Our Lady revealed that the Cross on Mt. Krizevac was in God’s plans before the apparitions even began. She said:
She said also:
In 1933, the parish of St. James erected the large cross to commemorate the 1900th Anniversary of Jesus’ passion and death on the Cross. At the time the cross was being built in Medjugorje in 1933, significant events on the world stage were happening as well. In Germany, Hitler was made dictator of Germany; German civil liberties were revoked; persecution of the Jews increased dramatically and laws began to be enacted against them; Dachau, the first Nazi concentration camp was completed; the Gestapo secret police was established by Hermann Goring; massive book burnings were taking place; The Nazi party introduced a law to legalize eugenic sterilization; Germany and Japan announced their withdrawal from the League of Nations and began building up arms; Winston Churchill publicly warned against Germany’s rearmament. This all took place in 1933. In the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected president; it was the year of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl; New Deal legislation was enacted; The United States went off the gold standard; Hungarian-born Leo Szilard conceived of the nuclear chain reaction in 1933 which was the first step that would lead to the Manhattan Project and the Atom Bomb. The cross being raised in Medjugorje foreshadowed the suffering that was about to descend upon the Church and all of mankind.