- Holy Father Jean Paul II venerated
the statue of Our Lady of Civitavecchia
Il Messagero of Wednesday, June 1, 2005 reports - "'The opening' of
Ratzinger: Papa Wojtyla venerated the Madonna of Civitavecchia", by Orazio
Vatican City - "The Madonna of Civitavecchia will do great things" said
Benedict XVI on Monday, as he was greeting bishop Girolamo Grillo at the end
of the meeting with the Italian Episcopal Conference. Exactly on April 1st,
the day before the death of Jean Paul II, the bishop of Civitavecchia gave a
dossier to the Congregation for the Doctrine of faith chaired by the
cardinal Ratzinger. A commission under the auspices of the Congregation had
emitted the verdict according to which it does not state the supernatural
character of the lacrymation, which was affirmed publicly, during the
emission "Door to door", by cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, already collaborator
Monsignor Grillo, in a meeting which took place yesterday, recalled the
great veneration that Jean Paul II had for the Madonnina of Civitavecchia,
and his desire not to make public this unfavorable verdict, waiting for more
profound studies. Repeating things partly already known, but adding other
new details, Grillo told that one evening at the end of February 1995, he
carried the miraculous statuette to the Vatican to Jean Paul II, who
venerated it, prayed in front of it and, at the end, posed on the head of
the Virgin a crown which he had brought himself.
The meticulous account of the evening and the veneration expressed by the
Pontiff is written in the journal of Mons. Grillo who, while fearing not to
be believed after his death concerning the course of the accomplished
gestures of the Pope Wojtyla, required of the secretary Mons. Stanislaw
Dziwisz a kind of testimony of the same Pontiff. A copy of the pages of the
journal was sent to the Vatican, and the Pope authenticated it with his
signature: "Joannes Paulus PP II", October 20, 2000.
For recall, the statuette which represents the Virgin of Medjugorje was
weeping blood (the clinical examinations proved that it was male human
blood) 13 times at the house of Gregori, from February 2 to 6, 1995, in the
presence of tens of witnesses, even public functionaries, and one 14th time
at the bishop's house, on the following March 15. A commission of
theologians decided in favour of the supernatural origin of the events;
another, made up under the auspices of the Congregation, denies its
On Saturday, June 25th, Medjugorje will celebrate 30th Anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions. Day before the Anniversary, on the Feast of St. John the Baptist there will be traditional Peace March from St. Anthony’s shrine in Humac to the church of St. James in Medjugorje starting at 6 a.m. Confessions will be possible until noon on that day, as well as in the afternoon. The evening prayer programme will start with the Rosary at 6 p.m. and Holy Mass at 7 p.m. that will be celebrated by the Provincial of Herzegovinian Franciscan Province, Fr. Ivan Sesar. Whole night Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will start at 10 p.m.
Holy Masses in Croatian language on the Anniversary day are going to be at 5,6,7,8,9,11 and 4 p.m., while the main Holy Mass is going to be at 7 p.m. and Fr. Zvjezdan Linic is going to be the main celebrant.
All of the drivers heading towards Medjugorje are kindly asked to be careful on the roads due to the large numbers of pilgrims that will walk, and all those arriving to Medjugorje are asked to respect spiritual and prayerful atmosphere.
Novena to the Queen of Peace will start on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Every day, including Fridays, there will be Rosary on Apparition Hill at 4 p.m. The evening prayer programme will start at 6 p.m. with Rosary and Holy Mass at 7 p.m. Every evening during Novena there will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. This Novena is the opportunity for us to give thanksgiving to the Lord for all of the graces he had bestowed upon us through the intercession and presence of our Heavenly Mother over the last thirty years.
Number of Holy Communions: 195.500
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 4010 (129 per day)
Eighty children received the sacrament of Holy Confirmation in Medjugorje on Saturday, May 28th. This sacrament enriches those who have been baptised with the gifts of the Holy Spirit and renders the bond with the Church more perfect. Local bishop Monsignor Ratko Peric administered this sacrament at the Holy Mass at 10 a.m. In his homily that was directed to the recipients, their godparents and parents, he explained the excerpt from the Acts of the Apostles about the events that took place during the second mission journey of St. Paul.
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