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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Time for a Pilgrimage! Have you ever thought about Medugorje?

Međugorje or Medjugorje (Croatian pronunciation: [ˈmɛdʑuɡɔːrjɛ]) is a town located in western Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the Herzegovina region around 25 km southwest of Mostar and close to the border of Croatia
Today the town is best known due to claims of apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to six Croats since 24 June 1981, and is now visited by thousands of pilgrims from around the world as a Marian shrine. The shrine is not yet officially recognized by the Catholic Church, and more than likely will not be formally approved until the visionaries have either stopped receiving apparitions or have died.
The name Međugorje literally means an area "between mountains". At an altitude of 200 metres above sea level it has a mild Mediterranean climate. The town consists of an ethnically-homogeneous Croat population of over 4000. The Roman Catholic parish (local administrative and religious area) consists of five neighbouring villages, Međugorje, Bijakovići, Vionica, Miletina and Šurmanci.

Our Lady of Međugorje

"Our Lady of Međugorje"  is the title given to the Blessed Virgi Mary by those who believe that she has been appearing since 24 June 1981 to six Herzegovinian Croat children in Međugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina (at the time in Yugoslavia).

Međugorje has become one of the most popular pilgrimage sites for Catholics (and people of other faiths) in the world, with thousands visiting each year. It has been estimated that 30 million pilgrims have come to Međugorje since the reputed apparitions began in 1981.Many have reported phenomena including the sun spinning in the sky or changing colors and figures such as hearts and crosses around the sun.

It is reported that the Virgin Mary gives messages on the twenty-fifth of every month to seer Marija Lunetti (Pavlovic), as well as on the second of the month to seer Mirjana Soldo (Dragicevic)

The messages reputed to Our Lady of Međugorje have a very strong following among Catholics worldwide. On June 4, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI publicly blessed a statue of Our Lady of Međugorje in Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City.

Here is the Itinerary for the trip

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