Medjugorje

Cyril Auboyneau, from France, does a series of talks regarding Medjugorje throughout the United States from February 16 – April 11. Cyril has lived in Medjugorje for the past six years and is fluent in Croatian. He became friends with all the visionaries and Fr. Jozo, often translating for them.

Mirjana Comes to Portland, Oregon

Mirjana received this apparition in Portland, Oregon, in the United States while visiting her friend, Fr. Milan Mekulich, the Croatian priest who was the main celebrant at her marriage in Medjugorje in September 1989. Mirjana had been receiving interior locutions on the second day of each month but on this

Monopoly of Power Surrendered

More evidence of God’s acceptance of the March 24, 1984 Consecration: The Central Committee of the Communist Party voted to surrender their monopoly on power, at Mikhail Gorbachev’s urging. February 2, 1990 “Pray for peace, everybody present – not just the group – pray for peace.”

A Plan for Medjugorje

A group of architects, city planners, and officials toured Lourdes, France, and Fatima, Portugal, with Fr. Orec, parish priest of St. James Church in Medjugorje, to help plan the Medjugorje “shrine.”

Bishop Zanic Releases a Third Negative Statement

Bishop Zanic released through the press worldwide, a third negative statement on Medjugorje. The authority examining the apparitions at Medjugorje had been placed under the Bishops Conference of Yugoslavia (BCY) since January 9, 1987. Though Bishop Zanic was allowed his opinion, the decision regarding Medjugorje was no longer in his

Communism Ends in Nicaragua

More evidence of God’s acceptance of the March 24, 1984 Consecration: Nicaragua, in a free election, chose Violeta Chamorro to be president, ending 11 years of Sandinista Communism. February 25, 1988 “…I want you to obey me and not permit satan to seduce you. Dear children, satan is very strong

East Germany Holds its First Free Election

Visionary, Mirjana, celebrated her 25th birthday with an apparition at her home, as promised by Our Lady. On the same day, East Germany held its first free election in history. It would be its first and last free election, because the party that won the election, the Christian Democratic Union,

Visionaries Travel to the Vatican

Visionaries, Jakov and Vicka, traveled to the Vatican at the invitation of Pope John Paul II.

End of Bloody Conflict in Sri Lanka

More evidence of God’s acceptance of the March 24, 1984 Consecration: India withdrew the last of 70,000 troops from Sri Lanka, thus ending their bloody conflict which caused 8,000 deaths. 1983 “My Son wants to win all souls to Him, but the devil strives to obtain something. The devil makes

St. James Church Grounds Expanded

By April 1990, after several years of construction, a chapel for Perpetual Adoration, a new outdoor Altar behind St. James Church to accommodate the large crowds, and outdoor Confessional booths were completed in Medjugorje. This also included a much needed toilet facility on Church grounds. Bishop Zanic, however, was not

Albanians Granted Rights

More evidence of God’s acceptance of the March 24, 1984 Consecration: Albania, Europe’s last Stalinist state, granted all citizens the right to travel, practice religion, etc. July 4, 1988 “Dear children… satan is trying to find emptiness in you, so he can enter and destroy you. DO NOT SURRENDER! I

Uniting Prayer Groups for Our Lady

A Friend of Medjugorje directs Caritas of Birmingham to initiate a new program, Our Lady’s Prayer Groups (OLPG). Over the past four years, the interest in Medjugorje has skyrocketed in the United States and thousands of people were contacting Caritas wanted to be placed on the free mailing list. Along

Ivanka’s Second Child is Born

Ivanka’s second child, Josip, is born on June 6, 1990.

The Bush-Gorbachev Summit

More evidence of God’s acceptance of the March 24, 1984 Consecration: The Bush-Gorbachev summit in Washington, D.C., produced 16 accords limiting nuclear testing, reducing chemical stockpiles, etc. February 19, 1990 “Dear children, your Mother tonight wants to warn you that satan is active in a special way these days… these

Ivanka’s Annual Apparition

Ivanka ceased seeing Our Lady on a regular basis after her May 7, 1985 apparition. Our Lady promised to appear to her every year on the anniversary of the apparitions, June 25, for the rest of her life. Just ten days before this anniversary, Ivanka gave birth to her second

Creating a Shrine

Architect, Donato Colombini, a town planner from Italy, has devised a plan to create a world shrine in Medjugorje.

Peace is Threatened

Our Lady gave the July 25, 1990, message a few days before Iraq invaded Kuwait. This message was profound and prophetic in that Our Lady was showing us how aware of the future She is. This one message showed that Her messages are not just for the present or distant

The Gulf War

Iraq’s Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait with 100,000 troops and in 12 hours conquered the country for its oil and gold, initiating the Gulf War. The date is significant because on August 2, 1981, Our Lady gave the message: “…A great struggle is about to unfold. A struggle between my Son

Operation Introducing Medjugorje

With the war raging in Iraq, a Friend of Medjugorje creates a new division of Caritas of Birmingham giving it the name Operation Introducing Medjugorje (OIM). OIM would be an evangelization arm of the mission, creating different packets of spiritual materials depending on the circumstance of the targeted group of

Mariaja Visits the Soviet Union

Marija left Medjugorje for the Soviet Union with her pastor, Fr. Leonard Orec and Bishop Pavel Hnilica from Czechoslovakia. They stayed in the Soviet Union for 10 days, visiting with many people and seeing how strong their faith was. Marija left the Soviet Union very enthusiastic about their future. Even

Bishop Franjo Komarica Speaks in Medjugorje

President of Yugoslav Episcopal Commission, Cardinal Franjo Komarica, celebrated Mass in Medjugorje. Bishop Komarica is from Banja Luka, Yugoslavia. As head of the Commission, he is charged with the responsibility for investigating the authenticity of the apparitions occurring in Medjugorje. Until this time, he always came privately. It was a

Ivan Visits the United States

Visionary, Ivan, visited the United States for several weeks. He brought the message of Medjugorje to the United States Capitol and President George Herbert Walker Bush.

Bishop Angelo Kim Speaks on Medjugorje

Bishop Angelo Kim, President of the Korean Bishops Conference, had an article published on November 11, 1990, in the Korean national weekly newspaper, Catholic News, in which he said the following: “Prior to the conclusion of the last Bishop’s Synod in Rome, the Korean bishops were invited to a lunch

Ivan Speaks about His Visit to the White House

Ivan shared details of his meeting with President George Herbert Walker Bush at the White House on November 14, 1990. The following is a paraphrase of what Ivan said to President Bush: “You meet with people from nations all over the world. I am seeking your help for peace in

Meeting of the Yugoslav Episcopal Conference

In November, the members of the Yugoslav Episcopal Conference visited Medjugorje. On November 27, they met together to discuss Medjugorje. The following day, on November 28, a private note sent by the Bishops Commission to Rome, not intended for the public, was leaked to the media and caused great confusion.

The Absence of Peace Has Come to the World

During this time, Our Lady has repeatedly asked for prayers for peace. Her words: “When I started to speak to you and to call you to peace, you thought everything was calm and there was no need to pray in a special way for peace. The absence of peace was

Mirjana Has Her First Child

Visionary, Mirjana, said that before she was married, she had a vivid dream that she gave birth to a baby girl and named her Marija, the Croatian name for Mary. This dream became reality after her marriage, when on December 9, 1990, she gave birth to her first child, a

The Vote of Slovenia

More evidence of God’s acceptance of the March 24, 1984 Consecration: Slovenia’s 2.1 million people voted to break away from Yugoslavia, the count was 88% in favor. March 21, 1988 “Dear children, today again your Mother wants to warn you that satan, by every means possible, wants to ruin everything

Catholic News Service

Catholic News Service publishes an article, “Yugoslavian Bishops Say Marian Apparitions Not Supernatural.” Based on an unofficial “leaked” document from the Yugoslavian Bishops Conference investigating Medjugorje that was meant only for Cardinal Ratzinger, both Catholic and secular news sources reported that the bishops had declared there was nothing supernatural taking

Significant Prayers for Peace

Our Lady appeared at 9:30 p.m. on Apparition Mountain to Ivan who was with the prayer group. Thousands of people were present on the mountain. There was no message, but Ivan said that Our Lady prayed for peace and thanked the people for coming up the mountain to pray. Ivan

Our Lady’s Prophetic Warnings

Operation “Desert Shield” erupted into “Desert Storm”, as the first F-117 airplanes bombed Iraq. Just two days after this great uniting of prayer, war broke out in the Middle East. Those following Medjugorje could see the parallel of Our Lady’s request for prayers of peace and the deteriorating situation in

Our Lady Speaks of Earthly Disasters

In Her monthly 25th message Our Lady warns: “…today, like never before…your prayer should be a prayer for peace. satan is strong and wishes not only to destroy human life but also nature and the planet on which you live…” On this same day, Saddam Hussein began blowing up oil

Archbishop of Belgrade Clarifies the Statement of the Bishops Commission

Archbishop of Belgrade, Monsignor Franc Perko, clarifies the statement of the Yugoslav Bishops Commission “non constat de supernaturalitate” in the Feb 2, 1991, issue of the Catholic publication, 30 Days. He wrote: “It is not true that from the document summarized by the bishops at the end of November it

Ground War in Kuwait Ends

A cease-fire was declared by United States, President George H. W. Bush, ending the 100-hour ground war in Kuwait. The Iraqis were defeated. Three days before the cease-fire was declared, Our Lady said on February 25, in Her monthly message to the world: “…Do not speak about peace, but make

Rebuilding the Church

Just over two years since Our Lady had asked a Friend of Medjugorje to start a community to live and spread Her messages, while alone in the Field where Our Lady had appeared on November 24, 1988, a Friend of Medjugorje was given clarity as to the plan of Our

Cardinal Johannes Joachim Degenhardt Speaks about Medjugorje

Cardinal Johannes Joachim Degenhardt from Germany, speaking positively of the Medjugorje apparitions, said: “Just as in the great classical pilgrim shrines, there is going on in Medjugorje the call to renewal of life after cleansing and conversion…It appears that this invitation applies to the entire Church.”

Mirjana’s Annual Apparition

During Mirjana’s annual birthday apparition, Mirjana brought many questions from other people who wanted to hear Our Lady’s response to them. Our Lady gave only one answer on behalf of all of the questions. She said: “Pray all three mysteries of the Rosary daily for non-believers and attend Mass specially

A Letter from Pope John Paul II

The following is an excerpt from a letter written by Pope John Paul II to his friends Marek and Sophia Skwarnicki. Marek comments on Pope John Paul II’s remarks afterwards. “Dear Marek and Sophia, …I do ask you for your prayers. I also remember in my daily prayers Father Andrew.

The Declaration of Zadar

Since the end of November 1990, when a leaked document made it into the press concerning what the Yugoslav Bishops Conference would be declaring soon concering the apparitions of Medjugorje, on this day, the Declaration was finally made publicly and officially. As the bishops were meeting in Zadar, Yugoslavia, it

Bishop Nicholas D’Antonio Salza Speaks about Medjugorje

Over 100 Medjugorje conferences take place in America this year. Bishop Nicholas D’Antonio Salza from the United States, opens the 1991 Notre Dame conference on Medjugorje with the words: “We have more conversions from Medjugorje than any place in the world!…I don’t recall in history anything comparable to the Medjugorje

Liturgical Guidelines for Medjugorje

L’osservatore Romano reported the Yugoslavian Bishops’ Conference Pastoral and Liturgical Guidelines for pilgrims going to Medjugorje. While Bishop Zanic was putting out in the press that pilgrims should not be going to Medjugorje, the Church was giving guidelines for the faithful who desired to make a pilgrimage to this village

Medjugorje…a Place of Pilgrimage

With the Declaration of Zadar in April, the Bishops Commission accepted Medjugorje as a place of pilgrimage and moved to look after the pastoral needs of the thousands visiting the parish of St. James. The four bishops making up the Commission came to Medjugorje on June 17, 1991, with four

Ivanka’s Annual Apparition

Our Lady appeared to Ivanka for her annual apparition for approximately eight minutes. Our Lady spoke to her about the first half of the sixth secret. It has been realized that during Ivanka’s last four annual apparitins Our Lady has spoken about the secrets in progression. In 1988, Our Lady

Meeting with Bishop Zanic

For the tenth year anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions, Marija and Jakov went to visit Bishop Zanic in Mostar. They went bearing gifts to show their love and good will towards their shepherd. It had been many years since Bishop Zanic had seen any of the visionaries that when Jakov

A Big Day for the Croatian People and the Tenth Anniversary

Both Croatia and Slovenia declared independence and dissolved its association with Yugoslavia on, of all days, June 25, 1991, the tenth anniversary of the apparitions in Medjugorje. This also marked the beginning of a war that would be among the most violent and horrific of all the Eastern Bloc Countries

The Consecration of Russia

After the war began in Croatia, Bishop Pavel Hnilicia visited John Paul II in Rome and discussed the events of the Consecration of Russia in March 1984, and the war taking place now in the Balkan states. Bishop Hnilicia describes their meeting and conversation: “When in 1991, which was 10

Regarding Fatima

Our Lady calls for nine days of renunciation that the plans begun in Fatima may be fulfilled. “…I invite you to renunciation for nine days so that with your help everything I wanted to realize through the secrets I began at Fatima may be fulfilled. I call you dear children

No Definitive Judgement

While attending a conference in Vienna in September 1991, Cardinal Ratzinger was questioned about Medjugorje. While he explained that no definitive judgement had been made by the Church as yet, he stated that the Church remained open towards Medjugorje. He said: “We are open. The Commission on Medjugorje proceeds with

Americans Must Leave Yugoslavia

More evidence of God’s acceptance of the March 24, 1984 Consecration: Thousands of Serbian reservists and civilian irregulars entered Mostar, despite its “neutral” standing. As tensions continued to escalate, the United States Embassy in Belgrade ordered all American citizens to leave Yugoslavia immediately. Lent, 1984 “Do not be afraid for

The Ten-Day War

Croatia and Slovenia declared their independence from Yugoslavia on June 25, 1991. A conflict arose between the Yugslav Peoples’ Army and the Slovian police and Territorial Defense. It lasted 10 days with several dozen casualties. Known as the Ten-Day War, the conflict stopped through negotiation at Brioni, Slovenia, on July

Vicka Speaks on Wars

Vicka explains the December 1990 message. “When I started to speak to you and to call you to peace, you thought everything was calm and there was no need to pray in a special way for peace. The absence of peace was in the hearts, now the absence of peace

United States Issues Travel Ban

Due to the escalation of the war, the United States, as well as other nations around the world, issued travel bans to their citizens concerning going to any of the Balkan states. Caritas of Birmingahm had a pilgrimage scheduled to go in November 1991 and decided to continue with plans

Bishop Emilio Bataclan speaks on Medjugorje

Bishop Emilio Bataclan from the Philippines said of Medjugorje: “I have no difficulties believing that Our Lady is here because, above all, the ‘sensus fidelium’ says that Mary is here, and also my priestly experience through a full 25 years, and now also that of being a Bishop helps recognize

Bishop Hnilica Speaks at Notre Dame Conference on Medjugorje

Czechoslovakian Bishop Pavel Hnilica, a strong believer and follower of both Fatima and Medjugorje, sees in Medjugorje something different than other Marian apparitions. In a talk given at the 1992 National Conference on Medjugorje at the University of Notre Dame in the United States, Bishop Hnilica said:   “This is,

A Disturbing Message

Our Lady gives a deeply sad and disturbing message just two weeks before the world recognizes the independent states of Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia-Hercegovina. From the beginning of the apparitions, Our Lady taught Her followers peace, prayer, fasting, sacrifice and forgiveness as a means to bring and spread peace. Yet,

European Community Recognizes Their Independence

The United States Government joins the European Community in recognizing the independence of Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia-Hercegovina, the latter being the republic in which Medjugorje is located. While many of the Eastern Bloc countries had peaceful transitions, it was not to be for the Balkan states. A horrible, bloody war

How to Defeat Evil

The Holy Thursday apparition was given in a basement shelter in St. James Church in Medjugorje because of the bombing. Ivan said: “In that message [referring to the March 25 message], Our Lady invited us to persevere in prayer so that in a fervent prayer we can be able to

First Monthly Message After the War Started

Our Lady says in the first monthly message after the war came to Bosnia: “…Only by prayer and fasting can war be stopped. Therefore, my dear little children, pray and by your life give witness that you are mine and that you belong to me, because satan wishes in these

Our Lady is Never Silent

Entry from the War Diary: “One month after the bombing began, Medjugorje is deserted, the Church is closed, the hillsides are empty, the confessionals are empty, and the loudspeakers are silent. But Our Lady continues to be present appearing daily to Ivan and Vicka.”

Our Lady Protects Medjugorje

Entry from the War Diary: “Six rockets struck Medjugorje, there were no human victims and the damage was minimal, Our Lady’s protection was evident.”

The Medjugorje Sanctuary

The Holy Father communicates through letters with his Polish friends Marek and Sophia Skwarnicki, who are strongly devoted to Medjugorje. John Paul II writes to his friends on May 28, 1992: “Dear Marek, May God reward you for the ‘Misterium [Mystery].’ To know what it contains, I will have to

Medjugorje is Preserved

Entry from the War Diary: “Pentecost Sunday Medjugorje is awakened by the sound of canon fire. There is much fighting around, but Medjugorje is preserved.”

No Water or Electrcity in Medjugorje

Entry from the War Diary: “Medjugorje has no water or power, there are not enough basement shelters for everyone and the water cisterns are getting low due to lack of rain.”

Ivanka’s Annual Apparition

Our Lady held Ivanka’s hands during her annual apparition and with a sad expression on her face gave the message: “I ask you to conquer satan. The arms to conquer him are fasting and prayers. Pray for peace, because satan wants to destroy the little peace you have.”

Ivan’s Prayer Group Apparition

Prayer group apparition to Ivan: “I ask you to pray in a special way for Pope John Paul II and for priests.” Ivan said that there will not be another open mountain prayer group until the end of July.

Pope Meets with Fr. Jozo

John Paul II met with Fr. Jozo in Rome and said to him: “Busy yourself with Medjugorje, look after Medjugorje, don’t tire. Persevere, be strong, I am with you. Watch over, follow Medjugorje.”

A Message for the Youth

Ivan’s daily apparition was in the adoration chapel for all of the youth present for the Youth Festival. Our Lady gave the message: “Dear children, today I call you to decide for God during these days. You, young people, put God at the first place in your life; thus you

Caritas of Birmingham

A Friend of Medjugorje initiates plans to begin building a three-story 32,000 square foot building fully dedicated to the plans and messages of Our Lady of Medjugorje. Caritas of Birmingham’s new building was named the Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages. It would house a fully functioning print shop, graphics department,

A Special Plan of God

The following is an excerpt from a letter written by Pope John Paul II to his friends, Marek and Sophia Skwarnicki: “Dear Marek and Sophia, I thank you Sophia for everything concerning Medjugorje. I, too, go there every day as a pilgrim in my prayers: I unite in my prayers

Patrick and Nancy Latta

Patrick and Nancy Latta were called to Medjugorje in 1993. Patrick was a highly successful car dealership owner in Canada, who started at the bottom washing cars and worked his way up to be a top car salesman who “nobody could outsell,” in his own words. Nancy was a highly

Mother’s Village

In 1993, “Mother’s Village” emerged from the desire of its founder, Fr. Slavko Barbaric, to offer protection and care of the children and youth who were wounded by the loss of their homes and parents during and after the Bosnian War. The building and operations were started by Fr. Slavko

Fr. Jozo Meets Pope John Paul II

On January 10, 1993, Pope John Paul II invited all bishops and representatives of other religions to Assisi, Italy, for a joint prayer for peace. Though the prayer was for peace throughout the world, the Holy Father particularly desired to pray for peace in the Balkan states which was described

ABC News Airs Major Report

ABC News aired a major news report on the war in the Balkans hosted by popular news anchor Peter Jennings. The story covered the seige of Sarajevo, the longest seige of a capital city in the history of modern warfare. It began in April 1992 and ended in February 1996.

What satan Wants vs. What Our Lady Wants

Our Lady’s words today are a call to pray for peace: “…today like never…” She states plainly what She wants versus what satan wants. Our Lady said: “…today like never, I call you to pray for peace; for peace in your hearts, peace in your families, and peace in the

Jakov is Married

Visionary, Jakov Colo married Annalisa Barozzi, from Asolo, in the province of Mantova in Italy. They were married on Easter Sunday.

The Poem of the Man-God

The books, Poem of the Man-God, by Maria Valtorta became popular after Our Lady was asked if the faithful could read them, and She responded positively towards them. At this time, there was open controversy surrounding these works. On July 21, 1992, the founder of Caritas of Birmingham wrote a

Ivanka’s Annual Apparition

On the twelfth anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions, Ivanka’s joyful anticipation of seeing Our Lady turned into a vision of horror, when Our Lady showed her in vivid detail an event that would take place in the future. An eyewitness described being in the home of Ivanka for this apparition:

Bishop Zanic Retires

Bishop Zanic retires and Bishop Ratko Peric succeeds him as the Bishop of Mostar. On Bishop Peric’s first visit to the parish of St. James in Medjugorje, he confirmed 150 children receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. In his homily, he spoke of the Zadar Declaration and the continued investigations, as

A Message that Inspired

Since the beginning of 1992, the construction of Caritas of Birmingham’s Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages had been moving forward. In the summer of 1993, the construction company gave a projection date for the completion of the building. Not having any idea as to the significance of the date, they

Cardinal Kuharic

Cardinal Franjo Kuharic, President of the former Commission grants interview that is published in the August 15, 1993 issue of Glas Koncila concerning the Declaration of Zadar.

Marija is Married

Medjugorje visionary, Marija Pavlovic, married an Italian man, Paolo Lunetti on September 8, 1993. Marija had initially desired to enter a convent, but she came to realize that as a religious she would not be able to spread Our Lady’s messages given to her because they were not yet approved

Marijana Vasilj is Married

Marijana Vasilj, friend of Jelena Vasilj, married on November 27. Marijana and Jelena both received interior locutions from Our Lady and were part of a prayer group Our Lady initiated and guided in Medjugorje through them.

Letter from Pope John Paul II

Following is an excerpt from a letter written by Pope John Paul II to his friends Marek and Sophia Skwarnicki while the war in Bosnia was causing great suffering to the people of the Balkans: “…Hence, Marek, are also my wishes to you and your wife and the younger generation

The Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages

The newly constructed Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages was dedicated and consecrated to Our Lady on this day. Pilgrims from around the country came to join the Community of Caritas to be a part of the Dedication which had evolved into a five-day prayer retreat focused on purification and prayer

Archbishop of Sarajevo was Made a Cardinal

The Archbishop of Sarajevo, Vinko Puljic, was made a cardinal on November 26. He recently visited Medjugorje and remained to talk with the priests for about an hour in the presbytery.

Cardinal Gordan Joseph Gray Speaks on Medjugorje

Cardinal Gordan Joseph Gray of Scotland testified to John Paul II’s belief in Our Lady’s apparitions in Medjugorje. Cardinal Gray stated: “I know that the Pope wanted the Marian Year because of the message of the Mother of God in Medjugorje. I know that the Pope himself accepts the apparitions

The Pope Calls for Prayer and Fasting

Pope John Paul II calls for a day of prayer and fasting for former Yugoslavia, for peace in this area.

Our Lady Returns to Birmingham, Alabama

In the United States, in Birmingham, Alabama, five years after visionary Marija’s three month stay with the founder of Caritas of Birmingham and his family, she returned with her husband for a private visit. On December 13, 1988, while appearing in the couple’s home, Our Lady told Marija that She

Marija Returns for a Private Visit

It was five years before Marija, now with her husband Paolo, came back to the Birmingham area for a private visit with the original host family for a few days in the beginning of February, 1994. There were three apparitions during their visit. The first two were in the Bedroom

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

Our Lady appeared to Marija at 10:45 a.m. in the Bedroom. She gave no special message. The whole Community was present. Read full story here…

The Last Apparition During Marija’s Visit

Marija came out to the Field to pray the Rosary in preparation for Our Lady’s apparition. She knelt in the same spot where Our Lady appeared to her five years before, on November 24, 1988. This was the second apparition out in the Field. Our Lady appeared to Marija at

Joshua is Marija’s Only Intention Today.

Marija recommends Joshua to Our Lady during her apparition . She tells our founder that Joshua is her only intention during the apparition today. After apparition time on February 5, 1994 Joshua’s condition begins to be stabilized. Read full story here…

Ivanka’s Third Child is Born

Visionary, Ivanka, gives birth to her third child, Ivan. This would be the last child of Ivanka and Rajko. They live in a house on the outskirts of Medjugorje and Ivanka remained unseen for many years, living a more private life than the other visionaries.

Monthly Message

Our Lady in her 25th message to the world fortells the end of the war in Bosnia. “You all have helped me so that this war may finish as soon as possible. …I beg you pray,pray,pray. Only through prayer we can defeat evil and protect all that which satan wants

Medjugorje is a Sanctuary

On February 25, 1994, Pope John Paul II wrote to his friends, Marek and Sophia Skwarnicki: “Dear Marek and Sophia, I thank you very much for both letters. Sophia is writing me about the Balkans. I guess Medjugorje is better understood these days. This kind of ‘insisting’ of our Mother

Mirjana’s Annual Apparition

On March 18, 1994, amazingly just three weeks after Our Lady gave the message: “…that this war may finish as soon as possible…” the United States brokered peace between Croatian forces and the Bosnian Army of the Republic of Bosnia-Hercegovina with what became known as the Washington Agreement. It was

Rwandan Genocide

Rwandan President, Juvenal Habyarimana, is killed when his plane is shot out of the sky. This is the official beginning of the Rwandan Genocide. The Hutu tribe begins to systematically slaughter the Tutsis. In 100 days, 800,000 Tutsis are slaughtered while most of the world looks the other way. Nine

Mirjana’s Second Child is Born

Veronika, Mirjana and Marco Soldo’s second daughter, is born. Marija is her older sister, born on December 9, 1990.

Marija’s First Child is Born

The first child of visionary, Marija, and Paolo Lunetti is born, a son. He is given the name Michele Maria. Marija was the fourth visionary who added a child to their family in this year of 1994. And it is also the year that visionary, Ivan, was married. Up to

Ivan’s Prayer Group Apparition

Our Lady came joyful this night to Ivan on Apparition Mountain with his prayer group. She also came with encouraging news and filled with thanksgiving. She said: “…tonight your Mother wants to say thank you. Thank you for all your prayers. You who prayed and helped me through to this

Our Lady Speaks about the Holy Father

It was Pope John Paul II’s heart’s desire to visit Sarajevo in Bosnia-Hercegovina, to give hope to the believers who had been suffering under the scourge of war for several years and to help the process of peace. The Croats and the Muslims had accepted the plan for peace, but

Our Lady Calls for us to Pray for the Holy Father

Just a week before John Paul II was to come to Sarajevo, Our Lady told Ivan in his mountain apparition that: “…during this time while the Holy Father visits this country, that we must pray for him.” Ivan also said Our Lady, “asked us to pray for Her intention (something

Impressions of a Firsthand Witness

The Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, wrote his friends Marek and Sophia Skwarnicki on September 3, 1994, while he was at Castel Gandolfo: “Dear Marek and Sophia, I thank you very much for this letter following the 40th anniversary of your marriage…The second part of the letter provides many

The Pope Travels to Zagreb, Croatia

The decision to postpone John Paul II’s visit to Sarajevo was made on September 7. Sarajevo was under seige by the Serbs and therefore there was no possibility of guaranteeing the Pope’s safety and those traveling with him. Deeply disappointed, he still desired to get as close as he could

The Pope Speaks to Archbishop of Paraguay Regarding Medjugorje

Fr. Slavko was invited by several Centers for Peace in South America to come and speak on Medjugorje. They desired to have their bishop’s blessing upon these talks and requested it of him. The Archbishop of Asuncion in Paraguay was not certain if he should give his permission, so he

Archbishop Gabriel Gonsum Ganaka

Archbishop Gabriel Gonsum Ganaka from Nigeria visited Medjugorje. He came because so many from his diocese experienced deep conversion and he wanted to see for himself what was the cause of this. “Since the time my faithful are coming to Medjugorje, I too, as archbishop, feel the duty to come,

Ivan Marries

Visionary, Ivan Dragicevic, marries Laureen Murphy from Boston, Massachusettes. Before meeting Ivan, Laureen was named Miss Massachusetts in 1990. Ivan met Laureen when visiting the United States. Laureen and Ivan’s mutual desire to help young people in their spiritual walk drew them together. They were married in the United States.

Be a Beautiful Bouquet

As the feast day of All Saints and the Holy Souls approaches, Our Lady gives a beautiful message to encourage Her children to look to the saints of the Church as examples to live by. She says: “…Little children, I wish you to be a beautiful bouquet of flowers which

Bishop Jean Chabbert of Perpignan Speaks about Medjugorje

Bishop Jean Chabbert of Perpignan, France, states his belief in the apparitions of Medjugorje and also testifies to John Paul II’s belief as well. “Medjugorje is the actual answer to the serious problems of today’s world… I do know that the Pope is truly convinced of the authenticity of the

Milona Von Habsburg

In an interview that Milona von Habsburg gave in November 1994, she said concerning the youth and Medjugorje: “In Medjugorje the veils fell from my eyes and I saw the poor state of my soul, but God removed my ragged clothes and dressed me in new ones. Christ and Mary

Archbishop Frane Franic Speaks on Medjugorje

Archbishop Frane Franic of Split, Croatia said: “If Jesus has sent His Mother to preach about conversion, then Her call is definitely coupled with a great grace of conversion which can only be received at Medjugorje.”

Steven and Ana Shawl

Steven Shawl was the first to bring Medjugorje onto the Internet. Known as Medjugorje Web, it was put online in 1995. Steven’s wife, Ana, of Croatian descent, who first went to Medjugorje in 1983, leads the International Internet Prayer Group (IIPG) that the Shawl’s founded as part of their work

Jakov’s First Child is Born

Visionary, Jakov, and his wife, Annalisa’s first daughter, Arianna Maria, was born on January 6, 1995.

Episcopal Conference of Bosnia-Hercegovina in Mostar

The Episcopal Conference of Bosnia-Hercegovina met for the first time in history in Mostar. They made no mention of Medjugorje, dealing with the results of the war, tens of thousands of displaced refugees, the horror of ethnic cleansing and beginning the process of reconciliation and forgiveness. Medjugorje had been under

Archbishop Ruben Hector Di Monte Speaks on Medjugorje

Archbishop Ruben Hector Di Monte of Argentina gave powerful words of his belief that Medjugorje fell in the line of other major Marian apparitions. However, he stated his belief that Medjugorje was the center of all other apparitions. His attention was drawn to Medjugorje because of major conversions he saw

Monthly Message

In the 25th message of the month that comes through Marija, Our Lady makes a formal invitation to become “missionaries” of Her messages. Our Lady says: “…Today I invite you to become missionaries of my messages, which I am giving here through this place that is dear to me. God

Mirjana’s Annual Apparition

On this March 18th apparition of Our Lady to Mirjana, Our Lady gave severe words that were difficult to hear. Despite the severity of the words, Mirjana insisted that the message was a message of love and consolation because, Mirjana explained: “We have nothing to fear if we have love.

Vicka Goes to Rome

On March 22, 1995, visionary, Vicka, went to Rome with 350 wounded and crippled Croatian soldiers, where Pope John Paul II gave them a private audience. She was the translator (Italian-Croatian) and the Pope immediately recognized her. He asked her: “Are you not Vicka from Medjugorje?” Vicka then offered him

Croatian Delegation Visits Pope John Paul II

The Vice President of Croatia, Jure Radic (representing President Tudjman), and Cardinal Franjo Kuharic from Zagreb, were part of a delegation from Croatia, making an official visit to the Holy Father on April 6, 1995. After reading his prepared statement, Pope John Paul II said: “I want to go to

Scientific Testing of the Visionaries

Professor Henri Joyeux, from France, visited Medjugorje the first week of May, 1995. He told pilgrims about the tests done on the visionaries in 1984-1985 and how he intends on doing further tests on them with even more sophisticated equipment in France. He said: “In many cases the tests have

Fr. Jozo Visits the United States

In May of 1995, Fr. Jozo visited the United States of America. The trip was arranged by a Croatian couple living in the States heavily involved with Medjugorje. During his visit to Birmingham, Fr. Jozo also made a visit to Caritas of Birmingham of which the construction of the Tabernacle

Monthly Message

Throughout this year, Our Lady has been warning Her children not to be hard-hearted, filled with hatred and lack of love for one’s neighbor. She has emphasized that there is a choice everyone must make of which path they are going to follow; the path towards God, which is Love;

A Clear Mandate from Heaven

On this Feast of the Visitation, the Founder of Caritas of Birmingham, a Friend of Medjugorje, was with Marija at her home in Milan, Italy. He had gone to visit Marija and her family while he desired to spend a few days of prayer and retreat and be with Our

“…I desire that through your lives you are witnesses…”

On the Feast of the Visitation, the founder of the Community and Mission of Caritas of Birmingham was with Marija in Italy at her home. There were only the two of them present for the apparition on this day. The apparition lasted longer than normal. At the end of the

Captain Scott O’Grady’s Encounter with Our Lady

On June 2, 1995, United States Air Force Captain Scott O’Grady was helping enforce the NATO no-fly zone in the skies over Bosnia when a Soviet-made anti-aircraft missile slammed into his F-16. With the aircraft exploding around him, O’Grady prayed a desperate prayer: “Dear God, please don’t let me die

Medjugorje Conference: Notre Dame University

At the Medjugorje conference at Notre Dame University in Indiana, one of the bishops present said: “John Paul II not only suffers because the message of Medjugorje has not been accepted, and for the war that surrounds that country, but he suffers even more so for the situation existing within

Ivanka’s Annual Apparition

Echoing the words Our Lady gave in February just a few months ago, Our Lady again invites Her children to carry the peace of Medjugorje into the world that is filled with a lack of peace. She says: “…I invite you, little children, to be my joyful carriers of peace

Vicka Goes to Rome for a Second Time This Year

For a second time this year, Medjugorje visionary Vicka came to Rome. In March, she accompanied wounded soldiers. This time she came with hundreds of children, refugees from the war, to see the Holy Father. Vicka said of her second encounter with Pope John Paul II: “He didn’t look so

Ivan’s First Child is Born

Visionary, Ivan, and his wife, Laureen, have their first child, a girl that they name after Christ and His Mother, Kristina Marija.

Dayton Agreement

The Croatian Army, and the combined Bosnian and Croat forces of Bosnia and Hercegovina together with NATO, launched air strikes on the Bosnian Serbs. The successes on the ground put pressure on the Serbs to come to the negotiating table. Pressure was put on all sides to stick to the

Monthly Message

Our Lady said on this Christmas Day that we have entered into a “new time” and that it is a “time of decision.” “…Jesus is the King of Peace and only He can give you the peace that you seek. I am with you and I present you to Jesus

Marija’s Second Child is Born

Visionary, Marija, and her husband, Paolo, have their second child, another son, whom they name Francesco Maria, for Our Lady and St. Francis de Sales, which was the feast day that he was born on.

Monthly Message

What is the most important reason that Our Lady has come to Medjugorje? She answers that question in Her February 25, 1996 message: “…Today I invite you to conversion. This is the most important message that I have given you here… ” Everything Our Lady says in Her messages concerns

Mirjana’s Annual Apparition

Our Lady gave visionary, Mirjana, the title of “my servant” in Her March 18, 1996, message today. The visionaries have often been religated to the sidelines of the event of Medjugorje, outside of just delivering the messages of Our Lady. Our Lady, by granting Mirjana this title, refutes this reasoning.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone Speaks about Medjugorje

Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, speaking on behalf of the Congregation of the Doctrine for the Faith, responded to a letter from the Bishop of Langres in France asking the position of the Church on Medjugorje and whether pilgrimages were permitted by the faithful. In the Congregation’s response, Bertone first restated the

Caritas Mission House Opens in Medjugorje

In May 1996, a Friend of Medjugorje opened the Community of Caritas Mission House in Medjugorje. The purpose of the Mission House is to offer a presence in Medjugorje where pilgrims are invited to go deeper into the messages of Our Lady. The first and foremost responsibility of the Mission

Vatican Spokesman Speaks about Pilgrimages to Medjugorje

In early June, a French newspaper published excerpts from a letter about Medjugorje pilgrimages written by Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in response to a question from a French priest. From these excerpts, it was construed that the Vatican had forbidden pilgrimages

Holy Scripture

One of the main messages of Our Lady has been to return to Holy Scripture. She said we must read Scripture everyday along with Her messages. Doing so helps to implant the Word of God and the mentalities of His Laws and ways into our hearts. Our Lady said in

Special Novena

Our Lady gave the following message to visionary,Vicka, in response to a novena that was being prayed by the Community of Caritas for the visionaries, villagers, and village of Medjugorje that Vicka presented to Our Lady. Our Lady, when presented with the novena, addressed a Friend of Medjugorje, his family

Jakov’s Second Child is Born

Visionary, Jakov, and his wife, Annalisa, have their second child; this time a boy named Emanuel David.

Cardinal Christoph Schonborn Speaks about Medjugorje

Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, Archbishop of Vienna, Austria, said this of Medjugorje: “If I was an opponent of Medjugorje I’d have to close down my seminary since almost all the candidates have received their call to the priesthood through Medjugorje!” Cardinal Schonborn was a graduate student under Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who

Archbishop Emeritus of Split Celebrates 60 Years of Priesthood

Archbishop Emeritus of Split, Monsignor Frane Franic, was celebrating his 60 years of priesthood in December 1996. He was a much beloved bishop and the Mass offered for his 60th anniversary in Split’s Cathedral overflowed with the faithful. He has been a courageous witness to the events of Medjugorje. He

The Castle of Love

Patrick and Nancy Latta, who converted through the Medjugorje messages, and moved to Medjugorje in 1993, began building the Sacred Heart Retreat House in 1997. The retreat house, also known as “The Castle,” is a medieval village with a medieval castle in the center. At the retreat house they host

Monthly Message

Our Lady begins the New Year, and the year dedicated by the Church to Her Son, Jesus Christ, with words of warning. On January 25, 1997, She says: “…I invite you to reflect about your future. You are creating a new world without God, only with your own strength and

Three Blessings from the Pope

A Friend of Medjugorje, the founder of Caritas of Birmingham and the Community of Caritas, attended the Papal Mass in Pope John Paul II’s private chapel on January 30, 1997. Fr. Stanislaus Dziwisz, the Pope’s secretary, asked the founder to read the readings during the Mass. After the Mass, Fr.

Mirjana’s Second of the Month Apparition Now Made Public

Since February 2, 1990, visionary, Mirjana, had entered a new stage in her experience with Our Lady. In February 1990, Our Lady appeared to Mirjana in an apparition like She does with the other visionaries. Before that time, Our Lady had been communicating with Mirjana primarily through interior locutions on

Pope John Paul II’s Last Letter to His Friends

The Holy Father was scheduled to visit Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-Hercegovina, in April 1997. John Paul II had expressed his desire to visit Medjugorje, but he would not do so without the local bishop’s invitation. John Paul II mentions this up and coming visit to the region of Medjugorje

First Open Second of the Month Apparition

This apparition at the Blue Cross was the first Second of the Month Apparition to Mirjana after Our Lady had invited all to begin to gather for these apparitions. Mirjana said that Our Lady wept throughout the entire apparition. Her message: “Dear children, pray for your brothers who haven’t experienced

Croatian President Visits Medjugorje

Croatian President, Franjo Tudjam, visited Medjugorje on this day. A crowd of 30,000 people came to greet him, as well as a group of the highest ranking officials of the Republic of Croatia and the Federation of Bosnia-Hercegovina. With the Bishop of Mostar present and the priests of the surrounding

Pope John Paul II Visits Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hercegovina

The Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, visited Sarajevo in Bosnia-Hercegovina, for two days in April. This fulfilled a promise he made to the people of that region when he had to cancel his planned pilgrimage a couple of years earlier because his safety could not be guaranteed at the

The Delegation Goes to Medjugorje

On his pilgrimage to Sarajevo, Pope John Paul II was accompanied by 11 high-ranking officers of the Holy See, journalists from the Vatican, representatives from the Secretary of State and two bishops. During the visit, the delegation, made up of about 30 people, made a visit to Medjugorje, through the

Pope John Paul II Acknowledges the Queen of Peace

Upon Pope John Paul II’s return to Rome after his visit to Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hercegovina, during his general audience, he said: “In the course of the war, pilgrimages of the faithful to the Marian shrine in Bosnia-Hercegovina did not stop…in order to request the Mother of Nations and the Queen of

Marija’s Third Child is Born

A third son is born to visionary, Marija, and her husband, Paolo. Marco Maria joins the family today.

Monthly Message

Our Lady said today, August 25, 1997: “…God gives me this time as a gift to you, so that I may instruct and lead you on the path of salvation. Dear children, now you do not comprehend this grace, but soon a time will come when you will lament for

Bishop Packiam Arokiaswamy Speaks about Medjugorje

When asked about Medjugorje while he was visiting the Holy Village, Bishop Packiam Arokiaswamy of India stated: “The Pope privately proposes pilgrimages to Medjugorje. Privately he approves them. That is enough for us now.”

Archbishop Mario Rizzi

Archbishop Mario Rizzi, former Apostolic Nuncio in Bulgaria, and now stationed in Rome where he works on the cause for beatification of “Servants of God,” gave the following testimony when he was present at a private audience with Pope John Paul II along with Bishop Robert Cavallero who had just

“I want you to be Jesus’ joy.”

Our Lady appeared to Marija in the Community of Caritas’ Mission House in Medjugorje. The only ones present were five members from the community and one of Marija’s close friends. It was the longest apparition Our Lady had given in over a month that Marija had been in Medjugorje. The

Monthly Message

Our Lady said today: “…Today I invite you to comprehend your Christian vocation. Little children, I led and am leading you through this time of grace, that you may become conscious of your Christian vocation. Holy martyrs died witnessing: I am a Christian and love God over everything…”

Bishop John Evangelist Martins Terra Speaks about Medjugorje

Bishop John Evangelist Martins Terra, from Brasilia, Brazil, was enthusiastic about Medjugorje, despite the local bishop’s negativity. He said: “It does not bother me that your local bishop is not favorable to these events because there are also other bishops who think otherwise. One time the Archbishop of Pescara who

The Most Beautiful Picture of Our Lady

Carmelo Puzzolo, the artist who sculpted the bronze Stations of the Cross for Cross Mountain and the Mysteries of the Rosary on Apparition Mountain, finished a beautiful painting of Our Lady of Medjugorje that hangs in the Yellow Building behind St. James Church. According to Ivan, it is the best

Archbishop Murilo Krieger Speaks about Medjugorje

Archbishop Murilo Krieger of Brazil said: “I see Medjugorje as a gift and a responsibility…Medjugorje is a great responsibility. I understood that immediately, from the first moment I set foot on the soil of Medjugorje.”

More Scientific Tests for the Visionaries

The visionaries were asked, once again to go through a battery of tests. Heading the team was Dr. Andreas Resch, Professor of Theology at the Papal University Alfonsianum in Rome and an expert for “twilight realms of science.” The team of doctors repeated the experiments of the French (1984) and

Marija Comes with Her Family for a Private Visit

The founder and his family gathered with Marija’s family in the Bedroom at 11:00 a.m. for the apparition. The founder had asked Marija to ask Our Lady to return this evening in the Field when the Community would be coming together for a prayer group meeting. Our Lady nodded “yes.”

Our Lady Appeared in the Field on May 18th and 19th

On May 18 and 19, Our Lady appeared in the Field at approximately 11:40 a.m. Our Lady prayed over everyone and blessed them. On May 19, the community prayed the Patriotic Rosary. It was the first time Marija had heard this prayed.

Marija and the Horse

Visionary Marija, her husband, Paolo, and their children returned to Caritas of Birmingham, in Alabama, for a private visit from May 17-24, 1998, with the founder’s family and the Community of Caritas. On May 20, Caritas’ founder, his wife, Annette, Marija and her husband, Paolo, went horseback riding in the

Marija is Kicked by a Horse

Marija is Kicked by a Horse
Marija, Paolo, the founder and his wife had been on a horseback ride in the mountains above Caritas. They were making their way through the Field towards the statue of Our Lady where the community members waited to begin praying the Rosary for the apparition. Suddenly the horse Marija was

Question Asked of Our Lady

Because of Marija’s injury, Marija remained in the home of Caritas’ founder for the apparitions. On this day, the founder asked Marija to ask Our Lady a question. It was a question that he had asked when Our Lady was present in his home in 1988, but as it was

Miraculously not Broken

Miraculously, Marija’s leg was not broken, but the injury was still serious, and for the next few days she had to stay off it, which brought the apparitions back to the house. The apparition on this day was in the living room of the house in which only the family

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

All the wives and mothers of the community were invited to attend the apparition today. They gathered in the living room where the apparition would again take place. Marija sat in the same chair, everyone faced the fireplace where the picture of Our Lady hung, and prayed the Rosary. At

Daily Apparition in the Bedroom

Our Lady returned to the Bedroom today. All the husbands and fathers of the community, as well as the heads of the Single Consecrated men’s and women’s houses were present. The founder asked Marija to ask Our Lady to pray over everyone individually in the apparition. When Our Lady appeared,

The Last Apparition During Marija’s Visit

This would be the last apparition of Marija’s visit and the only public one. There were 300-400 people present. The apparition took place in the Field. When Our Lady appeared, though She gave no message, Marija said She lovingly looked at each face present in the Field that day. Marija

The Vatican Speaks about Medjugorje

Monsignor Gilbert Aubry, Bishop of Saint-Denis de la Reunion, France wrote to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on January 1, 1998, with several questions pertaining to the Holy See’s position on Medjugorje. Secretary Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone responded on May 26, 1998. The response was received by Bishop

Jakov’s Third Child is Born

Maria Kiara is born to visionary, Jakov, and his wife, Annalisa, their third child and second daughter.

Cardinal Christoph Schonborn Speaks about the Fruit of Medjugorje

Cardinal Christoph Schonborn said: “Personally, I have not yet gone to Medjugorje; but in a way I have gone there through the people I know or those I have met, who, themselves, have gone to Medjugorje. And I see good fruits in their lives. I would be lying if I

Scientific Testing Continues

The scientific testing that was begun in April of 1998, with a team of 12 doctors headed by Dr. Andreas Resch, continued with visionaries Mirjana, Ivanka and Vicka. The testing took place in Medjugorje.

Jakov is Tested

Jakov, who was not in attendance of the scientific testing in Italy with Vicka, Ivan and Marija in April of 1998, was tested in August. He was only given a psychodiagnostic test, while the other visionaries were given more comprehensive testing, which included psychological tests.

Jakov’s Final Daily Apparition

Our Lady told Jakov on September 11, 1998, who was in Miami, Florida, in the United States at the time, that the following day She would confide to him the tenth secret and that this would be the end of his daily apparitions. Visionary, Mirjana, who is also Jakov’s cousin,

Bishop of Portland Oregon

Msgr. Kenneth Steiner, auxiliary bishop of Portland, Oregon in the U.S, during his homily at Mass said this of his personal experience in Medjugorje: “I came here with a very heavy heart, full of stones. These stones I left on Apparition Hill and Mt. Krizevac. Now I return home with

Vicka Learns the Value of Suffering

Vicka is endured many physical sufferings. In the 1980s, she was afflicted with a brain tumor that caused her great pain which she suffered with for several years until she was miraculously healed. Today, a back strain kept her from being able to be with pilgrims, a foreshadowing of much

The Conclusion of the Scientific Testing

In a fourth meeting to gather research, the scientists that began studying the visionaries in April of 1998, met with Marija a second time for psycho-physiological tests on December 11. This testing was also done in Italy. Amazingly, the conclusion of the testing of all four meetings, from April to

Jakov’s First Annual Apparition

This was Jakov’s first apparition after Our Lady stopped appearing to him on a daily basis. Because Jakov’s annual apparition is on Christmas Day, he receives the added joy of seeing Our Lady holding Baby Jesus. This apparition lasted 12 minutes. Our Lady came joyful and spoke to Jakov about

Vicka in Lourdes

Vicka, who had been bedridden with a severe back condition for several weeks, began seeing pilgrims again in January of 1999 even though she was not entirely back to health. She was tired looking and had lost weight. But, as soon as she was feeling better, she went on a

New Location Second of the Month Apparition Moved

Mirjana’s second of the month apparition took place under the big tent of Sr. Elvira’s Cenacolo to try and accomodate the thousands of pilgrims who desired to be in Our Lady’s presence.

Secretary for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Speaks about Medjugorje

Monsignor Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in an interview spoke on the importance of assisting pilgrims in Medjugorje and added: “For the moment Medjugorje is to be considered as a shrine, a place of Marian devotion…”

Mirjana’s Annual Apparition

Mirjana’s March 18th apparition took place in the open field at the Cenacolo Community. The apparition was at 10:14 a.m. and lasted 6 minutes. Our Lady spoke to Mirjana about the secrets, but Mirjana could not share what they spoke about. Our Lady makes a plea that we surrender our

Mass Exile

The political and military conflict involving Kosovo seemed to have no end in sight and the threat was that the war would spread into other regions. Millions of Kosovans were being forced from their homes and their lands. Vicka said that we must seek peace in our hearts through prayer

Corpus Christi

On the feast of Corpus Christi, Bishop Peric administered Confirmation to about 70 children before hundreds of faithful. He also blessed the new doors of the Church, the new confessionals and the new Tabernacle. The evening program concluded with the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament.

A Cardinal and Three Bishops

Our Lady appeared to Ivan at the Blue Cross on June 18, 1999, just days before the celebration of Our Lady’s 18th anniversary of Her apparitions in Medjugorje. Our Lady said: “…I am happy, and I want you to be happy. Dear children, because of love, I am teaching you

Ivan’s Prayer Group Member Dies

On the 17th Anniversary of the start of Ivan’s prayer group, July 4, 1999, just after the end of their private dinner celebration, Nedjo, one of the members of the prayer group died suddenly of a heart attack. Nedjo was only 36-years old and married to one of Vicka’s sisters.

A Meeting of Hearts

Our Lady said today: “…I desire for you to comprehend that I want to realize here, not only a place of prayer but also a meeting of hearts. I desire for my, Jesus’ and your heart to become one heart of love and peace. That is why, little children, pray

Visionaries Speak at the Youth Festival

During the annual International Youth Festival in Medjugorje several visionaries gave their testimony. Jakov spoke about the day Our Lady told him she would not appear to him any more except on Christmas Day. He said: “It was the worst day of my life; I thought I would die, but

The Second Blue Cross

A second “Blue Cross” was erected on Apparition Mountain right next to the first Blue Cross, one of the most hallowed places of prayer in Medjugorje because of the many apparitions that Our Lady has had there. This second Blue Cross is newer and bigger and was placed there to

All Saints Day

On the feast of All Saints Day, November 1, 1999, Vicka said while speaking to pilgrims: “Just as Our Blessed Mother has told us, here on this earth we make the choice of going to Heaven, Purgatory or hell. After death we continue to live that which we chose to

Visionary Marija visits Caritas for the Five Days of Prayer

Visionary, Marija, was a young 24-year-old woman when she first came and stayed with Caritas of Birmingham’s founder and his family in 1988-1989. She returned two more times with her husband, Paolo, in the 1990s—in February 1994 and May 1998. Both of these visits were private. In December 1999, Marija

Beginning the annual Five Days of Prayer

December 8, 1999—Feast of the Immaculate Conception—Two Apparitions the Same Day, 11:45 a.m. and 5:40 p.m. Close to five thousand people were present during this apparition which took place in the Field. At the moment of the apparition, Marija separated herself from the crowd and knelt in front of Our

Public apparition in the Field

December 9, 1999, 5:40 p.m.The Rosary began at 4:30 p.m. out in the Field. There were close to eight thousand people present. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition:“I would like to describe how Our Lady arrived tonight. She arrived tonight on a cloud like She usually does in

Monsignor Frane Franic

Despite his age, retired archbishop of Split, and great friend of Medjugorje, Monsignor Frane Franic, made a private visit to Medjugorje on December 10, 1999. During his one-day visit, he offered Mass in the chapel.

Evening apparition in the Field

Our Lady appeared to Marija around 5:40 p.m. tonight out in the Field. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition. “When Our Lady appeared, I recommended everyone and their intentions to Our Lady. She responded by extending Her arms and prayed over us for a very long time. Then

Christmas in the Field Apparition

The fourth day of the Five Days of Prayer was a special Christmas celebration. Our Lady had told Marija She would be appearing in the middle of this special celebration. Every pilgrim was asked to bring a flower to present before the crib of Jesus to show their love and

The Jubilee Year

The Great Jubilee Year began on Christmas Eve, December 24th, with the opening of the Holy Doors at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The very next day, on December 25, Our Lady said, through Marija: “…Little children, today in a special way with little Jesus, whom I hold in my

Jakov’s Annual Apparition

Our Lady appeared to Jakov in his annual apparition. In this apparition, Our Lady came joyful and in a golden dress with the baby Jesus in Her arms. She spoke about the secrets and blessed everyone. She said: “Dear children! Today on the birthday of my Son, when my heart

Feast of the Mother of God

Marija received Our Lady in the apparition in the chapel of the Oasis of Peace on January 1st, the Feast of the Mother of God. Marija said that Our Lady appeared radiant and looked attentively at each person present, blessing them individually. She gave no message.

Second of the Month Apparition

Mirjana had her monthly apparition of Our Lady on January 2, 2000. A large crowd gathered at the Cenacolo Community. Our Lady gave a message that moved Mirjana deeply and caused her also to question Our Lady as to how we are to accomplish what She asked. Our Lady said:

Marija Visits an Orphanage

Marija visited an orphanage, located near Medjugorje, filled with orphans from the war. The children knowing that Our Lady would be present in an apparition to Marija prepared special songs to sing to Our Lady during the apparition. After the apparition Marija told the children that Our Lady had listened

Zanic Dies

Retired Bishop of Mostar, Monsignor Pavao Zanic died at the age of 81. He had retired as Bishop of Mostar in 1993 when he turned 75.

Ivan’s Second Child is Born

Visionary, Ivan, and his wife, Laureen, have their second child, a second daughter, Mikaela. Ivan, whose teachings from Our Lady had been focused on the family years before he married, has the opportunity to apply these lessons more and more into his own life as a husband and father.

Fr. Angelo Mutti

Italian priest, Fr. Angelo Mutti, who was the founder of the very popular Echo of Mary, Queen of Peace newsletter (Eco di Maria Regina de la Pace) died today, March 3, 2000. He suffered from the degenerative disease, muscular dystrophy, and over the past several months became increasingly disabled, until

Ivanka’s Annual Apparition

The Anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions falls on June 25 and it is also the date that Our Lady gave to Ivanka as the day She would appear to her for the rest of her life. It is a day greatly anticipated every year for Ivanka. Ivanka said that Our

The Nineteenth Anniversary of Medjugorje

On the nineteenth anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions in Medjugorje, Our Lady’s message to Marija was very short, especially for a monthly message to the world. Our Lady said: “…Today I call you to prayer. The one who prays is not afraid of the future. Little children, do not forget

Pope Releases Text of the Third Secret of Fatima

Pope John Paul II released the text of the third part of the secret of Fatima the day after Medjugorje celebrated the nineteenth anniversary of the beginning of the apparitions. Cardinal Ratzinger provided a theological commentary to go with John Paul II’s disclosure and gave a strong rationale as to

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger Speaks about Private Revelation

The Church put out a document, part of which was a clarification of the theological status of revelations. In it Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger clarifies the difference between public revelation and private revelation. He writes: “The liturgy (public revelation) is the criterion, it is the living form of the church as

The Entrustment of the Millennium to Our Lady

The Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, announced that on October 8, 2000, he, along with the whole Universal Church, would make an Act of Entrustment of the next millennium to Mary, the Mother of God, the Queen of Peace. In the desire to see the Entrustment spread and known

The Entrustment in Rome

The Holy Father called for all the bishops of the world to come to Rome to join in entrusting the next 1000 years into the hands of the Most Holy Virgin Mary. This followed the three years of 1997, 1998, and 1999, in which He had named for Jesus the

Fr. Slavko Barbaric Dies on Top of Cross Mountain

A shock wave went through the Medjugorje world when the news spread that Fr. Slavko Barbaric had died suddenly on top of Cross Mountain after leading the Stations of the Cross on Cross Mountain with a large group of villagers and pilgrims. He was 54 years old. He had lived

Our Lady Speaks about Fr. Slavko Barbaric

Our Lady, in Her November 25 message, amazingly, mentioned Fr. Slavko Barbaric who had died the day before while on Cross Mountain. In speaking his name, She revealed that he was in Heaven: “…Today when Heaven is near to you in a special way…I rejoice with you and I desire

A Special Apparition, A Special Message

At her regular daily apparition with Our Lady at 5:40 p.m., on December 31, 2000, Our Lady asked Marija to go up Apparition Mountain for a second apparition at 10:30 p.m. that night. This was a significant request in that the time of the apparition would be in the last

The Feast of the Epiphany

On January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, the Great Jubilee year ended with the closing of the Holy Doors in St. Peter’s Basilica by Pope John Paul II. It was the hope of the Holy Father that the Church would reap great spiritual fruit from these past four years

Concerning Medjugorje and the Church

On April 11, 1991, the Yugoslavian bishops issued the Declaration of Zadar in which they gave directives on Medjugorje. Their commission was dissolved because of the war and the dissolution of Yugoslavia. There had not been another commission set up to continue investigating Medjugorje since the war. Ten years had

Bishop Ratko Peric Speaks Negatively about Medjugorje

Every year in either June or July the Bishop of Mostar precides over Mass in Medjugorje for the Confirmation class. It had become normal for the bishop each year to take this opportunity to speak his negative opinion about the apparitions. This year was no exception. Bishop Ratko Peric repeated

Our Lady Names the Chapel of the Two Hearts

Of the six Medjugorje visionaries, only three continued to receive daily apparitions. Of these three, Marija